Make Your Home Gym

Here’s How to Make Your Home Gym Ready for Serious Weights.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, most living rooms these days also serve double duty as home gyms. But considering that it’s just your living room, getting a workout as good as your gym is challenging, but it isn’t impossible. Indeed, there is a lack of space and equipment. Things get even more disappointing when you consider those home workout products are unavailable in most online stores due to empty inventories from high sales. Additionally, many people intend to go back to their gyms once the pandemic subsides. So, they are not keen to invest in home workout equipment for a few months of exercise.

The good news is that specialized equipment is in no way an absolute necessity for great home workouts, especially when it comes to weights. Your home, in all probability, has plenty of items that can serve as stopgap arrangements. Here are some things that let your home gym get really, really serious on weights:

●    Suspension Straps

You can choose to buy suspension training straps as a first step in building your home gym. These go a long way in helping in bodyweight resistance training. As the experts from point out, they stand out by their portability, and you can hang them from any anchor that’s fixed and firm. They are easy to store as well.

An excellent alternative to suspension straps are swings. You can carry out any exercise you do with suspension straps with swings as well. The excellent news is you need not even have a swing in your backyard or even a nearby park. You can accomplish the same with chairs. Rocking chairs or chairs with swiveling movement are suitable for resistance training and offer the same levels of balance and stability challenges as swings. One idea is to hold a plank while your feet are elevated to the seat of rocking chairs. You can also perform stationary lunges as you rest your foot on the rocking chair seat. They will make up for a reasonable exercise of your gluteal muscle.

●    Adjustable Dumbbells

As per the Department of Health and Human Services of the American government’s recommendations, all adult population members should make it a point to train all groups of muscles at least twice weekly. They should perform such exercises that help strengthen muscles to an extent where they can find it challenging to carry on. If you are doing strength training, then adjustable dumbbells should serve you exceptionally well. They will help you save space too. Unfortunately, many of the better models of such dumbbells are currently unavailable in the market. But keep watching as stocks might replenish soon enough.

Suppose you wish to find a household alternative to dumbbells if you get plenty of options if you know how to get creative. Even wild and outlandish ideas like using water jugs and laundry detergents might serve the purpose with effectiveness. Remember, a gallon of water has a weight of eight pounds. That will help you measure your virtual workouts over zoom. You can try and use peanut butter jars or even soup cans for something with a lighter weight.

People who have yards to their homes can turn to lawn equipment for inspiration while looking for suitable alternatives to expensive home gym equipment. For example, you can use garden hoses as battle ropes and loop a 50-foot hose around a tree or pole. You can also push filled up wheelbarrows for predetermined distances, such pulling and pushing will exercise your muscles.

●    Gliding Discs

Low-impact workouts are the perfect fitness regimen for people who have just begun their workout journey. They are also ideal for people recovering from an injury; in short, anyone looking for minimal joint movement. Low-impact workouts are characterized by the fact that there’s absolutely no jumping involved and that one foot remains on the ground through and through. You can use gliding discs for a wide variety of low-impact exercises. These discs have dinner plate widths that are widely popular in group fitness classes. They are particularly useful if the floor is made out of hardwood and other varieties meant for floors with carpet above.

People who don’t own gliders can instead try out two (preferable disc-shaped) small folded towels. You can do any exercise that you usually do with a glider, with a towel. Just think doing mountain climbers by assuming a plank position while keeping the towers under the toes.

You can also use furniture sliders to do exercises like plank pileups and hamstring curls. Such furniture sliders are affordable and are highly portable as well.

It is usual for people to assume that they need expensive specialized equipment for making their home gyms ready for some serious weights. While that is indeed true and, in most cases, desirable, there are alternatives too. This article highlights some of both conventional home gym equipment along with cheap creative household alternatives. It is your choice, and your unique needs will determine the decision. If you are looking for something for just the COVID-19 days, perhaps you want something cheap and easy. Stay healthy!