The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Home Gym Equipment
What is a Home Gym?
Think out of the box - a home gym is more than just a room filled with weights and treadmills. It is a versatile space that can be as expansive as using many areas of a home's interior or as compact as a corner of your living room. When you stop to consider, the concept of a home gym extends far beyond the walls of your home. Your garage, outdoor patios, driveway and decks can also serve as workout spaces. Even the great outdoors can be your gym extension to your home - perfect for walking, hiking, running, and rucking with a backpack or weight vest. Let’s explore indoor and outdoor workouts.
Benefits of Indoor Workouts with Home Gym Equipment
Indoor workouts come with their own set of advantages, especially when you have the right home gym equipment:
Controlled Environment: You have control over the space, time, temperature, flooring, and equipment, making your workout as comfortable as possible.
Privacy: Many people avoid health clubs. Around 20% of people in the US have a gym membership. Working out at home offers a level of privacy that you can't get at a public gym, allowing you to focus solely on your fitness goals.
Convenience: There's time and gas needed to commute. You can fit in a workout whenever it suits your schedule and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
Safety: With important exceptions, indoor workouts can be safer, especially if you use safer home gym equipment, as you can set up your space to minimize risks. Garage gyms with barbells require an investment in safety equipment. For example, doing bench presses without a spotter has a high risk of severe injury.
Unique Benefits of Outdoor Workouts
Outdoor workouts offer many special benefits for both your physical and mental well-being:
Light Exposure: Natural sunlight provides essential vitamin D and helps regulate your circadian rhythm, improving your sleep quality.
Fresh Air: The fresh air you get from outdoor workouts can improve your lung function and overall well-being.
Cold Exposure for Healthy Metabolism: Exercising in colder temperatures can increase healthy brown fat activity, aiding in weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity.
Nature: The natural scenery can be a mood booster, reducing stress and increasing feelings of happiness and relaxation. Experts from Dr. Peter Attia who, wrote OUTLIVE: the Science & Art of Longevity, to author of the Comfort Crisis, Michael Easter, extoll the benefits to longevity, cognitive function and mental health. Head to trails if you can and avoid cars and traffic.
Choosing Your Ultimate Home Gym Equipment Gifts: Sandbag Workouts, Adjustable Dumbbells, and More!
When it comes to building your home gym, one size doesn't fit all. Your home gym fitness equipment choices should be tailored to what you find fun and motivating, taking into consideration the available space, noise constraints, safety, and budget. Here's how to choose the right home gym equipment for your own needs:
Small Spaces: If you're working with limited space, consider Hyperwear's weighted small space battle ropes, easy to stack SandBell or SteelBell and selection of resistance bands. All are compact and easy to store.
Medium to Large Spaces: For those with more room for home gym equipment, adding workout sandbags like Hyperwear's Sandbag System can provide versatile workout options. Hyperwear sandbags come already filled with clean USA sand so you are ready to go.
Quiet Environments: In an apartment or home space where noise is a concern, soft weight options like Hyperwear's SoftBell adjustable dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells are ideal. A Hyper Rope battle rope is much quieter than typical battle ropes. And adding a Hyper Vest weight vest to bodyweight workouts is silent.
No Noise Restrictions: If noise isn't an issue, go all out slamming SandBell or SteelBell workout sandbags for high-intensity sandbag training that will be a cardio blast. And crush your core with Hyper Rope battle rope slams.
Indoor Workouts: For indoor workouts, safety for you and your family is paramount. Hyperwear's SoftBell system is designed to be safe for indoor use, reducing the risk of damage to your floors or injury to you or your children. Get your children active with you in a workout with safe weights.
Outdoor Workouts: All Hyperwear functional fitness tools are ideal for outdoor workouts in your driveway, yard or deck. For outdoor activities like rucking, the Hyper Vest TAC that is adjustable up to 40lbs is perfect as it allows for balanced weight distribution, reducing the risk of back strain.
Budget-Friendly: Resistance bands and ankle/wrist weights are cost-effective options to get started. Include throwing on a Hyper Vest weight vest with microload 2oz weights that you can increase for progressive loading your gravity training up to 35lbs or more in a Hyper Vest PRO.
Investment Pieces: If you're looking to invest in long-lasting, versatile equipment, consider Hyperwear's SoftBell Home Gym kit with an adjustable kettlebell set and adjustable dumbbell set in one package or a selection of the SandBell and Sandbag System.
Get Motivated. Get Fit.
Building a home gym doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. With the right home gym equipment, you can create a versatile workout space that meets all your fitness needs for much less cost that full barbell and rack systems. Anytime you are looking for a gift or investment in yourself, be sure to check out Hyperwear's range of high-quality, innovative fitness products to build your ultimate “home gym.”