4 Home Gym Essentials

How To Build Your Own Home Gym

4 Home Gym Essentials

How To Build Your Own Home Gym. What does your ideal home gym look like?

Is it an iron paradise in your garage or basement filled with steel plates, barbells, and rows of dumbbells? Or is it a clean, studio space complete with a variety of equipment for cardio, strength, and core training? While we would all love to build the private gym of our dreams from the ground up – the truth is, it doesn’t matter how large or small your home workout space is – it can be difficult to convince yourself to workout at home if you don’t have the right equipment to inspire and support your goals.

Think about it, just like new workout clothes or a new playlist can get you excited to hit the gym -- new workout equipment in a dedicated at home workout space of your design will have you jumping out of bed for your early morning workout. A great at-home workout starts with equipping yourself with the right tools and space to not only meet your training needs but to maximize your investment.

As you are shopping for home gym equipment, choose versatile pieces that accommodate a variety of training types such as cardiovascular, muscular strength, core strength, and flexibility.

1. Cardio Equipment

Some choose to anchor their home gym with a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike. However, if you have limited space or are on a tight budget, here are a few pieces that will accommodate HIIT and cardio training.

Reebok Deck -- Supports burpees, box jumps, step ups, quick feet, and other cardio drills in addition to providing a strong base for strength training exercises.

2. Strength Equipment

Kettlebells and Dumbbells -- If you must choose between one or the other, choose the one you feel the most comfortable using on your own. Both kettlebells and dumbbells are extremely versatile and can accommodate strength and cardio based movements.

Resistance Bands -- Price, Ease of Use, and Flexibility Are the Key Benefits of Resistance Bands. Resistance bands have been referred to as the "great democratizer" of the exercise world, because they cost about the same as a one-month gym membership, and a fraction of what other types of exercise equipment cost. But the benefits of resistance bands don't stop at their low price tag. They are remarkably easy to learn to use, and allow you to create a remarkable range of exercises using a single piece of equipment. Finally -- and possibly most important to people who are constantly on the go, they bring flexibility to your exercise schedule because if you throw them into your suitcase when you travel, you can exercise anywhere.

Resistance Tubing Kits -- Improve Your Strength and Range of Motion with Resistance Tubing Kits. Resistance bands are an excellent tool for improving muscular strength and range of motion. Resistance tube kits are even better, because they provide multiple lengths and resistances, allowing you to gradually increase the resistance as you progress in your training. Of course, you can also decrease the resistance in case of injury or if someone newer than you will also be using the bands.

CrossFit Equipment -- Get the CrossFit Equipment You Need to Meet the Challenge of the Next Murph Event. Every Memorial Day, fitness fanatics compete in the Murph Challenge, the ultimate CrossFit event that benefits the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Murph workout gets its name from Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a soldier killed in Afghanistan who favored the CrossFit workout. Truly a challenge, the “Murph” consists of 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats with a one-mile run at the start and finish.

Plyometrics -- Plyometrics Improves Your Strength, Reaction Time and Overall Performance. Plyometrics are a fun and effective alternative to a daily strength-training workout. Plyometrics refers to jumping, and in fact plyometrics used to be known as “jump training.” Plyometric training can help improve performance in a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, or any sport that involves the use of explosive movements. Workouts involving plyometrics include jumps and hops, such as hops on one leg or jump squats. You might jump onto a plyo box or over an obstacle such as a cone during plyo training.

Bodyweight Suspension -- Bodyweight training is ideal at times because you are all the equipment needed. However, if you are looking to progress or regress bodyweight exercises, a suspension trainer will help. Most come with an option to anchor from a wall, ceiling, rack, or door frame.

3. Core Training Equipment

Stability Ball -- A home gym staple for crunches, back extensions, hip bridges and more. Stability ball exercises will challenge both the primary and secondary core musculature.

Medicine Ball -- Another versatile piece that fits into the core and strength training category. Add a med ball to floor exercises (i.e., push-ups, Russian twists) or use it to add weight to body weight exercises such as squats and lunges.

4. Flexibility and Recovery Equipment

Don’t forget to balance all your hard work with some recovery. Foam Rollers, Stretch Straps, and Massage Balls are small additions that will make a big impact.

Maximize your investment by adding dynamic pieces to your home gym that accommodate multiple training styles. Choose from these listed here or check out Power Systems' Home Gym Kits designed by space and training type.

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Article by Elisabeth Fouts, Education Coordinator for Power Systems