Tips for Creating Your Home Gym September 01 2017

 

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Working out at home helps ensure you never miss a workout; it keeps you on track to meet your goals. You don't waste time (and gas money) commuting to the gym, you're saving those monthly membership fees, and you can exercise when you have time rather than conforming to a studio schedule.

Of course, to work out at home, you need a home gym. It doesn't have to be extravagant to be effective. Here are a few things to consider when buying fitness equipment.

How much space do you have?

Some equipment, like resistance bands and sliding disks, are easy to put in a closet when you're not using them. If you have an entire room dedicated to your home gym, you could choose to invest in larger equipment like a treadmill or a wide variety of bars, weight plates, and dumbbells.

What's your budget?

Prices for fitness equipment can range from a $20 yoga mat to over $2,000 for a top-of-the-line treadmill, elliptical, or bike. Given your budget, you want to make sure you're buying equipment that's easy to use and that, ideally, can be used for more than one exercise.

Is the equipment versatile?

A stationary bike is expensive and there's only one thing you can do with it. Particularly when you're working with limited space, you want equipment that serves more than one purpose. Kettlebells, for example, can be used for an enormous number of exercises to improve both your muscular strength and your cardiovascular endurance.

Is the equipment easy to use?

Complicated assembly and instructions for use make you want to leave your home gym before your workout begins! Look for equipment that comes in one piece or that offers clear and simple directions for assembly.

How much maintenance is required?

The more moving parts, the more likely something will stop working. A treadmill will require more maintenance than a bike, which will need far more than a barbell. Dumbbells, steps, and plyo boxes never break down; an exercise ball is easy to re-inflate when required.

How long will it last?

You don't want to be buying new equipment all the time. With regular use, resistance bands, pilates rings, and exercise balls will need to be replaced more often than a dumbbell or a battle rope.

Is it safe?

If you have children in the house, heavy weights or complicated machinery like a treadmill can be dangerous. Of course, any piece of equipment that's too large or awkward to store away can pose a tripping and falling hazard for someone of any age.

The Doorway Fitness Tower

There is an innovate work out solution to address all those considerations and still get a great workout every time: the Doorway Fitness Tower.

The DFT gives you the freedom to work your entire body on one piece of equipment: squats (and single-leg squats), lunges, push-ups, triceps extensions, leg raises, pull-ups, stretches, and more. With a few simple adjustments, you can adapt the exercises from beginner to advanced, allowing you to challenge yourself as you get stronger so you won't have to keep buying new heavier weights.

As the name suggests, the DFT fits in your doorway. It's lightweight and easy to assemble and disassemble, making it ideal for travel or a busy household. You don't need an entire room devoted to fitness: simply set up the DFT for your workout, and take it down and store it in the closet until next time.

Versatile, economical, and easy to use, the Doorway Fitness Tower is the perfect multi-functional starting point for your home gym. After a few workouts, you might realize you don't need anything else! When you're ready to build your home gym with one piece of equipment, contact us and start working toward those fitness goals with the Doorway Fitness Tower.

 

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