Perhaps this year, you’ve made a choice to living a “healthier” and “better” you. But at the same time, you promised yourself that you should save more and spend money wisely.
Having a gym membership can be expensive and time-consuming for some, so they decide to workout at home; but what happens during the cold season? Do you simply stop working out?
Some people can endure working out through the cold winter weather (I’ve seen people biking and running outside in the snow), but for most, it’s just not realistic.
I’ve personal trained clients with absolutely no equipment at all (sometimes, that’s all you need). But depending on your fitness goals, you will definitely need some sort of exercise equipment. Below you will find some exercise equipment that I highly recommend:
- TRX Suspension Kit – I was never really fond of the TRX until I began to incorporate it into my workout routine and then possessed one. I realized that this suspension kit was amazing! You can hang it up on doors, poles, and even on trees if you decide to workout outside! There are so many exercises you can do with the TRX – it will definitely challenge your ability to carry your own weight. From upper body to core, you can even do lower body exercises with it. There are a few additional attachments you can get with the TRX (such as the TRX mount, door anchor, and TRX extender). Overall, if you’re looking to get a good strength and conditioning workout with the least amount of equipment, this is a good investment!
- BOSU Ball – Having trouble with balance? No cardio machine? Lacking free-weights? BOSU Ball to the rescue! The BOSU Ball is practically half the size of a stability ball with 2 types of surfaces: dome side up (half a ball), and platform. The BOSU can be used for agility, balance, aerobic, and even strength training. With exercises like push-ups, lunges, and steps on the BOSU, you can be assured to have a great workout. Whether you want to workout in the basement or living room, the BOSU Ball is a very compact and light-weight exercise tool you can transfer anywhere.
- Resistance Bands – Free weights can never be replaced, until they came up with resistance bands. You’d be surprised how thick and heavy these bands can go. The idea behind resistance bands is that your muscle will undergo something called “constant tension”. For example, as you’re performing the biceps curl with it, the concentric and eccentric movement will constantly have your biceps engaged. You can perform exercises such as chest press, standing rows, shoulder presses, front squats, lat-pull downs (with a door anchor) and many more. These are very easy to store, and you can choose from light to heavy bands.
- Pull-Up Bar – Many people are easily discouraged towards getting their own pull-up bar. The main concern: they can’t do one! There are many alternatives and modifications for doing a pull-up. This is a great space-saving exercise tool and if you decide to place it somewhere you always walk past, then perhaps you can do 1-2 pull-ups upon entering and exiting the room. See my blog post about perfecting the pull-up.
Here are some workout ideas for you to combine those equipment:
Look at this as an investment. You can spend tons on money on things you don’t really need, well, what you think you need; but why not spend towards something that can add value to your health? If you’re unfamiliar on how to use some of the given equipment, we’re definitely here to help! We offer one-on-one personal training, as well as small group and big group training. Be sure to check out our free consultation, there’s nothing to lose!
If you’re interested in getting some of these equipment, visit the nearest Spartan Fitness to you! They will have everything you need.
By: Ryle Garcia