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I occasionally have the pleasure of working with a client who has a real home gym – like the home gyms you see on MTV Cribs (did I just inadvertently confess to watching brainless prepubescent entertainment?) minus the Swarovski crystal-encrusted stopwatches. Most of the time, my clients do not have a whole room they can afford to designate solely to the pursuit of fitness. Sometimes we work out in their bedrooms, sometimes we work out in their basements, sometimes it’s a corner of the living room and the attached staircase…
You don’t need a “gym” to work out at home. You just need a bit of creativity and a couple of basic props. Check out this video from the American College of Sports Medicine all about setting up your home “gym”:I recommend the following inexpensive pieces of equipment. Most of these items can be purchased at any good fitness store – Fitness Depot is my local favourite – or even found in the sporting goods section of a large department store.
- mat, padded or yoga-style
- dumbbells of increasing increments – 5, 10 & 15 pounds are a good start but a single set of 10-15 pounds will do well if you have the guidance of an experienced personal trainer to show you some creative uses
- a resistance band of medium tension
- a bench or chest that can hold your weight (a sturdy kitchen chair or step will do in a pinch)