There are a dozen reasons why you should build your own personal training studio at home…It could be convenience, cost efficient, private, and created to be exactly what you want it to be. I’ll make a few different posts over the next few weeks recommending some of my favorite equipment that is not too pricey and would be a great addition to any home workout area.
I will post the average price range for the brand new item but you may come out better checking out a used sporting goods store or craigslist/ebay.
These are great, very easy to use and they help add resistance to all your basic lifts such as a squat, row, shoulder press, chest press, etc…Usually you will be able to buy these bands in packages of three or more, with each band providing a different level of resistance. For the constant travelers, these also don’t occupy a lot of space and can easily be tossed inside your suitcase. I use these regularly with majority of my personal training clients.
Approximate Cost – $10 for a pack of 3 at Walmart, Target, or any normal Sporting Goods store.
Stability Ball a.k.a. Swiss Ball
This is another affordable piece of equipment for any home gym accommodating just about any fitness level from day 1 beginner to a professional athlete. There are so many ways to use this piece, a simple Youtube search will give you an endless amount of ideas. This will compliment any core routine you want to follow and if cost is an issue, most people may be able utilize this in place of a flat bench. I utilize this a lot with my personal training clients when we’re working on building core strength and improving stabilization.
Approximate Cost – $20-$25 new from virtually any place that carries any type of fitness equipment
Jungle Gym XT (rack pictured not included)
I really love this, TRX is the most popular suspension training system but I believe the Jungle Gym XT is above and beyond better than TRX, personal preference. You can work every single body part like you’ve never worked before with these two straps! I’m still learning new moves with this one and John Hinds the creator is regularly posting innovative techniques on his Facebook page. You can travel with this pretty easy, and you can set it up with a door or outside on a tree, it can used anywhere! This may be the priciest thing in your home gym but you may not go a single workout without using it.
Approximate Cost – Retails $99.99 but may find it cheaper online, or wait for a coupon at Sports AuthorityShare