Having a gym membership can have major benefits. A variety of equipment, group classes, and the ability to meet up with friends are all nice perks. Then there is reality. Gym hours many not work with your schedule, expensive membership fees, location, weather, young children in the home, are all just a sampling of reasons why a gym may not be the best option.
You can go out and spend a fortune to set up a home gym. You may even have the space in a dedicated room. But there are a few key pieces of exercise equipment/accessories that you can get to economically start your own home gym and not take up a lot of space.
You– That’s right, you. Body weight exercises (push-ups, planks, for example) don’t require any equipment.
Resistance Bands– With or without handles these are an inexpensive accessory that you can use perform a variety of exercises.
Dumbbells– Start off by just getting a couple of weights. No need to get a full set, I guarantee you don’t use ALL weights. Adjustable dumbbells that can adjust to different weights are compact in size, but can be expensive ($150-$500) unless you plan on using them a lot, spare the expense.
Yoga Mat– There is no need to go all out and get a designer version, you can get one easily for under $10.
Exercise/Stability Ball– Be prepared to replace it more often if you go with an inexpensive one.
Foam Roller– Every athlete or individual who exercises often needs to have one of these. Keep in mind, just as the exercise/stability ball, cheaper versions will wear out and need to be replaced more often.
BOSU– A little more expensive than a stability ball, a BOSU has a multitude of exercises and can also be used as a substitute in many exercises for an exercise/stability ball.
Trainer– Many people have a bike sitting around somewhere that may or not be used regularly. An inexpensive trainer can turn that bike into an instant spin bike.
Keep in mind things you already have in your home can be used. Stairs, chairs, and coffee tables. Think outside of the box. It’s always fun to get shiny new things but don’t forget to check yard sales, garage sales, eBay, discount websites, second hand stores, etc. you can always find exercise equipment and/or accessories at less than bargain prices.
People ask me often what I have in my home gym. Here you go: Treadmill, trainer, yoga mat, exercise/stability ball, BOSU, dumbbells (5lb, 10lb, 40lb), weighted jump rope, pull up bar, resistance bands, and a speed vest (weight vest).
We all can’t get to a gym. It’s about being able to do what you can, not what you cannot do. So look at your workouts and see what equipment you need to essentially complete those from home and start building your home gym. Remember, you don’t have to break the bank, to break a sweat.
Be Healthy, Train Smart, Have Fun
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