So, you’re thinking about investing in the best home fitness equipment, but where do you start? Then, what do you do with it? We’ll answer both of those questions today in the first segment of the new “Anatomy of a Home Gym” series on our blog!
Director of Operations, Coach Will H. Hansen is here speaking from his personal experience and from helping clients asks the number one question to ask when outfitting a home gym: What will radically improve training efficiency or add a new dimension to your training? This is important because the goal for most people training at home is to maximize efficiency and convenience without losing major components of how we’re used to training!
What will radically improve training efficiency or add a new dimension to your training?
Today, I’ll focus on the single best purchase of home fitness equipment I’ve made to date and that answers the above question perfectly for me: the Chaimberg RXM Air Bike from Gronk Fitness Products. In general, air bikes are great because they utilize both or either the arms and legs, they don’t take up much space, and they have minimal impact on your joints, as compared to other conditioning activities like running. The fan driver means the resistance adjusts to how hard you are pushing and it gives you a nice breeze in the hot summer (especially useful in a non-airconditioned apartment like mine)!
What’s the Biggest Impact Equipment?
While most people might think to get the biggest impact pieces like a power rack, weights, and a barbell first, something I learned from Dave Tate, Founder of EliteFTS, is that you’re likely not trying to go 0 to 60 with your home gym and make your house a fully functional gym (unless that’s the goal!). Instead, that the first thing you should do is to find the best way to compliment what you are doing now, such that your life becomes more efficient, and so you can add a dimension to your training.
For me, I would always find an excuse to not go to the gym for sessions that were exclusively cardio, conditioning, or aerobic recovery sessions, and was rarely excited to do mountain climbers, jumping jacks, or the like, at home. So by choosing a versatile conditioning piece like the RXM air bike, I now can easily roll out of bed or off the couch and onto the bike, and before I even know it I’m done with the workout. I’ve also always absolutely loved using air bikes, so instead of dreading the cardio, I look forward to using it! Additionally, while before I would only do purely conditioning sessions as recovery days, lasting 30-40 minutes, now that I’m already at home with the bike I’ve been able to incorporate far more short-duration but high-effect HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) and HICT (discussed below) training methods.
As you can see, this satisfied both parts of the above question for me: I’m saving time getting ready and going to the gym, and now I’m able to incorporate more short duration training activities, which in turn means greater fitness and more time to do all the other things in my day. Not to mention, I really enjoy it! Clearly, this materially improves my quality of life in multiple ways and isn’t what this whole investing in yourself thing is supposed to be about?
Enough talking, let’s get moving! In our next article, we’ll share our top 5 workouts you can do right at home in 30 minutes or less, using just the RXM Chaimberg Bike discussed today. Want a coach to come to you and help you get the most out of what you have at home? Call us at (844) 704-9477 for a complimentary workout!