Last updated on Jun 22nd, 2021 at 05:28 pm

   “Exercise for Weight Loss” is an article series detailing the most successful exercise strategies that can be used to assist in speeding up the weight loss process, and help you end-up with a sleek, toned physique once your body weight gets down to your goal-weight. 

The at-home essentials

If you believe that good exercise – particularly strength training – is important, then you’re going to need to have some equipment at home so you can train no matter what level of lockdown we are on. For now, gyms remain closed, and it doesn’t seem like they are going to be opening any time soon.

So what do you NEED to get started with exercising at home?

Here’s a list of essentials:

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(If you’ve got lots of cash, buy new, otherwise Gumtree is your friend here.)

  1. You need a barbell

A decent quality Olympic one. These are widely available, just don’t buy too cheap. You’re going to want to spend R2000 and up.

  1. Then you need some weights plates

These don’t have to be fancy. Buy two 5kgs, two 2.5kgs, and two 1kgs to start. If you can afford one, you also need a rack to hold the bar. You can buy one, or have one made.

That’s it.

Pretty simple, and at the cost of six months gym fees or so. With this equipment you can do squats, deadlifts, presses, cleans, floor presses, curls, and all sorts of other exercises that’ll assist you to get stronger. You can learn the moves online via videos – I like Starting Strength’s ones.

The best part?

No one will be watching your every move, no one will be judging you, and no one will come over and try to ‘help’.

Do yourself a favour and invest in your home training. It’s a really smart move.

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