A home gym set-up is a convenient and easy way to stay fit and healthy.
Popular cardio machines to have at home include treadmills, exercise bikes, ellipticals and rowers. Cardio equipment is used to burn fat and improve your cardiovascular ability. Treadmills are good for people who like running and walking, while exercise bikes, ellipticals and rowers are good for those who prefer low impact exercise.
Resistance training builds and strengthens muscles and can be done in several ways. Weight training machines are good but there are other options if you have space or budget restrictions. Excellent options for resistance training include using resistance bands and resistance tubes.
Good equipment for weight training includes items such as barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells and weight benches.
Boxing can be an full-body workout in itself. Consider investing in a boxing bag and some boxing gloves. Breaking up your normal workout program with some boxing is guaranteed to make any workout more fun. You could also try partner-work with a family member using a glove and mitt combo.
Some miscellaneous items should also be considered when creating a home gym. Consider buying a gym mat or yoga mat for stretching and floor-based exercises. You might also consider a stability ball for abdominal work. A heart rate monitor is helpful to track your cardiovascular workouts.
Finally, it’s good to use a foam roller before and/or after a workout, to help relieve muscle tightness and soreness, and increase your joint range of motion.
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At-home workout #3
Program put together by GET GOING PT
This program is designed to work in pairs, to work together and motivate each other. Anyone at almost any fitness level can follow. The difficulty of this exercise program will depend on how hard you push. This program is great for families (yep, even the kids!)
2x skipping ropes
1x aerobic step
1x pair boxing gloves
1x pair focus pads
2x gym mats
30 second rests between sets | 1 minute breaks between each round | 2-4 rounds
Boxing – 1 minute for each partner —
Do one round of boxing each with one partner pushing and the other partner working the focus pads. Adults, go easy on your kids when punching!
1 minute of aerobic steps
Working as a pair, taking one step up and down then your trainer partner to complete a rep straight after. Try to get a good rhythm together! Hold onto some dumbbells or other weights to increase the intensity.
1 minute of skipping
Work at your own pace. Consider spicing things up using different variations like reverse, doubles or scissors if you’re capable.
1 minute of push-ups with high fives
Both taking a gym mat and facing one another, complete as many push-ups (on the knees or feet) as you can. Slip in a little high five at the top end of the movement!
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Boxing has become the latest fitness trend. With it’s growing popularity, we want to make sure you are choosing the right equipment. Read on to understand how to choose the right boxing gloves for you.
Are you a beginner? Then you can’t go past the Everlast ‘Authentic Training Gloves’. They provide the support you will need and they’re also affordable, exactly what you need when you’re just starting boxing. These boxing gloves are best used for “Mitt Work” or focus pads. They provide full wrist support, which helps to avoid any hand and wrist injuries that may result from repetitive movements. The gloves feature adjustable hook and loop straps that allow you to adjust the wrist support and ensure a secure fit. The Everlast Boxing gloves also contain a soft touch lining which adds extra comfort and there EVERCOOL mesh ventilation panels help keep your hands cool and free from sweat. These are the perfect beginner glove.
The other option Sportsmart have for beginners in the Everlast ‘Prostyle Advance Training Glove’. This glove is engineered for: Mitt work, Boxing bag and Sparring. Making it the perfect all round beginner glove, whilst it is a little bit more expensive than the ‘Authentic Training Glove’, the pro style boxing glove can be used for different types of boxing, meaning you will only need one pair, saving you room in your gym bag! Lastly, the glove contains a soft synthetic leather outer for increased durability and comfort.
For our intermediate boxers, we have the Everlast ‘Power Lock Training Glove’ the more affordable of the two options. These boxing gloves are engineered for: mitt work, heavy bag (Boxing Bags), and sparring. This glove contains a layered foam construction, securing the hand into a natural fist position. They also have a soft synthetic leather outer for greater durability and comfort. As well as the thick wrist strap hook and loop closure for a secure fit and the soft touch lining for extra comfort.
The Everlast ‘Ever shield contender II training glove’ is the ultimate in all rounder gloves. Engineered for mitt work, heavy bag (boxing bag) and sparring, it is made of genuine leather for durability, a moulded one-piece padding helps form a comfortable fist and lastly has an advanced wrist protection padding. The secure fit helps to maintain protection and comfort during a variety of striking angles.
Last but not least, for the next Danny Greene out there, we have the Everlast ‘1910 Leather Training gloves’. Engineered for mitt work and heavy bag training, this leather boxing glove has an advanced padding design which ensures maximum protection. The same adjustable hook and loop wrist strap which ensures a secure fit as well as making it easier to get on and off as well as the mesh ventilation panels to ensure nice sweat free, non-smelly gloves.
Boxing gloves come in a variety of sizes depending on your hand size. Boxing gloves also come in a variety of weights. Lighter gloves are usually used by professional boxers, however if you are just training, use a heavier glove as they offer more protection.
Check out Sportsmart’s full range of boxing gear here.