We are currently in a pandemic. Most shops are closed except for essentials. These include gyms. So that begets the question, how do you stay fit while staying indoors? Here are the top ten types of equipment you need in order to get your home gym working just like your local fitness club.
These are the bread and butter of every workout. You definitely need dumbbells if you want to set up your home gym. Try to get a variety of dumbbells that vary in weight. The weights of your dumbbells shall depend on your current capacity and fitness goals. However, you most probably want one that’s a bit heavier than just a 5kg dumbbell, right? A set of 3kg, 5kg, 10kg, all up to 20kg per dumbbell would be your best bet.
2. Leg And Arm Weights
Small weights can help you go a long way whenever you start your workout wearing them. They can vary from as low as 250g to 1kg per weight. After finishing your workout, you’ll feel faster and stronger than you were before once you take these leg and arm weights off. You can even wear these while you do your daily chores to get a nice daily workout without doing any other form of exercise. Getting your work done while getting a workout—you’re able to hit two birds with one stone.
3. Yoga Mat
Why get yourself dirty on the floor when you can just do your push-ups, sit-ups, and all other stretches using a yoga mat? Get yourself a nice yoga mat and feel like a guru while doing calisthenics in your own home gym. Easy to clean, easy to tuck away. Yoga mats are portable, too. Once the pandemic ends and gyms are open again, you can just bring your own yoga mat. Much more sanitary than the ones at the gym, right? You can also do other great at-home workouts apart from the ones mentioned above, such as forearm planks, bicycle crunches, stationary lunges, etc.
4. Balance Ball
Balance balls help you do multiple kinds of workouts that require good body balance. These exercises help your core muscles in the process by forcing them to work more while using a balance ball. It helps you stretch your body even further after your warm-up session.
5. Weighted Pole
Weighted poles are another fundamental equipment in a good gym that’s worth having at home. A barbell rod is a great alternative to a weighted pole as well, which assists with performing some stretches. These pieces of equipment help expand your muscles, making you more flexible, and your workouts, more lenient. If you have never tried using a weighted pole to stretch your back, get one for your home gym now.
COVID-19 still roams the streets. You can’t have a good jog outside while wearing a face mask, otherwise, you’ll have difficulty breathing and you won’t be able to take in the right amount of oxygen your body needs—unless you own a really big backyard where you can run around.
Get a treadmill for your home gym and you’ll be able to run in place at the comfort of your own home any time you need it. The speed and steepness are usually adjustable with most treadmills, so you can calibrate it to simulate hiking up a hill or mountain, or running a marathon, whichever you prefer.
7. Stationary Bicycle
Stationary bicycles are in the same spot as treadmills. We cannot bike around wearing a face mask for the same reason as jogging with one on. You will need your calves worked out, too. Bikes are your best bet for them. Just like treadmills, they usually offer adjustability to suit your preferences. You can’t skip leg day!
8. Barbells And Weight Benches
Another prerequisite pieces of equipment to having a good home gym are barbells and weight benches. Just like dumbbells, you will need to exercise your muscle strength by having good-quality barbells and sturdy weight benches to sit on while doing exercises. Military press, bench press, you name it. You will need to do all these using your barbells and weight benches on the right days of workout. Be sure to have stretched your body before doing any of these, as without stretching you will overexert your muscles.
9. Cable Pulley Machines
These are weights you pull. Sounds pretty simple, right? However, they are actually machines with pulleys and adjustable weights, which you can move around and switch to get the right exercise. They help you get good muscle toning, like with your shoulders, by doing shrugs with them, or even butt by doing squats with them. Cable pulleys allow you to do a wide variety of exercises, giving you more options to get fit. They are pricey though, but you can think of them as a long-term investment. Money is temporary, but taking care of your body physique has a great impact on your lifelong health.
10. Power Racks
This cements your workout space as a gym. Every gym has a power rack. The local fitness center has one. That suspicious-looking gym three blocks down has one. It’s a centerpiece that makes a gym a gym. Power racks usually have long queues whenever you go to a gym. Well, no more falling in line for you. The best power rack is adjustable to all the exercises you need to perform with it, such as squats, pull-ups, deadlifts, etc. Owning one for your home gym can make you fit in less than a month. Maybe that’s a bit exaggerated remark, but that’s really how good it is.
Bonus Gear: Jump Ropes
Jump ropes are highly recommended in any home gym. This gear can give you the ease of doing better calisthenics, as compared to doing it without them. They are probably the cheapest thing on the whole list as well, so there’s no reason not to add this item to your cart and pay that extra few dollars.
What You Need To Do Now
Overall, building a home gym can be daunting at the onset. Trying to convince your landlord, if you are renting an apartment, and then trying to convince your significant other or family members to let you build one are already the first hurdles that you need to deal with. However, if you really aim to be fit and healthy, the mentioned pieces of equipment for your home gym are worth the investment. We can’t go to the gym these days, so this will be your best bet besides solely doing calisthenics all day long.
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