Setting up a home gym has become increasingly popular. Here we help you choose what fitness equipment works well in the home and why. Not all of it is expensive nor is it boring and cardio based. Check out the functional accessories as well as our advice!
Setting up a home gym is fairly simple provided you are choosing the right fitness equipment for your home!
Based on the space you have, the budget you have and what you enjoy doing, you can get started straight away with little hindrance. If you struggle to find the time to get out and into a gym, having one at home maybe for you.
You must be able to motivate yourself to use the fitness equipment you buy, otherwise you may as well put money straight in the bin!
The following guidelines will help you in choosing the right fitness equipment for your needs.
Home gym equipment frequently winds up as nothing more than an expensive place to hang clothes. To avoid this you need to be sure that you’ll actually use whatever you buy. The first key to that is that it is something that you enjoy using.
Think of equipment you’ve used at the gym – what do you prefer using? You will also want something that will continue to challenge you as your fitness increase. Be sure, therefore, that anything you buy has the option to increase the resistance, incline etc.
You should also consider what type of workouts you want to perform – cardio, resistance, or both. Both aerobic and strength training are necessary to achieve all round fitness.
The best option for both cardio and strength training is an indoor rower, such as the Concept II. For cardio workouts, options include treadmills, exercise bikes, cross trainers, and steppers. Cardio machines should allow you to work steadily for at least 20 minutes – this will build your aerobic fitness and burn calories.
For strength training, multi-gyms can offer a good range of exercises, but do take up quite a bit of space. Alternatively, dumbbells and resistance bands are easy to store away and will provide a vast range of exercises.
So if you're serious about your working out, make sure you take the time to properly research the type of gym equipment that would suit you!