Since the pandemic, many of us have said goodbye to expensive gym memberships and personal trainers in favor of setting up a gym in our own homes.
While outfitting your own home gym brings with it significant up-front cost, it can save you money in the long run, offering you all the advantages of a gym membership without ever leaving home.
But what equipment gives you the biggest bang for your buck?
Here are our recommendations for the best home fitness equipment:
It’s not just for kids anymore! A good jump rope gives you a fun yet challenging cardio workout while channeling your inner child.
Another perk: it’s amazing for fine-tuning your hand-eye coordination.
Make sure that your jump rope is durable and sturdy. As you become more adept at jumping, you might want to invest in a weighted rope to build strength or a wire rope to improve your speed.
Jump ropes are a convenient and versatile type of exercise equipment that allows you to fit in a good workout even on days when you’re pressed for time.
As discouraged as you may feel the first time you use a pull-up bar, only to just barely be able to pull your chin above it, it’s definitely worthwhile to persevere. By using this piece of equipment every day, you’ll quickly build strength in your upper body and core.
One of the best things about pull-up bars is that they can easily be attached to a doorway to maximize floor space. By simply doing a pull-up each time you pass through the door, you add a convenient yet powerful exercise to your daily fitness routine.
Contrary to popular belief, a kettlebell does not work the same way as a dumbbell. There are many unique exercise movements which you can do with a kettlebell and not with a dumbbell, adding some fun and variety to your fitness routine. For that reason alone, they are worth the investment.
The best kettlebells have large, smooth handles and no paint. And they are small enough to be stowed out of sight when you’re not using them.
Another essential (although more expensive) piece of home fitness equipment is a treadmill. A home treadmill is the most popular home exercise machine and is worth the investment if you enjoy walking / running on a regular basis.
There’s a variety of options to consider so you’ll need to take into consideration factors such as price, performance, main features (speed, motor and horsepower, heart rate info, workout programs) and special features (cushioning, touchscreen, water bottle holders, mobile/tablet holders).
When choosing the perfect equipment for your home gym, there are several considerations to keep in mind.
For one thing, it’s always a good idea to check customer reviews. The best gym equipment will come highly rated by previous users.
And size is another important factor to keep in mind. It’s imperative that any equipment you purchase works well in the space that you have.
And lastly, versatility and quality materials should be key considerations in your choice.
With the right equipment, you’ll be ready to enjoy working out in the comfort of your home for many years to come.