In order to use this guide to the best of your abilities, there are a few sneaky things you could do with purchasing to build your home gym! Don’t worry though, we assure you now there are no machines, no treadmills or expensive resistance components, everything is pretty simple yet highly effective and most importantly can be sourced pretty cheaply if you are happy to get second hand.
- Workout / Exercise Mat – For bodyweight exercises such as planking, sit ups, press-ups etc. to keep your elbows and joints from getting sore.
- Pull Up Bar – Great for bicep and back workout, inexpensive to buy.
- Push Up Bars – To add a full rge of motion to your push ups, and hit the chest harder.
- A Lifting Belt – A supporting belt to but round your waist when lifting heavy to support the back.
- Lifting Straps – For extra grip and support when lifting
- Skipping rope – For intense cardio workouts
- Stopwatch or Clock – To time your rest periods
- An Exercise Step – A good raised step is great for adding to plyometric exercises
- Quality Protein – For those who are looking to build muscle through their home workouts.
The heavy stuff
- Weights Bench – To support a full range of exercises you can’t do without.
- Olympic Bar – To load weight onto or to use freely
- Weight Plates – To add onto your Olympic bar, Z bar or Dumbells.
- Set of Dumbbells – For all the free weight exercises.
- Medicine ball – Great for adding weight to side tabs, other body weight exercises and/or cardio.
- Kettle Bell – For adding weight to a range of exercises
The more you can get in one go the better, because you’ll have more choice and a greater variation of workouts. If you can’t afford everything at once then build it up over a number of weeks and focus on mixing things up with equipment you already have.
Just because we haven’t put them on the list, if you already have any home cardio equipment such as an exercise bike or treadmill then that’s great! And you can most certainly use them for cardio exercise.