A common problem when it comes to working out is leaving your house. The travelling alone can take chunks out of your free time after work which could be spent reading, catching up with your favourite show or cooking a scrumptious highly nutritious meal. Not to mention, with gyms you have to pay a monthly subscription which can add up to a lot of money in the long term. If you invest in some gym gear you can use at home, you will be saving both money and time in the long term.
If you’re going to be working out at home, the first rule is using compact equipment that can be stored fairly easily. We’ve gathered some great fitness gear to start with when building out your at-home gym equipment collection.
Adjustable and easy to set up, simply attach the hook of the bar underneath your door and tighten, adjust the height of the padded bar to a height which will feel most comfortable for your feet size. Once set up, slide feet into position and start doing sit-ups!
Easily packed away and easy to use, the fitness wheel is used by sitting upright on your knees leaning over forming an arch, then place hands onto the padded bar and wheel your body out to a flatter position and back into the original position. You’ll be able to feel your abdominal being tested to the max, burning off stomach fat in the process.
A must-have for anyone who trains or does yoga. All athletes are almost guaranteed to have one of these and use it after the workout. Whichever muscle is being worked on or feels tense, place the foam roller underneath with your body weight on top and roll until you feel you’re being massaged. Also ideal for those who suffer from bad back pain, this will relieve the pressure built up in your spine and make you feel much better instantly.
There’s a reason boxers worship the jump rope in their workout routine. The jump rope is the ideal calorie-burner. Jumping for half-hour will see you burn approximately 365 calories. Skipping regularly will help you to comfortably and sustainably lose weight.
Elastic training brands are a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for many things but are most effective when working on your quads or other muscles in your leg. If your target is to make your legs toned then having one of these in your pocket is the best place to start. Depending on your strength you can up the resistance. Each colour represents the pull on the bands. Buying this collection will allow you to work through the gears in your own time.
The master thigh trimmer is easy to use and compact to store. Lay down on a mat and bend knees at around 45 degrees, ensuring that your feet are flat on the floor. Place the thigh toner between your inner thighs as shown in the picture above. Squeeze your thighs against the resistance. Repeat 15-20 times and do so in multiple sets. Doing so consistently will see your thighs toning up.
Another great way to do cardio is by using a stepper blockboard. Coated in a non-slip material to reduce the risk of injury and featuring removable blocks to adjust the height to an additional 10cm to 15 cm, you can use the stepper to burn fat, tone, work on your core’s stability and boost your stamina overall.
How good is your balance? Practice on the balance board to improve your agility and stability. Simply stand on either side of the orange spot in the middle and try and hold your balance by centring your body in the middle of the board. Perfect for yoga and brain development plus equilibrium training.
Push-up support enhances and assists your effectiveness when targeting specific muscles. The thick bars are easily gripped avoiding straining of the wrist you get when doing a traditional press up. Also lightweight and compact so it can be stored away easily when you’re not working out.
Increase your grip and build up your forearm strength with spring handgrips. Whether you’re a climber, martial artist or just want to improve your hand strength, the handgrip is an easy way to do it.
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