Many people think that creating a home workout
gym is either too intimidating or too costly. So, often they invest
their money in a health club membership not realizing that for the
same amount of money (or even less) they can create a very effective
gym right in their own home.
For an effective home gym, all that is required
is a little bit of planning. Don’t fall into the trap of purchasing
random fitness equipment because of fancy advertising for the latest
infomercial fad or the great “sale” at your local fitness store.
That type of purchasing leads to a house littered with equipment that’s
only use is as a clothes hanger or dust collector. This often happens
because the equipment is either useless, poorly constructed or quickly
loses its value because it doesn’t progress with your fitness level.
To avoid having a basement filled with expensive
dust-collecting equipment, keep these points in mind when making a
What are your fitness goals?
How often do you realistically think you will
use the equipment?
What fitness level do you expect to be at in
3, 6, 9 months?
Will the equipment meet your needs as you get
Does the equipment offer enough variations in
use that you can prevent your body from hitting a plateau?
Will you enjoy the exercises or will you grow
bored of them?
And, of course how much can you afford?
Once you have answered all of the above
questions then you are ready to make some purchasing decisions. Of
course, how much you can afford to spend may dictate what you can
actually purchase. Don’t get discouraged. Even for as little as $35,
you can create an effective workout that will tone your entire body.
Regardless of what your fitness goals are, there
are a plethora of equipment options to consider. For strength training
you can choose from free weights, selectorized machines, resistance
bands, benches and even no-equipment. For cardiovascular improvements,
there are even more options. They range from treadmills, to elliptical
trainers, to bikes and beyond.
To help make your decision easier, below are
For a total body workout with a budget of at
least $1000, consider the following:
Treadmill – The best option for
cardiovascular equipment because it can be used for running,
walking, and even some leg strength training.
Full dumbbell set – Great for light toning
to advance muscle building.
Fitness Ball – Provides exercise options
for toning, strengthening and stretching.
Resistance Band – Provides another option
for strength training.
Step Bench – Can be used for both cardio
workouts and strength training workouts.
For a budget around $100, try:
For less than $100, consider:
Three dumbbells sizes (e.g. 5, 10 and 15
If you are limited to purchasing just one very
affordable piece of equipment, consider buying a Fitness Ball. It can
provide a great upper body workout, a lower body workout, very
challenging abdominal workout and a stretching/flexibility workout.
And, you can get all of this for around $35.
Also, don’t underestimate what you can do with
things that are already in your house, like stairs, a chair, milk
jugs, etc. Many exercises require no equipment at all.
As you can see, there are a lot of options
available for creating a home gym that will meet your individual needs
and will provide a lot of workout variety. Even on a shoestring
budget, you can still make a wise purchase that will be invaluable in
helping you get more fit and healthy.
What are the benefits of working out at home?
Well, here are some highlights:
No wasted time driving to and from a fitness
No waiting in line to use the equipment
Workout on your schedule, rather than just
when the health club is open
Motivation to workout as you pass by the
equipment every day
Of course, you will need previous knowledge of
how to use your home equipment or you will have to be willing to
learn. But, it’s not difficult. Most equipment will come with basic
instructions and a few sample exercises. You may want to enlist the
help of a professional to provide additional exercise options and
guidance that will ensure that you get the most out of your fitness
equipment through every fitness level stage.
Lynn Bode is a
certified personal trainer specializing in Internet-based fitness
programs. She founded Workouts For You, which provides affordable
online exercise programs that are custom designed for each
individual. Visit: http://www.workoutsforyou.com for a free sample
workout and to sign-up for their monthly fitness newsletter. Fitness
professionals, visit: http://www.trainerforce.com