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Skip the Guest Room and Create a Home Gym!

We all know that exercise is important and plays a vital role in living a healthy lifestyle, but exercise comes in many different forms. For some, it means daily walks or runs, for others it may mean following a video, or weightlifting sessions in the gym. We all enjoy getting our exercise in different ways.

So, if getting into shape (or staying in shape) is a priority to you, why not turn that extra bedroom or bonus room into your own private gym. Here are some benefits to having your own gym and some equipment to help you get started.

Benefits of a Home Gym

You don’t have to leave

Some people enjoy working out first thing in the morning while others get their workout in after work. When you have a gym at home, it’s easy to plan your workout session around your schedule.

Clean Equipment

Having clean equipment is even more important as we continue to move forward post “shelter-in-place”. When you’re using equipment in a gym you don’t know if the person before you cleaned it down or the last time the staff came by. The great thing about a home gym is you know the equipment is clean and because you’re sanitizing it yourself.

Best Equipment for Your Home Gym

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are great starter pieces for your home gym. You can get the set you need without investing a lot of money. The cost of dumbbells will range depending on the weight and metal used. Depending on your budget and how many sets you plan to have, you may look at the adjustable dumbbell set where you can slide in more weight on a single handpiece.

TRX Suspension Trainer

The TRX Suspension Trainer is the ultimate all-in-one piece of equipment. The TRX can be mounted or wrapped around your door. The best part of the TRX Suspension Trainer is you’re able to get a full-body workout in using nothing but gravity as your resistance. Check out the TRX website to see why this is probably the best piece of equipment you could own!

Resistance Loop Bands

Resistance bands are a great way to make a simple more, like a bridge or squat, even more intense. When you use a resistance band, you will quickly see your lower body workout have your quads, hamstrings, and glutes screaming. Resistance bands can be used for bodyweight exercises or weightlifting exercises. Most resistance bands come in packs allowing you to start with easy or low resistance and gradually work up to more. The great thing about resistance loops is their prices start as low as $10!

Gliding Discs

Ready to get those washboard abs you’ve been dream about? Then add a set of gliding to your home gym equipment. Most gliders are dual-sided, allowing you to use them on both carpet and hardwood. You’re able to work the core and lower body by performing a series of moves while holding the plank or bridge positions while moving either your hands or feet. Gliding discs can be found at all of your favorite sporting goods stores, Target, or Walmart, and are relatively inexpensive, ranging between $5–$15.