Exercising at home can save you time, money, and even help you think more creatively! But where do you start, and what kind of equipment should you have to outfit a home gym? In part 1 of our Anatomy of a Home Gym series, we shared the process of deciding what essential home fitness equipment to start with, and then shared a few quick workouts to make the most of it!
Through this series, Coach Will H. Hansen is sharing his top tips for efficient and effective home workouts from personal experience and from helping clients. To recap part 1, the most important question to ask for deciding on essential home fitness equipment is, “What will radically improve training efficiency or add a new dimension to your training?”
Today, we’re taking the next step, looking at what equipment piece or a couple of pieces you can get next to take your training to new heights! Let’s remember that for working out at home, maximizing efficiency and convenience is a top goal.
After we discussed the Chaimberg RXM Air Bike from Gronk Fitness Products in part 1, the next step is to add equipment for some full-body strength workouts! While it’s possible to get free weights from basic household implements like buckets filled with water, or a backpack filled with textbooks, doing bodyweight exercises like pull-ups, bodyweight rows, and the like, is much more logistically difficult. Consequently, getting a good pull-up bar and a suspension kit such as a TRX unit, or a more economical set of gymnastics rings, you can add another dimension to your training with a space and time-efficient workout without breaking the bank!
Essential Home Fitness Equipment: Why Bodyweight Exercise Matters
For most people, training is a means to feel better, look better, and improve their day to day functioning. Training with a pull-up bar and rings is excellent for each of these goals. Bodyweight training will develop strength specific to moving your body in space, important for day-to-day mobility! When you are doing large, compound exercises like pull-ups and inverted rows, you recruit several muscle groups and in doing so, are elevating your heart rate to burn more calories both during the exercise session and after. Best of all, you don’t need a massive set of weights to train, just get up and go! It’s also easy to progress by simply changing the angle of your body with the inverted rows, or by modifying the tempo of the pull-ups, such as adding longer pauses at the top.
Now let’s get moving! In our next article, we’ll share our top workouts you can do right at home in 30 minutes or less, using just the essential home fitness equipment we 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!