Why I Have Weights At Home When I Have a Gym Membership

Last Updated on April 11, 2016 by Michael Brockbank

Well, I don’t exactly belong to a gym. It’s more of the local rec center with a collection of a few weight-training devices. Although I like to visit the rec center when ever possible, I still insist on having weights and equipment at home as well. I’m not vain or trying to spend every waking minute working out. It’s all about covering my bases.

Weights at Home Delivers Convenience

For the most part, I would like to have a better collection of weight equipment only for the sake of convenience. For example, the weather dropped more than a foot of snow outside my door yesterday. Since Wednesdays are one of my scheduled rec center days, I highly doubt that I’ll be motivated enough to dredge through the winter wonderland. This is where my dumbbells and workout mat come into play.

It’s also convenient to be able to pick up the ten-pound weights and crack out a quick set while I’m sitting at home watching TV. Why sit and watch commercials when I can whip out a quick 20 rep cycle each time? Some days, I’ll curl the 55 pound dog food bag we normally have in the kitchen when I go to get my coffee. It’s nice to know that I can continue working out with weights no matter what I am doing at home.

Inspiring My Children to Do More

My daughters are intrigued about weight training. Although they are only 9 and 11, they still want to try and keep up with Daddy. One of my daughters does pretty well with the 10 pound weight – she likes to rub it in to her older sister that she is far stronger…which is true.

What I love about this aspect is that I am influencing my daughters to practice healthier activities as well as dieting. I am debating on picking up some five-pound weights to help them get started. If they want to try, who am I to say no? It’s their decision to exercise with me. I don’t force my children to do an activity they loath, but I will guide them to try something new.

Keeps Me Motivated to Keep Going

I relish in the prospect that the weight equipment keeps me motivated to keep going. I would love to be able to dress up as Thor or Captain America next Halloween – but my muscles won’t just spontaneously erupt. I need to work at it, and the weights at home show me that I can work out any time I want.

This month, I haven’t been as active as I’d like. I was doing good until I fractured my feet during that 5K walk recently. However, my feet are feeling much better and I am going to try and get back into the game. I refuse to let the recent problems stop me from reaching my goals.

It’s all about keeping a positive frame of mind and knowing you can do better. When things seem to be going horribly bad for you, don’t give up. You have to make things happen if you want to have a positive experience in anything you do.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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