During this time, we have had a ton of questions come in regarding home gym equipment.
There are a bunch of factors to consider when you plan to buy gym equipment for home:
- How much space do I have?
- How much variety can I manage with the fewest items?
- How much should I spend?
- Does brand or quality count?
- Will I actually use it?
These are just a handful of points to consider when looking to buy home exercise equipment. In my opinion, the two most important questions to ask are: How much space do I have? And will actually use any of it?
Over the last 25 years in the health and fitness world, I have had this discussion with many people, and it regularly comes down to these two points. I always answer these two questions in the same way. If you don’t have good space to store gym equipment, then just don’t buy any. Then, you have to be honest with yourself. Will I actually use it? If you answered yes to both, then you should consider the rest of the questions.
The next question will always come down to cost. How can I maximize my purchase, considering space and money? At PUSH, we have the space for equipment to accommodate everyone who comes in to work out. While we can hold a large set of kettlebells and dumbbells in a variety of sizes, it can take up a ton of space and is ultimately inefficient for a home gym. Stick to what you use most, and find the most versatile equipment for your workouts. For me, that would be a small set of kettlebells.
Looking at treadmills or bikes is a whole different category. Considering large pieces of equipment like this can pose numerous problems, the first being that they are costly. I would advise against buying lower end models of home cardio equipment as they just don’t handle stress and repeated workouts as well as they claim. They can also be a bit more noisy during use. However, if you are interested it is important to keep in mind that treadmills usually take up the most space, and are not easily moveable. A spin bike, on the other hand,is more manageable to move and use in a smaller space. I also feel that a spin bike if used correctly can be a great combo of cardio and leg strength.
The last topic is that of brand or quality. This is especially important for treadmills and bikes. Like with any other big purchase, read reviews and consumer reports breakdowns. There are some brands that just don’t hold up and have lots of issues once in your home. For weights and smaller equipment, there is a difference if you are going to invest. At PUSH we have top of the line kettlebells from Kettlebell Kings, as they get a lot of use. The quality does make a difference, they don’t chip and the handles have a better design. You can buy a cheaper set online, but remember they may not feel great in your hands or last as long. Reading online reviews is a great resource for these items, people are often honest when there is an issue, or if they like what they got.
Please feel free to reach out to us at PUSH with any questions regarding your purchasing of home gym equipment, we are happy to help (firstname.lastname@example.org).