6 Ways to Get the Most out of At-Home Workouts

At-Home Workout Tips from Erin Stern

How To Maximize Your At-Home Workouts

Everyone on a fitness journey has faced the challenge of getting an effective workout in, especially when gyms are inaccessible or when they’re short on equipment…

…but what if the true essence of an effective workout was already within you?

You can really maximize your workout by using a few key tips and tricks. 

After all, bodybuilding, as it turns out, originated from basic isometric movements. It’s time to go back to the roots of fitness and discover how slowing things down might actually speed up your progress. Are you ready to optimize your workout, even when all you have is yourself?

Training at home requires a bit more planning and more creativity.

But, just because you have limited equipment, it doesn’t have to keep you from making progress!

Here are 6 ways to get the most out of your at-home workouts…

Harnessing the Power of Eccentric Movement In Your At-Home Workouts

1). Slow down the tempo and focus on the eccentric (negative) portion of the rep. By slowing down the tempo, you’re making the exercise more difficult and improving mind-muscle connection.

The key to a transformative workout lies in the details. Rather than quickly repeating an exercise, really focus on the eccentric part of the rep. Consider this: when doing bicep curls, instead of rapidly completing the motion, slow down. As you lower your arm, count to three.

This not only intensifies the workout but also sharpens the mind-muscle connection. By doing this, you’re amplifying the effectiveness of every rep.

Embrace Unilateral Exercises

2). Switch to single-arm or single-leg exercises. These variations tend to be much more difficult and also help us focus on strengthening both sides of the body evenly.

Switching from two-legged or two-armed exercises to their single counterparts can dramatically elevate your workouts. Imagine doing a Romanian deadlift. Doing it with both legs might feel more stable, but when you switch to a single leg, your core is engaged, balance is challenged, and you work harder. Unilateral exercises don’t just double the effort; they multiply the results.

The result is better muscle symmetry, better body awareness and balance, and a more challenging workout!

Enhance Your Home Workouts with Isometric Holds

3). Incorporate isometric holds. Mid-rep pauses are a great way to do this. Also, static exercises like wall sits work well.

One of the primary benefits of isometric holds is that they often require no equipment. This makes them ideal for home workouts where you may not have access to gym equipment.

Isometric holds often mimic natural body positions or postures, which can help improve functional strength that benefits daily activities.

…and because you’re holding a position and focusing on staying stable, it can help improve the connection between your mind and the specific muscle or muscle group you’re targeting.

The Magic of Circuits

4). Do more circuits. While sets and supersets work well in the gym with heavier weights, circuits can increase difficulty and increase heart rate when you’re using lighter weights!

Intensify your workout by stringing together multiple exercises in a sequence. This “circuit” approach pushes your heart rate, couples strength training with cardio benefits, and elevates your calorie burn. It’s the ultimate hack to get the best of both worlds.

Turn Up the Heat with Shorter Recoveries

5). Decrease your recovery time between sets. This will help to keep your heart rate up and will help you burn more calories.

The interval between sets can make or break your workout. Instead of waiting a whole minute, cut it to 30 seconds. This keeps your heart rate up, ensures a consistent cardio benefit, and maximizes calorie burn.

Double Up with Combo Exercises

6). Try combining exercises to add complexity and to hit multiple muscle groups.

Examples include:

  • thrusters
  • Romanian deadlifts to bent-over rows
  • renegade rows with push ups
  • and plie squats with biceps curls.

Get creative, reassess your goals and write them down, stay strong, and make the most of this time! You have the ability to completely change your style of training, which can lead to great results!


Maintain a Positive Mindset

Seeing home workouts as opportunities rather than restrictions is essential. Embrace this time to break out of the monotony, focus intensely on your movements, and overcome those pesky plateaus. A positive mindset isn’t just good for motivation; it’s crucial for progress.

Optimizing your home workouts isn’t just about the physical motions; it’s about the mindset, the technique, and the commitment to innovation. By harnessing the power of eccentric movement, embracing unilateral exercises, tapping into the potential of circuits, cutting down on recovery time, and combining exercises, you’ll redefine what’s achievable from the comfort of your home.

It’s a journey of discovery and growth.

So, gear up, stay safe, and get those reps in. 

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Erin Stern

Erin Stern

Erin Stern is a 2x Ms. Figure Olympia fitness model and bodybuilder who competes in the IFBB and has won over 14 titles. She is regarded as one of the greatest Figure icons in the history of bodybuilding. Join her newsletter to get her best fitness tips or join a program.