Thinking about building a home gym? With so many options available to you this can be a little overwhelming. One way to simplify the process is to break it down into the type of exercises you’ll be doing in your home gym. For example, in order to accomodate well-rounded workouts, you’re going to want to include equipment for cardio and strength training. From there, you can narrow down your search based on your personal preferences, budget and space constraints. Here is our list of 5 essentials for building your home gym.
1. Pick Your Cardio Poison
In order to accommodate a complete workout, you’re going to need to outfit your home gym with some type of cardio machine. When it comes to the type of cardio machine you choose, that is entirely up to you. Treadmills are great for people who enjoy running and can tolerate the impact. However, if your body doesn’t respond well to the impact but you still want that type of intensity in a workout, an Elliptical machine is probably a better fit for you. You can also achieve great results from stationary bikes and rowing machines.
2. Strength Training Station
Never discount the importance of incorporating strength training into your workout routine. As you plan for a strength training station, you have a couple of different options to choose from. If you are on a tight budget or lacking a lot of space for your home gym, you might want to consider choosing free weights for your strength training station. Adjustable dumbbells are a great option or if you’re looking for a non-traditional alternative, consider choosing kettle bells for your strength training station.
There are a wide variety of strength training machines to choose from if you prefer a resistance-based machine over free weights. Precor has a great line of strength systems built to accommodate any level of fitness.
3. Weight Bench
If you went the free weight rout for your strength training station, you’ll eventually want to find a weight bench. A weight bench will greatly expand your repertoire of exercises that you can do with free weights. Choose one that adjusts to both flat and inclined positions for even more options.
4. Pilates or Yoga Mat
If you’ve ever tried Pilates or Yoga before, then you know they provide great workouts and do wonders for your flexibility. The great thing about Pilates and Yoga is that all you need to participate is a mat! It might be helpful to have an instructional video to get started, but other than that, it’s a pretty minimalistic workout. Even if you haven’t jumped onto the Pilates or Yoga bandwagon, you’ll want a mat in your home gym to accommodate stretching and abdominal workouts.
5. TV/DVD Player
Whether you like to follow along with exercise videos or just enjoy having that source of entertainment while you work out, having a TV with a DVD player in your home gym is a really nice bonus.
Remember, your home gym doesn’t have to be built in a day. It should be a work in progress that you can continue to expand and improve as time goes on. Start with the piece that is paramount for achieving your fitness goas and expand from there when you are ready.Pin It