Ask Away...: The Ultimate Home Gym Equipment Guide

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Ultimate Home Gym Equipment Guide



So you have decided that you are sick of having to drag yourself down to the gym every couple of days to workout but you don’t want to let your fitness levels hit rock bottom? Creating your very own home gym may well be the ideal solution. Once you have chosen your space, you will then need to set about selecting the equipment you need. This will all depend on which areas of your fitness that you want to focus on, so let’s go through each one in turn and some of the equipment that you can invest in.

Cardio

At the upper end of the scale, a treadmill or stationary bike will give you a good workout all the year round. Another option is a rowing machine which also has the added benefits of helping to build and tone muscles, improve endurance and enhance your cardiovascular functioning. Less expensive is a punching bag which can give you a great full-body cardio workout. If you don’t have a big budget at all, even a skipping rope is a good option which also has the natural advantage of taking up next to no space in storage!

Strength



Pretty much every home gym should including a set of dumbbells, and if you get the adjustable kind then you have the ultimate versatility. Choosing a dumbbell workout shouldn’t be hard with so much advice available online. If you are a real free weight fanatic, a weight-lifting bench will also probably be pretty high on your wishlist. Alternatively, if you prefer a workout that is free of machines then there is plenty that you can do with a medicine ball. Another affordable option is a pull up bar which you can put in the doorway of your home giving you an incentive to do some every time you walk through.

Flexibility



It is fairly simple to start building up your flexibility without the need to invest in any overly expensive equipment. The item at the top of your list should be an exercise mat that gives you a good surface for any yoga, ab workouts, core strength building or stretching that you would like to build into your workout routine. If you are going to be working out on a hardwood floor, try to choose one that has a bit of extra thickness. Another must-have item in terms of flexibility is a foam roller which helps to smooth out any knots or tight muscles that you may be suffering from.

Core

We have already talked about the usefulness of an exercise mat when it comes to doing core strength workouts, but an ab wheel is another piece of equipment that is very useful in this area. Remember to take your time and not rush into a complex routing too quickly or you may not be able to move the next day! Elliptical trainers are also a nice piece of equipment that don’t take up a great deal of space and get you to engage your core.

 












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