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Creating a Perfect Home Gym on a Budget
As 2020 comes to a close and a new year begins, you may start to set new goals or think about goals that you wish to achieve (but never have).
Gyms usually would be jam packed but with England still in lockdown restrictions gyms are forced to remain closed. Youi may feel that it’s hard to stay focus on your goals and may be wondering how you will combat the looming festivities and stick to your healthier decision making.
Many people may put in the towel as even the thought of trying a new routine can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be this way. All you need to do is follow this easy guide and the rest will follow. The game has changed but it is not over, you have the capability to change with it and reach your full potential even with gym being closed.
This is the time to dig deep and to make the decision to try it at home. We are not saying you have to do it alone, we are here to help support you. Are you ready? Let’s jump in together.
Here are our tips to ditch the expensive exercise classes and monthly membership fees and get it the best shape without using a gym, all from the comfort of your own home.
Many people say ‘I do not have the space’ to work out at home. The good news is that you do not need a lot of space as the gym equipment is small which can make a huge difference as it does not take much space to store nor is it expensive. For instance, Resistance Loops are compact and light, they can easily fit in a bag therefore you can fit in a workout on the go. Giving you lasting results.
Use these 7 affordable gym equipment picks and keep yourself on track to not just starting your goals but to surpassing them. You can work out anytime, have the support you need 24/7, and upgrade to having access to world class fitness programs with a routine that suits you.
Three Tips to Know Before Buying Gym Equipment
There are a few things you need to know before you attempt to create your own gym at home.
- What is your budget? Write it down.
- How much space do you have to store the equipment and where are you going to store it?
- Take it one step at a time.
There are many ways you can get the same fitness results without having to buy those big gym equipment machines.
Support with Workouts
We pride ourselves in making sure that each client has an enjoyable time working out, our support groups help to give you daily encouragement and motivation tips throughout your journey and supports you through the harder days.
We help to devise a routine that works for you and gives you more time you each day with less stress.
We give you a step by step guide in time management techniques which will change the way you construct your day to a more manageable and sustainable one. No longer will you feel as if you have ‘no time’ for your loved ones or ‘too tired’ to enjoy the time you do have. All by fixing your routine and starting with creating a home gym environment where you can make a big impact in your own life.
1. Cordless Jump Ropes
The average price for a reasonable quality cordless rope with Prime delivery is £15.99 or less. A cordless rope is a great piece of equipment to have in your home gym.
Using it you can easily get your heart rate up which will allow you to start burning those calories, without shedding out money for a treadmill or having to run outside – especially in the winter as it does not sound too appealing.
A cordless rope does not take up that much space and is very easy to store, ideal if you do not have much storage or have a huge budget. You can easily take them on the go with you, perfect for trips away. When paired with our workout library, you really cannot go wrong with this purchase.
2. Dumbbell Set
Build, sculpt, and tone your muscles perfect for training individual muscle groups or major muscle groups, HIIT workouts and walking.
These pink Amazon hex and bone dumbbells are ergonomically designed for a firm, comfortable grip and range from 1kg to 8kg to easily adapt your workout (click photo for direct link).
Another great option from Amazon is a box set of weights – click photo for direct link. This set on the left includes all three sets of dumbbells and the easy to store carry case. The dumbbells are neoprene PVC non-Slip Grip and are non-marking ‘Floor Friendly’. Starting from £37.99 can seem pricey but remember you will be saving money each month by not having a gym membership.
You can use this mat for your cool-down, warm-up or meditation exercises such as Yoga or Pilates workouts.
Basic buying guide:
Consider how much room you have to stow your yoga mat, how important portability is to you, and where your sweet spot is on comfort versus being able to feel a direct connection to the floor. You can try out some core exercise on the floor to see where these ‘sweet spots’ are situated. If you’re short on storage space, have a long walk to the studio, and like the feel of just a little padding, opt for a standard-depth mat, in the 1/8 inch range.
If you would prefer a mat a bit thicker than 1/4 inch range is prefect for you.
4. Resistance Loops
Resistance Loops are a great form of light gym equipment to strengthen your muscles by using them to isolate your muscles in a more targeted way. We suggest buying bands that have a multiple of levels, a set of three is a must. You can get ones with handles such as, hand and ankle straps, but this is not essential. Resistance loops can be useful if you wanted to go back to the gym as sometimes the gym equipment you use isn’t there.
A set of three resistance loops can £15-35
Easy to store and can be used in many different ways, to enhance moves to a more advanced level or can replace hand-held weights altogether.
Amazon prices can range from £8-35 depending on the colour, quality, set size and intensity. You can get prices cheaper if you are an Amazon Prime customer – join today.
5. Your Technique
Having the right technique will let you workout smarter, allowing you to target specific muscles groups. Performing the exercises correctly is essential part to keeping your body protected from injury.
You should always practice new exercise moves first – using a mirror can be very beneficial – before attempting to lift any weights.
Use this guide below to support your technique in lifting weights. Find out why lifting weights is beneficial to you.
You should always follow the guidance of the specific workout program you are following. We pride ourselves on the daily support we give. To have your questions answered click here.
6. Foot Gear
Trainers are not just good for runners or gym goers, they help you stay balanced throughout your workouts helping to distribute your weight evenly through your exercise.
They help your feet grip on the ground also making you more stable which can enhance your form with each exercise move. Your form is the most important piece of equipment you will use, but this you cannot buy.
We recommend the Nike SuperRep Go trainer as it combines comfortable foam cushioning, flexibility and support to get you moving in fitness classes or while streaming workouts at home. Coming in many different colours and currently on offer. You really cannot go wrong with this investment.
7. Nutrition Ready
Getting your nutrition in order is fundamentally what is going to make you reach your health goals. Every professional trainer for athletes you see in the gym is a direct result of changing their nutrition. Making small changes to your diet today can help you to make a healthy lifestyle more accessible to you and feel less daunting.
Use these quick and easy steps to get you started:
- Choose whole foods rather than processed foods
- Drink more water: We recommend half your body weight in ounces. For example, a person weighing 100 pounds they would need to be consuming 50 ounces of water per day.
- Never leave your house without a least one healthy meal or snack: Give our Snack Saver Shake a try by grabbing a sample pack today!
- Drop us a message for further tips and support.
Core Balance Foam Grid Roller features a hollow plastic core and 3D EPE foam grid system. The grooves act like the hands of a sports masseuse for deeper penetrating myofascial release. Order before 2pm for same day dispatch. Comes in 6 different colours and retails for £19.99.
This blue Foam Roller reduces muscle pain with its smooth surface. It enhances your athletic performance by releasing tension in your body. Perfect for using before a workout to increase flexibility and reduce the risk of injuries. Essential part to your at home gym space.