Must-Have Workout Equipment
The Getprice team has put together a list of the essential workout equipment you will need to stay fit and healthy while in self-isolation.
As the number of coronavirus cases increases around the globe, more and more people are starting to self-isolate and looking at ways to not only keep themselves entertained, but maintain their fitness and mental health.
With gyms closed for the foreseeable future, stores across the nation are beginning to see a huge spike in fitness equipment sales as people either prepare themselves for a potential lock-down or look to find their daily workout adrenaline dosee.
If you’re looking to jump on the fitness bandwagon and use this opportunity of isolation to get into shape but not sure where to start, we have put together a list of the essential gym equipment you’ll need to get you started and the exercises you can do with them.
1. Fitness Ball (Exercise Ball)
A fitness ball, also known as an exercise ball, is constructed of soft elastic and varies in diameters but can range anywhere from 35 to 85 centimeters when filled with air.
This ball has numerous benefits – not only can it assist you in a work out, you can also use one to sit on at your home or office instead of the standard desk chair. It has been proven that using a fitness ball instead of a chair burns extra calories, improves posture, and can tone core muscles.
A fitness ball can be used for a wide range of exercises (which you don’t need a gym for) that will keep you fit and healthy. Some of these exercise include:
- V sit-up
- Knee tuck
- Overhead ball squat
- Wall squat
- Balance push-up
- Single-leg bridge
The above are just a few of the many exercises you can do with a fitness ball.
There are varying different sizes of fitness balls; here is a breakdown of what size ball you should get based on your height:
- Short height (between 5 ft- 5.5ft): 55-centimeter ball
- Medium height: (between 5.6ft and 5.11ft): 5-centimeter ball
- Tall height: (between 6ft and 6.3ft): 75-centimeter ball.
2. Training Bench
A training bench is a piece of equipment that resembles a normal bench but is designed to assist weight training. Training benches are very common as they enhance your strength-conditioning and are incorporated into many workouts – if you walk into any gym, you’ll be sure to find a training bench.
Training benches come in a variety of designs – fixed horizontal, fixed inclined, fixed in a folded position, with one adjustable portion, with two or more adjustable portions, with racks to hold bars, etc.
There are plenty of manufacturers that produce this product so depending on the vendor and your budget, you can find a varieity of different benches that will suit your needs.
Many of the exercises performed with a training bench involve the use of dumbbells but there are a few you can do that don’t require any weights. Here is a list of exercises you can do with a training bench:
- Bench press with dumbbells
- Incline bench press with dumbbells
- Dumbbell pullover
- Concentrated curl
A dumbbell is a type of free weight that is used in weight training. Dumbbells come in a wide range of different types and can be used individually or as a pair.
Surprisingly, dumbbells come in many varieties – to make it easier to choose which is the best for you, we have narrowed it down to the most popular sets on the market today:
A fixed dumbbell is one which cannot be increased or adjusted. It’s by far one of the most common dumbbells you’ll find in the gym as their set weight makes it easier to transition between exercises by simply putting the dumbbells back to exchange for another pair to suit your workout.
One of the downsides to fixed dumbbells is that you might need to purchase many to suit your workout routine (especially if your intention is to increase muscle). The lightest dumbbells often start at 1kg and incrementally increase by 1-2kg – you could potentially be looking at purchasing a lot of weights.
However, these dumbbells are a good starting point, especially for those who only wish to use them to assist with burning extra calories during workouts.
Hex dumbbells are essentially fixed dumbbells that are shaped like a hexagon on each side of the hand-grip instead of being round. This makes it possible to be placed on the floor without them rolling around.
As with the regular fixed dumbbells, you cannot adjust the weight so if you’re looking to steadily gain muscle mass (which requires you to increase weight) these might not be the best option for you.
Adjustable dumbbell weight can be changed based on your need – a great option if you’re looking to become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. These dumbbells come in three main parts: a dumbbell bar, weight plates and a lock to hold plates still.
One of the biggest advantages of adjustable dumbbells is that they don’t require a lot of space or weights, you can simply add or subtract a couple of weights to best suit your workout.
These dumbbells save space and money but make it trickier to transition from one exercise to another because you have to adjust your weight each time.
- Goblet Squat
- Dumbbell clean
- Bent-over row
- Dumbbell bench press
- Cross body hammer curl
4. Jump rope
The thought of a jump rope might bring back nostalgic memories from your childhood when you'd be playing on the school yard with your friends, but it doesn't have to remain a thing of the past – it’is actually a great way to warm up and burn extra calories (not to mention they're really fun)!
Jump ropes come in different coatings, threads and sizes depending on what you intend to use if for and in what setting. These types include:
If you’re looking to skip outside on a rough surface (like concrete) it is important to choose an outdoor rope that comes with a PVC cord or shatterproof beads for more durability.
You can find many jumping ropes built exclusively for speed – made popular because of the double under technique used in CrossFit gyms. Because they’re lightweight and the rope is thin, these speed ropes are incredibly fast but may be a bit difficult if you’re a beginner.
Workout / Gym Ropes
If you’re just after a jump rope to use at your home or local gym, search for a rope that has comfortable handles, a thick PVC cord and can easily be adjusted to suit your height.
Thick cords are beneficial as they are easier to use and will get you into the rhythm of jumping faster. They also don’t tangle so you won’t be opening your gym bag to a woven PVC mess.
Get your heart pumping with these simple (yet effective) exercises you can do with a jump rope:
- Basic Jump
- Alternate foot step jump
- Boxer step jump
- High knees
- Rope jacks
The kettlebell is a cast iron or cast steel ball with a handle attached to the top. Kettlebells are generally used for performing specific movements that are designed to build strength and endurance.
There are different types of kettlebells, however, for the purpose of this article, we are only going to focus on the ones you are most likely to purchase for your home gym.
The most common type of kettlebell is constructed out of cast iron – this is your typical-looking kettlebell that has a handle wider than the bell itself. You will commonly see the cast iron kettlebell in both gyms and homes as they’re extremely versatile.
Now that you're looking at getting your very own kettlebell, you can begin to do a range of killer workouts that are sure to keep you fighting fit. Here’s a few to get you started:
- Kettlebell swing
- Kettlebell thrusters
- Kettlebell clean and press
- Kettlebell snatch
- Kettlebell shoulder press