Greetings! This blog is all about what you need to get in shape at home. Personally, I prefer getting my sweat on at the gym or outside in the fresh air. But many like to go the home gym route, it really is a personal preference. Some are too busy to fit in a session at their local fitness center. Others are on a budget and are looking for financially efficient ways to get into or stay in shape. Whatever you reason here is what you will need to get started.
Cost: $10 -$30 (even more if you go for the top lululemon mat)
Mats come in all different colors, lengths and qualities. I prefer a more plush mat for my workouts. The best thing I can suggest is for you to test different mats and then chose your preference.
Cost: $20-$40/pair depending on size
Stability ball: optional
Cost: $10 – $20
Stability balls come in 3 common sizes (55cm, 65cm, and 75cm) although you can get them smaller and bigger. Here is a chart to help you know what size ball best fits your height.
Click to read about the benefits of a stability ball
BOSU ball: optional
BOSU stands for Both Sides Up meaning that you can preform exercises on either side of the ball.
Click here to read about some benefits of using a BOSU ball.
The internet has millions of workout resources. You can easily find workouts that only require the equipment listed above. Here are links to some great resources:
Zuzkalight.com ~ 10 – 20 minute high intensity interval workout videos. Some extra equipment may be needed. Keep you eyes out for my upcoming sandbag tutorial.
Shape.com ~ workout plans, exercises for each muscle group, articles about fitness and food, etc.
Fitnessmagazine.com ~ workout plans, exercises for each muscle group, articles about fitness and food, etc.
Livestrong.com ~ website created by Lance Armstrong and his team. Full of information about food, fitness and health.
Now you are ready to burn some calories and start building muscle. Happy sweating!!!