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asliceofjackieasliceofjackie Posts: 97Member Member Posts: 97Member Member
What are some of the things that you consider essential to purchase for the building of a 'home gym'. I'm not talking like, super big fancy machines 'cause I definitely don't have room for that in my small apartment, lol. But what are the essentials in order to be able to substitute the money for a gym card with a one-time purchase of your own equipment?

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  • ltoaa1ltoaa1 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    Hi there. I would say a cardio machine (treadmill, elliptical or a static bike) and a pair of dumbbells/kettlebells, if you are low on space. You can always add a bench if you can fit it in your appartment and budget.
  • shadow2soulshadow2soul Posts: 7,645Member, Premium Member Posts: 7,645Member, Premium Member
    If space is an issue than some simple items like:

    Resistance bands
    Resistance loops
    Adjustable Dumbbells
    Exercise mat
    Core Sliders (if you can workout on a hard floor than a towel can work just as well)
    Maybe a foam roller
    Pull-up bar if you have a spot for it
    Swiss ball

    I also like exercise DVDs. I didn’t go to a gym in 2018. I used the above equipment with fitness DVDs and Beachbody on demand to make sure I was getting a well rounded workout. My endurance improved a ton. Early 2018 I could barely run for a few minutes and the other day I discovered that I can now run 17+ mins no problem.
    edited April 16
  • christinars121christinars121 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Like everyone else above said and you can also use Youtube. There are so many videos and great people to follow there.
  • asliceofjackieasliceofjackie Posts: 97Member Member Posts: 97Member Member
    Thanks for such good and fast answers! Some of these I hadn't consider, so I will definitely have to do that and see what I can put together in the end.

    Thanks again! :smile:
  • rileyesrileyes Posts: 1,286Member Member Posts: 1,286Member Member
    For me it begins with a sport or activity that I enjoy. My gym has the tools that can help me get stronger and faster as well as build endurance for my sport/activity. My gym expands as needed. That said, I like the Strong Curves program when training physique and strength. This program begins with a bodyweight program and progresses with various weights including dumbells, barbells, Kettlebells... As you get more advanced and space is limited, you could invest in a Landmine sleeve, barbell and a set of plates.
  • riffraff2112riffraff2112 Posts: 1,293Member Member Posts: 1,293Member Member
    If a decent bike or elliptical are not options (get your cardio outdoor or do some home workouts via youtube or fitness dvds etc) I would think you could get by with simple adjustable weights (dumbbells). Lots of body weight exercises work really well too but if you want to see strength gains, you can supplement with adding the dumbbell weights. I used to use a inflatable workout ball instead of a bench when I did bench press and shoulder press with light enough weight for it to be safe. Took ab strength to stabilize my core and it worked really well for incline pushups too,
  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,358Member Member Posts: 5,358Member Member
    For a small space I'd probably just do adjustable dumbbells and resistance bands and loops. maybe a yoga mat depending on your floor. At my home I have a basement so I bought a barbell and a rack and a bench which is really nice to have... currently out of commission because we're finishing our basement :'( I'm not sure if I'll get my home gym back or not :'( I loved my little gym in the basement. So convenient and I can workout alone and not wait on anybody or worry irrationally that people are watching me.

    It also depends on what you like to do though.
    edited April 16
  • johngspraguejohngsprague Posts: 17Member, Premium Member Posts: 17Member, Premium Member
    A nice home gym piece is a pair of gymnastic rings, if you have something to hang them from. I use the basement I-beam. They can give you a full-body workout with things such as pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, flies, dips, reverse push-ups, etc. All for $25.
  • feisty_bucketfeisty_bucket Posts: 964Member Member Posts: 964Member Member
    You can do everything you need to do with (some)/(adjustable) dumbbells, _except_ for the pullup movement. That's the tricky bit.

    There are contraptions that fit in the top of doorways (which may or may not destroy the doorframe). You can sometimes do creative things with beams which may be exposed in your household. Maybe you've got a nearby tree which luckily has an appropriate branch at the right height and angle.

    Or you may have to just buy something. If you search for "freestanding pull-up bars" you'll see these tower things which start at about $100. There are tons of options with these and some are fancier than others.
  • lorrpblorrpb Posts: 10,019Member Member Posts: 10,019Member Member
    Check out your local thrift shops and Goodwill. I've gotten a lot of home fitness equipment very inexpensively, and much of it is good quality.
  • estherdragonbatestherdragonbat Posts: 4,797Member Member Posts: 4,797Member Member
    What are some of the things that you consider essential to purchase for the building of a 'home gym'. I'm not talking like, super big fancy machines 'cause I definitely don't have room for that in my small apartment, lol. But what are the essentials in order to be able to substitute the money for a gym card with a one-time purchase of your own equipment?

    In my case, I had a glider from years ago. I started by investing in resistance tubes. Over time, I've acquired dumbbells in various weights (3-35lbs), a stability ball, a yoga mat, some weighted (medicine/slam/pilates) balls, resistance bands, and adjustable ankle weights. Also a cardio step.
  • anothermfpuseranothermfpuser Posts: 82Member Member Posts: 82Member Member
    Your "essentials" may be different than others. Think about what types of activities you enjoy and build from that.

    That said, if it were me and I was limited on space, I would get: a good exercise mat, adjustable dumbbells, and resistance bands for inside and sneakers for outside (walking / running).

    I would also get an outdoor bike and a bike holder that accommodates the type of space you have best which would allow you could carry in and out as weather permitted.
    edited April 17
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