Thursday, June 29, 2017

What do I need for a home gym?

Sometimes making time for the gym can be difficult. I get it, you work long hours and you get stuck in traffic. Even if you pack your bag with you to go after work, something pulls you to just go home and relax. I know for me the best thing I did for myself was to get a home gym. Now you don't need all the bells and whistles to make it work. You just need a few simple things that will make doing a home workout easy for the days that might catch you by surprise!

The first thing I would suggest are getting power block dumbbells. If you don't have them they are the best investment I have gotten myself years ago. They are interchangeable weights on a stack so you don't need to by couples of every weight as you get stronger. I got the the 5-50 pound weight stacks that I have had for over 6 years! They come with me on every travel road trip because we all know the quality of gym hotels !

Next up I would invest in a Kettlebell. Yes they are awesome for cardio OR strength work. Again, when choosing a weight, always get something a little bit over reaching. So if you use a 25# shoot to get a 35#. This is because you will only get stronger not weaker! They do have a lot of variety when it comes to kettlebells, I have a Rogue fitness one (53#) and one that I got at Wal-Mart ( #30). They allow me to be able to have 2 weights to choose from to pick whatever type of workload I need for my training.

Also, I would get an adjustable bench. The one I got years ago was a Reebok adjustable stepper/ bench that can be at two different heights and also different levels of incline. The down fall is that it's not that comfortable to lay on but it gets the job done ! From step ups, flat bench, incline bench, seated press, it works for a multitude of things.

Last but not least is a bar bell and plates if you are an advanced lifter. Having just a barbell can change up your workout and give you more variety. Once you work with a trainer and learn good form, having a barbell at home is super beneficial to increase your training sessions IF a home gym is the route you might see yourself taking.

So for now, those are my top picks for home workout equipment. Of course there are many little things like jump ropes, bands, a rig, and some other advanced items but the above is a great start ! If you want to learn more please message me and i would love to give you some ideas ! None of these are sponsored reviews, just thinks that I picked up over the years that has helped me when i workout at home !

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