Fitness

Why Home Gym Equipment is Your Secret Weapon!

Home Gym Exercise Equipment
6 Shares

Home Gym Equipment is now more affordable than ever, and with such a huge range on offer there is no excuse not to keep in shape!

Getting kitted up and travelling to a gym isn’t for everyone.

Some gym memberships can be very costly, and you may just find the travelling inconvenient when you want to workout, now! or if you are very new to exercise, you may feel self-consious or a little overwhelmed by it all.

Regular exercise is really important for reducing your chances of suffering from cardiovascular health issues, along with helping to control your body weight and avoid back and joint problems later in life.

As you exercise, your percentage of lean muscle mass will increase (a little) and your overall body fat levels will start to drop. One of the great benefits is that the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn.

Withought a regular exercise schedule in place you will ultimately find it much harder to manage your weight long-term.

There are so many exercises that you can do at home to achieve any fitness goal including weight-loss (fat burning), strength, stamina (endurance) and CV fitness.

For most of these you don’t need any equipment to start with, because your bodyweight alone provides more than enough resistance for most of these objectives.

Kettlebells, Bosu, Step, Risers

Kettlebells, Bosu, Step, Risers

 

As you progress from learning the basics, you will find that you get stronger! What does this mean? You need something heavier or harder to workout with in order to provide further increased gains.

This is where home exercise equipment comes in. Home workouts are hugely popular right now, and the lost cost of kitting out your home into a mini gym makes it all that more affordable and desireable.

I have chosen some of the best pieces of home exercise equipment you can buy for yourself today.

You don’t need to go out and buy them all at once, nor do you need to have them all.

Things you should always do when using home gym equipment

– Always warm up before doing your main exercises. This will help warm up and prepare your muscles ready for action.

– When warming up, try lightly working the same muscles you are about to train in your actual routine.

– Perform your exercises with the correct technique. Do not rush your movements or try using heavier weights than you can manage, as this can cause injuries or strains

– If you have any current medical or health issues such as injuries, always consult with your local doctor prior to starting any exercise programme.

15 of the best pieces of home gym equipment you can buy for yourself today

(The following info includes affiliate links. That means if you click a link and buy that piece of equipment, I’ll receive a commission which helps me run this resource for you)

1/ Ab Roller Wheel

About

The Ab Roller Wheel is an amazing piece of home gym equipment. Being just a small sturdy wheel with a rod through its center which provides the handles to grip.

It is known as an ab roller wheel because it’s main function is to assist doing core strengthening exercises, which when used correctly will help you build a strong core, lats and triceps.

The great thing about ab roller wheels is that they are an inexpensive piece of fitness equipment, so well worth adding to your resources.

Building a strong core is really important when it comes to doing any physical activity, as it helps lower your risk of muscular injury. Not only does an ab roller wheel target your abdominals, but it also targets your lower back. A strong back is important because as you roll forward your back will naturally tend to arch, so strong muscles will help to counteract this arching.

 


Benefits

  • Excellent for core stability
  • Improves your overal strength
  • Reduces the chances of back injuries
  • Improves range of movement and flexibility
  • Small size makes it easy to store and transport
  • Low cost makes it very affordable

2/ Weight Bench

About

When working out with your home gym equipment, there are literally thousands of exercises you can perform standing up, squatting, kneeling or even jumping but if you want to really get into resistance training, then one of the most important pices of home gym equipment you can buy is a weights bench.

Weights benches are available with a wide range of specifications, so it really is important to choose one that matches your requirements. Weights benches can differ drastically in quality, i.e. the overall strength of the materials used and the stability itself. Versitility is the game when it comes to weights bench options – Incline, Decline, Folding, Leg Extension, barbell racking – the list is endless when it comes to the options available.

Personally, I suggest just starting off with a simple low-cost bench from which you can start trying out the various exercises. As you progress through and become hooked like me, it is certainly worth investing in a bench which can support incline & decline workouts, in addition to providing leg/ankle support for additional stability.

Depending on the type of bench you have, you can use them in so many other ways too: for step up exercises, sitting exercises, kneeling exercises … use your imagination and creativity to incorporate a weights bench into your next exercise routine.

 


Benefits

  • Allows for improved focus on the correct muscles groups
  • Provides excellent core and lumbar support
  • Ideal for beginners – helps with posture – reduces risk of injury
  • Adjustable to allow for full body workout, incline, decline, sit-up or lie-flat
  • Allows you to concentrate on working with heavier weights

3/ Dumbbell Set

About

Dumbbells are a fantastic addition to anyones range of home gym equipment, and are one of the most popular pieces of fitness equiment which have ever been made.

