Home Sweet Gym: How Audible Can Help Turn Your Living Room into a Workout Space

A woman preparing to work out in her living room with dumbbells and an exercise ball.
06/29/2020

Work out While Staying in: Explore Four Fantastic Fitness Titles

Explore at-home fitness titles with your Audible membership

Listening can be a transformative experience. A fantasy audiobook has the power to transform your bedroom into a mythical kingdom. A true crime podcast can turn your kitchen into a crime scene investigation. A sci-fi title can transform your bathtub into the fastest spaceship in the galaxy.

But what if you’re looking for a more humble transformation? What if, rather than exploring distant lands or criminal investigations, you simply want to turn your living room into a space for getting fit? We can help with that too.

All it takes to bring the gym experience into your own home are a few motivating diet and fitness audiobooks and a little room to stretch out. To get the sweat flowing, we’ve recommended a few health and fitness titles below that you can use indoors. We’ve also included a running title, for a breath of fresh air.

Move the coffee table out of the way, draw the blinds and snap on your sweatband – it’s time to get physical.

Pump Yourself up with Michael Matthews

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation

You’ve got this. Your living room may not have the same blaring hip-hop and buzzing atmosphere as the gym, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pump yourself up. For a little motivation, turn to Michael Matthews’ The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation, a “practical blueprint for radical transformation.”

This engaging, inspiring and motivating listen doesn’t pull any punches – and it doesn’t want you to either. In it, you’ll find tips on increasing willpower, exercising self-control, kicking procrastination and following through on your aspirations. Its sage advice and can-do panache can be used inside or outside the living room gym.

If you feel like there’s something holding you back from realizing your in-home fitness goals, try starting with this Little Black (Audio)Book! And if you’re looking for more titles that motivate you to make positive changes, check out our handy blog post on the topic.

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation

Author:
Michael Matthews
Narrator:
Michael Matthews
Length:
5:24
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Brevity is the Soul of Fit with Martin Gibala and Christopher Shulgan

The One-Minute Workout

Good things may come to those who wait, but there’s also a case to be made for speeding up the process. When you first read the title, The One-Minute Workout, you may brush the concept off as impossible. It’s hard to break a sweat in one minute, let alone achieve a full workout.

But Martin Gibala, a PhD professor of kinesiology, alongside writer Christopher Shulgan, proves through science that “intensity trumps duration”. Using High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Gibala illustrates how you can get a potent workout with just a few, short, intense bursts of exercise.

Let’s face it – it’s tough to stay motivated at home. In a gym setting, the social atmosphere pushes you to keep moving. With in-home exercise, all you get is the occasional interruption from your partner who wants to know where we keep the crackers. Keeping your living room workouts brief and intense may be the best way to go!

The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That's Smarter, Faster, Shorter

Author:
Martin Gibala, Christopher Shulgan
Narrator:
Sean Pratt
Length:
6:33
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Let Ross Edgley Be Your Personal Trainer

The World's Fittest Book

Ross Edgley’s comprehensive training tool has been dubbed “the body’s complete user guide.” Combining the collective wisdom of Olympians and world champions, and complete with tried-and-tested workouts for a range of fitness levels, this all-in-one audiobook should be a staple at your in-home gym.

Chock full of practical tips, easy-to-follow exercises and even a few healthy recipes, The World’s Fittest Book is the closest you’ll come to having a personal trainer right there in the living room. For those who have the motivation to exercise but maybe lack the guidance to know how best to work out, this is an invaluable resource.

Just add weights and you’ve got yourself a professional training session.

The World's Fittest Book

Author:
Ross Edgley
Narrator:
Ross Edgley
Length:
9:02
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Cross the Finish Line with Aaptiv

Walk to Run One Mile

If you’re blessed with the presence of an at-home treadmill, lucky you! If not, at a certain point you may feel inclined to take your in-home gym out for a spin around the block. Either way, Walk to Run One Mile is a helpful resource for new runners.

In this audio exercise class, Aaptiv trainer Jaime McFaden starts you slow before progressing to a full-on, mile-long run. Easing you into the practice over 20 classes of 25-minutes apiece, Walk to Run One Mile sets a singular long-term goal and encourages you to stick to it.

Walk to Run One Mile

Author:
Aaptiv
Narrator:
Jaime McFaden
Length:
6:20
Type:
Podcast Podcast

Find a socially distanced mile-long stretch (that’s 1.6 km for us Canucks) and let Aaptiv encourage you across the finish line.

All you need to transform your living room into a functioning gym (and your neighbourhood into a running track) is a little motivation, a little imagination and a few fitness titles for your in home workouts. Expand your collection with the four titles above and explore the wide world of health and fitness audiobooks and podcasts available at Audible.

What’s your at-home workout regimen? Are you a soup-can weightlifter, a bedroom-floor yogi, a staircase hiker? Share pics with us on Instagram and tag #AudibleCanada.

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