It is a well-known fact that January used to be the only time when all the people you know (and quite a few you don’t) shout from the rooftops about their new diet and fitness routines. But the truth is, it’s becoming a year-round occurrence now.
You want to join in of course, but there’s no way you’re splashing out for a gym membership. If you’re wondering how to get fit at home, I’m here to tell you that it IS possible, and I’ve got seven easy home gym ideas to get you started.
Getting rid of your gym membership could save you a lot of money every month, but I don’t expect you to do that without being able to get fit away from the gym! Take a look at these home gym ideas; you’re bound to find something you like in your budget. And the best part is, they’re all easy to install and small enough to fit most rooms.
Home Gym Ideas – Cardio
Best Treadmill: Fitnessclub Folding Electric Motorised Treadmill
Best Exercise Bike: Opti Folding Exercise Bike
Best CrossTrainer: V-fit MCCT1 Magnetic 2-in-1 Cycle-Elliptical Trainer
The first home gym ideas I’ve got for you are all based on cardio exercises. These are the machines the majority of us casual gym users miss the most and make us wonder how to get fit at home if we don’t have them around.
These picks are cheap enough to fit low budgets too. Even if they seem steep, think of all the money and effort you’d be saving by not going to the gym… As a bonus, the bike and treadmill fold to save space. And the cross trainer is actually a 2-in-1 product, with included exercise bike capabilities. Who said you need a dedicated room to have a home gym?
If these are still out of your price range, just pick up a skipping rope. Obviously, you can go for walks or jogs with no equipment, but if you still want to stay in or around your home then skipping ropes are incredible home gym ideas for cardio. You can pick a budget skipping rope or hula hoop up for under around £10, and there are tons of great YouTube videos which will walk you through how to use them properly.
Home Gym Ideas – Weight Training
Best Dumbells: MultiWare Dumbbell Set, 30kg
Best Weightlifting Bars: MultiWare EZ Curl Bar
Best Workout Bench: Opti Butterfly Workout Bench
Next up, the muscle-building home gym ideas. Of course, you’ll need your own set of weights. You can either opt to get a rack of separate weights or an adjustable single dumbbell. The frames of different dumbbells tend to cost more but offer more convenience (and what I mean by that is you won’t have to be fiddling around mid-workout trying to put more weight onto the bar!)
The adjustable dumbbells are less expensive, and more space saving. Either or, it’s your choice, but they’re essential if you’re wondering how to get fit at home! The dumbbells featured in this rundown are adjustable, even having the ability to join two together to make a bar.
And finally, a bench. This is integral to a lot of different weight-based exercises, so again figure out what your routine will be and whether you’ll need one. You can find some surprisingly low bench prices about, but the Opti model above has great reviews and is easy to assemble.
Home Gym Ideas – Keeping Track Of Your Fitness Level
Best Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Flex 2 Fitness Wristband
And finally, unless you are Mr/Mrs Moneybags, I’m assuming you won’t be buying the professional equipment you normally find in gyms. Most home gym equipment is perfectly fine for you to use and you’ll get just as good a workout; you’ll probably be missing the stats from it though. One of the ways prices are kept so low is by losing the electronic screens and fancy figures you find on a lot of gym machines, which means you’ll just be timing yourself and getting no in-depth statistics on what you’re doing.
If you’ll desperately miss this, consider investing in a fitness tracker like a Fitbit. The Flex 2 tracks your steps and workouts, giving you all the information you need to know on handy charts for your smartphone or computer. It handily reminds you if you haven’t been active enough too with stationary time, and even tracks your sleep and calorie intake.
The Flex 2 also acts as a smartwatch, letting you know when you’re getting calls and texts. It is waterproof up to 50m and has a five-day battery life.
Home Gym Ideas – Bonus Buy
We all like a multi-use product, and the Wondercore range is well-known for them. A 12-in-1 ab sculpting system with bench press, butterfly press and low rowing set features amongst others.
There is a DVD included to get you started, as well as a Nutrition Guide and 7 Day Meal Plan.