Most people who exercise would love to have a home gym; they should be happy to learn that it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get one up and running.
Creating a workout space within your home can be a major advantage when it comes to staying fit and maintaining consistency in your program.
Having a gym just down the stairs removes many of the potential road blocks to getting your workout in. You don’t have to commute, the gym is always open and you don’t have to pay a monthly membership fee.
You might be tempted to think that a home gym would require an investment of thousands of dollars but, thankfully, that’s not the case.
You can actually outfit a home gym that gives you a range of options and exercises to keep you busy for less than the cost of an annual gym membership. Just consider these key components of a home gym, none of which costs more than $100.
Dumbbells– Standard Hex dumbbells usually cost about a dollar a pound, so a couple of 25-pound dumbbells and a pair of 10-pounders will cost you around $70 dollars. You can find dumbbell exercises for every major muscle group.
Benches– Basic regular and incline benches retail for around $50 to $75 and give you a great bang for your buck when it comes to strength training. With a bench you can more easily work your pectoral muscles and front deltoids among others. Just use standard exercises, such as bench press, dumbbell flys and incline presses.
Resistance Bands– Resistance bands are surprisingly versatile and compact. They provide a real advantage if you use your workout space for other things when you’re not exercising, because they’re so easy to put away and store. You can also target just about any muscle group with resistance bands, and they come in a variety of strengths so you can increase the degree of difficulty as you progress.
Kettle Bells– Kettle Bells have become increasingly popular in the past few years due to their portability and how they help develop your balance and core strength as you use them. There are a huge number of kettle bell exercises you can add to your program. Ranging in cost from $20 to $40 dollars, they don’t take up a lot of space and are easily stored.
Stability Balls– A stability ball is great for developing core strength. It will increase the degree of difficulty for any exercise by forcing your body to work harder to maintain your position. You can buy one for $20 to $30.
As you can see, putting together a home gym doesn’t have to be expensive. What’s more, with the options above, you can design a workout routine that targets all of the major muscle groups, saving you time and money while making exercise more convenient.
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