With lives being so fast paced and busy it can be hard to go to a gym and workout. Even with our best intentions many of us can barely maintain an infrequent schedule at best. So we decide to go to the next best thing, a home gym. There are so many different things to look at and choose when making decisions on what to buy. If you are like me, you get wrapped up in trying to get the best equipment for my money and then failing to even start. So I am here to get you started using baby steps. We will start small and slowly add to the gym over time. You can add equipment based on your exercise preferences and space. No matter what you choose, you can get a great workout at home with or without equipment. Let’s get started with the basics.
Strength Training Equipment
Resistance tubing – Resistance tubing is a great way to get variable amounts of weights without having to buy a ton of hand weights and they are extremely portable. You can buy different types of tubing at most any store. Some tubing is measured in actual pounds and some is measured as light, medium, strong and extra strong. You can chose to buy individual bands for each resistance or you can even find bands that have a single set of handles that you swap between the different bands. I have seen people use both types. In making a purchasing decision I would suggest buying a pack of bands with a couple different resistance bands and door straps.
Hand weights – There are benefits to using hand weights. This is especially true if you are not strong enough to get a full range of motion with your bands. Hand weights are also small and compact but you will need to buy varying sizes depending on the exercises you do. You can start by getting a lighter weight and one a little heavier. For example, women can start by getting a set of 5lbs and a set of 8lbs.
Exercise mat – Even though you will be working out at home and you may have carpet it is good to have a mat. Some exercises are more comfortable to do on a mat and you can take your workout outdoors if you have one. Many people try to use yoga mats. While these work for yoga and can work for strength training they are very thin and can become uncomfortable. I recommend getting a 1/2 to 1 inch thick workout mat. You can typically get these at any store and you can even find cheap ones at discount stores like Ross or TJ Max. If you are doing mostly yoga then you can stick with a yoga mat.
That is it. That is everything you need to get started with a home gym. The great thing about this setup is that it is small, portable and it works. You and your friends can easily get this equipment and start working out together if you want to add some accountability to your routine. Go start burning some calories from home today!