For strength training, they are one of the most fundamental tools and form a substational part of millions of workouts done on a regular basis.

Buying either a complete set of dumbbells or sets which include dumbbells in multiple weight ranges are a really low-cost way of starting or building up your range of home gym equipment, with the added benefit that they take up hardly any home space when compared with other available fitness equipment.

Using dumbbells alone as part of your regular exercise regime may help build strength, tone and shape your underlying muscles, but they won’t help with providing that toned body we all look towards. For this you’ll need to add in some regular aerobic exercise in addition to maintaining your healthy dietry nutrition.

 


Benefits

  • You can train every muscle in your body
  • Don’t require much storage space
  • Improved muscular co-ordination
  • Increased range of motion (when compared to using barbells or machines)
  • Safer to use than barbells on heavier weights (unless you have a spotter person or spotter bars)
  • Huge range of exercises available for all fitness levels

4/ Barbell Set

About

Owning a barbell set is another of those important choices you should make if you wish to gain strength efficiently and safely. The great thing about barbell workouts is that over a period of time you will gradually increase the weight for the same exercises, making you stronger and stronger. Just by adding more weight to each end of the bar on your free weight exercises, you don’t need to increase the length of your workout to get the extra benefit.

Barbells will help improve the strength on nearly every muscle in your body. When working out at home, a barbell set makes so much sense because it takes up hardly any space and will certainly cost a lot less than buying some other fitness resistance equipment you can buy.

As you increase in strength, the only thing you need to do is add more weight. You can keep using the same bar over and over (to it’s limit), which makes owning a barbell set a more cost effective choice than some ‘fixed-weight’ dumbbell sets, where you have to replace them if you want heavier resistance.

Similar to other pices of home gym equipment, barbells are available in a multitude of choices from the famous ‘Olympic’ barbell to the EZ Curl barbell and Tricep/Hammer Curl barbell.
All of these are available in different lengths and sizes for different types of weight plates. Many also have different ways off fixing the weight plates onto the bar, so it is very important when buying heavier plates that you choose ones suitable for your bar.

 


Benefits

  • Easy to learn the basic lifts
  • Does not require much storage space
  • Improved muscular co-ordination
  • Unlimited progression (by adding more weight)
  • Allows you to complete major compound exercises (for weight loss and muscle growth)
  • Huge range of exercises available for all fitness levels

5/ Resistance Tubes (Cables)

 About

Resistance tubes are one of my favourite pieces of home gym equipment because it’s just like having a gym in a bag!. Depending on the resistance cables you choose they are generally supplied all at the same length, but vary in the amount of resistance needed to pull on them. The higher the resistance, the thicker the cable and the shorter the distance you will likely be able to extend to.

Most resistance tube packs are also supplied with a series of attachments. In order to use resistance cables they are usually supplied with a couple of handles, ankle straps and a door connector.

Working with resistance tubes is fantastic because not only can you vary the resistance by changing the single cable you use, you can also connect multiple cables to each handle to further increase the overall resistance.

Unlike using heaver dumbbells and barbells where gravity is always trying to pull the weights from your hands, with resistance tubes it is far easier to control the movement of the exercise as the angle of resistance can be adjusted depending where you attach the cables to, rather than just resisting in a downwards direction.

 


Benefits

  • Great for strengthening isolated muscle groups
  • Ability to create a great variety of workouts
  • For beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts
  • Flexibility of moving in different directions
  • Great for injury recovery and prevention
  • Can be easily packed for travelling!

6/ Kettlebells

About

Kettlebells have always been thought of as something only the elite in fitness use as part of their workouts, and not for the mainstream. Kettlebells over recent years have started to become a very popular piece of fitness equipment, with authentic ones made from cast iron or steel and others covered in vinyl. Like dumbbells, kettlebells are a type of round free weight with a flat base and have an arced handle on top. They kind of look like either cannonballs with a handle or a teapot with a spout (which is where they get their name).

Unlike dumbbells, kettlebells can be used in all sorts of ways, such as being held, pressed, juggled, thrown and swung. As a truly portable piece of home gym equipment, you can incorporate kettlebells into all types of fitness training, and make a fantastic tool for helping with weight-loss, toning, improving strength and stamina, fitness and flexibility.

