One of your goals for the upcoming year is to get in shape. That means spending a little money to outfit a simple home gym. You’ll need a few basics like a decent gym bench to get started. Along with that bench, make sure that you pick up these other essentials. Doing so will help you dive right into your resolution to work out and enjoy every minute of it.
#1 – A Set of Dumbbells
What would any type of gym be without a set of dumbbells? There are so many different types of exercises you can do with them. Whether squatting sitting, stretched out on the floor, or standing, you can work quite a few muscle groups. The good news is that this an excellent time of year to find dumbbells for sale at a number of quality fitness equipment stores. Take your time and find a set that will help you start toning those muscles during the first few weeks of the year.
#2 – A Good Jump Rope
Far from being a child’s toy, a good jump rope provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. It’s a lot of fun and helps you build endurance at the same time. When you warm up using the jump rope and then move on to using those dumbbells while on your gym bench, your workout is sure to begin producing results in a short amount of time.
#3 – A Handy Chin-Up Bar
Those dumbbells for sale aren’t the only home fitness equipment that will be offered this season. You’ll also find different styles of chin-up bars available for excellent prices. Go with one that you can mount in a door frame or consider one that you can mount directly into the studs in a wall. You can even consider getting one that’s suspended from the ceiling. Whatever style you choose, the bar will go a long way toward helping build upper body strength.
#4 – Exercise Mats With Plenty of Support
Next to your gym bench, it’s hard to think of a fitness accessory that provides more benefits than a set of exercise mats. You can use them to provide just enough cushioning to perform all sorts of calisthenics. From sit-ups to straddle hops to various yoga positions, those mats will help absorb some of the shock while still allowing you to get all the benefits from the workout. Keep a few extra around in case you decide to invite a friend over to work out with you.
There’s no reason to wait until after the holidays to start creating your home gym. Spend some time visiting fitness supply stores and take a look at benches, jump ropes, mats, chin-up bars, dumbbells and even a more advanced smith machine for sale. With a little planning, you can have your home gym all set for use when the first day of the New Year rolls around.