The Best Fitness Accessories for Your home Gym
So you’ve been training at a local gym for a while and you have noticed that although it’s nice to have a wealth of fitness tools at your disposal, the culture of a gym just doesn’t sit well with you.
Not to worry, there are many people who fall into the same boat. Many people do not see the value in a traditional gym. The culture, the people and the prices can be a little excessive. Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about creating a space in your own home that you can train to grow fitter and healthier.
Benefits of A Home Gym
Many people have started to look into creating a gym in their own home – and it seems like a pretty good idea. With the cost of fitness equipment slowly on the decline, you can now set up your own home gym for a fraction of what the costs used to be.
Here are some the biggest benefits to having a home gym:
If you factor in the cost of having a gym membership for multiple years you will notice very quickly that you spend an excessive amount of money. Although there is a minor upfront cost of creating your own gym the simple act of having a home studio will greatly help you to save money in the long-run.
Many people do not like the environment and culture in a traditional gym – and for good reason. Lots of the gyms today have loud and obnoxious people in the studio that can put a damper on your training. Having a home gym is one of the easiest ways to avoid this issue and train the way you want, when you want.
Lots of gyms can actually be quite boring and for lack of a better word, cookie cutter. They focus on the equipment that most people will use.
Things like treadmills and machines generally take up more than half the gym. If you were to create your own home gym you would notice very quickly that you can set-up your own environment to be fun and interactive – after all, a gym is basically a grown-up playground.
5 Fitness Accessories for Your Home Gym
Now that you can see some of the massive benefits of having your own home gym lets break down the best fitness accessories you can buy to have a fun, engaging and hard-core training studio.
This might seem a little to simple, but a skipping rope if a perfect tool for anyone who wants to have a balance gym and train with cardio on a daily basis.
Skipping ropes can be used for a variety of training purposes – whether it be cardio, stretching or even using them to train in isometric strength.
To top it off, they are very cheap. A good skipping rope is only around $30 and for that value, you have an effective tool for your home gym that requires very little space and a high variability of exercises to work with.
Hands down the most versatile and easy-to-use fitness tool for your home gym. Parallettes are a gymnastics tool that have gone through some good changes to be made for the mainstream population. They come in many heights and grip widths but on a very simple level, they are tools you can use to develop upper body strength through both isometric and isotonic movements.
From L-sits to pushups, parallettes could be the most functional and versatile tool you can have for your home-gym.
In a previous article, we discussed the many benefits and versatility of a fitness ball. They come at a very low cost and feature a plethora of exercises that can be done to strengthen the core, legs, back and even arms.
The fitness ball or yoga ball takes up very little space and is good for any skill level – making it a must-have device for your home gym.
Alright, now you have a skipping rope, fitness ball and parallettes. Already we can develop a good strength and conditioning program for any goal and any skill level. However, we are still missing some crucial items that you may not have even thought about.
Don’t forget about the importance of stretching and mobility. Far too many people forget about the fundamental importance of using a tool for stretching the upper and lower body. Among the best fitness tools are the stretching straps. They cost next to nothing and can be stored almost anywhere in your home.
These straps offer a very versatile way to stretch and strengthen the body without all the expensive costs of going to a physio for a stretch or joining a yoga gym. A stretching strap is essential for your success in a gym as it can help to develop strength through an entire range of motion and help you to avoid injury.
The last and perhaps most important aspect to our home-gym. Strength bands come in many sizes and densities but on the most basic level, they help to strengthen the body and allow for stability in the hips. My personal favourite strength bands are used on the lower body and will help to develop strong glutes and hip flexors – essential for any of the runners out there.
Strength bands can be used as an accessory tool to increase reps or work through more complex callisthenics exercises. Especially when combined with your parallettes you now have a gym setup that is minimalist, yet complete.
Bottom Line: Designing Your Home Gym
The biggest asset to designing your home gym is that you are the creator of something unique. Whether you choose to go with the tools we have suggested you can be sure that you will save money and have a more vital life.
All of the fitness accessories above can be purchased for under a couple hundred dollars – and when compared to your annual membership costs, this is nothing.
You can train in a safe and comfortable environment, feel the freedom to test out unique workouts without the judgement of others and build strength and confidence in the process. You never know, this home-gym could turn into a new passion and a new drive to become healthier!
If you have been thinking of creating your own home gym, now is the best time. Use these fitness accessories to create the space and the lifestyle you have always dreamed of.
Gabriello is a writer and strength expert best known for his science-based and practical approach to Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Strength. After serving in a directors position for The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Gabriello moved towards writing to help more people understand the importance of living a healthy life. Gabriello’s writings have been published in several languages on some of the largest health and fitness websites helping people learn, grow and understand the complex components of optimizing human performance in a simplistic way.
Gabriello also takes on specialized, high-performance athletes who are in need of strength, mobility and conditioning programming to optimize their fitness through his Earned Fitness program.
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