Building your own home gym doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We aren’t talking about 95 easy payments of 100 dollars for a bowflex here. With a few purchases you can have everything you need to start working out in the comfort of your own home. The aim for the Beginner Series is to introduce the basics of working out, and a home gym is a critical part of starting out! In a few of my up and coming posts I will be demonstrating how to use this equipment.
When I first started working out, the last thing I wanted to do is go to the gym and workout in front of other people – intimidating! I had no idea what I was doing, though I knew good form was crucial. I used exercise videos like Tae.bo, the firm, and Julian Michaels – 30 Day Shred and my own equipment that I purchased. I did this for a few years until my own personal weights just weren’t enough anymore, but by that time the gym just didn’t seem so intimidating!
While most of the pictures in the beginner series are shot in the gym I have each of these pieces of equipment in my home as well. Sometimes there are just days you can’t make it into the gym and being able to get in a quick workout without leaving your own home is awesome. This post contains affiliate links!
The Ultimate Home Gym
Why is the pull up bar an essential in my home gym? Because I suck at pull ups and need to work on them! But seriously, it’s versatile, flexible, and you are able to work multiple muscle groups off of this one piece of equipment. From back, to biceps, to core, and you need nothing else but your own body weight! Trouble with pull ups? Add a chair underneath until you can do it without effort. All you need is a door way.
We already know I love resistance bands. So far the beginner series has featured these bad boys in almost every post. Their inexpensive, lightweight, but still pack the punch to build muscle and tone your body. Going on a trip? Pack them in your overnight bag. At different lengths, tensions, and being able to work all muscle groups you can’t beat them. Look for a pack that comes with a door anchor which comes in very handy. An essential for any home gym!
While resistance bands hold a lot of benefit, sometimes the movements done while working out just get awkward with them. Not to mention the fear that the band is going to snap back at you. Dave loves his Hex dumbbell set in his home gym. The set below goes up to 25lbs which is perfect. Look for one with a rack like the one below if you can. This’ll help keep your home gym organized! If you go prime, its free shipping so no worrying about extra cost with weight and shipping!
Typically used for step aerobics, this step or “bench” can be used for more than just stepping on. Tricep, chest workouts, you name it. I was first introduced to this in body pump! Most of these also come with a DVD to get your step cardio on!
Like dumbbells, kettle bells offer that same benefits. But not all exercises are based on isolation moves which the dumbbells are perfect for. However, if you get into more movement based training, using a dumbbell can be difficult.
As you continue to add more weight for resistance you’re going to want to add a barbell to your home gym. Working out is about variation and variety. The Barbell is great for barbell rows, adding weight to squats, dead lifts. The barbell is less likely to deviate from the range of motion like a dumbbell can. This can help alleviate possible injury.
The Bosu Ball for balance training. This is actually the one item on here I don’t have, but it’s on my wish list! The added benefits of training with a bosu ball is that you utilize additional muscle groups to help stabilize you. Ever do crunches on one of these? Killer.
TRX Suspension Trainer (otherwise known as TRX)
Suspension training has been all the rave lately and there’s a reason for it. These workouts use your own body weight, focus on multiple muscle groups at once, and is centered around core strength. It also can be done anywhere, hello hotel room while traveling!
For the cost, we recommend getting your cardio in either tabatas or walking/running outside. But for the cold and rainy days sometimes you just need your own treadmill. Look for one with suspension to help with joint impact!
Jump Rope – Some of the best cardio you can get staying in one place.
Floor Sliders – Great for mountain climbers and isolated push ups.
Gloves – Worried about your soft hands? Get a pair of lifting gloves.
Folding Chair – Sometimes the bench just doesn’t cut it and you need a chair to knock out some of your home exercises. A durable chair that can go through the punches with you is always helpful. Your kitchen table wooden chair may not be able to handle it and you definitely don’t want to wreck it. I believe Lowes has these for about 20 bucks each too.
Last, I want to quickly speak a moment about Amazon Prime before I go. I became a prime customer this year and I absolutely love it. I actually make most of my purchases through Amazon now because of how quickly I get it and the free shipping – convenience! I love it! Amazon offers a 30 day trial and I highly recommend at least trying it out. You can get the trial and if you don’t like it, cancel it! You won’t cancel it, lol. At 99 dollars for a year (that’s under 9 dollars a month!) with movie streaming and free two day shipping on most purchases (we link all prime here!), there’s really no if, ands, or buts about it. I bring this up now because if you’re trying to start a gym, Amazon is a great place to make these purchases, instead of a Walmart or Target. I will now step off my soap box!
As we continue to dive deeper into the land of fitness in our Beginner Series you will see each of these workout tools being used! Remember, just like those goals you are trying to accomplish, building a home gym takes time!
What about you?
- Whats in your home gym?
- What piece of equipment do you use the most in your home gym?