 


Benefits

  • Combines cardio and strength training
  • Great for fat burning
  • For beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts
  • It’s not bodbuilding
  • It’s challenging and fun
  • Helps build a lean, muscular physique
  • Strengthens joints, low/non-impact

7/ Squat Rack (Barbell Stand)

About

The Squat Rack (Barbell Stand) is one of those pieces of home gym equipment that many people do not own, purely because it is seen as a professional piece of fitness equipment which only belongs in a gym.

As the range of home gym equipment has expanded over the years, this type of equipment has been adapted and reduced in cost to make it a viable piece of your home gym solution.

The Squat Rack is really beneficial for doing three of the major compound resistance exercises, such as Squats, Bench Press & Overhead (Military) Press. Like all home gym fitness equipment, they are available in a wide range of choices and with added options from spotter bars to dip bars, and with adjustability to suit not only different body sizes, but to also suit different bar sizes.

The quality of manufacture and overall stability does vary quite considerably, so you really need to read the reviews first. The last thing you want is for your heavy barbell to come crashing down on top of you mid exercise!

Having a squat rack or barbell stand seriously increases the range of exercises you can do, and much safer too – especially the ones with good quality spotter bars to catch the weight when your energy drops mid rep.

 


Benefits

  • Allows you to bench press with a barbell rather than just dumbbells
  • Allows you to perform squats and overhead (military) press with a barbell
  • Increased number of workout options
  • Increased safety when supplied with ‘spotter bars’
  • Basic models available in sizes suitable for home use
  • Fully adjustable heights for different exercises
  • Available with additional options such as dipping Handles

8/ Exercise Mat

About

Available in all different materials, shapes, sizes and colours, exercise mats are the base of many home workouts.

Execise mats are designed primarily to help prevent injuries, and support the body through it’s range of movement. The most important thing is to choose one that fits the type of exercises you wish to perform on it, such as yoga and stretching. Mats can vary in the amout of padding they provide as well as the amount of traction they offer. If you tend to sweat a lot, then mats covered in plastic may not be suitable as you may end of slipping, although they are easier to wipe clean!

 


Benefits

  • Easy to store (fold or roll up)
  • Great for stretching/kneeling (especially on hard flooring)
  • Low Cost
  • Easy to transport
  • Wide range of materials available (Anti-Slip / Sweat Resistant etc)
  • Wide range of sizes & colours

9/ Medicine Ball

About

Medicine Balls often get confused with another exercise ball, the Swiss Exercise Stability Ball (see 13 below for more info!)
This is a solid ball which is available in weights ranging from around ont to 5o pounds, and range in size right upto something like a beach ball.

Older style medicine balls have a tacky surface to help with grip whilst the newer designs have grip handles which make them easier to use when doing similar exercises to those done with dumbbells or kettlebells. The main types are ones that bounce, and ones that don’t.

The outside material can vary from leather & vinyl to nylon, thick rubber or polyurethane, and the inside is often filled with air, gel or even sand.

 


Benefits

  • Low cost and very portable
  • Extremely versatile
  • Helps develop explosive power
  • Excellent for partner training
  • Help with injury recovery
  • Wide range of weights, sizes & colours

10/ E-Z Curl Bar

About

The EZ Curl Bar is another great piece of home gym equipment, and offers a slight variation to standard barbell exercises in that it changes the angle of your grip – putting your wrists, forearms and elbows in much more comfortable position.

Variation equipment like this can also be useful if you suffer from any standard overuse injury created from using a standard barbell. The EZ curl bar takes some of the tension away from your biceps, and therefore shifts the tension in your arms.

Great for doing standard exercises such as bicep curls and lying tricep extensions. Is the EZ curl bar any better than using a stand barbell? the dury is out on that one. Whilst there are pros and cons for both, I don’t think either is particularly better than the other, just offering different types of grip position.

 


Benefits

  • Weighs less than a standard barbell
  • EZ curl bar is better for your wrists
  • Better grip for Curling and Tricep extensions
  • Alternative to the standard barbell
  • Excellent for isolating the biceps and triceps

11/ Skipping Rope (Jump Rope)

About

Skipping Ropes are old school right? no way! Skipping Ropes are seriously raging in popularity, although likely most of you (including me can’t skip!).

Want to shock your aerobic fitness into overdrive with just a few minutes a day? get a skipping rope!
Doing 10 minutes of skipping a day is equivalent to running a fast mile.

As with other home gym equipment, skipping ropes are available in a huge range of materials, lengths, colours and speed rating.

