The 5 Concepts To Having A Kick-Ass Minimalist Gym
*I* Will Pump You Up! Today we talk about the home gym. A gym is the temple of the physically inclined. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done right at home!
1. You Don’t Need A Gym or Huge Budget To Get In Great Shape
Getting into good shape is very important of self improvement and is generally seen as a cornerstone. People spend a lot of time, money, and energy studying and attempting to improve their own life in this domain. People want to look good, feel fit, and be strong. We have an abundance of people who are obese and overweight but people can admit that physical health is indeed important.
One common mistake people often make is that they believe they need to spend tons of money and space on staying healthy and fit. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only can you be in great shape inexpensively, you can also do it taking up very little space so that you can work out from the comfort of your home. People might want to do this for quiet, flexibility, or they just don’t want to have to leave anywhere else to exercise. I’m going to show you how to have an at home gym with the lowest cost possible.
2. Think You Need Fancy Tools? Think Again!
The truth is you don’t need fancy tools. You can in fact get an extreme workout using very basic tools like dumbbells, kettle-bells, jump rope, and a stability ball along with simply using the floor. These tools might not seem like a lot but they are in fact extremely effective when it comes to staying in shape. Some of the most fit people in the world used some of the simplest tools. Many were in great shape simply from working on farms or using whatever they had around them to exercise. They didn’t need fancy gyms and tools to do an exercise. Neither do you.
In fact, what you’ll often find is that the best tools are often the simplest for working your body because they actually *work* your body. The strongest and the weakest parts. Many fancy pieces of equipment like machines help stabilize the weight for you. This might be good for you if you are recovering from an injury, but what will happen is that the weakest parts of your body won’t receive the same good workout and you’ll only be as good as your weakest link.
Barbells are what most people use, but they can allow you to “cheat” by allowing your strongest side compensate for your weakest side and your bench will also stabilize for you as well. They definitely have their use, especially for things like squats if you have a rack but they still take up too much space. Dumbbells will be the most functional and take up the least space. You can work your stabilizers, and with a stability ball get plenty of great workouts with low space. Just be careful with them, especially when you are injured. Don’t be overconfident and injure yourself either. Take your time and start with lighter weights.
3. For Explosiveness
When you work out you also want to work on your explosive ability. What this means is you want to be able to turn on the “switch” that makes you go all out. For this type of training you’re going to want to use kettlebells. This tool is great for training explosive movement because you can use it in a wide variety of fast and angled movements that would be more difficult with dumbbells and all but impossible with a bench and especially a machine. I’ve used them for all kinds of things including martial arts movements.
Speaking of martial arts, another tool of the trade that you might want to consider is a punching bag. These are great for strengthening your strikes and bone hardening. That said you’re going to likely take up more space and need a separate room for this. This is the kind of setup I’m using now where all of my tools are in a separate room. Mine is an Everlast with a speed/coordination bag on one side and the punching bag on another. This is a great and simple tool to get great results from. For great savings get it on Craigslist or some similar site.
Jump ropes are also great for concentrated cardio. You can get a quick workout anywhere, and even monitor your progress by practicing tricks as well. One can be had very inexpensively and is a great way to jump start (no pun intended) your workouts! Pick one up.
4. Some Extra Tools Of The Trade
1. So now you have your basic items, what are some other things that can greatly help you on your fitness goals? This one should be a core piece, but an exercise mat will work wonders for you! You can use this almost anywhere and roll it up, and it makes working out on hardwood or tile floors much more pleasant, especially if you do a lot of sit-ups (though a stability ball can also do that just fine). Get the extra thick version for more comfort and you can also get these inexpensively.
2. Fingerless gloves are great for the dumbbells you will be using. This makes many workouts far more comfortable on your hands without wearing them out or scratching them up. They are also great for just general work use and should be a part of any setup.
3. Pull up bars are a very nice piece of equipment that you stick in your doorway to work your back with. They are great to use because they are so portable and very effective. They even come with an additional bar for you to use them with a wider grip. Great to take and use anywhere.
4. A wrist roller is great for your wrists and forearms which is what people often neglect. This will allow you to take a string and some small plats to work your wrist with. Alternatively you can do this with a dumbbell as well. Simply roll it down your wrist with your palm facing up and your wrist pointing towards the ground.
5. Take It To The Next Level
These items are going to be more heavy accessories and the like to help you reach your best. Some of them are pricey but still highly recommended.
1. A workout vest is a fantastic piece of equipment where you have a bunch of slots. You get blocks to fill these with (made of sand or concrete) to incrementally adjust the weight. The vests start from around 10 lbs and go all of the way up to 140 lb. Even if you buy the heavier vest you can always just put less weight in, although only a very small percentage of the population will ever get 140 lbs. These vests can be used for walking, running, pushups, and just about any workout. You can even do things like brush your teeth and cook in them and still get a good workout. Recommended for anybody looking for something more intense. They do get expensive at the heavier weights and can even push to around $300 or so dollars.
2. There are also wrist and leg weights. These are much smaller but go around your lighter joints and can still add some weight to your workout. Be careful not to strain your tendon with these. These are a nice way to add weight without the expense and extreme weight of a vest.
3. The floor is always great to use, use it all of the time. You can do this anywhere and anytime. Pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups, lounges, squats, you name it. This is also great if you’re in a hurry and need to do a quick workout. A quick workout is better than none at all.
4. You can also utilize the stairs to take it to the next level. This way you get great workouts at a low cost. It’s a natural incline and you can get a lot of mileage from this anywhere. It’s a minimalist dream. These tools should all allow you to reach your maximum potential. The rest of the work is simply *in* the work. Get out there!
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