At-Home Workouts: 5 Essential Items for a Home Gym
Experts name their picks for the fitness equipment you need to build a home gym.
You love the idea of at-home workouts: being able to exercise on your own time, without
even leaving the house. And you've finally made the commitment to build a home
gym. But if you're like most folks, that's where the easy part ends.
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the amazing array of fitness equipment
available today, experts say. You could end up not only blowing your budget,
but moving your bedroom into the kitchen just to make room for your new
"The biggest mistake folks make when putting together a home gym is buying
too much fitness equipment or things that are too complicated to use," says
personal trainer Jessica M. Bottesch, MA, LAT, CSCS, co-owner of Empower
Personal Training in Durham, N.C.
The second biggest mistake, she says, is "buying all the same type of
equipment, like all cardio or all strength
training, and not realizing how that limits what you can accomplish."
So, while buying an exercise bike, treadmill, and ski machine may seem like
you're covering all your bases, you're really only preparing for one type of
workout, says Bottesch. Choosing a variety of types of equipment will give you
a healthier, more balanced at-home workout overall.
Experts from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) advise anyone thinking
about creating a home gym to consider not only your particular fitness needs,
but also your available space, your budget, and how much time you're able to
devote to at-home workouts.
So, what do you really need for your at-home workouts, and how much
space and money is it going to take? Bottesch, along with personal
trainer and physical therapist Ben Quist, DPT, owner of Form & Fitness
Health Club and Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee, Wis., and experts from the
American Council on Exercise and American College of Sports Medicine, helped
WebMD put together the following guide.
Top 5 Items You Need for At-Home Workouts
At-Home Workout Item 1: Cardio Training Equipment
What It Is: Any type of equipment that helps you sustain smooth and
continuous movement and an elevated heart rate for at least 20 minutes.