Putting a home gym together can be a practical, affordable, and convenient way to stay in shape. When bad weather, sick kids, or a long week at work can make a trip to the gym a chore, having the right home gym equipment is a great way to stay in shape. From a beginner to a dedicated gym rat, anyone can equip a gym to suit their exercise style, schedule, and available space. To avoid turning ill-suited equipment into expensive clothing racks, shoppers should first consider a few basics.
Exercise equipment that fits the user's preferences offers the best chance of long-term success. Consumers who prefer to focus on a single activity may prefer a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical trainer. Consumers who seek variety can use these same machines and alternate 10 minutes of aerobic activity with five minutes of pushups, free weights, or squats. Intervals also help boost the metabolism and enhance the workout.
Designed to elevate the heart rate and respiratory rate, aerobic activity burns calories, builds endurance, and improves blood flow. Basic aerobic equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers.
With stability handles and a rolling cushioned surface to match the user's speed, treadmills can display heart rate, speed, and session duration. Some models vary incline angles for increased resistance and calorie burning.
A stationary bike works the lower body with little impact to the joints. Users can opt for an upright bike or a recumbent bike that offers back relief. Many models calculate speed, calories burned, and heart rate.
Mixing cardio with resistance training, elliptical trainers offer a range of resistance and incline settings to strengthen the lower body muscles. Additionally, some ellipticals have moveable handles that simulate cross-country skiing.
Strength training equipment
Exercisers trying to lose weight should blend aerobic exercise with strength training, which improves muscle tone, burns more calories, and supports increased metabolism. Consumers can alternate fast repetitions with slow, sustained reps to maximise muscle conditioning.
Strength training equipment includes free weights, which help users target the arms, chest, and core. All-in-one multi-gyms offer a safe option for solo training, targeting upper and lower body and core muscle groups. A rowing machine builds arm, chest, core, and leg strength. A TRX trainer utilises suspended webbing and the user's body weight to develop muscles, balance, and joint stability.
Although a large room can accommodate full-size equipment, many home gyms must fit in a compact space. Shoppers should set the equipment up in an easy-to-access, comfortable space. Common workout aids can fit in a small space, while others need more floor space.
Ideal for working out while travelling, small workout aids add convenience and effectiveness to any home gym, fitting in spaces up to 3 square metres. A jump rope develops agility and endurance while torching calories. A stability ball is a good tool for stretching and abdominal workouts, or when combined with hand weights. Portable resistance bands help build muscles and flexibility, and yoga mats cushion users during stretching and floor work. Hand weights help sculpt and build muscle strength, and 1 kg and 2 kg weights are good starter weights.
Treadmills, stationary bikes, and rowing machines occupy 2 to 3 square metres each. Multi-gyms, weight training benches, and suspension trainers need about 3 to 5 square metres. Therefore, it is important to make sure a home gym offers enough space before purchasing a large piece of gym equipment.
Users can fold and store portable equipment, including some treadmills or exercise bikes. Some consumers do not mind taking equipment out before use, while others prefer having it ready to go.
Some fitness enthusiasts enjoy having a home gym to supplement their gym routines. This offers an advantage in terms of knowing how to use the equipment and structure their exercise plans. Other essentials include a heart rate monitor, moisture-wicking workout gear, weight lifting gloves, and athletic shoes.
How to buy home exercise equipment on eBay
Setting up a home gym depends on the space available and the exercises you plan to do. Simply enter the equipment you need into the search box on any eBay page, such as "elliptical trainer" or "heart rate monitor". You can also enter a general search term such as "home exercise equipment" and browse the results. When shopping for large items, look for local sellers who agree to a local pickup. Once you complete your home gym to suit your exercise needs, you are well on your way to getting and staying in shape.