Top 10 at Home Workouts!

OK, full disclosure here.

These are probably not the “Top 10 at Home Workouts”.

Who gets to determine what the top workouts are anyway? It’s really a personal thing anyway.

What do you want to get out of your workout? Basic fitness? Totally ripped physique? Something in between?

A big-ass piece of expensive equipment to show off to guests, when we’re allowed to have people over again?

See, an objective evaluation isn’t even possible…

…but I digress…

So, anyway, these are the top 10 at home workouts that I selected this afternoon. maybe, if nothing else, I’ll get a sponsorship offer, given that there are probably over a dozen of you who regularly check this blog out.

2 1/2 years.

12-15 regular followers.

I’m killin it, people.

One other thing, before I get into this. What do I use?

A yoga mat. A resistance band. And every sidewalk, track & trail I can find. That’s it. I’ll spare you the “it doesn’t matter what you do, it matters that you do it” lecture. You’ve already heard it, and will again. So here we go. The Top 10 at Home Workouts! (?)

10. Tempo Studio
Shop.tempo.fit

Very similar to the mirror. Except that it’s free standing and has a compartment with some, as they say ” Real weights, real feedback, and expert coaching”—all included and designed to help you hit your personal fitness goals. Hundreds of classes, instant feedback, and see your progress every time you work out. It runs $1995, which doesn’t include the monthly membership. This is one of those “Oh, that old thing. Yes, Buffy & I picked that up on our way back from Whole Foods on our way to our Pilates class”.

  1. The Original Gorilla Bow

Resistance Training Exercise Bow & Bands
Gorillabow.com
$199.00
Spri band? Bow & Arrow? Actually a little bit of both. According to them;
“Using the fundamentals of the ancient bow, this modern, lightweight portable gym gives you one of the most versatile total body workouts yet”. Gorilla Bow features an aircraft-grade all-aluminum construction giving it a weight capacity of 300lbs. of tension Plus, it comes with “ a large library of free workout videos designed to tone and build all your major muscle groups.”
For the William Tell workout enthusiast.

  1. Hydrow
    hydrow.com
    $2,245

Actually, the “Starter Package” includes: 
Hydrow Rower – $2245
Under Machine Mat – $79.99
Polar Heart Rate Monitor – $79.95
Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless Headphones (color may vary) – $129.99

A bargain, I’m sure… Their pitch?
“We completely re-engineered the rowing machine with patented technology, making each stroke feel like you’re out on the water. Then, we built an immersive experience around it.”
Which means that yes, in addition to the initial outlay of cash, there is a membership involved. But, to be fair, you get ;
“A workout with a view. Hydrow’s brilliant 22” touchscreen display and impressive front-facing speakers bring the river to your living room, captivating you from the moment you sit in its seat. Its distinctive components make it the closest thing to being on the water.
Hopefully without getting soaked…

  1. P90X
    beachbody.com

Remember P90X ?

According to the folks at Beach Body, which P90X is now a branch of, people are going back to the world’s #1 extreme fitness program in record numbers. Why? Because they’re tired of “so-so” results. They want more. A lot more.
So, if you want extreme and “more, a lot more”, this might be for you.
Just remember that extreme can be a bit, um, extreme.

In addition to P90X, you get unlimited access to ALL of Beachbody’s 1200+ workouts.
You’ll have your choice of cardio, resistance, yoga, dance, Barre and much more! (of course)
Also, of course, there’s a monthly charge for all of this access.

  1. Dumbbells Weight Sets
    Adjustable 66LB/30kg Dumbbells Non-slip Gym Home Fitness Exercise Training Dumbbells in Black.
    Walmart.com
    $89.99
    This reminds me of my basement, growing up. dumb bells, a janky rack with a jankier barbell & weights, no mats, just a concrete floor.
    Hey this is what it is.
    Weights.
    No meal plan. No online coaching. No body fat & BMI feedback.
    Also, no monthly fee. It’ll be what you make of it.
    Old school baby. Old school.
  2. 600 seconds, by Openfit

openfit.com
$8/10/12 month , after 14 day free trial

Imagine 10-minute workouts that could pack the fat-burning, muscle-building, body-sculpting benefits of much longer sessions…into a fraction of the time. That’s 600 Secs.

Yeah, imagine that..

There are 42 high-intensity workouts of every type and style. And an accompanying meal plan.
I’ve taught 10 min fitness classes before. I think there’s a place for them. I think it’s a great start for people looking to get into (or back into) a fitness plan. Do I think that a 10 minute workout will “pack the fat-burning, muscle-building, body-sculpting benefits of much longer sessions…into a fraction of the time”? ( cough, cough…)
Umm, you’ll have to check that out for yourself.
But it’s less of a monthly investment, and a good starter.

  1. Yogaworks at home

home.yogaworks.com

Starts at $19/month (after 14 day trial)

• 30+ daily live classes
• 1,300+ on-demand classes
• Vinyasa, Yin, Iyengar, Pilates Mat, and more!
• Taught by yoga’s top teachers
No commitment + easily cancel anytime
I honestly have no snarky comments on this one. Reasonable monthly charge, good for remote, COVID-safe classes. If yoga is your thing, this might be for you.

Then you can go the beach, or the Grand Canyon, or potato-chip rock ( for you San Diego peeps) and take your obligatory “downward dog” or “warrior” pose pic.
Sorry. I was wrong. I did have just a bit of snark 😉

  1. Total Gym
    totalgymdirect.com
    Total Gym Supreme

$599.70
Total Gym Supreme, their “budget-friendly” home gym model, features:

12 Levels of Resistance
Over 60 Exercises on One Home Gym
275lb User Weight Capacity

Also, you can stream free select workouts on Total Gym TV Basic.
But, if you are looking for more variety and new workout content, Total Gym TV Premium is also available ( for a monthly fee of course)

  1. Spri

Honestly, everything from a $15 exercise band to heavy duty workout equipment. As I said earlier, I just have the spri-band itself, though if the heavy-duty stuff came with the fitness model pictured above, I’d at least ask what the monthly fee was. But that’s just me.

  1. A Bike
    Anywhere they sell bikes
    $75.00-$12,000.00
    Yeah, a bike. I started the price at $75.00 because that’s what I spent at Play it Again Sports for what I call my “piece o’ crap” mountain bike. And I put $12,000.00 as a top price because that’s the most I’ve ever seen at a bike shop, though I’m sure you could pay more. But bike’s are a great, low-impact cardio workout. You can also get out, breathe some fresh air, maybe exchange some socially-distanced waves with other folks. You are master of your workout domain. Go as far as you’d like, as fast as you’d like. I’m a runner, but at least one day a week I substitute a bike ride, usually to the grocery , the local farmer’s market and the Subway down the road to pick up some lunch. I recommend it highly.

OK, that’s the list. And you know what the point is, right?
Find a way.
Find a time.
Find a reason.
Then go make activity a part of your life.
Talk later,
Bob

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