So, a pandemic hits and you put on an extra 20lbs of fat while sitting around waiting for your gym to open. You thought about getting off the couch and getting a workout in but you couldn’t find the motivation. There are many reasons why so many people fail to sustain consistency with their at home fitness program. The biggest reason is lack of results. What if I told you that your Lack of results could be caused by a lack of adequate workout equipment.
Now I’m not saying you can’t get results from bodyweight exercises. I am saying that the fewer exercise tools you have accessible, the faster you’ll lose interest, get bored, hit plateaus and stop getting the results you want. So, what if you could purchase a Home Gym Kit? A Gym Kit that fits your budget and your fitness level? A kit that will provide all the exercise tools and gadgets needed to keep your interest, keep you challenged and therefore motivated. I mapped out a few….read on.
Jump Rope ($14) – Other than running, it’s the most convenient way to get your heart rate up. And it’s inexpensive! Pro Tip: Use this for interval training to maximize your caloric burn.
Foam Roller ($30) – Your body won’t last long if you don’t massage it on a regular basis. I’ve recommended all of my clients use a foam roller to prevent tightness and injuries. Foam rolling is also a great way to increase mobility and flexibility. I suggest rolling at least twice per week. Each session should take a minimum of 15 minutes. Pro Tip: The bigger the muscle, the more time you should spend rolling it.
Resistance Bands ($36) – Probably the most versatile tool in this kit as you can use it to train your entire body. Pro Tip: Make sure your resistance bands come with a door anchor so it can be attached to any sturdy door. Without an anchor, attaching it to a stable object can be challenging.
Adjustable Dumbbells ($45) – Doing bodyweight exercises and using resistance bands are only gonna take you so far. These are great because they don’t take up a lot of the space that traditional dumbbells do and they cost a lot less. Pro Tip: The heavier the weight and more convenient it is to change the weight, the more you’re gonna pay. Also, to avoid plateaus, don’t buy dumbbells you know you can currently use. Instead, buy dumbbells you want to one day be able to lift. Nothing’s worse than outgrowing your dumbbell weight.
Exercise Ball ($13) – In a lot of cases, an exercise ball is a great replacement for a bench. And it costs a lot less! Pro Tip: Buy a burst resistant ball. And pay close attention to the size charts to make sure you buy a ball that fits you the best.
Exercise Mat ($22)– Unless you plan on sweating on your carpet, get a mat. Your knees and back will thank you for it. Pro Tip: Buy a mat that has the right amount of cushion for you. Too much cushion could feel too much like a bed. You don’t want to lie on your mat to do crunches only to get to comfy and fall asleep.
Suspension Trainer ($150)– A fantastic way to workout just using your body weight. There’s more than 100 exercises that can be performed using a suspension trainer. This can be set up just about anywhere…indoors and outdoors. Pro Tip: Whatever exercise you do using a suspension trainer, make certain that there’s always tension on the straps.
Pull Up Bar ($22) – Other than doing multiple versions of pull ups, this can be used for many different ab exercises. Pro Tip: Measure your doorway and be sure of a perfect fit prior to purchasing.
Pull Up Assistance Bands ($30) – If you’re one of the many people who can’t do a pull up…these bands are the answer. Pro Tip: Don’t use traditional resistance bands as they are too weak and weren’t built for supporting your entire body weight.
Don’t know how to use some of the equipment listed in this article but want to learn? Just click here to schedule a virtual or in-person session and I’ll show you how.
Well…you now have a few home gym kits to choose from that will continuously challenge you and help you stay motivated until you reach your fitness goal. What are some of your favorite at home exercise tools? Let me know in the comments below.