Building a home gym is all about the basics and you don’t need a bunch of expensive equipment to stay fit at home. You can get a lot done with body weight and if you’re trying to build muscle, then you can easily get resistance without breaking the bank.
Here are some cool garage gym ideas to help keep your home workouts exciting.
- Invest in Simple Cardio Equipment
It’s important to have some piece of cardio equipment that you can use when there’s inclement weather outside. A speed rope is all you need to activate the posterior chain, the glutes, hamstrings, and calves. It’s a full-body workout for a budget-friendly price.
Other than that, you can do burpees, jumping jacks, and even go for a run. No need to invest in a bunch of expensive cardio equipment.
- Slam It
Get a heavy slam ball that is built tough to last. That way, you can do squats with it and put more resistance on your muscles. In addition to slamming with it you can also do shoulder presses and engage the shoulders and core muscles.
You can even do chest presses with a heavier slam ball as opposed to a lightweight version. Anything from 50 to 90 pounds is a good investment.
- Trap Bar for the Win
A trap bar is a multifaceted workout tool that you can do a lot of stuff with, and even when prices on workout equipment go up, trap bars typically stay cheap.
You can use the included plates to do curls and shoulder presses, while the trap bar itself is great for doing squats, deadlifts, and other movements such as various forms of split stance squats and shrugs.
- Use Your Body
Bodyweight exercises don’t require any equipment and they’re a great way to stay active at home. Pushups don’t require extra weight, and squats can be done slowly or fast depending on whether you want to get an aerobic exercise or if you want to target your muscles.
Walking lunges hit different parts of your quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Tricep dips only require a table, chair, or anything sturdy enough to hold your body weight. Wall sits will toughen you up and they’re easy to do. Simply get your knees at a 90-degree angle with the back flush against the wall.
You also have the versatile plank which you can do propped up on your elbows or bring it up to your hands. Go for as long as you can for a great core workout.
- Lift Heavy
If you want to build muscle instead of just toning, then don’t be afraid to lift heavy. Ladies, if you’re reading this and you want to build your booty, then start lifting heavier weights.
The great thing about lifting heavy weights is that it doubles as a cardio exercise as your heart rate will go up.
- Switch It Up
It’s okay to repeat the same exercises for a few weeks, but make sure that you regularly switch them up because once your body gets used to the same exercise, they’ll become less effective over time.
There are many free workout apps to choose from online which allow you to focus on different areas of the body, so there’s no excuse to stick with the same exercise routine.
Also, make sure to maintain proper form so that you’re not tiring yourself out with different exercises for nothing.
- Stay Strong with Kettlebells
Get all of your basic strength movements in with kettlebells. You can swing it, snactch it, do farmer’s walks and so much more with a kettlebell, and the best part is that it adds a level of metabolic condition to your workouts.
To Wrap Up
The most important thing to staying fit at home is to stay consistent. It’s better to workout 3 times a week consistently instead of working out every day until your body gets tired and discouraged.
Once your gym is up and going, give yourself time and be patient. Try and work out 3 to 4 times a week to maintain what you have without regressing and remember to rest on your rest days.
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