Can’t afford a monthly gym membership? Or maybe you simply don’t want to deal with all the driving back and forth for just a quick workout. Either way, the good news is that you don’t need to go to the gym to get a proper workout. In fact, today’s home gym equipment is just as sophisticated and effective as what you’ll find at the gym around the corner. More good news? You don’t have to spend a fortune to set up your own home gym.
A good home gym needs two things: cardio equipment and toning/weight training equipment. Your major expense will be the cardio equipment, especially if you go with a large piece such as a treadmill, a stepper or a stationary bike. Can’t afford to spend that much? Cheaper options include a plastic step (which you can set up in front of the TV to follow a cardio DVD) and a jumping rope. You can also look for second-hand home gym equipment at garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores.
For toning, dumbbells are the best option. Choose sets in at least two (preferably three or more) weights, so you can use different weights for different muscle groups. A stability ball, a weighed bar, and a medicine ball can provide variety to your workout and challenge your muscles in new ways every time you use them.
If you have a bit more money (or space) available, you can invest on an adjustable bench. Benches are great for dumbbell exercises, especially chest presses and overhead pulls. You can also use them to do advanced crunches.
Probably the best option (if you can afford it) is to get a multi-gym. These are workout stations that feature a number of exercise options combined into a single machine. Multi-gyms replace all your toning options, not the cardio equipment, so keep that in mind when shopping. A budget option is the Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym, which sells for under £700 and allows you to do over 30 different exercises, including pulldowns, shoulder presses, triceps extensions, leg extension and seated hip abduction and adduction.
In the end, keep in mind that even the best home gym equipment won’t mean anything if you don’t actually use it on a regular basis, so get busy and get moving!
This Article was written by Gymkit UK, leading suppliers of Home Fitness Equipment in Europe.