Setting up a home gym for your exercise and training programs can be very convenient especially if you are really serious about staying fit. Having one at home can help ensure that you always get the fitness training and exercise that you require in order to stay healthy. With a home gym following fitness programs no longer have to depend on whether you have the time to go somewhere else just to do them and stay fit.
Certain basic equipment is what a home gym needs for it to provide an effective overall fitness regimen. That does not mean that you have to buy all those fancy gym equipment that seems to be very popular in posh gym clubs. First of all, they can be very expensive. Only the very basic is what a home gym usually needs. Here are some of them:
Enough Floor Space For some people, home space does not matter much when setting up a home gym. But a little bit of planning can help make use of available space more efficiently, no matter how small. But aside from space for the basic gym equipment, a good home gym should have enough floor space also for doing some basic exercises. Having enough floor space can sometimes even be enough to give you a thorough workout. For the very basic of home gyms, sufficient floor space is all you will ever need along with knowledge about basic training techniques such as calisthenics and basic aerobic exercises.
Using Dumbbells The use of dumbbells is an easy option for your strength training needs. Even having only a set of dumbbells can give you a thorough strength workout. What is good about them is that they are versatile and handy enough to use in even a limited area of a home gym. No need for other gadgets to set up. Inexpensive gym equipment to boot, dumbbells are a must-have in your own home gym.
The Chin Up Bar The floor space will allow you to do push-ups as part of your exercise regimen; you would need chin-up bars to do pull up exercises. Both push-ups and pull-ups are quite effective in trying to build your upper body strength. Chin-up bars would be the simplest equipment that you can have for doing pull-ups.
Jump Rope Another common basic equipment to include in your home gym is the all-around jump rope. It allows you to do cardio exercises without having to go out for a run. A jump rope allows you to do cardio exercises from where you may be standing. A jump rope should not be absent in any basic home gym. Jump ropes would e the perfect tool for a home gym with limited space. If you find that you just don't have space in your home to set up even the very basic treadmill, a simple and inexpensive jump rope would be a good and simple alternative.
A home exercise ad training gym need not be the one with the most sophisticated gadgets to be effective in keeping you fit and healthy. All you need is to have the very basic equipment so that you may be able to do the most effective fitness program there is.
If you’ve heard the saying, you get what you pay for, this
is certainly true with home gym equipment. It’s not all
high priced madness though.
Actually, the more costly the home gym means it will last
longer and be stronger. Unless you are wanting heavy-duty
body-building, extremely high-quality home gyms may be a
waste of money.
Finding a middle ground between affordability and quality
gives value for money. The general trend is to startup
somewhere between $500-$2000, get something with as much
training variety as possible, and think about long term
- Will you always have space limitations? If so, paying
extra for foldaway equipment will be worth it.
- Is your home gym for specialized bodybuilding? Remember,
as you get stronger and heavier, the amount you can lift,
or pressure on machines increases also. Cheaper equipment
will break down under stress it isn’t designed for.
- Will there be enough variety to keep you interested?
Effective exercise is about cross-training and working as
many muscles as we can in different ways. Moreover, boring
means less inclination to exercise.
- Are you the only person who’ll be using it? Something
that suits you may not suit a partner, teenage child or
brother. Home gyms are a big investment, financially and
Research sellers, friends/family who have home gyms, and
narrow down possibilities before you make any purchase.
Buying used is an option, but remember you have no
guarantees on previous treatment.