Working out at home has never been easier because today we have plenty of gadgets and gym equipment that can easily be used anywhere. Now, more than ever, people are engaging in home exercises of various types and people are building their own small home gyms. You don’t have to go to the gym to look great and be healthy, you can do it right at home, but you will need a few pieces of equipment to make things easier and more enjoyable, and your exercises more effective.
Ever since TRX Fit System has shown up, it has made exercising your full body in a tight space a lot easier. If you have somewhere to hang the TRX in your house or even in the garage or backyard, you definitely should and use its full potential. With TRX you can work on your abs, glutes, thighs, arms, and back. It is a gadget that can easily tone your whole body, offer to perform a variety of different strength and cardio exercises, and if you want to make things more difficult, you simply need to change your body angle and work out.
Rope jumping is an excellent exercise for improving your cardio. It doesn’t take up too much space, and you can easily perform the exercise in your yard. Do as many reps as you’d like and you are in charge of pace and intensity, and you will certainly break a sweat. What is more, there are even varieties of these gadgets that come with weights in the handles to make things more challenging. Plus, this exercise is great for improving your coordination as well, so you can easily get your kids interested in some mindless rope jumping while they will stay active and work on their coordination.
Every home gym needs an exercise ball. You can easily pick the size of your exercise ball so it can fit your body and enjoy a wide selection of exercises you can do on it. For example, you can improve your balance by placing your elbows on the ball and going into the plank position. This way, your core is more engaged and you get to work on your balance and the rest of the body, too. Also, you can make your pushups more difficult by performing them with hands on the ball. Lastly, you can use your exercise ball for stretching and improving your posture, so it is a very handy gadget to have around the house.
Weighted Arm Bands
A little weight goes a long way, and if you add weighted armbands to your exercising routines, you will soon notice positive changes. Such a gadget can be used to improve your strength in arms – for example, if you have a punching bag, you can use these bands to make punching more challenging. Also, you can put them on your wrists while jumping a rope and feel the gains. However, these weighted armbands can easily be put on your ankles, which can bring more challenges to some other of your exercises focused on legs.
Resistance bands are another great piece of equipment that can widen the exercise routines, or make them more intense. There are different types and resistance levels of these bands, so you can tailor your exercises to your needs and difficulty levels. For example, if you put a resistance band around your knees and do squats like that, you will engage the sides of your tighs as well. Also, you can put them around your ankles and do side lunges with more difficulty. What is more, you can use them for your arms and back, too, just make sure to keep your posture in the right position so you wouldn’t hurt yourself.
For those who love lifting weights, dumbbells are a great starting point. You can easily store and use them in your home, garage, or backyard and make so many exercises so much more interesting. You can easily find sets with different weights, or even buy them second hand, for a cheaper price. Nevertheless, you can easily build some muscles and improve your squats, lunges, biceps and triceps exercises, and many other exercises that are simply not challenging enough for you anymore.
If you enjoy running, but you don’t have where to do it, or you simply don’t want to expose your feet to the impact of concrete, you should get your cardio on a treadmill. You can place it in your room, if you have enough space, or move it into the garage and have a run whenever you like it. What is more, treadmills often have their panels and displays which have some already made routines and intensity levels so you can explore different difficulties and even terrains for running sessions.
No matter what size and color, kettlebells are always a nice addition to any home gym. With them, you can perform many exercises and bring the intensity to the next level. However, not every exercise requires the same weight of a kettlebell, which means you will need a few of them. Since they can be clunky, they might occupy a lot of space in your home or a garage and create clutter. Luckily, technology has made smart kettlebells where you can use only one for different weights. Bowflex, for example, has made a clever kettlebell on which you simply need to turn the dial to the desired weight (3.5, 5.5, 9, 11. 16, or 18kg) and perform swings, lunges and other exercises with only one kettlebell. Plus, you will reduce clutter.
Rely on Apps
When exercising at home, it can be often difficult to stay on schedule and not postpone exercising for tomorrow. That is why you should rely on fitness apps and smartwatches that can help you stay on the right track. There are also apps that allow you to put in your progress, diet, and exercise routines and make sure everything is planned and see how far you are from your ultimate fitness goal.
You don’t have to be a member of a gym in order to stay in shape. You can easily build your home gym in a spare room, garage or the backyard and always have your “fitness center” right there. And in order to have the best experience at home, make sure to have all the necessary equipment.