Most everyone has been spending plenty of time at home these days, and former gym bums have gotten used to training indoors, or outside if the weather permits. While not being able to train at a gym can be a drag, plenty of people have figured out how to make their home gym work for them. In fact, those who have been able to get things moving well for them at home may not even want to go back to gym training – they’ve managed to turn an unpleasant situation into something that actually feels better than getting stuck with a bunch of people in a hot and overcrowded space. If you’re interested in following suit, here are a few pieces of equipment you’ll need to improve the efficacy of your home training workouts.
The first piece of equipment you should invest in is anything that focuses on cardio. Whether you choose a cycling machine, rowing, skiing, stair climbing, etc., these machines offer excellent cardio workouts that will burn calories and fat. The prices for these will vary between a few hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the kind of machine you get and the functionalities you’re investing in. Motorized or programmable machines with fancy add ons will of course cost a pretty penny. But, you should want to get a cardio machine that allows you to calculate things like heart rate, calories burned, the time elapsed, and so on. This helps by encouraging you to step up your game while also keeping track of your progress, so these functionalities are helpful.
Cardio is great for burning fat, but you still need to build muscle for optimum training. When investing in home gym equipment, you should also be sure to buy a few pieces of strength equipment. These are designed to use your body weight, external weight, tension as a resistance force, and so on, to help your build strength. These can also vary in terms of prices and styles, with the professional equipment found at most gyms and health clubs being the priciest, while portable home models are relatively affordable. Ankle weights, dumbbells, hand weights, resistance bands, and tubing are all excellent pieces of strength equipment to keep on hand in your home gym. They don’t take up a lot of space, are far less costly than most cardio equipment, while remaining tremendously effective.
In the end, even the best, fanciest gym equipment will only be as effective as the regularity with which you use it. You can start small and then see how things develop. If you are doing well with your initial setup, you can look to expand incrementally. Exercise equipment comes in all sorts of styles and price ranges, so you can roll things out at a modest pace. Also, make sure that you use the equipment properly and avoid getting seriously injured.
Even though working out from home at the height of the pandemic initially started out as feeling like quite the bitter pill, many people ended up enjoying it. One of the more surprising legacies of the COVID crisis is the ways in which people learned to enjoy “nesting,” and doing things from home – working out can definitely be one of them. Especially if you have access to the proper equipment.