Start a Home Gym With These Equipment Options
Looking at home gym equipment can put you into sticker price shock. It can also be confusing when you try to figure out which equipment is best, what bells and whistles you need, and how you can maximize your space to get the equipment that is right for you. Before you go with the store clerk suggestion, consider these equipment options that are affordable and can get your home gym off to the right start.
Resistance bands are an ideal option to start a home gym. You can get them in packs that contain several levels of resistance. These bands can act as an alternative to kettlebells or weights.
They can also be used with a variety of workouts including at home cardio workouts where your arms are free for resistance training. Resistance bands take up very little room and are versatile making them a must have for at home gyms with limited space and budgets.
Kettlebells can be an ideal alternative to other, much larger, gym equipment. They are also ideal for starting an at home gym.
You can use kettlebells to do upper body, lower body, and core workouts. They can help you with strength training, weight training, and dropping pounds. You can also use various techniques to help build your cardio as well. Overall, a few kettlebells in varying sizes can take up a small amount of room and give you exactly what you need for an at home workout.
A weight bench may not seem like a must have but it can serve multiple uses for your home gym. One of the ways you can use a weight bench is for arm curls and other arm workouts. You can lay on your back and give your arms free movement to work with weights or kettlebells.
You can also use the weight benches for stretches, dips, and for other similar workouts. You also can find weight benches inexpensively online, saving you money and giving you a piece of equipment that can be easily upgraded later.
You may be wondering about all-in-one equipment options. The truth is, some of these options are ideal for small spaces, but may not give you the type of workout you want. By going with different pieces of simple equipment, you can form a workout routine that works for you and your lifestyle. You also leave yourself room to change your routine and add different workouts to your routine.
Below I’ve listed some great at-home training tips so you can put your new at-home gym to use asap.
At-Home Circuit Training Tips
You have narrowed down that you need to workout at home. You have even narrowed down the types of workouts you need to handle. Now you’re ready for at-home circuit training. The problem is, you may not know how to start and how to make the plan work for you. Here are a few at-home circuit training tips that you should keep in mind. These can help you get started, stay on track, and make this type of workout work for you.
Create a No Equipment Circuit
The first tip would be to start your at-home circuit training with no equipment. This may sound odd, but using your own body weight and your own body can help you greatly. It will allow you to get used to the circuits, memorize what works best for you, and then add the equipment you need. You will also avoid using equipment that you don’t need or making purchases for workout equipment that you don’t need.
Start off with Lower Intensity
Start off with a lower intensity workout plan. For example, instead of starting out with high weights and dozens of reps, work yourself up to it.
Start off with doing a few rounds and under twenty reps each. This will let you build up on it and get your body used to what you are doing.
It will also let you gauge what time frame works best for you. For example, you may find that working out at a certain level and circuit means you can fit in a workout in under 30 minute while just a few more reps may jump your workout to almost an hour. You also are giving yourself room to improve instead of maxing out when you start.
Keep to Shorter Workouts
Try to keep your workouts shorter at first. This goes hand in hand with lower intensity to start off with. Just keep your workouts to around 30 minutes.
This allows you to get your circuit in and see what needs improvement. It also will give you an idea of what you can do in a short amount of time if you need to change it up later and go for longer or shorter workouts due to work changes or lifestyle changes.
By keeping these tips in mind and working each one into your at-home circuit training, you can come up with the best possible workout solution for your needs. You will also find it easier to increase the intensity of your workouts and adjust them as needed. You can get started right away with this HIIT Workout for Fat Loss:
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