I am sure that when you embark upon your quest for a better body, you realize that you will have to use some sort of equipment to achieve this goal. The problem is that for many reasons, you are not keen on the idea of enrolling in a commercial gym. Can you still achieve your goals with a home gym? Absolutely! In this article, I will show you that the magic of the home gym lies in simplicity and consistency – not in fancy equipment.
The 2 Key Advantages of the Home Gym
- Convenience – You can’t deny the convenience of the home gym. Private. Personal. Available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And – you don’t have to leave your house, find parking and then fight for the best pieces of equipment at the busiest times of the day as in a commercial gym. And when you shower, since it is at home afterward – no worry of athlete’s foot!
- Simplicity – Contrary to what anyone might want to tell you, you do not need the most expensive nor the most complicated equipment. In fact, if initially all you had was a floor to do push ups and leg lunges, and a doorway chin-up bar to do pull ups, you would have all that you would ever need until you got additional equipment.
The 2 Keys to Success in Using the Home Gym
- Progressive Weight Resistance – Let me get right down to the point, you cannot develop the best body possible without the use of weights, that is, the use of barbells and dumbbells. You can mess around with pilates, yoga and Richard-Simmons-style-jumping-jacks all you want, and you will not develop anything more than a chubby frame that can do aerobics a little better than the chubby person sitting next to you who does nothing. You don’t even need to get all of your pieces of equipment all at once; you can begin little-by-little, adding on more and more in stages. These are the stages that you might purchase your equipment:
- Dumbbells (2)
- Barbell (1)
- Barbell/Dumbbell Plates (25 lbs. – 10 lbs. – 5 lbs. – and 2 ½ lbs)
- Workout Bench (for doing the bench press)
- Squat Rack (for doing leg squats)
- Sit Up Bench (for doing sit ups and leg raises)
- Doorway Chin Up Bar (The Iron Gym®)
You can later add more and more pieces of gym equipment as you can afford and can comfortably fit in your workout area. You can start your gym with as little as $125.00.
- Consistency of Use – More important than any combination of gym equipment or where you choose to workout is your consistency of using it. Who do you think would have the better body – the person who is the member of the ultra-modern, ultra-fancy gym who works out once or twice a month, or the person who has a modest but efficient gym, but one who works out everyday? Yes, you guessed right!
The home gym can indeed be the key to your physical fitness success. You can do it. Train like the super-fit movie stars train – in their home gyms. Where else?
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Yours in health,
“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”