The Rise of the Home Gym

I have never thought of myself as a home body, let alone someone who would enjoy exercising at home. I like to go to the gym and get so excited when I can visit one of my favorite exercise studios for a class. It’s energizing to workout in a group setting with others who are pushing themselves.

I have surprised myself by developing a habit of exercising at home over the past few months. Tight time frames, napping toddlers, and awesome workout apps led me to try it out. Time is the most influential factor. A 60 minute timeframe does not allow for solid workout when you factor in a roundtrip commute between the house and the gym. But, 60 minutes is plenty of time to walk down to my garage, workout, and walk back upstairs. With Nike Training Club and YogaDownload as my relentless trainers, I have been getting some hard core workouts in my garage.

I don’t intend to do all my workouts at home, but foresee the majority of them happening in my garage. Knowing this, it’s time to invest in some equipment. At the moment, my Home Gym equipment consists of an iPhone/iPad, 5 lb dumbbells and a yoga mat.

I keep dreaming that one morning I’ll walk down into my garage to see a fully equipped Home Gym. Fit friends, I give you my Home Gym Wish List:

Home Gym Wish List

Did you notice that there aren’t any cardio machines on my wish list? Truthfully, I would love to have a treadmill in the garage so that I could pretend I am a Barry’s Bootcamp instructor. However, even without a treadmill, stairmill, or elliptical, the Nike Training Club workouts send my heart racing and give me an awesome cardio workout.

I will likely troll Craigslist, Play It Again Sports, and my dad’s garage to find what I can on the cheap. But, in the case that I have options, I would love some manufacturer and/or retailer recommendations.

What about you fit friend? Are any of you home gym rats? What’s one piece of equipment you cannot do without?

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Andrew
    12/08/2013 at 12:20 am

    The most I like steps is stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms at your sides or on your hips. Step back with your left foot and sink into a lunge until your front knee is bent 90 degrees. Push back up, keeping both knees slightly bent. Continue the up-and-down movement with the left leg for 30 seconds; change legs and repeat.

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      hellodaynatalie
      12/09/2013 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Andrew, I forgot to include a step in my wish list!

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