Are you planning to create a home gym on a budget and want to know where to start? Creating an inexpensive home gym is as simple as a trip to Amazon! From there, there are tons of free workout videos available on YouTube to help guide you along the way! So, what equipment should you get started with?
Most workouts require one, especially if you want to do wore work, yoga or pilates. I really like this YogaAccessories Deluxe Yoga Mat because it has a double-sided non-slip texture and it’s thicker and longer than normal yoga mats.
Resistance bands are an excellent addition to any home gym because they offer endless workout potential. Not only are these bands portable and easy to operate, they're also remarkably efficient when it comes to strengthening and gaining muscle. Resistance bands can provide a full body workout, targeting biceps, triceps, chest, abs, core, and legs. I love this Black Mountain Resistance Band Set – the set comes with a lifetime warranty and includes a door anchor, carry bag, exercise chart, ankle strap and starter guide.
Stability Balls are a versatile piece of equipment that every gym should have. A stability ball can help you target lots of areas including your abdominal muscles and core, upper and lower back, legs, and upper body. It’s important that you choose the right sized stability ball for your height. This professional grade Black Mountain Stability Ball comes in five different size options, four different colors, and includes a pump.
It’s important to have a pair of dumbbells for strength training. You don’t need to go out and buy an expensive set, though. Start with a set that you can safely and comfortably lift. If you can only lift 5 pounds right now, there is no need to buy 20 lb. dumbbells. You can do that when you’re ready to move up. These Spri dumbbells are great and are the best deal I have found for the quality so far.
A gym is not complete without a barbell set. Barbells are cost effective, and incredibly versatile – there are countless exercises you can do with a barbell – deadlifts, calf raises, bent-over rows, barbell curls, and ab rollouts. The actual plates themselves can be used for many different exercises, too. A lot of barbells are sold by themselves (you then have to buy the plates) which is why I like this Gold’s Gym barbell set – the plates are included.
I used to go to these classes all the time and had the best workout. But they’re not just limited to aerobic workouts. An aerobic step can be used for other exercises like calf raises, tricep dips, pushups, bench dips, and barbell tricep extensions. This Step Original Aerobic Platform comes with two risers so you can easily adjust the height, and has a non-slip top.
You may be asking why use a jump rope? From personal experience, this is the most inexpensive, most challenging cardio I’ve done! A jump rope can be easily stored, you can take it anywhere and, it will kick your butt every time! I love this adjustable Jump Rope (it’s important to make sure your jump rope is adjustable for your height.)
I know that I mentioned above that you can get free workouts online, but often they have a lot of ads which interrupt your workout. That is why I prefer having some workout DVDs. Workout DVDs are a great addition to any home gym. I love lifting weights, but getting sweaty by following along with a workout DVD is not only fun, it provides a great workout! Some of my favorite workout DVDs include: Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, Insanity, and Zumba Fitness DVD Set.
As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune to set up your own home gym. These budget-friendly home gym essentials will allow you complete full body workouts without ever having to leave the house!
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