Let’s be real -- the cost of a gym membership and personal training can sometimes be much more than its true value. And with the explosive rise of online workouts from your favorite trainers and studies, it’s easier -- and cheaper -- than ever to build strength and endurance from the comfort of your own home. So if you’re pretty gung-ho about canceling your monthly fitness plan and committing to a 100-percent at-home fitness routine, you need to set up a killer home gym that helps you meet your goals.
Not sure where to start? Read on to learn about the best home gym essentials to make your at-home gym experience nothing short of amazing.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Why You Should Build A Home Gym
If you’ve spent the majority of your life as a member of a fitness center, it might be a little daunting to cut ties with your favorite gym to finally start working out from home. And while the gym manager will be “super sad to see you go,” you can keep your head up high knowing that you’ll reap some incredible benefits with a home gym once you’re up and running.
Here are a few of the top benefits of having a home gym:
Face it -- we’re all pretty busy people. We have to pick and choose how we spend our very limited time based on whatever life throws at us.
That said, imagine a life where you don’t have to do any of the following:
- Pack your gym bag
- Trek across town to get to the gym (probably while fighting traffic)
- Find a parking spot
- Wait in line to use equipment
- Rinse off at the gym
With your very own home gym, you basically eliminate all those pesky unnecessary time-sucks, allowing you to focus on what really matters -- training and getting on with your day.
Be honest for a second (we won’t judge).
You’ve skipped a workout here and there because “something popped up.” We’ve all done it. Sometimes there’s simply no avoiding it. Life does get in the way --but wouldn’t it be nice if we could reduce that struggle?
Picture this: You plan to workout in the morning before work, but something unexpected pops up. You really don’t like working out in the evening because the gym is super crowded and you don’t like fighting the rush-hour traffic to get there. So, you skip your training day.
That kind of sucks, doesn’t it?
With a great home gym, the ability to adjust your day is significantly easier. You can workout literally whenever your time permits because your gym is open 24/7.
Having a great home gym provides you with flexibility -- and if you ask us, that’s a pretty impressive benefit!
Your Rules, Your Gym
Blast the music, hang out on your phone without someone waiting for the machine you’re using, let out those embarrassing grunts when the motion is harder than you expected it to be. It’s your space, and you have the freedom to do whatever you’d like with it. There’s no need to worry about setting off an alarm that may get you thrown out.
Ready To Build The Home Gym Of Your Dreams?
Now that you’re totally on board with the whole home-gym idea after reading those undeniably incredible benefits, let’s dive into some tips to make your gym nothing short of an amazing experience.
Here are some great essentials that you should definitely consider for your home gym:
If you want to get in shape at home, you’ll need a mat. There are two kinds of mats: a yoga mat and a jump mat. The latter is a little bit thicker and used for more intense exercises like HIIT and core work. It can also double as a heavy-duty yoga mat if you prefer a little more cushioning. However, if you’re working with limited space, a jump mat might be too big, so a yoga mat will be your best bet.
Smart Home Gym
If we’re talking about maximum training with minimum space, our All-In-One Training System is what you need in your home gym. GEAR1 takes up basically no space at all and can seriously help you tone your body and build muscle mass with a few simple moves. By outfitting your home gym with the best equipment to get maximum results, you’ll be able to work out from any angle to maximize whatever space you’re working out in, no matter how small.
Better still, GEAR1 gives you all the data on your workout so you can see how you’re doing in real time and better track your progress. Plus, with HYGEAR, you’ll have access to 500+ on-demand exercises led by expert trainers to build strength, endurance, and total body fitness -- on your time.
Ah, the coveted jump rope! This portable piece of equipment can be an excellent source of cardio in small spaces that don’t necessarily have room for an exercise bike or treadmill. Take it back to the basics of recess during your childhood and grab a jump rope to get your heart rate up between banded squats or to start warming up your body for a HIIT workout.
Kettlebells are another beloved piece of equipment that would make a great addition to any home gym. They’re fantastic for strength building and cardio and are extremely durable.
When used correctly, kettlebells can tone almost your entire body and hit every single muscle group with a series of intense movements. Add a set to your workout routine and watch your body grow stronger with every pull, swing, and lift.
OK, so this isn’t exactly a piece of exercise equipment but rather an essential tool for recovery we should all be using post-workout. Foam rollers are perfect for stretching, lengthening, and working muscle tissue to increase blood flow and improve resiliency. Plus, they are super lightweight and relatively small, so you can easily add one to your home gym without taking up too much space.
A Final Word
Keep in mind that building a full home gym doesn’t need to happen overnight. Start off slow and purchase new equipment little by little. If you’re only able to get one thing right now, we suggest GEAR 1 from HYGEAR. Why? Because it’s an incredible total body workout system that replaces traditional gym equipment.
Whether your goal is to torch calories, boost stamina, or build muscle, HYGEAR can get you there. You just need to start.