Home Gym Essentials Every Guy Needs

Home Gym Essentials Every Guy Needs

We give a lot of credit to people who get their workouts in from home. If you think working out in a gym chockfull of all the equipment you could possibly want is difficult, try working out in a tiny studio apartment, or in between children doing homework or with little to no real equipment on-hand.

When push comes to shove, whether it’s just too cold out there to make the ride to the gym, or you just don’t have the time or access to proper equipment, there’s no real excuse not to get your workout in—even if you have to do it from the comfort of your bedroom. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Here are 7 At-Home Gym Essentials Every Man Needs. In this list, you’ll find a series of equipment that’ll make getting in shape in the comfort of your home in reach, so long as you have the dedication and discipline to carry on. Enjoy!

Adjustable Dumbbells

Ask any dedicated bodybuilder and they’ll tell you that, if used properly, the compound movements we do by using free weights instead of machines help tone muscles in our bodies that machines simply can’t.

The best part about dumbbells is that, by design, they’re unobtrusive, easy to work with and make focusing on precise muscle groups far more effective than using a straight barbell.

We specifically recommend adjustable weight dumbbells for your home gym because they save a ton of space, and most kits these days allow for anywhere from five to 50+ pounds—which is more than enough to get a decent pump going for 95 percent of us. They can be a little pricey, but if you only get one of the things on this list, make sure these are it. If you use them right, they can give you the full-body workout you’ve been looking for.

Resistance Bands

For whatever reason, people usually write off resistance bands as some kind of fitness gimmick. The truth is, they actually kick total ass. Our bodies work just as hard when using resistance bands as they do lifting weights against gravity, but the difference for the at-home gym is that they can be stored easily and won’t ruin your floor if you accidentally drop them.

And believe it or not, they are great if you’re looking for a full-body workout. You can target everything from your chest and triceps to your back, shoulders, hamstrings, quads and glutes. They can also be had on the cheap, too!

A Pull Up Bar

The cold hard truth about getting fit is that there’s no replacement for good old-fashioned hard work. Supplements and a good diet are a huge part of the equation, but when push comes to shove, the work you put in is exactly what you’ll get out of your experience.

That said, pull ups are one of the most basic gym exercises of all time, and the reason why they’re still prevalent in gyms today is for one reason and one reason only: They’re damn effective. Not only do they work your biceps, but they also work almost every muscle in your back. There are also variations that work your core, shoulders, and other muscles, too. You won’t get a full-body workout from a pull up bar, but you will see results.

A Yoga Mat

First, let us say that whether or not you do yoga should have no bearing on whether or not you own a yoga mat. They’re excellent for stretching and other floor-based exercises (Think: Sit ups and push ups), and they’re also great at keeping sweat from getting all over your carpet or other flooring. They won’t physically help you work your muscles, but they’ll facilitate so much of what you’ll be doing while minimizing impact and keeping your workout space clean.

Second, let us say this, and please read it clearly: Yoga is amazing. Seriously. If you’ve never tried it because you think stretching doesn’t matter or because you think it’s useless when strength training, we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Yoga doesn’t just help stretch out your muscles and help prevent injuries, but it’s also a formidable strength-training method. If you haven’t tried it at least once, you’re truly missing out.

A Kettlebell

Kettlebells are pretty much bare-bone as it gets for a home gym. The coolest thing about them is once you actually start working with them, you’ll realize just how little equipment you need to get in good physical shape.

Whether you’ve been working out for the last decade and the cold weather is keeping you inside, or you’ve never stepped foot in a gym and just want to get into shape from the comfort of your living room, kettlebells are basically magic. They come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, but you really only need one or two to get a legitimate full-body workout. For people who’ve never worked with one before and aren’t in good shape, it’s recommended that you get a 35-pound kettlebell and work your way up. For those who consider themselves in good physical shape, look into the 45-pounders and above.

With just one weight, you have enough to give yourself an intense full-body workout that includes everything from goblet squats to around the leg passes and one-arm presses. They’re unbelievable.

Jump Rope

Some people don’t believe that cardio isn’t crucial to your daily workout routine. We aren’t those people. Cardio is an integral part of every workout, and without a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike, getting a good session in from home can be real tough. If you can run around outside, by all means, go for it. But if you can’t, a set of jump ropes is your best bet.

In fact, many experts agree that a set of jump ropes is the best piece of fitness equipment you can purchase, because jumping rope for just ten-minutes burns as many calories as running a mile at an eight-minute-per-mile pace.

So if you’re looking for something quick, intense and effective, jump ropes are the ticket.

Rowing Machine

At one point, rowing machines were considered the kind of novelty one could only find in the world’s best gyms. They were available for purchase, but they’d cost you a pretty penny, and they were big and bulky. Luckily, new technology emerged, and good at-home rowing machines can now be had for a couple hundred bucks. If you want to be like the crossfit kids you see on TV, then you can spring for the Concept 2.

But why are they so popular and why should you get one? Rowing a boat is an intense and physically demanding job and works every single muscle in your body. Rowing machines replicate the motions of rowing a boat, which means you get all the benefits of rowing, without actually needing a body of water. They give an excellent upper and lower body workout, can be used for an intense cardio session and they’re low-impact, which means unlike other cardio exercises like running, you’re risking minimal damage to your body. All told, they’re the perfect home gym machine, especially if you’re looking to cut weight and build endurance.

Summer is almost here. Get to work.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.