Our Top 5 Must Haves for Building a Home Gym

14 Jun

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As we have mentioned, we have created our own home gym and that’s where we do most of our indoor workouts. Our home gym wasn’t born overnight – over the years we have slowly added more and more to it. We love the convenience of being able to workout in the comfort of our own home. And if you are committed, you can get just as good of a workout at home as you would in a gym – and save some money in the process!

If you are looking to start working out at home – don’t be overwhelmed. You don’t need to go out and buy tons of fancy and expensive equipment. At least not to start 😉 . And you don’t need to have a huge area to set your gym up in.

Here is a list of our top 5 “must haves” when creating your own home gym!

Exercise Video

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If you are working out at home, chances are you are going to be doing some exercise videos. So, of course you will need to have them in your gym! It may be a program like P90X or Insanity, or you may have an assortment that you rotate through. We have done many of the BeachBody programs, so we have all the DVDs but we also have kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, bosu ball and core videos. If you like doing videos but don’t want to follow a pre-selected program – you can make your own! You can build your collection slowly, a lot of times we find great videos on sale. Having a nice variety is always a good idea because that way you won’t get bored always doing them same videos.

DVD Player and TV

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If you are going to be working out to videos, it only makes sense to have a DVD player to put them in and a TV to watch them on right?! It doesn’t need to be a huge flat screen, plasma, HD TV mounted on the wall…any old TV will do. You know that huge box TV you have been wanting to get rid of? Well, it would be perfect as your gym TV! And DVD players are pretty reasonably priced these days so you won’t have to break the bank on that either.

Free Weights/Bands

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There is a lot you can do with your own body weight, but there is even more you can do with free weights! We recommend going out and getting some dumbbells for your home gym. Consider your current fitness level and select them accordingly. As your fitness level and strength increases, you can go out and add heavier dumbbells to your collection. There are so many options out there, and they are pretty reasonable priced. If you are looking for more bang for your buck or don’t have room for a ton of dumbbells, we recommend buying bars and weight plates so that you can adjust your weights.

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If you aren’t a fan of dumbbells, bands are a great alternative. The color of the band correlates to the difficulty, so keep that in mind when picking them up. There are lots of great moves you can do with bands and there are so many different kinds out there. You can buy ones with handles on the end so you can grip them easily, you can buy straight flat bands and you can buy circled bands that you can wrap around your ankles to make certain moves more challenging. Not only are they good for resistance training, they are also great for flexibility training and stretching.

Yoga Mat

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Mats aren’t just for yoga, but of course if you are doing yoga you need a mat! They are also good for stretching and flexibility training and ab work. If your gym floor is carpeted, doing what you can on a mat is a good idea because it means your sweat isn’t falling all over the carpet! Yoga mats can be rolled up and neatly tucked away. You can also use them to lay your weights or other equipment down on so your carpets/floors are protected.

Stability Ball

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The reason a stability ball made our list is because it is so versatile. You can use them for core moves, they help with balance and they are great for stretching. You can even use it as a chair and work on your posture! They do take up a bit more room, so if you are in a tight space you may want to leave this one out, but if you have the space – we highly recommend including one in your home gym setup.

So there you have it, our top 5 list of “must haves” when creating a home gym. With these 5 things, you should be able to open for business! Just don’t forget the Febreeze 😉

S & L

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