Everyone who works out has at one point or another thought it would be pretty nice having a gym in their house. No packing a gym bag, driving to the gym, changing, working out, showering, and driving back home. Instead you can just change and get started right away. Problem is, home gyms can be expensive and it’s hard to find the space.
Here are 5 essentials for any home gym. These take up minimal room and, with a little research and planning, allow you to do a countless number of exercises.
Dumbbells can be used for a number of different lifts, are easy to store, and are great for new home gyms. The Cap barbell solid hex single dumbbell is a great choice, as you can choose only the dumbbells that you want rather than buying a full set. The weights range from 5 lb. for approximately $11 to 60 lbs. for approximately $61. The best part is that these are eligible for free super saver shipping on Amazon (the shipping costs would be huge without it, so take advantage!). Consider getting the Cap barbell dumbbell rack if you plan on buying 4 or more dumbbells.
2) Weight Bench
A weight bench is the perfect piece of equipment to complement dumbbells. You can do tons of lifts using a combination of the dumbbells and weight bench, and the bench doesn’t use a ton of space compared to other equipment. At just $78, the Weider Club utility bench is an affordable option for your first weight bench.
3) Exercise Ball
Using an exercise ball during your workouts makes a lot of sense if you are working out at home. You can work out a wide range of muscles, and it’s fairly easy to do once you learn the various exercises. Check out the eHow video series on the fitness ball and resistance band. If you don’t already have one, a good exercise ball is the GoFit 75cm professional stability ball.
4) Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are useful the same way that exercise balls are; they allow for maximum number of exercises with minimal equipment. The Black Mountain Products resistance band set are highly praised by reviewers, and besides the bands themselves includes a door anchor, ankle strap, exercise chart, and carrying case. At just $30, this is arguably the best value exercise-related product on the market.
5) Exercise Mat
Last but not least, the exercise mat. This is useful for floor exercises, yoga, pilates, etc. Below is the Harbinger 340100 durafoam exercise mat which costs $22.50 and should suffice for most people’s workouts.