The increasing demands placed on our times have necessitated astute planning and foresight on our part. For most people, this means multitasking– having a working lunch, cleaning the floor while putting the baby to sleep and memorizing lessons while on the treadmill.
For others this means fusing home and office and to further extend the analogy to fitness, it means joining together home and gym to answer to their fitness needs. Those who have been extraordinarily busy at work find driving to the gym much of an effort and have thus devised ingenious ways to meet their fitness needs. Instead of going through the hassle, they’ve decided to invest in home gym equipment to meet their needs.
Buying fitness equipment and setting up your home gym is no laughing matter. It takes a great deal of time, effort and planning to ensure that you get the most out of your investment in health and fitness.
What do you need for your home gym? Here are the essentials:
1. Ample room. Whether you decide to put your home gym in the basement, an empty room or the garage, make sure you’ve got enough floor space. That should be one of your primary considerations. Make sure that you have room all the exercise equipment as well as some open space in which you can move or do bodyweight exercises, Yoga or Pilates.
2. Bench. A bench is one of the most important pieces of equipment you must include in your home gym. They are essential for chest presses, chair push ups and in other forms of exercises as well.
3. Dumbbells. These small weights are cheap and don’t take up much space. You can also use them to add intensity to your bodyweight exercises, so they’re a must have for your home gym.
4. Treadmill. If you can afford to buy one, this is one of the most essential fitness equipment you might want to have. Having a treadmill at home allows you to walk, jog or run no matter what the weather is outside. Of course, if you’re on a really tight budget, you can always substitute a treadmill for a jump rope. It also gives a good cardiovascular workout endurance workout.
5. Multi-Gym. This kind of all-in-on fitness equipment is like a home gym rolled into one. Some of the workouts that can be done on a multi-gym include hammer curls, deltoid raises, incline presses, shoulder presses and dumbbell flys. One of the advantages of a multi-gym is that it almost always eliminates the need to buy other equally expensive pieces of equipment. A disadvantage is that any user must carefully read the manual of these multi-gyms before exercises there can be performed safely.
Having a home gym will certainly help you in your efforts to stay fit. However, if you don’t have enough money to buy fitness equipment, don’t despair. Remember that the most complete of home gyms are rendered useless without people there to use them. You are the most important piece in your home gym and your body is the most effective resistance vehicle ever invented to gain muscle mass. You are yourself a home gym essential.
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