8 of the best gym equipment for training at home

There’s really no excuse to skip training if you have your own home-gym. When its raining or you don’t feel like leaving home, here is some exercise equipment to help improve your fitness and overall health:

Skipping Rope

Boxers use skipping ropes as a cardio workout. While skipping, you burn a lot of calories, improve your cardiovascular system, and build muscle. Most sport shops stock skipping ropes. They’re relatively cheap and you can take them anywhere.

Workout intensity depends on the weight of the rope, the heavier you go, the more intense your workouts will be. But with basic models, you can achieve the same result if you skip with increased speed and effort.

Kettle bells

Kettle bells are similar to dumbbells but have a unique shape that makes training with them quite convenient. You can do a variety of different exercises with them; they come in different shapes and are also available in adjustable form.

gym equipment

Stability Ball

This ball is perfect for working your abs, upper body and lower body workouts. They’re also useful for rehabilitation exercises like stretching or sitting on which can help to improve your posture. You can do push ups, bridges and back extensions on a stability ball.

Chin Up Bars

Chin up bars are widely available at sport and fitness shops. They are affordable, easy to set up, and work by mounting them to a door frame.

Chin up bar exercises mostly include, pull ups, chin ups and hanging leg raises with the purpose of strengthening your back or working your abdominal muscles.

Medicine Balls

Simple yet effective exercise equipment. They’re mainly used for upper body exercises. They come in different sizes and weight. You can easily find one that will fit your fitness level.

gym equipment

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are a must-have as home gym equipment. They’re quite useful for training all the major muscle groups, building up strength and isolating muscles.They also help to improve coordination and balance as dumbbell exercises needs more control

Ab Wheel

Constructed with a bar and wheel in the middle, this piece of exercise equipment is useful for exercising your core or abdominal muscles, but can also sculpt your back, arms, chest and shoulders.

TRX

Relatively new to the fitness industry, this set of equipment can be used to perform a variety of body weight exercises. The TRX system combines both stability and strength exercises especially for core training.

Do you workout at home? I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a comment in the space below or connection with me on Instagram, facebook, and Twitter.

5 home workouts to boost your metabolism

We all have those days where we don’t feel like leaving the house to go to gym and of course not many of us can’t afford the costly home gym equipment either. But since exercise is important, being inactive is not an option.

So how can you work around your limitations and especially get to do exercises that are enjoyable?

If the weather’s great, you can easily go for a walk around the neighbourhood, but if it’s not, you still work up a sweat using this metabolism boosting workouts:

 Jogging in place

This workout is a great warm up for any other exercise that follows. You can jog on the spot in front of the TV or while listening to music and it really gets the heart going. Of course you’ ll have  to make enough room for yourself but the only equipment you’ll need for this exercise, is a be a good pair of running shoes, which helps to  alleviate stress on your legs.

Jumping Jacks

Another fantastic warm up workout is jumping jacks. It’s a really fun exercise that gets your heart pumping, and adds excitement to your training.

Squats

Squats are exceptionally great for toning your legs and buttocks. Use of a chair to assist you with your squat posture. Simply stand and then sit down again. Repeat this in sets, of course the more regularly you train, the more sets you’ll be able to do. You’ll feel a squeeze in the buttocks and legs and this shows that it’s a good workout.

Push Ups

These are known to be the best exercises for building and strengthening your abs. With your hands firmly on the ground, lift your body up until you feel your muscles stretch. Once you’re comfortable with doing a few sets of these, focus on bringing your head all the way up to give you an added workout.

Light Weight Lifting

This is a fantastic home workout because there’s many weight lifting options. You can use anything from a tin of beans to bottled water as a weight. Combine this with jogging on the spot for a full body workout. Once you feel comfortable and would like to move onto the next level, start using heavier weights like used bottles of laundry detergent that you’ve refilled with water. The options are endless.

Remember that at home you can play your favourite music to help you get into action or even just try these workouts while catching up on some series.

Do you have a workout routine that you’ve become addicted to? Scroll down to the comment section below, and let me know what that is.