Can You Work Out at Home and What Home Gym Equipment Should You Buy
I thought today I would write about the use of home gym equipment. I know this is a little bit different from my normal informational type of posts, but I am constantly being asked when someone truly wants to transform their body; “Do I need to go and buy a gym membership?” The reasons vary as to why some people would rather not step into a gym full of people. Sometimes it is a cost issue that the person does not want to incur, and sometimes it is just the fact that they may not feel comfortable about going into a gym to work out in front of others just quite yet. Irrespective of the reason for their trepidation, my answer is always unchanging and a resounding; “No, you don’t have to join a gym in order to transform your body!” While it is nice to get out of the house, get in a different environment and use some of the newest resistance and cardio machines, you can easily get a good workout right there in the comfort of your home.
The Best Home Gym Equipment
The most essential piece of home gym equipment is the one you already have – your body. Remember your body views your bodyweight working against gravity as resistance. Be it bodyweight squats, variations on the pushup, dips off of a step, lunges, etc. the body still views your body (along with the help of gravity as resistance and will change and adapt over time to become stronger and enable the muscles to have a greater affinity for oxygen. However, for variation’s sake and in order to target specific muscles in differing angles of pinnation, you may want to add some additional equipment.
Below is a list of essentials for your Home Gym Equipment
Stability Ball ($10 to $25) this is a great piece of home gym equipment for targeting your core and can substitute for a bench. Heavy-duty balls, which are burst resistant, are the best and safest to invest in.
Dumbbells (starting at $4.25 a pair) If you have only one piece of home gym equipmenet, make it a set of dumbbells. They’re simple to use, versatile and a great way to increase muscle mass.
Medicine Ball ($20 and up) these smaller, weighted balls have a great deal of versatility, and their shape is ideal for core exercisessuch as side twists. They Are available in a range of weights and some models even bounce. They are very easily stored and make for an excellent addition to anyone’s home gym equipment.
Resistance Bands ($13) these stretchy tools come in a range of types, sizes, widths and resistance levels. Use the largest ones to make squats extra challenging; smaller sizes are useful for working your glutes and inner thighs.
BOSU Balance Trainer ($99-$120) Short for “Both Sides Up” a reference to the two ways a BOSU ball can be positioned. It is basically a Stability Ball that has been cut in half. this piece of home gym equipment makes pushups and crunches more challenging, or stand on it to engage your lower body while doing upper-body exercises like bicep curls or overhead presses.
Mat ($16 to $25) A mat is a piece of home gym equipment that helps relieve joint pressure and pain during moves that involve sitting, kneeling, or lying, or when you perform any kind of isometric exercise, such as a plank. Also important, its nonskid surface will safeguard you against injuries.
If you arm your home gym with some of these pieces of home gym equipment, you will be able to get just as good a workout than if you went to a gym. A properly designed program using this equipment will leave your body transforming right before your eyes.