Essential Equipment’s Your Home Gym Should HaveBy
Have you considered setting up your own home gym? There are many reasons why you would want to have a home gym of your own. For one, you’ve probably had it with the traffic – going to and from the gym takes up more time than that spent doing your workouts.
Perhaps your trainer isn’t really professional in the fitness centre, and maybe you’re tired of waiting your turn for the treadmill and other gym equipments. Maybe you have small children and finding a babysitter to look after them while you are at the gym is really very difficult.
At the same time, you shouldn’t make the mistake of overspending on the fitness equipment and even buying those that you hardly ever use in the first place.
List of essential gym equipments your home gym should have
- Dumbbells: There are literally hundreds of exercises you can perform with your dumbbells. So, they are the most basic equipments you would need for your home gym. When buying dumbbells, look for those that are hex shaped and have a black rubber coating. They last long and are very comfortable for working out with. You should have dumbbells in different weight ranges, so that they can suit different exercises. As you gain in strength, you should progressively increase the weight of the dumbbells in your gym.
- Treadmill: Treadmills are expensive, but they are among the most important exercise equipments that you will buy for your home gym. You are in control of your cardio workouts when you have a treadmill at home. You can set the pace of your run, increase or decrease the pace as you see fit. You can measure the distance, speed and time of the run. You can even check your pulse rate while running on the treadmill. You can add resistance to your workout by setting the treadmill at an incline. A typical treadmill costs between Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 60,000.
- Pull-up bar: There are so many different exercises that you can perform with a pull up bar, it’s not just for pull ups. You can attach resistance bands to the pull up bar, for example, and perform several different workout routines. Of course, pull ups are the best exercises for the back, so should not be neglected. Make sure that the pull up bar that you buy fits well into the doorway of your home gym.
- Rings: Take your workouts to a whole different level with rings. You can perform a range of body weight exercises with rings. They are perfect for strengthening the core and increasing flexibility. When looking for a pair of rings, buy one that is lightweight and easy to grip.
- Jump rope: Like most kids, you’ve probably jumped rope as a kid. But don’t dismiss the jump rope as child’s play. It is not as easy as it looks, and gives you a terrific cardio workout. Jump ropes are very inexpensive. You can buy a very decent jump rope for under Rs. 500. Just buy something that is lightweight and durable and will last you for years.
- Medicine ball: Medicine balls are terrific fitness equipments as they allow you to perform a range of plyometric exercises. They are great for strengthening the core. You can perform several abdominal exercises with them. When looking for a medicine ball, buy one that is reasonably lightweight, and soft, as that would help with your workouts. Medicine balls are about speed and power, they don’t have to be too heavy.
- Plyo-box: A plyo-box is a simple wooden box that you can jump on to build explosive power and speed. You can use these boxes for perform bench dips, squats and other exercises, not necessarily only those that involve jumping. Plyo-boxes shouldn’t cost much. You can have them made by a local carpenter if you like.
- Barbells: Barbells are the most essential equipment for your home gym. They are similar to free weights such as dumbbells except that they add stabilization and coordination to your routines.
When looking for barbells, select those that are sturdy and not too expensive. The bar should be thick enough to give you a good grip, but not too thick.
Next, you will need to buy a range of weight plates to add to the barbell. You can start off with 2.5 kg, 5 kg and 10 kg weight plates and graduate to 25 kg weight plates as you get stronger.
- Kettlebell: Kettlebells are essential equipment for the gym. They allow you to perform a range of unique movements, even more than what’s possible with dumbbells. Kettlebells are a must buy as you can perform so many different exercise routines with them. When looking for kettlebells, buy those that come with big and smooth handles.
- Exercise bench: The exercise bench is absolutely essential for performing bench presses, which are the most important exercises for the chest. There are several different types of exercise benches available, such as those that can be set at an incline and those that are completely flat. Make sure to buy a bench that is durable and can take a lot of punishment.
- Rack: Racks or squat racks, as they are called, are a critical component of your home gym set-up. They are big in size and can be quite expensive. But if you are serious about your workouts, then they are a must buy. A squat rack helps you perform some of the heavier chest, shoulder and leg workouts that involve the use of a barbell. This can be very useful when you’re working out alone.
- Stereo system: Last but not the least, you will need a decent stereo system in the gym, that can blare out inspiring workout songs such as “Eye of the Tiger,” “Harlem Shake,” “Wake Me Up,”etc.
So, creating a home gym is not a bad idea at all, provided you buy the right fitness equipment. There’s no point in having a home gym if you haven’t got all the essential gym equipments you need.