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Not Comfortable Exercising at the Gym? Do This Instead!

September 16, 2020

Like most people, you are probably sick and tired of missing out on workouts at the gym. But you might not be comfortable with going to one just yet. That’s ok! There are a number of places in Pittsburgh where you can get a great workout in. From services for personal training in Pittsburgh to outdoor fitness programs, you have a number of different options for working out. Check out X Shadyside’s top workout recommendations in our latest blog post now!

Personal Training App

Interested in virtual personal training? Pittsburgh gym X Shadyside offers the perfect program

x shadyside app features

With the help of Delta Trainer, X Shadyside has developed a remote training app perfect for people who want to upgrade their fitness regime but aren’t ready to go back to the gym. All you need is an Apple Watch and the app. 

Using motion analysis technology, your trainer can monitor your form and the number of reps you perform. Whether you are doing squats or plank jacks, your trainer can watch your form and help you fix it if necessary.

Speaking of trainers, you will be paired with an X Shadyside trainer based on your goals and availability. To find the right trainer for you, X Shadyside has set up a quick survey for participants to fill out. This survey is essentially a virtual version of their regular consultations. After you are matched with a trainer, they will reach out to you and start assigning workouts for you. 

Take it outside

Challenge yourself to a rigorous outside training regime

woman practicing yoga outside

What better way to exercise and let out your tension from quarantine than taking your fitness routine outside? Exercising in the great outdoors is a great change of scenery, especially if you’ve been cooped up inside for most of the pandemic. 

Don’t have a backyard? No worries. In Pittsburgh, there are a number of great places to exercise. In fact, some county parks even have their own outdoor exercise stations

You can find these stations at:

  • Boyce Park 
  • Deer
  • Lakes Park
  • Harrison Hills Park
  • North Park

Each park has five pieces of exercise equipment that can help you get a full-body workout in. For a low-impact cardio workout, you can hop onto the elliptical. The Air Strider is also great for toning your legs and getting your regular cardio in. The Knee Raise Dip Combo, Arm and Leg Press Combo, and Pull Up Dip combo are perfect for toning your whole body. 

Before using any of the equipment, make sure you wipe it down with sanitary wipes and apply hand sanitizer. As a courtesy, you should wipe down the equipment again after using it. 

Home Workout Programs

Workout videos and guides are available online

woman working out at home

If you are experienced in building fitness and training routines, you can search for online workout videos to help build your workout plan. Popular YouTubers such as Yoga with Adriene, Fitness Blender, and Kalya Itsines are known for their fun and effective workout videos that you can do right at home. Many of these YouTubers also offer helpful health and nutrition information.

However, there are also a number of disreputable fitness YouTubers out there. Brittany Dawn, for instance, has been accused of using unscrupulous business practices and creating unhealthy nutrition plans that exploit young girls’ insecurities. Many YouTubers also rely on clickbait headlines like “Lose two inches of stomach fat in just ONE week” and “GUARANTEED results for BIG biceps” to mislead viewers. Many of them are simply not qualified to give fitness and nutrition advice.

So while it can be helpful to use their videos to change up their workout routine or try new exercises, it’s crucial that you perform thorough research on them to make sure they are the real deal. 

Effective Workout Ideas

Want a taste of personal training? Pittsburgh experts recommend these exercises

workout equipment

Most people nowadays are just working out at home. With some exercise bands and weights, you can build an effective workout regime! However, if you are a beginner or aren’t familiar with different workout programs, you might need a little help creating one. 

For inspiration, we’ve built a quick guide to building your own workout routine depending on your split. Most people workout two to five times a week. Your unique workout split will influence what muscle groups you focus on for different days. If you’re only working out 2-3 times a week, a full-body workout is most effective. Training splits where you workout 4-5 times a week lets you focus on different areas of your body each day. 

2-3x a Week — Full Body Exercise Ideas

  • Squats
  • Chest Press
  • Russian Twists
  • Pushups
  • Burpees

4x a Week — Upper/Lower Body Exercise Ideas

  • Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Hip Thrust
  • Hip Thrust
  • Bent-Over Dumbbell Row
  • Push-ups
  • Plank

5x a Week — Push/Pull/Legs Exercise Ideas

  • Box Jumps
  • Front Squat
  • Romanian Deadlift
  • Chest Press
  • Shoulder Press
  • Lateral Raise
  • Plank
  • Pull Up
  • Upright Row
  • Shoulder Shrugs
  • Bicep Curls

If you want further help on building and following an effective exercise program, you might benefit from X Shadyside’s personal training app

Until you feel comfortable working out in the gym, there are a number of fitness programs you can train with instead. Interested in trying personal training? Pittsburgh fitness center X Shadyside offers a remote training program for people who want to push themselves to the limit while practicing social distancing. For more information, contact one of our team members today!

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