If you had a dollar for every excuse you gave to not go to the gym you would probably be a millionaire. Don’t feel bad though! It happens to all of us. Whether you just want to relax after a long day at work, avoid the commute through rush hour or have to trek through atrocious weather or another reason; sometimes it can be simply hard to go to the gym.
Luckily, there are a lot of cost-efficient and reasonably sized gym equipment tools that would be great for your home or even a smaller venue like an apartment.
Within this article I will discuss five different types of workout equipment which are perfect for purchasing for your apartment so you can workout at your own convenience and not feel down about skipping the gym!
First off, let’s talk about the main piece of equipment that is a staple of pretty much any serious strength training routine–the dumbbell.
Dumbbells are great because they offer a free range of motion which makes them versatile for any workout. Because of their structure you can hold them in multiple ways; above your head, to your size, against your chest and so-forth. Another plus is that in addition to their ability to make traditional body-weight exercises such as squats and lunges more challenging, they are great for isolation exercises for your triceps, biceps and trapezoids.
In relation to barbells, dumbbells allow you to work through muscle imbalances as if you were doing something like bicep curls with barbells and had an arm that was weaker you are forced to settle for lesser weight, but with dumbbells you can simply just train the weaker arm.
They are a nice addition to an apartment because they are portable, easy to store and additionally you can buy sets at a reasonable price. In addition they are very time-efficient due to the fact they can be used to workout any muscle group.
It appears kettlebells are having a surge in popularity as they are great for high explosive activities such as kettlebell swings, snatches and the olympic favorite; the clean and jerk. Due to this reason they are loved by athletes due to its intensity and ability to engage multiple body parts at once such as lower back, shoulders, legs and wrists because of the grip strength required to do these exercises.
The kettlebell has a unique shape as the center of mass is extended beyond the hand which makes it mimic a lot of the everyday activities people might do such as shoveling, carrying luggage or even picking items on the floor of your house.
It’s unbalanced nature also helps you build your stability as your movement needs to be precise in order to not get injured. Due to the movement required of the exercise kettlebell workouts are better for high-intensity interval training and high repetition workouts than something like dumbbells, and also make for a more aerobic exercise.
You can get some kettlebells for around $1 per pound which make it an affordable option and due to it’s small size, similar to dumbbells they are relatively easy to store.
An oldie, but a goodie; stationary bikes are easily on the most recognizable and iconic workout machines.
If you love cycling, but worry about obnoxious drivers, difficult terrains, bad weather and even other bikers; this is the perfect tool for you to use. Moreover, you can completely focus on your exercise without having to keep a sharp eye out for the road or external objects.
They are inexpensive compared to something such as a treadmill or ellipticals while also giving you the same quality of workout. Also in relation to the former they are also a lot safer to use. In addition, they also offer the opportunity for you to challenge yourself as you can set up different interval programs and adjust the pace of the bike.
They are cheap, portable and even easy to put away as there are even foldable options as well.
The next piece of equipment here is a nice alternative to the treadmill and elliptical if you’re looking for cardiovascular exercise. Not only can you burn a ton of calories using the device, but they are also great for strengthening body parts such as the back, shoulders, hips, glutes, arms and additionally your wrists due to the grip needed to complete the exercise. Moreover, compared to something like the treadmill, the rowing machine is a lot safer on your joints because it doesn’t place that much stress on them.
It is a great way to burn calories, increase muscle growth and burn fat while not having to worry about injuring yourself. Moreover you can get good quality rowing machines for under a few hundred dollars and due to their size it is a good option for something like an apartment.
This is without a doubt the most portable thing on this list and also the most cost-effective, especially taking into account all the things you can do with them.
The cool thing about resistance bands is that they offer a unique form of resistance than what you would get from dumbbells or kettlebells, two other items mentioned on the list. Because of the way they are structured you get constant tension on the muscle when you complete the motion of exercises. For example, on a bicep curl with dumbbells you have tension when you lift, but not release, however with a resistance band there is tension throughout the movement. Many people are unaware that they can activate your muscles as well as dumbbells or barbells, while also being safer as they limit the stress on your joints.
It is additionally great for coordination and balance as you have to stabilize your body when doing movements to keep the band in alignment and are a great option for increasing flexibility.
Lastly, they allow for a lot of variety of workouts as you can create resistance in multiple ways; from above, below, the sides, you can even wrap it around a door to do standing chest presses, pull downs or any array of different exercises.
While these are all solid choices you have to find which one is best for you and your fitness goals. However you can’t really go wrong with any of these options as although some of these types of equipment are vastly different from the others they have things in common. They are cost-efficient, easy to store, capable of working different muscle groups which make them ideal for an effective at-home workout.
Hopefully, one or some of these become a fine addition to your apartment!