Charlie is a personal trainer and posts some amazing workout tips on his personal Facebook page. After getting his permission to steal a few of them for my blog, I was able to coerce him into telling me some of the basics I need for a home gym.
In addition to a neighborhood club with a gym, the new house has more bedrooms than we need. I'm making one into a workout room. I still love to pop in my 30 Day Shred or Metamorphosis DVDs and get in a 20 minute workout when I can. I will love having a gym again, but it won't be as easy to hop right over there with my little munchkin in tow.
Here's what Charlie has to say about building a quality home gym:
Let me preface this post with saying I ALWAYS recommend joining a health club if this is an option for you. The reason I say this is I have seen more people than I can count spend thousand of dollars on home equipment that is used for a month, then spends two years as clothes racks, only to end up in a yard sale. Home has a lot of distractions to overcome as well (tv, kids, fridge, couch, etc). This being said, if a health club is not in your budget or your schedule, you can get a more than adequate workout at home, if you are motivated.
Equipping your home gym:
The first must in a home gym is a suspension trainer (TRX is a great one, around $180). A suspension trainer has two long straps with handles at the end that hang from a central point, so you'll need something solid to hang it from. The reason a suspension trainer is such a great item is because it has almost endless exercise choices (biceps, tri's, chest, back, abs, legs, butt, etc) and it uses percentages of your own body weight. Plus it requires core stability for every single exercise. You can get a full body workout with just this one item.
If you have more money to spend you can add these items in:
- A stability ball is a great choice.
- Dumbells that range from 3-30 lbs, depending on your strength capabilities, are also a nice addition.
- I also recommend a straight barbell with around 100 lbs (give or take) in removable plates.
- After these, get a jump rope, some bands, exercise mat, and a foam roll for flexibility.