If you’re getting set to build a home gym, one thing that you need to be doing is looking at the various types of workout equipment that you can utilize to build this gym and get yourself on track to success.
Having the right workout equipment at your home gym is important to success as this will ensure that you’re able to target the muscles properly as you should and that you will not fall short when it comes to results.
While there are plenty of different options to choose from when it comes to buying workout equipment for your home gym and what you likely choose to purchase will very likely depend on your budget, there are a few key pieces that stand out above the rest for the variety they offer you.
Let’s take a look at the top pieces of workout equipment that you should be considering for your home gym.
The very first piece of equipment that will work well in any home gym is an adjustable set of dumbbells. When it comes to making strength as well as muscle gains, nothing is really going to offer more benefits than free weights.
While you can use resistance bands instead, they tend to be lacking in the total amount of resistance that they offer, so they won’t provide nearly the same benefits that free weight will.
For the beginner they may be enough right off the start, but as you become more advanced, that just won’t be the case. If you want to continue to see results, you need to find ways to challenge yourself further.
Adding more weight tends to be one of the most effective ways. Adjustable dumbbells allow you to do this very easily.
In addition to that, this is also a great piece of workout equipment because you can perform so many exercises with it. You can do everything from lunges to chest presses to bicep curls and all the exercises in between.
The next piece of workout equipment that you should be considering is an exercise ball.Exercise balls are not only good for working the core as most people use them, but you can also utilize them with your exchangeable set of dumbbells as well.
By performing some of the dumbbell based exercises on the exercise ball, you will reduce your stability and support, which will force the muscle fibers to contract harder and harder to keep you balanced.
The end result is that you’ll get an excellent abdominal workout at the same time. Great exercises to do on the exercise ball include chest presses, shoulder presses, lateral raises, bicep curls, and overhead tricep extensions.
Each of these can easily be performed by sitting or lying across the ball as you exercise the movement pattern.
Moving along, the next piece of workout equipment that you should be considering is a skipping rope. This is a great way to get your cardio in while you’re in your home gym because it’ll easily allow you to get your heart rate up higher and to burn off calories quickly so you can create the deficit required for fat loss to occur.
Skipping is a nice form of cardio because it’s going to help to work both your upper as well as your lower body, while many other variations of cardio will just target the lower body only. For this reason, it will help you get into even better conditioning than you normally would and also help to produce a great post-workout calorie burn as well.
Skipping ropes are ultra-easy to store at home so are again ideal for the home gym. Toss them in a drawer and take them out as needed. For the $10-20 price tag, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
TRX Suspension Trainer
Another piece of workout equipment that you need to give some consideration to is a TRX suspension trainer. This is a relatively new piece of workout equipment but provides numerous different exercise options that will bring you great results with your workout program.
These suspension trainers are going to primarily target the abdominal muscles, but will also hit the lower or upper body as well depending on the exercise that you perform them with.
Perhaps one of the best things about them is that they are very unique and original from other pieces of workout equipment that you’ve used before so will offer a refreshing change of pace to your workout routine.
TRX suspension trainers are quite cost effective as well compared to other home gym workout machines, so that too brings added benefits if you’re on a budget.
A Full Body Length Mirror
Finally, the last piece of workout equipment to consider isn’t a piece that’s going to work the body in any particular manner, but it’s going to help to ensure you maintain proper form and see the best results possible.
When you’re in a commercial gym, mirrors will surround you all over, allowing you to easily see the form that you’re using when going about your free weight lifting exercises.
When you’re at home however, very often this isn’t the case. Most people completely overlook placing a mirror in their living room or basement – wherever they happen to be working and this could really compromise the results that they see.
If you don’t maintain proper form, you’ll set yourself up for injury and you won’t get the proper results from the exercises anyway because you won’t be targeting the muscles as you should.
So pick up a mirror, even if it’s a smaller light-weight one that you can move around, so that you can clearly see yourself with ease as you go about each movement in your home workout routine.
So there you have the top pieces of workout equipment to consider. If you get all of these items into place, it’s going to be relatively easy to create a full body workout that will bring you the results you’re looking for.
[stextbox id=”grey” caption=”About the Author”]Shannon Clark holds a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alberta, where she specialized in Sports Performance and Psychology. In addition to her degree, she is an AFLCA certified personal trainer and has been working in the field for over 8 years now.[/stextbox]