So we have decided we wan’t to get into shape, the next step is a gym membership right? Working out in a gym is a great way to train, but it is not the only option. Training at home can be a very pleasant way to get in shape and will save us money and travel time also. So what equipment do we need, if any, to in shape? Luckily some of the best exercises can be done with no equipment whatsoever and simply use your own body weight as resistance.
Lets start with the issue of equipment. So what do we really need? Well that really depends on your budget and the amount of space you have, but lets start with my basic recommendations.
There is so much you can do to increase the strength and size of your muscles and improve your cardiovascular fitness without any equipment whatsoever. Two of the best body weight exercises are the humble press up and squat. Both these compound exercises work numerous large muscle groups and they remain two of the best exercises there is. For cardio there is so much we can do from running on the spot to burpees to more complex routines such as Insanity, all can be done in your living room.
A Pair of Adjustable Dumbbells
The single best piece of equipment that I would recommend if you are hard up for space is a pair of adjustable dumbbells. Firstly, they are easy to store and hardly take up any space. They are not bulky and difficult to store as in the case of a barbell set and bench. You can work every muscle in the body and if they are adjustable you will be able to continuously increase the resistance.
Pull Up Mate or Chin Up Bar
The pull up mate is a fantastic piece of equipment, however it is more suited towards the intermediate and advanced trainee. The pull up mate is basically a lightweight, strong and easy to assemble chin up and dipping station. The chin up and the dip are without a doubt two of the best upper body exercises in existence. If you get proficient and strong in only these two movements you will have a fantastically developed upper body.
Lightweight Portable Equipment
Last on my list is this category, because I do not rate them too highly. That being said, there are a few things that are lightweight and easy to store which can be advantageous.
- TRX Suspension Trainer
- Resistance Bands
- Boxing gloves and pads (if you have a training partner)
- Gym Boss Timer
What You Should Avoid
Now lets get to the equipment that is worth avoiding. In the fitness industry there is a lot of gimmicky types of equipment that you find being advertised, from springy doodads to electrical probes which claim to work your muscles and give you a six pack. The makers of these products simply take advantage of the fact that people want a quick fix and do not want to put in the required effort. For anyone that is serious about getting in shape; these things are a complete waste of money.
So there you have it, you can train in the comfort of your own home and get in great shape. You can use your own body-weight as resistance or use some very smart kit that can be easily stored and used in limited space. So what excuses do you need? Good luck with your fitness goals!