With swimsuit season just around the corner, it’s time to get serious about getting in shape. It’s a tough goal to stick to; gyms are expensive and crowded, working out is a huge time commitment, and more than anything else, it’s physically exhausting. Sure, it’s supposed to be physically exhausting, that’s the whole point of it, but getting your body used to that level of exertion is a difficult process.
But we can do it. With enough willpower and determination, and with the amount of workout plans available online, you don’t need a personal trainer to keep you on track as long as you stay committed to the process. Below, Insider Picks has collected home gym equipment for various types of workouts; whether you’re looking to up your endurance or come out of the winter season with a set of washboard abs, there’s something here that could help you on your way.
Top fitness equipment for home:
1. Jump Rope
Jump or skipping rope is the cheapest tool to exercise inside in the house and outdoors. It helps burn plenty of calories and prevent the accumulation of fat in the body, it also works to tighten the back and the abdominal muscles. Exercising for 15 minutes alone burns 200 calories and equivalent to an hour of walking and a half hour of jogging. Now you have an alternative exercise for this winter season without leaving your home.
Kettlebell is a ball-shaped barbell with a single handle. This Russian weight tool is made from heavy iron used widely in weightlifting to strengthen the back, arms, legs, and the abdominal muscles.
3. Rowing Machine
Rowing machines can help improve your fitness level in a variety of ways; they can build and tone muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function, and improve your endurance. It’s a great way to burn calories, so if your main goal is weight loss, think about making it a part of your regular routine. Rowing is also a solid alternative for people with back and joint problems, as it places little strain on these areas as long as they’re using good form.
4. Spin Exercise Bicycle
This machine is one of the most prevalent sports equipment, cheap and considered as an aerobic tool. It works to activate the body and maintains fitness, and stimulate the heart, they are ideal for strengthening the abdomen, back and buttocks muscles.
5. Elliptical Trainer
Elliptical machines have been the subject of many a debate in gyms across the nation. While some purists believe the treadmill to be superior, there are many benefits to putting in time with the elliptical. To start, it’s a low impact workout; the gliding motion allows those with joint issues and back pain to work up a sweat without throwing their body out of place. Also, ellipticals lend themselves well to multitasking, so if you’re the type to read or watch “Survivor” while you exercise, this is a great addition to your home gym. While this model by Sole Fitness is pricey, most reviewers have cited that the quality is well worth the cost.
Running is always a workout. If you can afford it, having a treadmill in your home gym can allow you to get your three daily miles in regardless of how much ice and rain Mother Nature throws at you.
7. Free Weights
Free weights are great tools to build muscle and can be used with video workouts at home. There are several types of free weight and various sizes.
8. Recumbent Cycle
There are many stationary bikes to choose from if you’re in the market, but air bikes have a few features that make them a bit different from your SoulCycle bike. First, all resistance is created by you; the harder you pedal, the more the fan will push back. This allows to you change resistance at your own pace, making it the perfect piece of equipment for your home gym if you’re focused on high-intensity interval training. Also, unlike most stationary bikes, you’ll also be pushing and pulling with your arms while you move, providing an upper body workout as well.