Where’s the best gym in the world that you can get to anytime, play your favorite numbers and not have anyone bothering you over the bench press?
That’s your home for you.
Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend $$$ to get fit.
Hell, you don’t even need to go to a gym. Your home is all you need along with a few basic fitness equipment that will help you get there.
We know what you just pictured. You pictured a large dumbbell rack, a squat rack, a bench, a full body trainer, hold your guns.
Here’s what you need to make your home your gym.
#1 – A Yoga mat or two
You will be spending a lot of time on the ground in your home gym. Unfortunately, there’s no rubber padding at home. Get a Yoga mat. Two’s better. Have a thick padded floor that doesn’t hurt your joints or your back when you do fast repetitive movements.
#2 – Kettlebells
Remember those fancy looking iron goblets that look like someone swiped them off the sets of ‘The Game of Thrones’? Turns out that they can give you a workout like none other. Kettlebells, as they are called are excellent for strength building and also for cardiovascular workouts.
#3 – Resistance bands
If you hate dumbells, go for resistance bands. They are way more flexible and offer a lot more options. You can also do a pull-up alternative movement with one of these. Strength training, muscle building, isometrics, the resistance band is the do-it-all.
#4 – Jump rope
Ah, the good old jump rope. Works like a charm and burns calories like hell. The exercise is gentle on your joints unlike the taxing HIIT routine and its great cardio.
#5 – Foam roller
As much as you plan to punish those muscles, it is equally important to plan for recovery. A foam roller will help you heal faster by removing the clumps that form in your muscles after a vigorous workout routine. You will be on your feet faster.
#6 – Medicine ball
This seemingly unassuming little thing can give you some excellent workout movements that combine strength with cardiovascular exercise. Ensure that you pick a ball that you are comfortable with.
#7 – Stability ball
Stability ball does to your core what the bench doesn’t. It challenges you to balance yourself and you end up using muscles that would never get activated on a bench or on the floor. Think of it like working on your core on steroids.
#8 – Pull up bar
Last but not the least, you absolutely cannot have a home gym without a pull-up bar. This compound upper body movement has so many benefits for the body. It helps build your shoulders, your arms and your back. You can increase the intensity by doing weighted pull ups and when you are not using it for pull ups, you can do leg raises and other exercises for the core.