Sometimes it’s just not possible to get to the gym. You might find yourself in another city or an unfamiliar environment where you can’t locate a gym. But you know that your exercise is super important to your health, and it’s that much harder to resume working out when you’ve stopped for a while.
I’ve faced some of these issues in the past, travelling out of town for work assignments and vacations. Recently, I moved to an area where there was no gym and I set out to build a home gym for myself.
To be very clear though, home gyms are really cool. They don’t necessarily have to be thought of as a backup plan or alternative to a “real gym”. A home gym can be just as effective as a conventional (“real”) gym. In fact, there are several advantages a home gym has over its commercial counterpart.
The best thing about a home gym is customization. You design your gym to fit your unique taste and fitness goals, utilizing readily as available resources at your disposal. Obviously, my home gym would differ from yours.
I’m going to give you a quick shortlist of some basic home gym equipment I got to keep my exercise and fitness routine on track.
1. Heavy Bag
If you can’t do your usual outdoor cardio routine, or you just don’t want to, a heavy bag can be a great alternative for burning fat while building explosive power and speed. You can carry it while working your muscles and lifting power or you can hang it as a punching bag.
If you’re a DIY guy like me, instead of buying one of these, you could get a big sack and fill it with sand. Wrap the sack all over with soft material and you’re good to go.
2. Weighted Jump Ropes
I once read a study that revealed that just 10 minutes of skipping is the workout equivalent of jogging for 30 minutes. Even better, jumping rope with removable weights packed in the handles! You get that cardio, and improve your muscular strength at the same time.
3. Medicine Ball
A simple, versatile fitness tool, the weighted medicine ball is a must-have for your home gym. It can be thrown, lifted or pushed against a wall to increase your strength and endurance.
You probably wonder why I haven’t mentioned these before now. In fact, you most likely have a few already.
Dumbbells are easy to lift, and they take up less space in your home gym, especially if you don’t particularly have a dedicated home gym area.
The kettlebell has proven to be a creative tool for me in the gym. From deadlift to swings, lunges and pushes, the kettlebell inspires a plethora of strength moves, even in a limited space.
I’m sure this list will be helpful for those thinking about starting their home gym. It certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of basic home gym equipment to get for your home gym, but is a good starting list.
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