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Fitness Tips For For 5/4/2011
Building a Home Gym
Exercising at home has many advantages over joining a gym ? it
means we save money by investing in equipment rather than wasting
money on a membership every month or every time we go (not to mention
the joining fee, induction fee, cancelation fee?); it means we can
exercise in privacy without feeling embarrassed with others watching
or having to queue for equipment; and it means we can do it far more
quickly and easily with no need to travel and waste gas and time
or get wet if it's raining. In other words then, putting some time
and money in now to developing a home training set up will greatly
benefit you in the long run. But what exactly do you need to
Well the first thing you'll need is some dumbbells. The reason for
this is the sheer range of movements they can provide as well as the
fact that it?s very hard to train your biceps without them. As well
as curls though, they?ll also help you with dumbbell raises
(obviously), lateral raises, rows, shoulder presses, chest presses,
pullovers, wrist curls, squats, lunges, calf raises and pec flies.
Make sure you get adjustable ones though so that you can change the
weight depending on the exercise and as you progress. If you get
long ones you can then add to this ? I use two lots on one set of
dumbbells giving me the option to go 40kg if necessary. Alternatively
I can do 5kg and do some wrist curls.
Another incredibly versatile piece of equipment is the pull up bar.
These are very cheap and can fit into any door frame. From there you
can then do pull ups, chin ups, supine pull ups, upside-down sit ups,
leg raises and frog kicks as well as all manner of variations on
these (one armed pull ups, rocking pull ups, etc etc).
This list is being compiled in the rough order that you?ll want to
use the equipment, and if you?re starting out then just the two items
above will be just fine for the first year perhaps. In fact just
the dumbbells would be fine but there just really isn't any reason to
neglect the pull up bar as it's so cheap and practical ? it will
really help you to keep your exercise sessions varied.
Something else you?ll need right from the beginning however is space.
This might seem obvious, but a lot of rooms in your house probably
don?t provide the space you need. The reason you can get away with
having such little equipment is that a lot of the pec, ab and leg
exercises will be performed with just your bodyweight: press ups,
sit ups, sissy squats etc. Make sure you have at least a space of
ten foot by six foot to exercise in.
As you get better though you will start to want to add more items.
Probably the next item to get is a bench. These can fold up to be
hidden behind wardrobes and will give you a platform for which to
practice many of your exercises. You can use them for dumbbell
presses, pec flies, isolation curls and more and it will make all
of these things more effective. Furthermore, if you buy one that
has an adjustable incline, you can use it to train the muscles at a
different angle adding variation to your sessions and shape to your
physique. If it has pads for your legs you can also use this
incline to do incline sit ups, crunches or leg raises.
The next port of call once you have a bench is a barbell. These
come later on as most of the exercises can be performed similarly
with dumbbells. However a barbell will give you facilities to do the
proper compound movements as they were intended ? the squat, the
deadlift and the bench press (along with your bench). Depending on
the weight you?re using however you may also need a rack for both
the squat and bench press to support it while you add weight and lift
it into position.
An alternative to getting a barbell and weights rack is to purchase
a multi gym which will handle the process for you. These can range
in price and take up various amounts of space. However they will
greatly increase the range of exercises you can do ? both free weight
and resistance machine operated. Things to look for are a lat pull
down, chest press, pec dec, leg extensions, hamstring curl and a
cable at the bottom for cable curls and rows. If the multi gym has
all these things then it's a worthwhile purchase.
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