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Creating a Perfect Home Gym on a Budget
As 2022 starts, you may begin to set new goals and think about your dreams that you wish to achieve (but never have).
It is vital that you take action and begin to make preparations in order to achieve these goals set. Taking action is the only way your dreams will become reality instead of being empty words.
Gyms in the United Kingdom (and all over) would usually be jam packed around this time but with growing concern around the spread of this pandemic, you feel it is best to stay at home.
You feel that it’s hard to stay focus on your goals and wonder if you will ever get back into a ‘normal’ gym routine.
Now all the festivities are finished, it is your time to start back up your healthier decision making.
Your first step is simple.
Decide to change your workout environment and workout from home.
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.
This is the time to dig deep and to make the decision to try it at home. We are not saying you have to workout alone.
I am are here to help support you and your growing community. Are you ready? Let’s jump in together.
Many people say ‘I do not have the space’ to workout 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.
Think of the equipment you get as an investment into your health. It will last many years with little wear and tare, compared with the amount you spend each month on a gym membership.
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 and less excuses to skip.
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.
Keeping this in mind that when you start a new project it can seen rather daunting at the start but taking these easy steps to setting up your own home equipment you will find it isn’t scary at all, nor does it need to be expensive.
There are many ways you can get the same fitness results without having to buy those big gym equipment machines.
Support with Workouts
I pride myself in making sure that each client has an enjoyable time working out.
This support helps you with daily encouragement and motivation tips throughout your journey to boost you on those harder days.
You get access to a time management step by step guide 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.
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8 Affordable Gym Equipment Picks
Use these 8 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.
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 and perfect for trips away.
2. Dumbbell Set
1kg – 8kg: From £12.99
Set of Three Dumbbells (You Choose): From £37.99
Build, sculpt, and tone your muscles perfect for training individual muscle groups or major muscle groups, HIIT workouts and walking.
For more information on Why You Should Start Lifting Weights come and read this epic blog post!
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.
A yoga mat not only helps you to define your workout space but it is an essential part of your home equipment.
It helps to protect your joints, spin and back during workouts. It is moveable and with its simple fold away straps and carrier you can easily transport it where ever you go!
You can use this mat for your cool-down, warm-up or meditation exercises such as Yoga or Pilates workouts.
Consider how much room you have to store 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.
Buy 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 Set of 3
Perfect for sculpting a firm, round booty, shaping your legs and thighs, tightening and flattening your core, and toning your arms and shoulders.
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 £5-35 depending on the colour, quality, set size and intensity. You can get prices cheaper if you are an Amazon Prime customer – join today.
Resistance Bands Set of 5, Skin-Friendly for Legs and Glutes, Arms, Physio, Pilates, Strength Training and Yoga.
Resistance Bands Set of 3 Exercise Bands – Perfect for Squats, Glute Bridge, Lunges, Pilates and Yoga.
Make sure to always check for rips before you use.
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.
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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.
8. Foam Roller
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.
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.