Creating your very own home gym can be much simpler than you imagine. But before you start purchasing random equipment, it makes sense to consider your fitness goals.
You can certainly benefit from any kind of equipment you get; however, if you have a specific goal, then you’d better match it to the kind of training you’ll be doing.
In other words, you can focus on doing cardio exercises if your main and only goal is to lose weight, on using weights and resistance training to gain muscles and bulk up, or yoga and Pilates for rejuvenation and improved flexibility. However, if you’re looking for a holistic approach to enhance your strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility, then you’d best get a collection of equipment that satisfies all of the aforementioned goals.
Cardio & Endurance Corner
Cardio is known for its unparalleled benefits in shaping the body up and losing weight. Even more so, cardio exercises serve in enhancing all functions of the body, starting with the most beneficial cardiopulmonary (heart and lungs) fitness. To achieve this fitness using the least set of equipment, you can get a treadmill, exercise bike, or just a simple jumping rope.
There are countless benefits of jogging, which remains one of the easiest and most rewarding cardio exercises. Having a treadmill will enable you to simply walk your legs at home as you’d take a walk in the park or run your body out as you would in a marathon.
Running is all fun and games, but it doesn’t suit everyone’s taste. Many prefer the adrenaline rush they get from biking, and that’s what exercise bikes are for. Moreover, smart exercise bikes are an alternative to traditional bikes if you’re looking for a smooth experience. Smart bikes enhance your exercise session by enabling you to connect your bike with high-tech live training that aligns with your personal goals.
Whether you’re tight on budget or you’re looking for a flexible way to exercise, you definitely need to get a jumping rope. This simple piece of equipment can satisfy your cardio exercise goals while conditioning your cardiopulmonary fitness to high levels.
If your cardio training is more advanced, then getting a plyo-box for explosive training is also a great addition to your gym.
Strength & Resistance Corner
At the end of the day, most of us who hit the gym go to train our muscles. While getting a full set of gym equipment is financial suicide, knowing a few tricks can help change your training means to reap the same benefits. In fact, you can build muscles and get ripped off at home using bodyweight equipment and free weights, which can give you the same effect of training in a gym. The equipment you’ll need for this corner is pretty simple: dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells.
Dumbbells can be considered the most basic and essential equipment in your strength and resistance corner. Since your muscles will have different resistance levels, you can either use a full set of dumbbell weights or, better yet, an adjustable one.
While dumbbells can cover almost all of your basic muscle training needs, kettlebells come with their own benefits as well. The best thing is to determine the exercises you’ll need kettlebells for and get a suitable weight accordingly.
There’s no way around purchasing barbells when creating a complete home gym with the most essential equipment. The greatest thing about barbells is the ability to adjust the weight as you need, so, aside from the bar, you’ll need to get a few barbell weights.
Flexibility & Balance Corner
No matter how hard you train your cardiopulmonary and muscular fitness, you need to take the time to rejuvenate and recover. Your flexibility and balance corner will be your go-to to achieve this purpose. You won’t need much for this corner, all you’ll need is a yoga mat. If you’re looking for more benefits, then adding a medicine ball, resistance bands, and gymnastic rings can be a worthwhile investment.
There’s no denying the energized feeling we get whenever we hit the gym; the adrenaline, the air, our peers, the equipment; everything around us seems to scream at us to keep going. However, that doesn’t mean we have to lose all those benefits if we can’t go to the gym. On the contrary, you can create your very own home gym from scratch and train harder than ever before! Start by setting clear fitness goals and get the best equipment that will help you achieve those goals. You can even just start with one training corner and then adjust the other corners as you progress through your training.