If you are someone like me who wants to make exercise very much a part of daily life, but hates to drag themselves out to a fitness class or local gym you might have decided to build a gym in your home (we did and it’s been awesome!). However, outfitting a home gym can be expensive and takes a lot of space, so here are some of my home gym must haves that help me maximize my workouts with minimum time, space and money!
A good set of dumbbells
One of the best things I have done to help improve my overall fitness was to start strength training. But strength training usually means a lot of different exercises with a lot of different equipment needed. So until I win the lottery and can afford tens of thousands of dollars of gym equipment, my best option has been to use dumbbells. Dumbbells don’t take up a lot of space, are relatively affordable and yet they are extremely effective for improving and building your muscle. There are some great fitness sites (that are free) like Fitness Blender or BodyBuilding.com that can show you proper form and/or lead you through strength training exercises safely and effectively.
Cardio Equipment (Exercise Bike)
All things being equal, I would much rather be outside on my bike than indoors but, If you are after a good level of cardiovascular exercise (which is a great accompaniment to strength training) and it’s too dark or the weather is too poor to head outside, then you might want to look at getting an exercise bike. You can get a huge range of these these days, ranging from a standard spinning bike to a recumbent one. If you are going for the latter, be sure to shop around for the best recumbent bike you can find. You might be surprised at what variance there can be, and it only makes sense to try and stock your gym out with the best you can get your hands on. Remember, you get what you pay for when it comes to fitness equipment!
A Good Rack (no, not that kind of rack!)
Space is always an issue with home gyms – how much of it you are using, how you are using it, and so on. It is therefore valuable to have pieces of equipment which offer you a lot of variation in what they do, and don’t take up much space. The rack is the perfect example. With this simple piece of equipment, you can do squats, bench presses, military presses, and much more. In this way, it is essentially one item which you can use to work on most major muscle groups – and all without taking up much space in your home gym. This is an absolute must-have for anyone wanting to build a fantastic home gym and would make a great Christmas gift for the exercise fanatic on your list!
Do you have any other home gym must haves to share? Please comment below!