How To Create An Efficient And Inexpensive Home Gym?

July 10, 2020

How To Create An Efficient And Inexpensive Home Gym?

How to create an efficient and inexpensive home gym?

Training at home is wonderful! No trips to the gym or beautiful sports gear necessary, the training fit better on schedule, and you don't have to worry about finding a babysitter for the children.

But does having a home gym equal hundreds and hundreds of dollars to spend? Not at all. 

It’s entirely possible to have one that is efficient, fun to use and inexpensive to put together.  For that, you only have to go back to basics and know which equipment to prioritize. For my part, I’ve been training with what I’m going to present to you for years, and it’s been more than enough and complete. I had no fun training at a fitness center, and now I'm enjoying training at home. If you take into account that I no longer have to pay a monthly subscription and that my equipment will last me for years, the gym at home is much more profitable.

 

The equipment you need for an inexpensive home gym

1) All-in-one weight

 To maximize space, I suggest the Power Block weights.

These are all-in-one weights. You only have to put the bar at the weight you want, and the dumbbell becomes this heavy. The rest of the weights will remain on the ground. Some go up to 25 lbs or others much higher, like 90 lbs.

 And don't worry: it's super safe. It must have been six years since I have mine, and they never "detached" during an exercise.

I also really like that the weighted base is flat. It allows you to do exercises by leaning on the ground (as an example, in the plank position). Which is often much more difficult with round weights.

 

2) Two types of mats

I suggest you have one or two types of mats depending on the types of exercises and sports you want to do.

The first: a yoga mat. This mat is perfect for this sport, but not ideal for abdominal-type exercises. It's too thin.

The second: a thicker mat than the previous one. This is the one to use for abs or even "Superman" type exercises. It will be much more comfortable for your bones and joints.

 

3) Elastic bands

In my opinion, this is essential because it allows you to work your muscles even more. 

By combining weights + elastics, you can take your training to another level.

What I recommend: take quality! Otherwise, there is a good chance that they will roll constantly, and there is nothing more tiring. It breaks the pace of training. Prioritize those that are thicker or in non-slip fabrics.

 

Optional, but very practical:

4) Ankle weights

They increase the difficulty level of several exercises. It is also perfect for Pilates type workouts.

 

5) A dance rope

A cardio exercise that does not require a lot of space and is done both indoors and outdoors. It also works the calves a lot.

 

What to do as exercise at home?

There are, of course, many videos available for free online.

You can also take inspiration from this article (and which you can even do without any equipment).

Finally, if you have elastic bands, you can try these 10 exercises to do at home to build your glutes. 

 

By Priscilia Vaillancourt
Writer at RAW Nutritional



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