We all love the idea of having a home gym, I mean whats not love. No schlepping across town to the gym. No waiting in line for equipment, no fending off the people selling personal training and no weirdos walking up and talking to you in the middle of your workout. But who has the money and space it takes to set up a home gym? And besides a home gym can be so limiting, doing the same old thing day in and day out can be so mind-numbingly boring that it stops you from working out at all.
Well I have great news! With these 3 simple pieces of equipment you can get a home gym that takes up very little space, is inexpensive (under $600.00 all new, cheaper if you buy on Ebay) and gives you a ton of workout options (literally hundreds of exercises you can do). That’s right a super convenient, affordable gym that lets you do all kinds of killer workouts right at home.
The Marcy Club Revolution Cycle
This indoor stationary bike is a bare bones old school club style cycle. It’s pretty portable (It has wheels and I take mine from the garage to the living room in my one story house almost every day and it takes about 30 seconds) Easy to use and rides like an outdoor road bike.With no electronics it doesn’t have a lot that can go wrong with it and it can get you a surprisingly tough workout with its simple resistance knob that lets you dial up the intensity. Personally I like the bike better than the treadmill because there is less stress on the joints from cycling than running and the bike takes up so much less real-estate than the treadmill. I bought mine a couple of years ago at my local Big 5 Sporting Good store on sale for just $199.00, but I found it new on Amazon for $249.00 just today. Here are the official specs on the bike.
- Indoor training bike with fully adjustable handles and seat
- 40-pound balanced flywheel provides smooth, continuous momentum
- Easy-to-reach manual resistance knob simulates different terrain
- Adjustable basket cage pedals; transport wheels for mobility
- Supports up to 300 pounds; 2-year limited warranty
The Marcy Club Revolution Cycle allows you to achieve quick weight loss, while working out quads, hamstrings, buttocks and back muscles at the same time. It features a 40-pound balanced flywheel for smooth, continuous cycling momentum. Easy-to-reach manual resistance adjustment simulates different terrains, allowing users to get the best cardio workout possible. Convenient water bottle holder and adjustable handlebars and seat make this the perfect fit for anyone. Accommodates users up to 300 lbs.
Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells
Getting enough weight in a home gym to get an effective strength training program usually means tons of hand weights strewn all around the house or a million heavy metal plates that I inevitably drop on my foot or stub my toe on when I’m not paying attention. But these adjustable dumbbells are awesome! They go from five to 52.5 pounds which is plenty of weight for me and sit on a stand with rollers. I got mine a few years ago for $250 dollars and have been really happy with the purchase every since. Their are less expensive adjustable dumbbells on the market but I haven’t tried them so I recommend the Bowflex. Here are the official specs.
- Each dumbbell adjusts from 5 to 52.5 pounds; adjusts in 2.5-pound increments up to the first 25 pounds
- Lets you rapidly switch from one exercise to the next
- Combines 15 sets of weights into one, using a unique dial system
- Eliminates the need for multiple dumbbells cluttering your workout space
- Two year warranty on weight plates and parts
If you want to get a good strength workout at home, but don’t have much space, the Bowflex 552 SelectTech Dumbbells are an ideal solution. Newly designed, the innovative pair of 552 SelectTech Dumbbells combines 15 sets of weights into one using a unique dial system. It’s one of the most space-efficient and flexible strength-training options available with its unique and effective design. With just the turn of a dial, you can automatically change your resistance on each dumbbell from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds of weight. It adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to 25 pounds), enabling you to gradually increase your strength without bulking up.
GoFit ProBall Stability Ball
Every household should have a stability ball. the kids love to play on them they can double as an office chair to improve your posture and in the home gym setting they can be used in so many ways it will make your head swim. What kinds of things can you do with the stability ball? Core training, body weight exercises,isometric training, flexibility exercises, balance training and it can even be a weight bench. The reason i’m suggesting this particular ball is it’s heavy duty. It can hold up to 2000 lbs and is burst resistant. Which means you wont have to hold your breath each time your kids come bouncing down the hall on it.