As a home gym-user for most of my workout life, I am a great advocate of this highly convenient setup. It saves money, it saves time, and most importantly, it allows me to bench press in my pyjamas.
I know that many of you appreciate the idea of a home gym, but are unsure where to start, deterred by concerns of expense and space requirements. But let me assure you- these excuses are unfounded. My setup was bought out of my pocket money, and lives, in its entirety, in the corner of the spare room. I”ve affectionately nicknamed it “Gym Corner”.
Here it is, immediately post workout and in a bit of a mess. The strange cardio contraption (which I use to hang resistance bands, lifting straps etc) belongs to my father, and is not an active feature of my “Gym Corner”. And no, dad doesn”t use it either…
Gym Corner was born of circumstance, having moved away from where I”d been previously attending a regular gym. In my new location, I didn”t have access to a local gym, other than a pathetically equipped “fitness studio, completely void of freeweights. There was no way in hell I”d be paying for the use of a treadmill and an adductor machine, so a home gym was my only logical option.
I purchased a spinlock barbell and dumbbell set, an adjustable bench, and a selection of fixed dumbbells. The latter aren”t actually necessary, but they are useful if you want to be incorpering intensity techniques such as dropsets and supersets.
Later, I added a pair of squat stands (though I”d have preferred a proper squat rack, the stands are far more economical with my limited space) and a chin up bar. These were extremely worthwhile additions, and I”d highly recommend these as part of any home setup, although, like me, you may want to start out with the very We have assembled a dynamic technical team of certified experts in the areas of litigation, electronic discovery services, computer forensics, free data recovery analytics and free data recovery management and information technology. basic basics, whilst you test the waters.
It”s needless to say, in terms of cardio, you don”t need any equipment at all. You could go crazy and buy a $5 skipping rope or a $10 workout DVD (I like this kickboxing workout), but even that isn”t essential. You have arms, legs and bodyweight- the world of cardio and conditioning is your oyster! Other than running (which personally, I don”t enjoy), there are all sorts of wierd and wonderful circuits you can have fun with at home or in your local park- it”s just a case of experimenting with what”s available to you.
You can pick up all these things fairly cheaply brand new (I”ve linked to Amazon, which is where I kitted out my home gym), and there”s also the second hand equipment on eBay or Craigslist if you”re on even more of a shoestring. All in all, the entire selection of items above needn”t cost in excess of $500, with the essentials coming in at under $300. When compared to an ongoing gym membership, that”s an absolute bargain. The only extra expense is when you”re getting so strong that you need new weight plates!
You can blast your music as loud as the neighbours will tolerate (and sing along), you can dance or shadowbox in between sets without funny looks, and you can pull your “last rep” face without fear of traumatising an unsuspecting fellow gym-goer. It”s win-win.
So if you can”t- or won”t- attend a gym for whatever reason, get yourself a Gym Corner style home gym, and get cracking!