Budget Home Gym Equipment -

Budget Home Gym Equipment

All you need for a full body lockdown workout

Right, here we are - Locked down again. Gyms are shut, new years resolutions are largely out the window and this time it's not even our fault.

The good news is..

It's easily possible to get a decent workout in from home, even only with floorspace the size of a yoga mat. Aside from it being harder to find the motivation, there is no reason to not be able to work out from home.

You don't need to spend any money.

Lets start off with some FREE options. You DO NOT need to spend any money to get a decent workout in. I wanted to put this first because the rest of the article will be about equipment. If you don't have the money to spend don't let that put you off, you can still make huge gains as many people do. If you don't know where to start I would check out the Reccomended routine on Reddit and mix it up with some follow along yoga sessions.

But when you get the right equipment, a little purchase can go a loooooong way.

Chin/Pull-Ups and Dips are generally considered the two exercises that cannot be replaced with a ' no equipment version'. If you can't access a tree branch or an outdoor bar then consider getting yourself a doorway chin up bar.

Dips can easily be done on a sofa, table or pretty much any raised area, your legs can still be touching the floor and you can add weight if needed. It's not ideal but it's still pretty good and makes buying purpose built equipment a bit pointless in my opinion. But if you really wanted something to do dips on, these are pretty good and can be used in a variety of ways.

 

Kettlebell

Kettlebell Set

View the JLL Kettlebell range on Amazon.

Now we're onto the big-boy kit. Kettlebells are really the top of the food chain when it comes to the amount of different exercises you can do with them. I mean think of any exercise and it's pretty likely you will be able to replicate it with a kettle bell. 

The grip options allow for a more diverse amount of options than the classic dumbells, they won't take up much space in your house and can be used in a tiny space. The only problem is choosing the right weight(s), of course it's cheap to buy just one kettlebell, but can you really just use one? 

The answer is yes, although obviously a variety of weights is going to be better, you can still get a great workout in with just one, especially in combination with...

Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands Set

View the Fitbeast resistance bands on Amazon.

Resistance bands are pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to adding resistance to literally any exercise. Using a band in combination with a single kettlebell is a fairly simple way of reaching progressive overload in a huge amount of different exercises with minimal kit. 

Sometimes use of a band requires a bit of creativity but there are so many free resources online that will be able to point you in the right direction.

Never go to the gym again

Lets enter the territory of "not exactly budget" but could be considered so as a longer term investment, especially if you're thinking about a more permanent home gym set up.

Adjustable dumbells really solve the issues of adding weight whilst taking up a minimal amount of space. Why have an entire rack when you can just have one?

Adjustable Dumbells

View the IsoGym Adjustable Dumbells on Amazon.

But it's not just dumbells that can be adjustable..

Adjustable Kettlebell

View the Bowflex adjustable kettlebell on Amazon.

 

If you want to go all-in, just get an all-in-one...

All in one Chin Up, Squat Rack, Bench, Weight Lifting Set on Amazon

View the all purpose weight rack on Amazon.

 

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