Do you complete your BBG workouts at the home or gym?
This is a question I see on Instagram and Facebook all the time from people who are just commencing, or are interested in starting BBG. There’s no right answer – it really does depend on your personal lifestyle and preferences.
I complete 99% of my workouts at home, so can vouch it is definitely possible to complete BBG without a gym membership, so keep in mind whilst reading this that I’m coming from a home workout point of view.
Home vs Gym for BBG Workouts
I can crank my music as loud as I want, and listen to whatever I want, without headphones or a phone strapped to me. To me, this is a big deal – music keeps my motivation during my workout, so being able to listen to what I want is a huge deal for me. Not being restricted by wires etc is great – I have full range of movement and am not subconsciously worried about damaging a MP3 player or phone attached to me.
Working out at the gym would be awesome for access to equipment; everything you need is there and you have access to all those different weights, which is awesome when you’re trying to challenge yourself. I think there is also a flipside to this – if you can only workout during peak gym period times, and all the equipment is being used, what do you do?
At home, all my equipment is right there, free for me to use whenever I want. The only downside to this is having to buy new equipment when I want to up my weights. But if you’re thrifty, you can find cheap equipment to increase your weight to continually challenge yourself.
This is a list of equipment required for BBG, BUT you don’t need a bosu ball straight away – I’m on Week 11 and still haven’t purchased one. If an exercise comes up for a bosu ball, I usually swap it for something else (an exercise which still challenges me).
You don’t need to purchase benches when you start either – use what you have at home! Do you have an outdoor couch or chairs? Do you have a sturdy coffee table? The options are endless for equipment that you already have, so think outside the box when you’re first starting out. Please just make sure the equipment you use is strong and stable – you could do some serious injury if not!
I am a sweaty, sweaty mess when I do my resistance training, and I know when I first started I would’ve been really self conscious completing my workouts in front of other people. 11 weeks later, I couldn’t care less, but I know when I first started I would’ve been put off with other people watching me.
Working out at home, I can make as much noise, and look as silly as I want. I think this is one aspect that is really important; you need to feel comfortable completing these workouts, and pushing yourself as hard as you can, and I think the gym could be distracting for that. It’s easy to be self conscious, and then not push yourself as hard, because other people are watching. In reality, all those other people are focused on their own workouts, and are probably not paying any attention at all, but when you’re first starting out, I suggest completing the workouts in an environment that you’re comfortable in.
These are the high intensity interval training workouts that you complete in Weeks 9 – 12. There are heaps of ways you can complete HIIT without being at the gym; interval sprints using an app on your phone which will notify you of the 30 second gaps, or tabata workouts at home. Tabata is another form of HIIT which basically has work section and rest section – when you’re working, you’re going flat out.
Here’s a tabata workout to try at home, which allows you to complete the HIIT component of BBG, without needing a gym!
So in summary, it is entirely possible to complete BBG at home, if you don’t have a gym membership! Do your research on equipment and check out Kmart, Target, eBay or Gumtree – these stores / websites have equipment at affordable prices.
If you want to start BBG, don’t let not having a gym membership get in your way – making the changes to start is the hardest part, but with a bit of organisation and research, it’s easy to make BBG and fitness a part of your lifestyle and everyday life.