Volume I, Issue 6

“You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.” -David Viscott

Three Items for the Perfect Home Gym

I often get asked the question: Can you get in shape by doing workouts at home? The answer is, of course you can. There is so much you can do with just your bodyweight and a few pieces of exercises equipment. In fact, for around $100 you could build the “ultimate home gym” that will get you well on your way to getting into incredible shape.

Now sure, I do encourage you to lift some heavy weights but if you don’t have access to a weight room or gym there are alternatives. Below I would like to go over your solution to not having access to a gym or not wanting to spend a boatload of money building a home gym.

Take a look below to find the three pieces of exercise equipment that are a must when deciding to workout at home. And all of this can be purchased for under $100!

Kettlebell

One of the most powerful pieces of equipment that you can buy, the kettlebell. You have read about the benefits of kettlebells and the results you can get from them, so obviously this is a must. This will be the most expensive piece of equipment you will be needing but it is well worth it.

Depending on the size and weight you choose to buy, the price will range from 40-80 dollars. The best place I have seen to buy a kettlebell is at Walmart. In store, they will usually carry up to 50 pounds but they have an online offer that is tough to beat.

You can order a kettlebell online at Walmart.com and they will ship it FREE to a store near you. That means you are basically paying an online price and picking it up in store.

I recommend women starting with a 30-50 pound kettlebell while men can start with a 40-80 pounder depending on strength and experience. After getting stronger and better at kettlebell swings you can continue bumping up the weight for even more improvement.

Typically a 60 pound kettlebell will work great for men and women can get away with starting as high as a 50 pounder. If you are unsure, head to any sporting goods store or gym and try one out.

Pull-Up Bar

There are tons of different kinds to choose from when it comes to buying a pull-up bar for your home. The best place to go is Amazon.com where depending on the style and frame, you can get one for 15-40 dollars.

You don’t need a super complicated bar; a simple straight across bar that goes on your door will work just fine.

Pull-ups are another great exercise that you can do right in your own home. If I had to choose my top five exercises, both pull-ups and kettlebell swings would be in there.

Jump Rope

The jump rope is the perfect piece of cardio equipment when working out at home and the best part is you do not need tons of room to do it.

There are tons of variations that you can perform, and as we have learned, doing jumping exercises will really help build your abs and burn the fat around your abs.

Depending on the style of jump rope you choose to buy, you will spend anywhere from 2-10 dollars on a rope. Once again, Amazon is the best place to find a cheap jump rope or any sporting goods store would be a good bet.

Your Bodyweight

So we have covered the three pieces of equipment you need to start your own ultimate home gym. Now all you need is you! Bodyweight exercises are some of the best things you can do when trying to get fit. Exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups, bodyweight squats, and sprints are some of the greatest fat burning exercises out there.

Here is a list of even more great fat burning bodyweight exercises: Click HERE for more!

The toughest part about working out at home is the fact that you are in the comfort of your own home. There can be tons of distractions to hold you back from getting in a great workout.

If you do choose to workout at home, be sure to set aside a time where all you will be doing is working out. This means no laundry, no phone calls, no cooking dinner on the side, and no interruptions. Inform your family that this is your time to get in some serious work and then get focused on what you are doing.

The three pieces of equipment above are something everyone should have in their home. Whether you have a gym membership or not, it is always a great idea to have some pieces of equipment lying around just in case.

And the best part is, once you invest in them they are yours forever. No monthly fee or contract, they are yours.

Home workouts can bring some incredible results so go out, get your equipment and get to work!

P.S. If you find a spot that has a lower price on any of the equipment above, please send it over to me. I am always looking for great deals!

My Workouts Schedule For The Week:

Seeing that our topic was on home workouts, I thought it would be fitting to put together some home workouts for you to do this week. Take a look:

Workout Number 1: Lower Body

  1. Squats: 20
  2. Lunges: 20
  3. Squat Jumps: 20
  4. Jump Lunges 20
  5. Kettlebell Swings: 20

Repeat two times

Cycle through each of the exercises above for two full rounds with as little rest as possible. Once you finish two rounds, rest for one minute and repeat. You can repeat 2-4 times depending on your fitness level. Each round should take 5-8 minutes to complete depending on how much rest you take between exercises.

Workout Number 2: Upper Body

  1. Pull-ups: 12
  2. Push-Ups: 20
  3. Chair Dips: 20
  4. Side-to-side push-ups: 20
  5. Burpees: 12

Repeat two times

Cycle through each of the exercises above for two full rounds with as little rest as possible. Once you finish two rounds, rest for one minute and repeat. You can repeat 2-4 times depending on your fitness level. Each round should take 5-8 minutes to complete depending on how much rest you take between exercises.

Workout Number 3: Full Body

  1. Pull-Ups: 10
  2. Bodyweight squats: 20
  3. Push-Ups: 20
  4. Lunges: 20
  5. Burpees: 10
  6. Chair Dips: 20
  7. Squat Jumps: 20
  8. Reverse Pull-Ups: 10
  9. Kettlebell Swings: 25
  10. Jump Rope, Double Unders: 25

Go from one exercise to the next with as little rest as possible. You can complete this circuit 1-5 times depending on your fitness level. Perform jumping pull-ups and knee push-ups if needed. Rest time between full rounds should be 30-90 seconds!

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