Setting Up A Home Gym? Here Are Some Things You Might Need

Ready to get fit in the comfort of your home? There is now a myriad of pieces of equipment you can purchase. While this can be a huge bonus for fitness buffs1, it also means that you could end up with a garage full of fitness equipment you will never use. Here are some things you might need when setting up a home gym!

The Basics

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a home gym is all the equipment and machines you’ll need in order to get fit. However, there are some items that are often overlooked despite their importance in setting up a good home fitness space.

  • A yoga or exercise mat
  • Stability ball (or two)
  • Ab wheel
  • Gliding discs (they help with balance and coordination)
  • Jump rope or skipping rope (to improve cardio)

Cardio

Cardio is an integral part of any fitness routine since it helps burn fat. If you are setting up your home gym, it is essential to include cardio equipment2. You may start with basic items like a treadmill or stationary bike, but if you have got enough space, then you should consider installing a vertical climber, assault bike, and a stair climber as well.

Before finalizing an expensive purchase, consider if the piece of equipment is worth the money and what part it will play in your workout routine. The resources found on Fitness Push recommend going through reviews and workout guides. Doing so can help you make an informed decision quickly!

Weights

If you want to build muscle and strength, you’ll need to start with weights. In addition to a barbell (or weight set), dumbbells are another excellent choice for home gyms.

There are two main types of free weights: dumbbells and barbells. Dumbbells are easier to store than barbells because they can be placed on the floor or against a wall. They also provide more variety in their exercises, since most people don’t have access to specialty bars like hex bars 3or squat safety bars at home (although these can be purchased if desired).

Additional Items 

You might have the basics down, but there are some things you should consider investing in for your home gym. These items can help you get the most out of your workouts and make them more comfortable and enjoyable.

Yoga Mat 

If you’re doing yoga, then a yoga mat is a must. This will provide comfort while practicing on hard floors or carpets, as well as insulate against cold surfaces during winter months when heaters are turned off.

Foam Roller  

You may have heard about these before – they’re used in physical therapy for self-massage therapy4! It feels great after working out because it helps release tension built up in your muscles from exercising which results in less soreness later on too!

Setting up a home gym is a great way to get fit and stay in shape without having to leave home. All you need is the right equipment and space for it. Remember that you don’t need all of these things at once, so start small with what works best for you!

  1. Groves, Laura M., et al. “Community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 at three fitness facilities—Hawaii, June–July 2020.” Morbidity and mortality weekly report 70.9 (2021): 316. ↩︎
  2. Malysz, Marek, et al. “Resuscitation of the patient with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 when wearing personal protective equipment: A randomized multicenter crossover simulation trial.” Cardiology journal 27.5 (2020): 497-506. ↩︎
  3. Fadaly, Elham MT, et al. “Direct-bandgap emission from hexagonal Ge and SiGe alloys.” Nature 580.7802 (2020): 205-209. ↩︎
  4. Buttagat, Vitsarut, et al. “Effectiveness of traditional Thai self-massage combined with stretching exercises for the treatment of patients with chronic non-specific low back pain: A single-blinded randomized controlled trial.” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 24.1 (2020): 19-24. ↩︎

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