Thinking About a Home Gym?

Here is an example of a perfectly functional gym.

Here is an example of a perfectly functional gym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could work out any time you wanted?

Never having to wait to use a piece of equipment.

Or worse yet, sitting in someone’s sweat and stink?

Luckily, you don’t have to anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I practically grew up in a gym. And gyms are still very relevant. If you want to be a powerlifter or bodybuilder, a good gym is essential to your progress.

If you like taking classes, a gym or recreation center is still the best place to go.

But there are a number of us that don’t need any of that. You just want to get in shape and going to the gym is just not appealing.

Most people who go to a gym use the machines. So when they decide to build a home gym the first thing they look at are these mini workout centers.

4 things about workstations.

  1. They are extremely expensive.
  2. They are extremely ineffective.
  3.  They take up a lot of room.
  4. They will impress people who don’t workout.

So if that is your thing, have at it. They will set you back $2,500 to $10,000 and they really suck.

The truth is you can put together a really great gym in your house for a couple hundred dollars. One that will outperform any machine.

(I am making the assumption here that you want to get results, not show off how much you can spend.)

 

Bands

There are a number of reasons to invest in a good set of bands.

  • They don’t take up a lot of room.
  • Any exercise you can do with a machine or free weights can be replicated with bands.
  • They are portable. hang them from a door, tree or swing set and you are ready to go.

No, these are not the wimpy bands you find department stores. These are serious looped bands. Forget about therapeutic flat bands or 2 handle bands.

I have been using RBT looped Bands for over 5 years now everyday with my clients. In fact, I am using the same bands I bought from Dave 5 years ago.

That should tell you something about how long they last.

 

These guys are not only company that makes these types of bands but as far as I am concerned they are the best. They also have the best prices.

(Full disclosure, I am an affiliate with them so I do get a small commission for each sale but that doesn’t affect the cost to you.)

Quick guide to the colors

Orange Bands- great for rehab work and very light exercises.

Red Bands- Perfect for men and women just starting out. Very good for speed movements.

Black Bands- Most of my clients step up from red to black after a few weeks of training. In fact, between the red and black bands you will be able to do 90% of the exercises.

Green Bands- For help with pull-ups, chin-ups and a way to overload for bench press and deadlifts. If that sounded like gobbledygook to you, stay with the red and black bands.

The most popular package I recommend

economy band set

Economy Fitness Package – (2) Red, (2) Black .75″, Band Utility Strap, Training Handles, 4 Week Beginner RBT Workout, Training Sport Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starter Fitness Package - (2) Orange, (2) Red, Band Utility Strap, Training Handles, Training Sport Bag

Starter Fitness Package – (2) Orange, (2) Red, Band Utility Strap, Training Handles, Training Sport Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a good package to start with because you can always add on the black bands later.

 

 

Recommended: Add a Pair of Black medium bands to your Starter Kit

Recommended: Add a Pair of Black medium bands to your Starter Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What else do you need?

carabiners

 

 

 

Pick up a couple carabiners. These are very handy to attach the bands to the door adaptor. They are cheap and you can never have too many on hand.

 

 

 

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