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  • Staying In Shape At Home: A Home Gym

    As part of my quest to get into the best shape of my life, I’ve been thinking about the easiest ways to get in shape. A friend of mine mentioned to me how she created her own home gym and how it really helped her on her fitness journey. The thing is, life gets busy. We don’t always have time to get up and go to the gym before work or go swimming on the weekends. However, if you’ve got a gym in your home, you’ve got no excuse not to do your daily exercise.

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    The question is, how do you go about creating a home gym? What equipment do you need and where’s the best place to put it? For everything that you need to know about designing an awesome home gym, keep reading.

    Choose the ideal location

    The most important thing is to find a suitable location. This needs to be a space that has a good air flow to it so that it doesn’t get too hot. It should also be somewhere that’s a suitable size. The last thing you want is to be working out in a space that’s too small. A spare bedroom converted loft or basement, or a summerhouse are all ideal locations. It just depends on what space you have free in your home.

    Create a space that you love

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    Once you’ve chosen an area, the next step is to decorate it to be a beautiful space. You won’t want to work out somewhere that isn’t appealing, so designing your home gym to look nice is important. This means adding cute features like wall art, rugs, and other bits and bobs. These could all be sports based or could link to another theme that you’re a fan of. What’s important is that your home gym is a smart, stylish space that is motivational and appealing. To get some ideas and inspiration check out http://www.decoist.com/2013-11-30/home-gym-design-ideas/.

    Invest in the right equipment

    The most crucial thing is to invest in the right equipment. The chances are you have limited space and a small budget to work with, so you need to be smart about the equipment you opt for. Check out http://homegymheaven.com/best-treadmills-for-home/ to find out all about the best gym equipment. It’s probably a good idea to have one or two cardio machines and one for strength training. You can also invest in dumbbells and other equipment for flexibility training.

    Make it the ideal workout space

    As well as having a range of equipment, it’s also important to think about the little things. Having a mini fridge to store water in is a good idea, for example, as this means you won’t have to traipse to the kitchen for a drink. It can also be a good idea to store your whey protein and bottle in there so that you have it when you need it. It’s little things like this that make a big difference to how much of an ideal workout space your home gym is.

     

    There you have it, everything that you need to know about creating a home gym.

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    VIP Fitness Vid: Bunny Bootcamp

    There are a few excuses people make when they don’t want to go to the gym. One is that it is boring. The second is that they want to keep their curves rather than develop muscles. Well then, I’m sorry but I am about to bust those myths because the Playboy Bunny Bootcamp I did recently is both fun and designed to better your bod for all the right reasons.

    Playboy has teamed up with London’s cool GymBox gyms to devise the classes and the BMI (Bunny Measurement Index), which is an entirely new measurement; a twist on the traditional BMI (Body Measurement Index). It  mixes the traditional BMI as well as elements of inner beauty and feminity to give an indication of health and wellbeing. Several experts got involved in creating this including psychology professor  Dr Jane Ogden, trainer Hester Campbell and Chef Judy Joo, so you can rest assured this is no gimmick – it will help you become fitter. To try it for yourself, visit www.BunnyMeasurementIndex.co.uk. Now you can track your progress and find out how close you’re getting to being able to ditch the day job and become a Playboy Bunny. Well, a girl can dream…

    I found the workout really good for making my heart-rate rise – it’s an extreme cardio workout! But there are also press-ups and sit ups and squats so you’re building lean muscle at the same time. The goal is to end up looking toned not skinny. If you want more info then check out the Gymbox website or follow @GymBox on Twitter. See you at the Playboy Mansion!

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    VIP Fitness Video: Watch Us Try Twist & Pout

    I recently showed you a Barretoned exercise class, which is based on the principles of ballet and I promised to bring you a new workout video every Friday. So here is the next one and it’s another fun one, based on a dance method. Above, I am introduced to the art of burlesque dancing by Lauren Mack from Twist & Pout

    Twist & Pout runs courses across London so although I only went to one class, I would have been better if I’d completed more. At the start of the class I felt a bit awkward but as I let my inhibitions go I relaxed and got my legs higher and my body moving and writhing to the beat. It’s great for the core and also for the thighs and hamstrings as you’re doing it all in high heels.

    If you like what you see, visit the Twist & Pout website to see a class near you or to organise one for your next girly get together. Follow them on Twitter @TwistPout

    PS I’ll bring you a new Get a VIP Body video every week so come back every Friday…watch and enjoy!

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