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TIPS FOR SETTING UP A HOME GYM

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.

Visit us online to see our range of fitness products, or visit us at Moorabbin, Kilsyth or Northcote for expert advice from our fitness staff. If you are not able to get to a store, please phone your nearest store for advice… we’re here to help!