In these modern times, more and more people don’t have enough time to go to the gym to exercise. Because of that, “home gyms” are becoming more popular than ever. The great thing about having a gym at home is that you can exercise whenever you want and whatever you want, without anyone watching. There are two major downsides to home gyms: there are no professional trainers and there is no professional equipment.
If you are just starting with creating your home gym, the good news are that you don’t need lots of equipment. We have gathered home gym essentials for you:
The most important thing for every home gym is the location. Since you can’t do exercises all over your apartment, it would be a great idea for you to choose a corner or part of your apartment or house, that is always empty and provides enough space for you to freely exercise. Furthermore, choose a spot away from any possible distractions, so there is nothing that could interrupt your workout or make you postpone it.
When you have found a perfect spot for your home gym, you should invest in some equipment. Nothing expensive, just a few things to get you started. If you are living in a house you can buy a jump rope, which is essential for cardio workouts at home. However, if you live in an apartment, it would be best to avoid the jump rope.
Next piece of equipment you need is a versatile mat. You can use it for bodyweight training, weight trainings and yoga. The great thing about mats is that you can store them easily, use for different exercises and they are not expensive.
If you plan to add resistance training to your home workouts, make sure that you invest in some dumbbells. Believe it or not, the dumbbells are one of the most versatile gym equipment money can buy! If you did not use them before, make sure to check out some YouTube videos with workouts, before you start. The great thing about dumbbells is that you can buy just one, a pair or a few dumbbells in different sizes.
Furthermore, there are some great pieces of equipment that you can add to your home gym, without spending thousands of dollars: resistance band, stability ball or foam rolling. These are just some basic pieces of gym equipment that you can easily afford and there are hundreds of exercises that you can do with them.
However, if you want to do cardio seriously, you can buy a stationary bike or an elliptical machine. These two machines are one of the most expensive in every gym, but the good news is that you can buy their much cheaper alternatives for your home gym. You can try to find on sites like eBay or Craigslist second hand bike or elliptical, which can be really cheap. On the other hand, you can buy new machines, if you can afford them. These machines are great, but it would be best to include them as a part of your weight loss strategy and not the only thing.