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5 Types of Fitness Equipment That Will Take Your Workout To the Next Level

I will be the first person to admit that you don’t need much equipment in order to get an effective workout at the gym (or at home). You can easily get the job done with dumbbells, barbells and/or cables. BUT I also will be the first person to admit that I can get bored very quickly when it comes to workouts. No joke- I’ve never completed the same workout twice. I just can’t do it! I love variety because it challenges my mind and body in fun new ways every session. Incorporating different types of equipment is an amazing (and easy) way to completely switch up your workout. But deciding which equipment to buy can be confusing… there’s so much out there- how do you know what you need, right? So I’m sharing the top 5 pieces of workout equipment I’d recommend using either at the gym or at home in order to get the biggest bang for you buck in each and every workout session! #1: Resistance Bands (pssst: click on anything highlighted in …

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3 Signs That You Need a Break From the Gym

I used to be one of those people that thought I needed to be in the gym 7 days a week in order to see results. Not only is this so not true, but it’s actually going to prevent you from reaching your goals faster! Rest days are SO important for both physical and mental recovery. If you want to see your physique continue to improve over time, your body has to be able to repair and rebuild its muscles. How can you make that happen? By taking rest days! To learn more about how putting stress on our bodies with high intensity exercise affects our ability to lose weight, listen to The Ask Abbey Podcast Episode #23 where I chat through this topic. To see how I stretch post workout, check out this YouTube video: I now take 2-3 rest days a week (usually 2, but depends on my schedule). I also have a “reset week” every 6-8 weeks where I decrease the weights, lower my sets/reps, and don’t do any high intensity interval …

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4 Reasons Why Your Body Isn’t Transforming From Your At-Home Workouts

Even though I love a good gym session, there are plenty of days when I want to workout at home instead. It’s faster, more convenient, and just more comfortable (like you can find me in my ugliest clothes, watching The Hills & not worrying about anyone else the entire time). The one downside to at home workouts is that you typically don’t have access to the same equipment you can find in the gym. That is unless you have an insanely amazing at-home gym, and in that case I’m so jealous. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a killer workout in! It just means you have to get a little more creative. Here’s how to do it: 1. Invest in Fun Equipment Equipment isn’t cheap, but when you don’t have to pay for a gym membership, it’s totally worth it! Start off with dumbbells and resistance bands. Once you are ready to venture into other things & have saved up some more money, try various exercise balls like medicine balls, stability balls, and …