15 Jan How to Buy New Home Gym Equipment for Less
Have you ever walked into a sporting goods store and felt overwhelmed? New home gym equipment can be expensive! Larger pieces of gym equipment cost a lot but are often rarely used.
Are you buying large exercise equipment?
It’s easy to think that you have to buy a big piece of equipment with every bell and whistle for your home gym. And then your new home exercise equipment becomes unused or a place to hang clothes to dry.
Luckily, you can get a great workout with little to no equipment! The big equipment can be good, but if you don’t use it, then you won’t get your money’s worth. Imagine if you only had to spend about $40 and the same results that you could get with the larger items.
The best new home gym equipment for less
Here are the top 3 pieces of home gym equipment that I recommend. I have also added some extra ones if you want to change it up a bit.
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- An exercise ball (aka swiss ball or physioball). It is very versatile and only costs about $10 (TJMaxx, Walmart, Target, Sporting Goods Store, or online). Make sure you buy one that is the correct size for your height. Here is a little guide to determine which is best for you.
4’8″ to 5’5″ (140 – 165cm)22 inches (55cm) Medium
5’6″ to 6’0″ (165 – 185cm)26 inches (65cm) Large
6’0″ to 6’5″ (185 – 195cm)30 inches (75cm) Extra Large
Over 6’5″ (195cm)33 inches (85cm)Extra, Extra Large
- Sets of dumbbells. It is great to have a couple of sets of these because they are versatile and can be used in various ways to work out. They are very expensive to buy online. Instead, try TJMaxx, Walmart, Target or local sporting goods stores. I recommend at least to get a light set and heavy set for example; Women 8 and 12 lbs and for Men 15 lbs and 25 lbs. Each weight usually costs about $1 per pound (5 lb weight=$5). If you want to splurge, you can buy an adjustable set.
- Resistance bands. I love these because they are fun, versatile, and can be used in ways than dumbbells. I recommend getting two sets; one lightweight and one of heavy set $5-8 each. You can find bulk sets online or get a pair from a local sporting goods store, Walmart, or Target. Usually, the darker the color and the thicker the band, the heavier it is. Usually yellow is very light, red and green are medium, blue and purple are heavy and black is the heaviest.
Bonus tip: Other versatile home gym equipment to add over time
- A suspension system. The “TRX” is the most popular brand. It costs about $100 for the travelversion and $170 for the stationary version. You can buy an “off-brand” called “Fitnessery” that does just about the same thing for $40 online. Please note if you buy a stationary version to attach to a wall or ceiling, make sure you attach it to a stud or an anchor that can support your body weight. You can choose the travel kind that anchors to a door. Make sure you are on the opening side of the door you anchor it to, so the door does not swing open when you are suspending. You can find them online.
- A half ball. The most popular brand is the BOSU (pronounced “Bow-Sue”). There are several others like Castaway, and Yescom, which make them as well. It’s a half ball with a platform on one side. They are fun and versatile to add to your new home gym equipment collection that cost about $50 for the off brand and $100 for a BOSU. You can find them in Walmart, Target, a Sporting Goods store or online).
- Adjustable free weights. These vary in weight from 5-60lbs depending on the brand. It is like having an entire rack of weights for a smaller space. There are several brands. “Nortictrack”, “Kohls” have a smaller version. “Gear Patrol” has a boxy set, and “Power Block” has some different varieties. My personal favorite is the “Bowflex Select Tech.” They are about $200-$500. I like them because they are easy to adjust and can be adjusted in 5 lb increments, which is great for women. They also don’t hurt my wrists like a boxy set we tried. They are quite the investment so try them out at a store to see which ones you like best before buying. You can find them online or in a sporting goods store.
- Kettlebells. If you’re looking for a versatile piece of equipment, kettlebells can be used for entire body workouts. If you choose this, make sure the person teaching you is well versed in Kettle Bell training so as not to injure yourself.
I recommend getting a lighter one and a heavy one. Most higher quality kettlebells can only be found in kilograms, not in pounds. An 8 Kg kettle is about 18 lbs, and a 16 Kg is about 35 lbs. They are priced similarly to dumbbells at about $1 per pound. You can find them online or at a sporting goods store.
- An adjustable workout bench. You can get an adjustable workout bench for as little as $75 or pay as much as several hundred. The major difference is the weight limit. Make sure you look at the entire weight capacity including your weight and the weights you will be using. For some men that can bench press their body weight, it would need to support up to 500 lbs. You can buy this online or at a sports store.
- ViPR® ($199 and $389 depending on size). The ViPR® ViPR® training also enhances balance, timing, and coordination. I don’t own one, but several of my team members like to use it. You can purchase them online.
With these tips, you can get new home gym equipment that is versatile and can help you target a variety of muscle systems. They save money and space, and can even be stored right in your living room. As with any exercise equipment, make sure you use it safely. Work with a coach like Fitness Coaching to help you exercise efficiently and safely! Contact us today for more information.
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