We’ve all had to make some significant changes to our daily life and to what we think is “normal”. We’ve set up work space in the dining room, we’ve been home-schooling, and staying in is the new going out. Our workouts have had to change too. Although we’re now able to get outdoors and train together at a distance, there is no news yet on gyms opening up. Even when they do, we don’t know what this will look like and what will be different.
After several weeks of “winging-it”, lots of people are now investing in their kit, ready to get the most out of home fitness. If your set up needs a step up, we’re here to help! Read on as we answer some of the most common questions.
Can I fit a home gym in a small space?
Will my home gym need flooring?
What gym equipment should I get?
- Escape GRIPR – we’ve raved about these before, and with good reason! They’re multifunctional, sand-filled weight bags in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can use them to slam, swing and lift in any direction, and (best of all) you won’t damage anything if you drop them! They’re really durable pieces of kit that (trust us!) can withstand even the most heavy-handed fitness fans.
- TRX-style suspension trainers – A hugely flexible piece of kit. Connect these straps to doors, garage beams or an exterior wall. The branded options can be pricey so it’s best to shop around, but do be careful of cheap alternatives. Suspension trainers help you utilise your body-weight, whilst using gravity as your resistance. You adjust the difficulty level simply by moving your hands and feet. They’re adaptable as you get stronger, meaning you won’t outgrow this equipment. A sound investment in our book.
- Resistance bands – Pick up a mix of 4 bands ranging from easy to difficult. You’ll be able to add resistance to any push and pull movement, without overloading your body. They’re quick to pack away and carry with you, and easy to tie around a gate post or door handle. A simple yet flexible accessory; these bands challenge your muscles without the need for an ever-growing weight rack.
- Weighted Vests – See results more quickly by adding a little more weight to even simple movements. Plus, you get to look like you’re ready for combat, which definitely helps with mindset!
What home workouts should I try?
Comment and let us know what your home-gym set-up looks like, or if you’ve got any kit recommendations we should try!