So you’re looking to get in shape but don’t especially feel like joining the commercial gym. Whether you just don’t have time to go back and forth between the gym or you aren’t so keen on exercising among grunting men who consider themselves ‘bodybuilders’, there are many reasons why you may feel more comfortable in the home environment.
The great news is that you can easily get in a terrific and effective workout right in the comfort of your own home. While you don’t need any equipment to do so, picking up a few key pieces will definitely help you take your workout that extra mile.
Even better? You can do it for $100 or less.
Here are the essential pieces of equipment to consider getting to build a top-notch at-home workout that will kick-start a successful fat loss journey.
A Skipping Rope ($10)
To get your cardio in, you simply can’t beat a skipping rope. While it may be a little lofty to try and skip for 10 minutes straight, if you can work your way up to doing one minute intervals – one minute on and one minute off, you’ll have a great HIIT cardio routine in no time.
Skipping burns just as many calories as jogging does and works both the upper and lower body.
2 Sets Of Dumbbells ($55)
You simply can’t beat dumbbells as far as strength training goes. With two sets of dumbbells of varying weights, you should be well prepared to challenge your body and start seeing greater muscle definition take place.
I’d recommend starting with a 10 pound set and a 15 or 20 pound set, however if you are more advanced, you might go with a 15 and 25 pound set instead.
If you prefer not to use dumbbells, take note that a few resistance bands can also be utilized to perform many of the same exercises you would do with dumbbells.
An Exercise Mat ($15)
An exercise mat is always a good piece of equipment to get into place for your home gym as it’ll allow you to perform abdominal exercises on it comfortably and safely.
It’s also a necessity for doing your stretching – which should also be part of any good well-balanced home workout routine.
Finally, if you are someone who wants to get into yoga poses, an exercise mat can work here as well.
An Exercise Ball ($20)
To really crank up the gear on your core workouts, an exercise ball will do the trick just nicely. Not only does this reduce your base of support, forcing your abs to contract harder in every single movement you make, but it also opens doors for other exercises as well.
For instance, try push-ups with the hands on the exercise ball. This is a fantastic way to advance a regular push-up and really challenge your muscles. You’ll get not only an upper body workout, but a core workout as well.
Likewise, you can also perform hamstring curls using an exercise ball as well, which is great or toning up your lower body and get that firm booty that so many women desire right now.
So there you have it – 4 pieces of exercise equipment that will make for a perfect home gym. You’ll also want to use your stop watch on your smart phone to time your intervals for any cardio or weight lifting circuits you may choose to do.
Once you have these pieces of equipment in place, here’s a quick circuit routine you can try out that will incorporate both cardio and strength based moves into the mix. This full body workout can be done 2-3 times per week to get your program started.
Perform each exercise, doing as many reps as you can for 45 seconds. After each set is done, rest for 15 seconds and then move onto the next exercise. This workout should take a total of 15 minutes to complete, so is an easy add to any busy schedule.
Dumbbell Walking Lunges
Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Dumbbell Bent Over Rows
Dumbbell Step Ups (use a sturdy chair or bench)
Crunches on an Exercise Ball
Dumbbell Bicep Curls
Ball Hamstring Curls
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Dumbbell Standing Calf Raises
Lying Leg Raises
So don’t let the fact you don’t belong to a gym stop you from exercising any longer. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get in shape. Once this equipment is bought, it’ll serve you for months to come.