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Essential Home Workout Equipment

Updated on January 4, 2017

Many people have the goal of getting into shape, no matter what the time of year. However, many people also believe that the only way to get into real shape is by joining a gym. This isn't the case at all. The biggest problem with the gym is that people quickly become demotivated and they simply don't turn up, although they'll still pay the monthly membership.

The way to get around this is to workout at home instead! This can be done relatively cheaply and by having the equipment at home, it'll make you more determined to use it and get in shape quickly!

Skipping Rope

Having a skipping rope is an excellent way to maintain cardiovascular fitness. It easily increases your heart rate, and it also improves your own personal balance.

The best thing about using a skipping rope is that you can really use it anywhere. It is one of the cheapest ways to really get your hear rate up, and it will help to burn through the calories!

If you've ever seen any of the Rocky movies, you'll have seen Rocky himself using a skipping rope a lot. Boxers often favour the use of them thanks to its calorie burning properties, and also the fact that helps to build up core strength. This is due to the fact that you need to be able to maintain your balance during it, so you're getting double the benefit from using a skipping rope.

High quality trainers/sneakers

This might sound like a strange one, but trust me on this. If you're lucky enough to have a lot of good weather, it's better for you to get outside to exercise.
This could range from anything to running, to using a skipping/jump rope as mentioned above. Regardless of the type of outdoor activity you're undertaking though, you really need to make sure that your footwear is going to protect you.

This isn't just your feet, but also your ankles and knees as well. These are joints which are susceptible to a large sum of damage during high impact work such as running. However, investing in a high quality pair of trainers will support you and greatly reduce the chance of injury.

Dumbbell set

If you're undertaking any workout regime, one of the most essential pieces of equipment is dumbbells. These come in numerous variants and include fixed weight dumb bells and also adjustable dumbbells.

Fixed weights are normally found in gyms, and, as the name suggests these are only one weight, such as 10kg. Personally, I wouldn't recommend these. The biggest reason for this is that it can actually work out extremely expensive to purchase a wide array of dumb bells of differing weights. Buying these type of weights also takes up a lot of space in your property.

A much better alternative is a dumb bell set which allows you to change the weight. This can be the conventional type with cast iron plates or an adjustable variant.

For the type with cast iron weight plates, these are extremely good value for money. The reason for this is that you can start off with a modest weight for a small sum of money. Usually when you buy a dumb bell set, you're given a variety of weights. This allows you to mix up your workout routines, and also means that depending on the exercise you're carrying out that you can add on a lot more weight, but also remove it easily as well. You are also able to expand upon the weights even more over time by ordering more weight plates.

Adjustable Dumbbells

Adjustable dumbbells are very similar to dumbbells sets comprised of cast iron plates. They both allow you to change the size of the weights attached to the dumbbell. The biggest difference though that adjustable dumbbells from brands such as Bowflex are extremely expensive!

The way that these adjustable dumbbells work is that they remain in a base and by turning dials on it, it selects the weight of the dumbbell. These are extremely convenient and allow you to quickly change the weights of the dumbbells, but the cost is far too much for some people.

Regardless, these are a great option for those that want to work out at home, but don't have a lot of space for a wide array of fixed weights and dumbbell weights.


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