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  • Writer's pictureTreasea Johnson

Inexpensive and Effective Home Gym

If you want to stay in shape the next time we have to shelter in place? Read more on assembling a simple and inexpensive home gym that works.

There are many options for exercise without any equipment at all, just using your own bodyweight along with a little creativity. However, for those of us that like to focus a little more on different training aspects, find below some additional equipment that won't break the bank and can be found at your local stores and/or on-line.

Some training exercises that work the entire body and require no equipment at all. LEGS: Strength: Squats, lunges, step-ups, and leg lifts, wall squats, and dips. UPPER BODY: pull up, push-ups and tricep dips, AND bicep curls. CORE/STABILIZATION: Sit-ups, leg lifts, plank. bridge and core sliders. ENDURANCE: running, walking, jump ropes, bicycling, dancing, and swimming. AGILITY EXERCISES: High-Knee drills, side to side drills, jump box, shuttle runs

See below, some low-cost essential pieces every home should have to work the entire body.

Essential for any and all exercises. For Yoga, Pilates, weight training, and mat work.

Use for core work, weighted sit-ups, side shuttles, and many other exercises

Perfect Muscle Builder for arms, back, legs, chest, belly, and glutes.

Stack the bands for up to 150 lbs. - Included is a wall chart for many other exercises. Develop your own routine and change every 4 weeks to keep it fresh and to exercise muscles in new ways.

Above, use these Lacrosse balls for therapy to reduce soreness, alleviate pain and isolate muscles or massage

Left, exercise balls can assist with many strength building and stability exercises.

Shown right, core sliders can be used for these exercises; mountain climbers, plank jack, pike, skater, and knee tuck, and so many more.

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique. It can help relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation, and increase your joint range of motion. Foam rolling can be an effective tool to add to your warm-up or cooldown, before and after exercise.

A few exercise examples; standing side taps, standing reverse taps, standing adductor lift, banded squat, lateral band walk, donkey kicks, fire hydrant, clamshell, side-lying banded leg lifts, side-lying inner thigh banded leg Lifts, and many, many more.

So many uses in addition to just pull-ups and chip ups, use in conjunction with bands, weight trainer, or place it on the floor for sit-ups and push-ups, the uses are endless.

This beauty combined with the chin-up bar is worth every dollar you spend. You can virtually work out your entire body 365 days a year and never tire of the different exercises you can do.

Well, this completes your home gym. I have all these components at home and have used them even before our pandemic. When the time doesn't permit you to go to the gym, or if going on vacation (truthfully I packed them more than I have used them on vacation).

I think that you will enjoy having these pieces for many varying workouts. The key is though, they only work when you use them.

* Disclaimer is on the bands make sure you keep them fresh and replace every 3-4 years, you don't want those to snap off in your face! They can become brittle when they become older or stored in a hot environment for long periods of time.

Your home is your castle and now your office and home gym. Follow my blog for more ways to make your real estate work for you with tips on how to maximize your real estate investment, tips to elevate your design style, follow market trends, statistics, and home improvement projects.

Enjoy your home gym and let me know your thoughts!

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