Thursday, December 2, 2021

Why Build a Home Gym? : How Do I Build a Home Gym?

Why Build a Home Gym? : How Do I Build a Home Gym?
How Do I Build a Home Gym?

When building a home gym, the truth is that to effectively lose fat and build muscle, you don't even need equipment. You literally can BE the gym! I realize many people find this very difficult to believe, but the reality is that almost anyone can get by with a very small ten-by-ten space somewhere in their home performing body-weight only exercises.

But yet when people hear the phrase "home gym" they automatically think of those large, bulky multi-exercise gyms that would take up half a room or more.

Not only do those large multi-function home gyms take up a lot of space, but they are often very expensive.

There is absolutely no reason for one of those archaic machines. While most people believe that they need all the different pieces of equipment to get a good total body workout, it's absolutely untrue.

So what do you REALLY need to build an effective home gym so you can build muscle, lose belly flab and get that six pack you've always wanted? Here's the list:

1) Dumbbells: Dumbbells are a key piece of equipment for people who need to add weight to their workouts for extra resistance. In fact, a set of dumbbells is the centerpiece of your home gym, especially if you're on a budget. You can get great and varied workouts with just a pair of dumbbells and nothing else. If you're going to buy dumbbells, I highly recommend buying a pair of adjustable dumbbells which will save you space.

2) Stability/Exercise ball: These balls are very popular among fitness enthusiasts and for good reason. They are excellent for abdominal work because they support the spine and isolate the stomach muscles. For many exercises, the ball may even take the place of a bench.

Here's what I would consider optional or "nice to have" for variety's sake:

1) Pull up bar: A pull up bar is a great, low cost piece of equipment that could really help with the development of your upper body, abdominals and arms.

However, many people, especially beginners aren't strong enough to perform pull-ups or chin-ups.

2) The Lebert Equalizer: This is one of my all time favorite pieces of equipment because it fits into my three criteria for home gym equipment: It's versatile, it's inexpensive and it can be stored away easily and doesn't take up much space. The Equalizer works the arms, chest, back and core muscles.

Again, you don't need any equipment to build muscle and lose fat. However, using equipment will allow you to more easily change your workouts because you'll have more options and changing your workouts every four weeks is a must if you really want results.

Building your own home gym could not only save you time, effort and frustration, but it can actually provide you with a more conducive environment and more effective method to lose weight and build muscle. Yes, home fitness DOES work!

And of course, always consult your physician before starting any exercise program!

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