Making time to head to the gym isn’t always an easy or viable option for everyone, which is why putting together a home gym (or at least a ‘gym box’) is such a great idea. Having everything you need, conveniently located in your home or in your car, enables you to workout when ever you have the time. Which means your busy lifestyle won’t have to get in the way of your health and wellbeing.
Organising a home gym doesn’t mean you have to fork out hundreds, or thousands, to get started. Nor do you need to dedicate your spare room or garage to it. All you really need to get a killer workout, anytime, is a few basic items that you can store in a box and keep in your wardrobe or under your bed!
Here are some basics you can purchase to start your own gym box:
Skipping Rope - Skipping ropes are not just for kids, trust me on this one. If you haven’t jumped rope in a while, you might be surprised by just how much of a workout you get! Not only is it a fantastic cardio workout that will get your heart and lungs pumping, skipping also works on your coordination and agility too. If you are a newbie basically any skipping rope will do. If you are a more experienced jump-roper, you might want to consider wire lightweight rope so you can work on your speed, or a weighted rope to work on building your strength! Whatever rope you opt for, it will be fairly cheap, light in weight and easy to store.
Resistance Band - Resistance bands, are an excellent, portable and affordable way to practice resistance training anywhere, anytime. Not used them before? Well, you might be surprised to learn that they are available in varying levels of resistance so that you can use them for different body parts (arms vs legs), and progress onto harder bands as your strength increases.
Dumbbells - Dumbbells are versatile pieces of equipment that don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. They are great for enhancing the resistance of most calisthenic exercises, such as hip bridge, lunges and squats, as well as being used for exercises such as bicep curls and shoulder presses. They are fairly cheap and can be purchased at your local sports store, or most large department stores.
Kettlebell - Though you don’t need a kettlebell if you have dumbbells (because you can use a dumbbell for most kettlebell exercises), I find that they provide greater movement, require more strength and have an easier grip for certain exercises. I personally LOVE my kettlebell!
A sturdy box - Not only can you utilise a sturdy box for some serious strength building exercises, such as box jumps, elevated push-ups and bench dips, you can also use it to store the rest of your gym equipment in! Aim for a heavy/sturdy box and if you are not sure where to get one, you can always head to your local hardware store and buy an irrigation box.
A few extras you might want to consider include a yoga mat for your floor exercises, a towel, a plastic free water bottle and something to listen to music on to keep you motivated!