DUMBBELLS, BANDS, BALLS, AND MORE CAN HELP BUILD AND TONE MUSCLES
Our bodies were made to move, and you can achieve your fitness goals by jogging, biking, doing sit- ups, and push-ups. But did you ever consider that by adding a few pieces of equipment to your home gym, you can open up a wide range of new possibilities that add diversity to your training routine and allow you to focus on key muscle groups?
You’ll be glad to know that putting together a home gym can be inexpensive and you don’t even necessarily need a lot of space to get going. In this article, we’ll loop you in on a few of the simple pieces of fitness equipment you can add to your home gym to add diversity to your workouts:
A set of vinyl- or neoprene-coated dumbbells weighing 2, 5, or 10 pounds is a simple, effective way for beginners to add strength to their shoulders, biceps, and forearms while also increasing the range of motion and reducing the chance of injury.
Medium to Heavy Dumbbells
A set of dumbbells weighing from 10 to 20 and even 30 pounds can help you build muscle mass in your shoulders, biceps, triceps, and forearms. Although heavier than light dumbbells, you will still likely be able to exercise using these dumbbells without a partner. Exercise ideas include squats, rows, deadlifts, and curls.
Exercise bands are inexpensive, take up almost no room, and add diversity to your workouts. Use them for step-out squats, front squats, deadlifts, lateral raises, and cross-body rows.
A simple exercise mat can provide grip, balance, and comfort, especially for exercises where your hips, knees, tailbone, or spine are laying on the hard floor. Exercise mats are important for exercises like crunches, leg lifts, planks, and more.
Exercise balls are large rubber balls that enhance many workouts and can even be used for core strength in place of a standard office chair. They can be used in combination with many floor exercises to add stability and balance, including arm extensions, quad stretches, pushups, chest presses, and decline pushups.
If you are using dumbbells and your home gym has the space, an exercise bench can be a wise purchase. A bench supports exercises that boost muscle size, strength, and endurance. Besides using the bench to help with curls and presses, you can use it for step exercises, pushups, and dips.
A cardio machine can add an indoor, all-weather workout alternative to jogging, rowing, or biking. Although it may be the most expensive component of your home gym, a cardio machine can help you burn more calories and increase your aerobic capacity. Popular types include treadmills, rowers, indoor cycling, stair climbers, and ellipticals.
No, workout equipment is not necessary to start on a healthy fitness journey but can be vital for those who have specific goals like building arms, legs, or back muscle mass. Yes, watching those pounds fall off is satisfying, but the addition of a few pieces of key fitness equipment will add tone to your muscles and burn even more fat. Ready to set your fitness goals in motion and get the body you’ve been dreaming about? With the right equipment in your home gym, reaching those goals could be easier and less expensive than you think.