9 Home Gym Basics


WeightsAre thinking about having a home gym. It may not be your primary workout spot. But it would certainly be a great back up on those days when you are short on time and want to fit in a quick routine or just not able to make it to your gym (do the words “winter storm warning” or “nor’easter” ring a bell to those on the east coast?). So wouldn’t it be great to have a space in your home that is always open and convenient? That got me thinking about some of the basics to include that would make working out at home convenient and effective – NO EXCUSES!



Workout space:
Obviously, it all starts with having space available in your home. Perhaps you have a spare/guest bedroom that could also be used for working out. Otherwise it is just sitting there and not being used right? A basement (doesn’t need to be finished) or a loft area are also great premium spaces inside of your home. If none of these are options for you, then look around and consider space in your bedroom or another area that is comfortable and inspiring.

Dumbbells are relatively inexpensive and there are a variety of exercises you are able to do with them. To get started, you will want to have adjustable ones or a few fixed sets starting at 2 pounds and going up to about 25 pounds.

Resistance bands:
Resistance bands are another inexpensive tool that allow you to incorporate variety, strength conditioning, and coordination into your workouts regardless of your fitness level.

Jump rope:
Jumping rope is great for overall conditioning! Not only does it work your legs, but your arms, abs, and heart are getting a tremendous workout as well. There are a variety you can choose from and they are inexpensive too.

Let the music play to keep you pumped up and motivated!

Workout videos:
There is nothing like a great workout video that you can just turn on and know that you will get a great workout. Nowadays, there are so many to choose from so you are very likely to find something that you enjoy. My personal favorites are Beachbody products. For more ideas, feel free to visit my SHOP and browse through a number of titles.

Flat screen:
Play your workout videos or tune to your favorite music channel.

Bulletin board:
Use this like a vision board to keep you inspired. Post your training routines, motivating pictures of yourself in great shape or some of your fitness idols. Get creative! You may also want to post a calendar to keep track of your workouts.

Training log:
Use this to keep track of your sets, reps, and cardio routines. For additional motivation, you can also document your weight and measurements to track your progress.

I hope I’ve given you some good ideas to get you started. Let me know if you have other ideas or what is working for you.

– Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!

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