As a busy single parent to my two young children it can be as much effort trying to arrange childcare, dropping the little ones off and getting to a local gym than actually doing the workout itself. I get a very small window of opportunity for free time between school runs, meal times, out of school activities and house chores to actually stop and do something for myself, and more often than not I spend it playing catch-up on everything I’ve failed to finish doing throughout the week. I’m a massive fitness fan and have adapted my lifestyle to workout from home where I can be with the children and not disrupt my hectic schedule, so having professional gym equipment readily available in my home via Hire Fitness is a total game changer to my workout routine.
I have a pretty standard home setup of cupboard fitness equipment including dumbbells, push up rings, a pull up bar, kettle bells, resistance bands, a sit-up bench and pole for pole fitness with my only electronic equipment being a vibration plate. Upon deciding what equipment to hire I first looked at which area of my training I haven’t already covered with the weight based pieces that I already have and so I chose a cross-trainer which would be a great total-body workout to up my cardio ability.
Hire Fitness have a huge selection of gym equipment for home use from treadmills and exercise bikes to rowing machines, vibration plates and weight benches to suit every fitness goal. Like many I would imagine, I’m not privileged to have a spare room or wide open space in my compact family home so I have turned my dining table to one side and placed my cross trainer in my kitchen which is the heart of our home. Not only is it a space that I can allocate aside my cleaning cupboard out of the way but it also means that I can keep an eye on the children whilst working out and even watch the dinner cooking which kills two birds with one stone!
I get incredibly hot when I workout and find myself stripping down to my underwear when doing cardio which isn’t practical in a gym and not all of them have air-conditioning which makes working out hellish. The beauty of using gym equipment from home is that I can wear whatever I want, control my ideal temperature by opening the doors and windows and I can workout 24/7 if I choose to. I don’t have to worry about childcare, parking or queuing for machines and when I’m done I can jump straight into a nice cool shower and go to bed. Hiring fitness equipment gives you the same benefits of using a gym but with the VIP experience of having it all to yourself whenever you want it.
What I also love about Hire Fitness is that you can choose multiple pieces of equipment to use at once to effectively bring an entire gym to your home without the upfront costs of buying it all which is great if you’re working to a deadline for getting fit because you can invite the whole family over to workout together and share the cost. Or like me you can start with one piece in your kitchen and see how you get on for a month or so before swapping it for something different or trying something totally new. It gives me the freedom to explore and maintain a consistent fitness regime without the outside obstacles of transport, childcare and availability. At home I have none of the regular excuses to skip my workout and so I’m finding I’m far more motivated to hop on for a half hour first thing in the morning and kick start a motivated day of activities.
Here I have the Deluxe Home Elliptical Cross-Trainer which is perfect for a total body workout as it works all of my muscle groups across sixteen silent magnetic resistance programmes to keep me on my toes. It also measures my speed, distance, time, incline, calories, heart-rate, optimum pace, body fat and BMI which is great because I am extremely motivated by figures and progress and this way I can keep track of my results. Because it’s on wheels it was easy to bring in through my standard sized door frames and can be moved about should I need to wash the floor or if I’d like a change of scenery. It comes with a mains power plug to operate the computer and programmes which I only switch on when I want to use it and there is also a users manual and bottle holder, literally everything I need to get myself into shape for Christmas.
The cross trainer is hired at £20.00 per week for a minimum of a four week period and the longer you have it the lower the price becomes as it’s just £14.00 per week for fifty-two weeks. When I consider how many times I’ve heard people complaining about an expensive gym membership they pay for but never use, or spend £50.00 a month to go just once or twice a week it makes me cringe because I think what a waste of money and effort it is. Having my cross trainer in the comfort of my own home has allowed me to workout five days a week with the weekends as my rest days, a routine that I have set myself but you could do every day if you wanted, or every other day to start even. For £20.00 a week it makes my five-day workout cost just £4.00 a session which wouldn’t have even covered my petrol to and from the gym let alone the time I’d lose travelling and the added cost of childcare and a gym membership on top. Hire Fitness have made my active lifestyle not only affordable but extremely convenient and the results show all over my body, purse and face because of it!