Cover all your bases with a homegym

Its cold, wet & miserable outside. Despite our best efforts to get up out of bed with a spring in our step and happily get ourselves down to the gym, winter time just sometimes stretches the limits of our motivation.

One of the things I did to keep at by any notion of slackening off during the colder months was to put together a simple yet effective homegym. It doesn’t need to be extravagant. Depending on what your workout preferences are, most if not all types of exercises that you can do in a gym can be easily performed at home with just a few simple things. The list below is just a selection of the basic things you could purchase:

– Treadmill or
– Cross trainer
– Upright bike
– Adjustable bench
– Adjustable dumbbell kit
– Adjustable barbell kit
– Skipping rope

The internet has also made the availability of workout programs that much easier. Take your dumbbell kit or any type of fixed dumbbell. This piece of equipment is so versatile that you could quite easily perform exercises that worked your entire body. Check out this link for a comprehensive list of exercises that you can do at home with a pair of dumbbells.

Naturally you’ll also want to get in cardio as well, especially if its raining outside. If you enjoy doing High Intensity Interval Training on a treadmill at your gym, there are many options for the homegym user to perform this type of training. Ensure however that you purchase a treadmill that is suited to what you will use it for. Things to look out for include the length and width of the deck, motor capacity, incline, top speed and any console features that you might require such as iPod connectivity.

So you see. You most certainly don’t need to cancel your gym membership if you don’t have to. Having a home gym set-up ensures that you have no excuse to do a workout.


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