I gotta tell you, for someone who enjoys working out like I do, I do not like going to the gym. It’s not my favorite place to go. It’s not my happy place. It’s not my sanctuary. I can survive just fine without it. When I started working out about 10 years ago, I did join a large gym, and still have that membership to this day. I fight myself about getting rid of it, however, they have some good spin instructors there, and it’s cheaper than joining a spin club. So alas, I’m charged monthly for it and I only use it for that!!!
For me, the gym is overwhelming. There’s tons of equipment and people. I find, depending on the hour, it’s less about working out and more about flirting. Ugh. That’s just not my style. I like to get in, get out and get on with life! So what’s a girl to do? I’m very fortunate that I have a workout space in my home. My husband and I created it when we bought our home a few years ago, and it’s priceless. We’ve added to it over the years, but it’s still simple and approachable. And the best thing about it…I don’t have to leave the comfort of my home to get my sweat on!!!
So where do you start when creating a home gym? Everyone is at different fitness levels. However, the five things I’ve chosen can be for any fitness level. You control the reps, resistance, length and just how hard you want your workout to be. Simple!
Here are few pointers to create your home gym, for a fraction of what you would pay at your local gyms. Plus, you can work out in the privacy of your home while watching the show on tv (or tablet) that you want to watch! Ha, take that over-priced commercial gym. Now you have no excuse not to give yourself some time to look and feel better!!!
I don’t know of a cardio machine at the gym that can get your heart rate up like a jump rope. Have you done this recently? I could barely get in 30 seconds before wanting to fall over. I did splurge on this and get the 3-in-1 jump rope. This one cost $6.47, but you can get them for much less. What I liked about this style versus the others was that the rope is completely adjustable. You can customize to your height. In addition to that, it has rubber grips and removable weights that store in the handles. You can google “jump rope workouts” and get tons of workout ideas or simply create your own by making one up!
Sample Workouts: Start with 30 seconds jumping, rest 10 and continue for 5 minutes; or try this 10 minute routine.
These are great and just like the jump rope, compact, and can fit in any space. You can even travel with them. These come in many different styles from a rubber band type to ones with handles and are adjustable in resistance. I have both, and use them for any exercise you would typically use in resistance training: bicep curls, chest flies, squats or triceps curls. All within a small space.
If you’re house doesn’t have a stability ball, go out and get one today. Yes, these do take up a little bit of space when blown up, but can be easily tucked away in a closet for storing. From planks to leg tuck crunches, the stability ball will support you in your ab work beyond expectation. Because you’re actually ‘unstable’ on it, you have to use more muscles AND you tend to slow down the speed which is even better for strength training. Burn more calories and build muscle? I’m in! Please note that they come in multiple sizes based off your height, so read up prior to purchasing.
Sample Workouts: Sit Ups or V-Pass, Wheel Barrow or Wheel Outs and Plank
Yoga mats can be used for so many things. I typically keep mine out 24/7 so I’m inspired to stretch, do yoga or a quick plank anytime I’m inclined! They come in a variety of colors and thickness to support you and your fitness needs. These too are portable and can be stored in the closet or under the bed.
Sample Workouts: Yoga routines (I like the yoga studio app) planks or stretches.
This is the one exercise I will never get used to, step ups! Hurts so good. What I love about the step is you can continue to build upon them and make them higher or challenge yourself to jump up, over and around them or increase your pace! This will be the biggest purchase of them, but if you find the right ones, you’ll have them forever and you can easily store them under the bed or in a closet. Another option is to find someone who can build a set for you – even better. Either way, they need to be in your workout!
Sample Workouts: Lateral step ups and Jump Ups
On the low-end, you’ll spend around $60 to build your in home gym. A typical gym membership will cost you an entry fee plus monthly fees, adding up to approximately $450. That’s a significant savings!
If you’re starting out fresh and haven’t worked out before or haven’t worked out in a while, do your research FIRST. Review links and consult a physician if you need to ensure you can do these types or any type of physical activity. Start slow, be cautious of your surroundings to protect yourself from injuries!
We only get ONE body. Use it properly!