Let’s face it. Gym memberships can be expensive.
Besides, many people with memberships hate the crowds at the gym, they don’t like waiting to use the machines, or they feel self-conscious about working out in front of others.
Not to mention, a lot of people with gym memberships don’t even bother going and will eventually end up just wasting their money.
So what’s the alternative? Create a home gym!
You can dedicate a whole room for your home gym or you can set up an area in your living room by simply moving some furniture around when you are ready to workout (that’s what I do).
Either way, if you prefer to do home workouts instead of going to a gym, these 10 must haves can give you great results…and all in the privacy of your own home!
Dumbbells are great to use for upper body workouts, but you can also use a single dumbbell to work the abdominal area. However, the best thing about dumbbells is that they come in a variety of weights ranging from 1 lb to as high as 100 lbs.
If you decide to order dumbbells online, be sure to carefully read the description. Some weights are sold as singles, but you can also purchase dumbbells in pair or as part of a set. Dumbbells are an excellent investment for your home gym where over time, you can build up a great weight collection.
Some people may think resistance bands and dumbbells are the same, but there are a few differences. For example, with resistance bands you do not have to rely on gravity to provide you the resistance you need. As a result, you can perform a multitude of exercises where you can easily move in various directions. With dumbbells on the other hand, you can only perform exercise moves either vertically or horizontally.
Besides, if you are pressed for space for a home gym, resistance bands can be stored away much easier than dumbbells and they cost a lot less too. Otherwise, they are a nice addition to have with dumbbells since some fitness programs require the use of resistance bands instead of hand weights.
1) give you more of a cardiovascular workout because of the movement involved
2) can train the muscles across different planes other than vertically and horizontally
3) can help you build overall strength and performance using more functional movement.
Great for strength training, yoga, Pilates, and core workouts, you can get maximum results from using a stability ball, as well as improve your overall strength. Not to mention, a stability ball is fantastic for changing up your workouts where you have to work harder using your own body weight.
If you wish to perform exercise moves using something smaller than a stability ball, medicine balls are great to use too. Medicine balls are usually weighted and can be used for resistance training, stability, and for core workouts.
Warm up before your workouts by doing some jump rope exercises or incorporate jump roping as part of an overall cardiovascular fitness routine. It’s great for burning calories and perfect for people who may only have 15-20 minutes to exercise. What’s more, a jump rope is easily portable to take your workouts outdoors like at the park or right in your own driveway.
For under $20 bucks, a jump rope is an extremely useful piece of fitness equipment to have for your home gym. Just be sure you are fit enough to do jump rope exercises for prolong periods of time because it does put stress on your ankles, knees, hips.
Step aerobics may not be the “in” workout to do like these popular fitness routines, but a step is definitely something you may want to have to perform home workouts for your lower body. If you want something a bit smaller, invest in a High Step. Both types of steps are excellent for sculpting, toning, and reshaping your legs, buns, and thighs. For added resistance, add dumbbells.
A dip station is good to have for your home gym to build upper body strength. Not only can you do dips to tone your triceps and leg raises to strengthen your abdominal area, but you can also workout your lower back muscles by doing modified pull-ups and your chest muscles by doing modified push-ups. If you have the storage and the space for a dip station, I say go for it!
Another fitness equipment that’s useful to have to build up upper body strength is a pull up bar. Most women shy away from doing pull ups, but if you plan to use a weight loss workout plan like the P90X series, you will need to have a pull up bar. Besides, you can perform some very effective workouts for your upper body that’s a nice change from using dumbbells, resistance bands, or kettlebells.
If you love doing yoga or you plan to begin doing yoga, you will need to have a yoga mat! It’s non-slip, it’s lightweight, and it’s easy to move around where you can conveniently take it to a fitness studio, park, or the beach. However, you can do more than just yoga with a yoga mat. You can also do Pilates, ab workouts, and stretching too.
If you have bad knees, back, and ankles, or if live in an apartment where you have to be mindful of the neighbors when you do higher impact workouts, then a thick folding mat is a MUST! The Everlast Folding mat is very durable, it’s easy to carry around due to the handles, and it’s perfect from absorbing the impact from high energy exercise moves like burpees, high knees, jump squats, and high jumps.
Also, this plushy mat is perfect for ab workouts if you hate doing them on hard floors or on a thin yoga mat and it is also perfect for Pilates, stretching, and physical therapy moves.
I use my Everlast Folding Mat every time I workout and it’s one of the best pieces of fitness equipment I have in my collection!
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