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Budget Home Gym Vs Gym Memberships

In this age of skyrocketing gym membership fees along with the rising costs of living, more people are embracing the cost-effective and convenient alternative of working out at home and tailor-making their own budget home gym setup. By investing in once off purchases of specific equipment, you can prioritise achieving your fitness goals and kiss those monthly gym charges goodbye. From resistance bands to dumbbells and yoga mats, creating a home gym tailored to your preferences not only saves you money in the long run but also provides the flexibility to exercise on your own schedule. Never worry about peak hour traffic again, save time and money and get ready to redefine your fitness routine and financial well-being!

What Basic Equipment Is Needed For A Budget Home Gym?

Training different muscle groups at is essential for achieving overall strength, stability, and a balanced physique. Hitting the major muscle groups doesn’t require a gym membership, just a few key pieces of equipment. Creating a budget home gym setup doesn’t mean compromising on quality or effectiveness. We have plenty of practical and affordable equipment options to help you set up a home gym that fits your budget without sacrificing your fitness goals. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast on a budget or a beginner looking to start a home workout routine, our recommendations will help you build an effective home gym without emptying your wallet. Here’s a summary of the purposes of training specific muscle groups and our recommended equipment:

  1. Legs: We recommend our kettlebells for leg workouts, including exercises like squats and lunges, to build strength and power in the lower body. Strong legs contribute to improved stability, functional movement, and athletic performance. Our kettlebells start at $24 and are easy to store when not in use.
  2. Back: Our kettlebells and resistance bands can also be used in a range of back training exercises, and we also recommend a set of dumbbells or barbell and weight plate set as these free weight are also perfect for training every other major muscle group. Training the back contributes to better posture, reduced risk of back pain, and improved overall strength. A well-developed back also complements other muscle groups for a balanced physique. If your budget allows, our Power Rack with Lat Pull Down and Lat Row is on sale and provides a multifunctional stations for rows, squats, pull downs, lunges and more.
  3. Chest: Chest workouts, such as bench presses and push-ups, focus on the pectoral muscles. Developing the chest enhances upper body strength, supports pushing movements, and contributes to a balanced physique. It’s crucial for overall upper body power and functional strength. Our Weight Bench provides a stable and adjustable platform to perform exercises using free weights, and is currently on sale.
  4. Arms: Arm training targets the biceps and triceps, essential for various daily activities and functional movements. Strengthening these muscles improves grip strength, assists in lifting and carrying objects, and enhances overall arm definition. Our free weights previously mentioned for training back and chest will double as the most functional equipment for training your arms as well.
  5. Core: The core, which includes the abdominals, obliques, and lower back muscles, is crucial for stability and balance. Core training helps improve posture, reduces the risk of lower back pain, and enhances overall functional strength. A strong core is foundational for almost all physical activities and contributes to a well-rounded fitness profile. Our Ab Wheel is cheap and stored easily, making you break a sweat but not break your bank.

If your budget allows, consider investing in multifunctional equipment like our NC Fitness Air Rowing Machine, which is currently on sale. Air Rowing Machines are suitable for all fitness levels, providing a comprehensive workout by engaging all of the major muscle groups that we mentioned earlier. This versatility makes our Rowing Machine an optimal choice for improving overall strength and endurance. The rowing motion is gentle on the joints, significantly diminishing the likelihood of strain or impact-related injuries commonly associated with other forms of cardiovascular exercises. By incorporating air rowing into your fitness routine, you not only elevate your workout experience but also prioritize joint health and injury prevention.

An honourable mention to the good old skipping rope, a convenient, simple, and efficient (not to mention cheap) home workout. It serves as an excellent cardio and aerobic exercise, improving stamina and lung capacity. Skipping rope also tones calf muscles, enhances core stability, and provides a comprehensive workout experience.

Incorporating exercises targeting your major muscle groups into a comprehensive workout routine ensures a holistic approach to fitness, promoting overall health, strength, and a balanced physique. All of these benefits are achievable in the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule. We are always available to offer advice, and we specialise in gym fitouts. If you have any questions or would like any more information about how to start your own budget home gym setup, please get in touch.


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