Gym memberships are expensive, but even worse than that, they require you to actually leave the house, which I think we can all agree is awful. That’s why so many people opt to work out at home, and that’s also why home gym equipment is so important. There’s no feeling embarrassed about your 2kg weights while someone does curls with 20kg weights, no waiting in line for your favourite machines, and best of all, no commute. But if you think home gyms are reserved for the rich, that’s where you’re wrong.
Here’s a list of some of the best home gym equipment to inspire you to build your own. All you need is a little extra room or some storage space to squirrel it all away when you’re done sweating it out and boom – bye-bye gym membership.
Setting up a home gym isn’t about replicating the entire gear of your local fitness club. Invest in equipment that enables loads of exercises while taking up little space. Jocca balance trainer ball does just that, helping to tone the torso, arms, legs, glutes... and pretty much everything else.
Sometimes all you need is that one simple gadget to spice things up, don’t you think? Use these discs and fight to stabilise your core. Warning: you’re going to feel the muscles you never even knew existed.
Say goodbye to a steady, isolated effort in your quadriceps. With a balance disc, you’re putting your core muscles to work, while also relieving back and neck aches and pains. A great example of how a simple workout accessory can turn a dull exercise into a challenge.
If you’re going to work out at home, you’ll want to track your progress, and that’s how Aquarius can help. The tracker synchronises with Android or iOS devices to measure heart rate or calories burnt, and covers a wide range of workouts, including skipping and yoga. To top it all off, Aquarius can analyse the length and quality of sleep.
If you want the motivation you’d get from fitness classes or a personal trainer, then this workout website is your friend. Choose from 2,000 group and one-on-one workouts, including cardio, yoga, Pilates, barre and muscle building sessions.
If you’re working up a sweat, you’re not going to want to use your nice, fluffy bath towels to sop up the mess. Grab one of these super absorbent microfiber towels and store it with your gym gear.