When you’re starting to work out, it can be tempting to buy all the fancy equipment and clothing to try and motivate yourself to exercise. But by the time you’ve bought four different sets of weights, a foam roller and maybe even an exercise machine, you may as well have invested in a gym membership.
The good news is you don’t need lots of fancy equipment to get the most out of your workouts at home.
“All you need is motivation to start, the consistency to keep going and the results will fall into place, because it’s not about having the best program; it’s simply about sticking to something long enough to yield results,” says About Phat personal trainer James Anderson.
Here are the five basic items you need to exercise at home (and some are completely free!), plus the four things that are just unnecessary costs.
What you need
1. Your body weight
Yep, for once all you really need to bring is yourself.
“Full body movements like squats, lunges, push ups, planks, burpees and mountain climbers can create some of the toughest and most inexpensive workouts you could imagine, while still giving you the most bang-for-your-buck (aka booty),” says Anderson.
2. A stopwatch
Time is the easiest variable you can mix up to increase the intensity and difficulty of your workouts, allowing you to be your own PT.
“You can increase the time you work out for, decrease the time you rest for, or try to fit as many reps/rounds as you can in a specified time period. Whatever you want to achieve, time can help you get there – faster,” Anderson says.(Post continues after gallery.)
3. A set of weights
Generally quite inexpensive, having at least one set of weights is a great addition to your circuit or workout. Go for the simple dumbbells, or try Phuket Bodhi personal trainer Sara McNeil’s recommendation of a kettlebell.
“You’ll never be bored with a kettlebell. Utilising kettlebells in your fitness routine will give you an endless variety of exercises that target every area of your body,” she says. (Post continues after video.)
It sounds obvious, but according to personal trainer Michael Bellofiore taking your workout outside where there’s more space can have a significant impact on the efficacy of your workout.
“Whether it be in the garage, the backyard or the front yard, the more space you have to train in the better your workout will be. With more space you can do a better, harder workout by incorporating cardio exercise such as shuttle runs, burpees and sprints,” he says.