Choosing not to use the gym and working out at home instead can be a very convenient decision for many people. Eliminating the travel back and forth, saving the monthly fees, and keeping privacy all come into play when people consider how to begin their exercise routines. Yet, once you have chosen an at-home plan and are comfortable that you'll keep that discipline and commitment, you cannot forget that the proper equipment for success still must be had. While a gym will have everything on hand, your home most certainly does not.
So, what exactly do you need to create a home gym that works for you? Assuming that you don't have thousands to spend on expensive full-body machines, try these pieces. Each has a flexible approach and can be used on a variety of levels.
*Dumbbells: Get what you know you can handle, but buy a small variety. Having the flexibility to go slightly up and down a weight or two can make adjustments during the workout easier. If you have one weight and it is too light, then you won't gain the results you want. Conversely, if you have one that is simply too heavy, you risk injury and the development of poor form. Dumbbells can work virtually every part of the body.
*Exercise ball: A key to excellent core strength, the ball forces you to engage your middle muscles, and it makes you focus on balance. Doing abdominal training with the ball heightens the intensity, and integrating dumbbells with the ball makes for more of a total body workout.
*Resistance bands: A comfortable substitute for the dumbbells, resistance bands create consistent and stable resistance throughout the movement. Used on different angles and with varying tensions, these bands can have a major impact on your body's total development.
*Jump Rope: An inexpensive way to get a critical cardio work completed. Used for warm-ups or main sets, the rope can elevate the heart rate, help train core and leg muscles, and improve balance and coordination.