Sunday, July 13, 2014

Gearing Up: What You Need to Get Started

For hundreds of pesos less than a one-year membership, you can buy everything you need to start our body-shaping program now. And just imagine what you will save on leotards. Here’s how to equip yourself.

Pick up some dumbbells. Also called free weights, they are available in 1-pound increments from 1 to 20 pounds. Beginners may want to start out with lighter weights. Pairs of 3-, 5-. 8- and 10-pound dumbbells should do the job. They even come in pretty pastel colors.

Purchasing some padding. A foam mat can turn any floor into a home gym. Mats are great for floor stretches, pushups, and crunches.

Have a seat. You will need a sturdy chair without arms for at least one exercise. A few others, such as the biceps curl and the overhead press can be done either standing or seated. A chair from your dining room set may fill the bill.

Dress a part. As promised, no leotard. But you will need a pair of athletic shoes offers both stability when you’re doing the exercises and some protections, just in case you drop a free weight.