 


Benefits

  • Burns a huge amount of calories in a short time
  • Improves CV fitness
  • Improves your balance and co-ordination
  • One of the best exercises for increasing bone density
  • Modern jump rope tech: Ball-bearing handles, Ultra-fast cables and Easy sizing systems
  • Extremely affordable piece of home gym equipment
  • Ultra portable

12/ Tricep Bar / Hammer Curl Bar

About

A Tricep Bar (also known as a Hammer Curl Bar) is another favourite piece of home gym equipment. An oval shaped bar with two parallel handles running through it’s middle, with weight shafts on each end. Even though it is mainly known as the triceps bar, you can work other muscles besides.

In a similar way to why you use an EZ curl bar instead of a standard barbell, the Tricep bar can be used to hit your muscles from different angles, helping to reduce stress on various joints.
The Tricep bar is also great for Hammer Curls (hence the other name) where you curl the bar up, but with your palms facing inwards. This works your forearms muscles to the max!

 


Benefits

  • Great for isolating triceps and reducing wrist strain
  • Great for working your biceps and forearms together
  • Can be used for deadlifts too
  • Lighter than a standard barbell
  • Modern jump rope tech: Ball-bearing handles, Ultra-fast cables and Easy sizing systems
  • Seriously improves grip strength
  • Easy storage

13/ Swiss Exercise Stability Ball

About

The Swiss Exercise Ball (large inflatable ball) is a fantastic enhancement to your home gym equipment, which can help improve your Balance, Strength and Cardio Endurance.
Depending on the type of exercise you wish to do, the Swiss Ball is available in many sizes from around 45 to 75cm (18 to 30 inches) so ensure you choose the right size first.

You may also find these balls marketed under different names such as; Stability Balls, Fitness Balls or Balance Balls), either way – using these balls is an amazing way to help increase your abdominal fitness and core balance.

The brilliant thing about the Swiss Exercise Ball is that they are unstable! Just sitting on one seriously engages your core to just keep you sitting upright. Placing your hands or feet on one during an exercise is seriously effective.

 


Benefits

  • Increases abdominal strength
  • Improves core stability
  • Improves balance and co-ordination
  • Low cost
  • Easy to transport (quick to inflate/deflate)
  • Engages multiple muscle groups

14/ Pull Up Bar / Door Gym

About

A pull-up bar is one of the best bits of home gym equipment you can buy. Pull-ups, although seriously tough to perform fully, are one of the best upper-body exercises you can do because they work your arms, shoulders and back in addition to strengthening your core. Beginners to this exercise will find it hard, and can spend weeks just trying to squeeze out a few reps. Using a chair for assistance is advised to start with.

There are a variety of pull-up bars avaiable on the market, so you need to ensure it can support not only your weight but can also fit into your doorframe, if thats the type you want to go for.
Aside from door-frame pull-up bars, there are other types of pull-up bar availble such as free standing or wall-mounted, all with different types of grips for different variations of pull-ups.

 


Benefits

  • Compound upper body exercise
  • Many variations of pull-up possible
  • Improves grip strength
  • Help with reducing bodyfat
  • Quick to hook-up in door-frame for a workout
  • Easy to transport
  • Can also be used for abdominal/core workouts

15/ Hanging Ab Straps

About

If you are serious about wanting rock-hard strong abs or that chiseled six-pack, then there is only one piece of home gym equipment you want – Hanging Ab Straps!
Ab straps easily attach to any pull-up bar by a hook or spring clip, and will allow you to train your upper and lower abs as well as your obliques using just this single piece of home gym equipment.

 


Benefits

  • Develops & strengthens abdominal muscles
  • Attaches to any pull up bar (or multi-gym) in seconds
  • Targets your lower abs, upper abs and oblique’s
  • Padded for maximum comfort
  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • Small and easy to store
  • Inexpensive

“Owning your own personal gym is a brilliant way to stay in shape in your own personal space and in your own time, and somethnig you can easily take advantage of between your hetic schedules.

Do you want to shed some pounds, tone up or build some muscle? Can’t be bothered to go out early in the morning or late at night to go for a run? Don’t have the spare time or expense to travel to a gym waiting around for the right machine? Perhaps you just like working out alone?

If this is you, then owning some home gym equipment is your answer, your ‘Secret Weapon’!

Go home – get fit 🙂

Image Credits:
Fitness Equipment by Clay Manley

Home Fitness Equipment by Rob9040 is licensed under CC0

Featured Image Credit:
Home Fitness Equipment by Rob9040 is licensed under CC0

6 Shares

Newsletter

Web Hosting

Hey, why not join in the conversation

avatar

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  Subscribe  
Notify of

You Might Also Like

Share6
Tweet
6 Shares