The truth is, working out doesn’t need to be all that hard. We don’t need gym memberships to stay fit, and we definitely don’t need them to be healthy. Humans were doing just fine before the invention of gym memberships. In fact, gym fees and related costs may actually be a turn off for a lot of those looking to start, or restart their health journey.
Don’t get me wrong, gyms definitely have a purpose. For instance, if you’re looking to become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger you might actually benefit from a gym’s equipment. Or lets say you find the classes offered at these gyms worth your money. Everyone has their cup of tea.
However, for those of us not looking to become a professional body builder or interested in pricey classes, there are some real convenient and more affordable ways to stay physically fit. One such option includes investing less than what you might pay for an annual gym membership ($300-$600), on a basic home gym setup. Not only would it be cheaper, but also more convenient; seeing as you wouldn’t have to spend time and gas money driving to the gym.
Below are 12 perfect home gym essentials to consider. Some of these are on sale now too, so hurry, don’t miss out.
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The ab roller is a great tool to get in a solid core workout. They come in all shapes and prices, but essentially they all do the same thing. Click on the picture above to check more out, or click here.
These portable and adjustable dumbbells make the perfect addition to any home gym setup. You can use them for all sort of free weight arm, shoulder, leg and back workouts. The adaptability of the weights comes in handy when working yourself up in weight, or down to cool off. Click on the picture above to check them out, or click here.
These floor mats will come in handy when protecting your home floors from the wear and tear of your workouts. They can also act as a shock absorber when perform high intensity exercises, or when placing exercise equipment – like the dumbbells – on the floor. Click on the picture to check them out, or click here.
This is probably my most favorite piece of home exercise equipment. I play with it almost everyday. Sometimes I use it for a short exercise session after waking in the morning. Other times I use it to compete with friends – mostly pull-ups. This bar can also be placed on the floor to be used as a push-up stand, or to perform dips. Click on the picture to check it out, or click here.
Regular push-ups can often strain or hurt your hands. In addition, regular push-ups often limit you from completely opening up your chest; the floor being the culprit. Enter push-up stands, these are at the time of me writing this, one of amazons best sellers. These push-up stands put your hands in a less straining position, place you further up for a deeper push-up, and allow you to rotate your shoulder to get a stronger muscle contraction. Click the picture to check them out, or click here.
Jump ropes have long been known to give a good cardio workout. Having one of theses around your home will help you get a good warm-up or cardio workout (pre/post workouts) without the need of a treadmill- not to mention it will make your calves burn. Click the picture to check them out, or click here.
Try using this foam roller after a good workout. It helps release muscle tension, speeds up recovery time, and helps increase flexibility. Click on the picture to check it out, or click here.
Medicine balls come in different sizes and weights. They are mostly used for dynamic core, arm, leg, and back strengthening. The uses are endless. Click the picture to check them out, or click here.
The balance trainer is another multipurpose home gym essential. Whether its strengthening your core, arms, or legs, this piece of equipment will present as an interesting challenge when worked into any old routine – as it requires all muscles to engage in order to create stability, or maintain your balance during your workout. Click the picture above to check them out, or click here.
Resistance bands make a great addition to any home gym due to their infinite uses. You can use them solo to focus on specific body parts, or work them into your dynamic workouts to challenge yourself. Click the picture to check them out, or click here.
Step platforms are usually used to perform high intensity interval training exercises – usually involving a lot of leg work. However, they can also be used as a flat surface to do chest and arm exercises by lying on your back and using free weights, or the adjustable dumbbells mentioned earlier. Click the picture to check it out, or just click here.
Whether it’s challenging your core, strengthening your legs, or just sitting on it, this Pilates ball will definitely make a great multipurpose addition to your home gym. Click the picture to check them out, or just click here.