So, you’ve decided to have a home gym, huh?
Fantastic. I think that’s a great call. If you read my article on the pros and cons of a home gym, you know that getting a home gym may be one of the better things you can do for your long-term fitness if you’re dedicated. If you haven’t read that article, you may want to give it a read before jumping into the best home gym equipment you can get for your gym.
In the previous article regarding high quality pieces of equipment, we went over the pros of having a rowing machine in your home gym. Without a doubt, it is one of the greatest pieces of equipment you can have at home. It incorporates several major muscle groups, and aids in high calorie burn. But, we can’t just sit here and talk about cardio equipment all day long. By now, I hope you know that fitness and long term health is not only about cardio. It’s time to talk strength.
Strength training is hands down the best form of exercise for your current and long-term health. Creating strength and building lean tissue has several health benefits such as increasing your basal metabolic rate, improving bone health, improving insulin resistance, and more. Needless to say, you must have strength training equipment in your home gym.
Question is, what is the best home gym equipment to have?
In my opinion, all kinds are necessary. Free weights are a great place to start. Free weights like barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells offer a wide variety of exercise options, making your workouts as versatile as possible. You’ll be able to keep yourself from getting bored, while slowly introducing your body to new volume and moves in order to continue progressing. Once you’ve addressed your free weight situation, it’s time to explore other options.
Although free weights are some of the most praised pieces of fitness equipment, that doesn’t mean cables and machines should be discounted. They offer support and different types of resistance that free weights can’t. Cables and machines are a great accessory to a staple workout.
Lucky for you, P3 has a functional trainer that can help you add plenty of variation to your routine. With dual cables and plenty of handle options, having a well-rounded workout is an easy possibility.
Let’s talk through a possible workout outline with the functional trainer.
A key to a good training program is having an adequate amount of volume (weights x sets x reps) spread out over the course of the week. A great way to make that happen is by doing multiple full body workouts. A high-quality full body workout includes movements that hit all muscle groups, and incorporate more than one joint. These are movements such as squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, rows, pull-ups, and more. The functional trainer allows you to apply resistance to all of those movements, putting your body in an environment where it will change and adapt for the betterment of your health.
Your takeaway today is that strength training is a major key to your health and fitness. It must be a staple. Introduce your body to a stimulus that asks it to increase strength and lean muscle, and watch yourself improve day after day. Start your journey today by finding the best home gym equipment of 2019.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORAdam is a fitness professional, baseball fan, and cookie fanatic based in Fort Collins, Colorado. After hanging up the cleats, he found a strong interest in the human body and how it performs. Since then, Adam has been transforming lives through fitness in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. As an ACE CPT and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, he is constantly moved to help people improve in all walks of life.