Fitness looks different for everyone. Do you think you need to get a gym membership or become a runner? Not the case! Certainly some of my clients go this route but others want to workout in their basement, in the garage or in the backyard. I see two distinct advantages of building your home gym.
- Build equity: rather than spending money on a gym membership (kind of like renting an apartment), you don’t walk away with anything. But when you buy equipment (like buying a house), you build equity – you own it!
- Convenience: it is empowering to have quality equipment in your garage or in a shed in the backyard and workout from home. Recently I’ve started to follow a lot of CrossFit athletes and while they’ve taken fitness to the ultimate level, I realized how powerful it is to have your workouts ‘in house’ (to continue our residential analogy).
- Portability: especially as a beginner, your equipment will be small – we’re not talking about a squat rack or flat bench press set-up.
The starter set I suggest below is a series of bands that all fit in a small duffel or backpack. What’s great about this is you can take it with you, for example when I go camping this weekend. I like to get an easier workout even while I’m traveling and this particular weekend a group of the guys asked me to put together a workout for the dads. Perfect! One small backpack and I’ve got their fitness covered. When you’re in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, you’ll find a way.
Building a Home Gym 101
If you’re ready to invest in yourself and your home gym, start here.
- Elite bands from Power Systems: get two, I’d start with Medium and Heavy
- Jump rope: I like this speed rope because it’s adjustable (that’s a thing!) and it helps me work on those double-unders. The carrying case is super conventions because cords suck.
- Resistance bands by Synergee: deceptively effective
Home Gym 201