Essential gear for a home gym? Is this a joke? Exercise equipment research should extend a bit further than QVC and the shopping channels.
What happened to dumbells - are they just too cheap to be worthwhile?
Maybe I'm out on a limb, but I think I'll get by just fine without any of your "essential" equipment.
and they say its the cheap option.....surely a kids dance mat for a fiver would do the same thing
Honestly, this is the biggest heap of horse manure I've ever seen. ESSENTIAL?! The thought of my family seeing this and spending an exorbitant amount of money on some utter tripe as a Christmas present seriously concerns me.
Perhaps I'm not taking this lightly enough, but the blatant commercialism of this is enough to make me want to cancel my subscription to RW.
Is it just me?!
Agreed. Especially as a lot of them claim to give you a 'total body workout' or to 'work every muscle in your body', so you kind of wonder why you need anything else then.
I AM tempted by the round skateboard at the end though. Wheee!
I just did some press-ups. (True story.) This would've been more difficult without some soft material under my palms, so I'm adding this to the list...
I've been thinking about a home gym. I'm fed up of getting colds at the gym. Here's my essential list
An olympic barbell and a set of bumper plates.
A Squat rack.
A pullup & dip bars.
A skipping rope.
I think this would pretty much cover everything for strength & conditioning. Squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, olympic lifts (+ pullups, dips, pressups) would cover strength and power. Running, swimming, circuit training etc. would cover conditioning.
Guess my idea of "essential" is based on a whole different budget! My home gym consists of a step a bar plus variety of weights, 4 sets of dumbells and a set of weighted gloves. The step is a recent addition but it doubles as a weight bench as well. Hey ho!
There surely must be more to the mat thing than just a mat with lines letters and numbers on it?????????????????
Joe Bing wrote (see)
I've been thinking about a home gym. I'm fed up of getting colds at the gym. Here's my essential listAn olympic barbell and a set of bumper plates.A Squat rack. A pullup & dip bars.A skipping rope. I think this would pretty much cover everything for strength & conditioning. Squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, olympic lifts (+ pullups, dips, pressups) would cover strength and power. Running, swimming, circuit training etc. would cover conditioning.
These are bumper plates
Just weight plates covered in rubber so you can drop them. It cuts down on the noise of a lot of clanging weights. Obviously not the cheapest option, but then gym membership quickly adds up.
Kryten wrote (see)
Agreed. Especially as a lot of them claim to give you a 'total body workout' or to 'work every muscle in your body', so you kind of wonder why you need anything else then.I AM tempted by the round skateboard at the end though. Wheee!
That skateboard thing does look like amazing fun, but I can't help thinking about the potential for near-fatal accidents when combined with the wooden floor and glass doors in my living room
These products do seem to be from the most expensive end of the market, I'm sure that there are cheaper versions to be had on ebay, gumtree (or freecycle ... lots of weights benches crop up on there) or from TK Maxx, Argos etc.
My home gym consists of the floor, a couple of kettlebells and a swiss ball from TK Maxx (I've got such little storage space that I have to inflate it every time I want to use it and deflate once I've finished, so bit of an upper body workout thrown in). Oh and the Nike Training Club app on iPhone, which is free to download and actually pretty good for varying boring situp/pressup routines. Anything else would probably end up as a very expensive towel rail or clothes horse ...
What an absolute joke - the most non essentail rubbish i have ever seen. - a home gym needs such basic equipment - my simple home gym would be
a cardio machine - cross trainer
free weights and bench, bar bell and dumb bells
combine this with natural excercises such as crunches, situps, pushups etc and everthing should be covered.
This article sound like a bad shopping channel advert, and frankly makes Runners World look like a joke! - shambles shambles shambles - glad everyone else agrees as well.
They missed out the most essential bit of equipment of all - the Shake Weight!
Shake Weight youtube
Not to mention the following:
Cancelled my gym membership years ago as i purchased a set of dumbbells a rope and i go out running all the time. You can do everything you need to apart from blatantly stare at the women
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