When I lived on the island, all I had to workout with was a treadmill. But after a couple of months of just using that and random DVD my mother had lying around, I discovered some online videos using weights. Being so new to using weight again (I used them back in high school, but only at school), I started slow and with a manageable weight. 5-lbs to be exact. Dumbbells are the easiest to find and low cost to help build your home gym. Another piece of affordable strength training equipment: the kettle-bell.
Some other handy equipment to have around, especially if you have the room, a jump-rope. Excellent way for some good cardio. You might want to get a step-bench to do some high intensity plyometric exercises like high-knee step ups or side lunges. I don’t have one since I use my old college trunk instead. It provides the same kind of height and sturdiness but without me having to buy a bench. Also, it doubles as my coffee table at the moment.
My EZ-Bar and plates I found at a garage sale. It was a great find. I think I got them all for under $25. That’s 4 10-lb plates, 2 5-lb plates, and the bar. I can do a lot of different workouts with them. Along with some of my favorite DVD likes Jillian Michaels Kickbox FastFix and Boh Harber’s Ultimate Cardio Body, working out at home is a hard as working out at the gym!
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One of my favorite workout equipment at the gym and at home is the kettlebell. They are awesome for cardio and strength training and can be easily put away after use. I have a 10 lb kettlebell at home, which also came with a beginners DVD workout. Kettlebell two-arm swings, one-arm swings, rows, etc. One of my favorite new set using the kettlebell combines two basic moves: squat and deadlift into a superset.
I use 30-40 lb weights at the gym to do this, but use whatever weight you’re comfortable with. The combined moves work the legs, glutes, arms, back & abs. I love working this as part of my leg day routine or full-body workouts. If you start hitting the floor like I’m starting to do with the deadlifts, I seen people use two step-up platforms or benchs to increase the distance and if you don’t have a kettlebell, one dumbbell works just the same!
So what are you favorite ways to use the kettlebell? Or bells? I want to learn more ways to use them!!
I’m a total gymrat! I’m usually there everyday right after I get off work and I’m there for an hour or more. Especially when I’m training for a race like a 10k or half-marathon, but there are times when running outside or just being at home is more appealing. Since for the longest time I only had dumbbells, I researched workouts that utilized them and didn’t disturbed my downstairs neighbors much. I love this at home workout as it works the whole body and you can use them with or without weights. And, if you are so incline, you can do a quick 20-minute run around your neighborhood to round out your day!