Home gym this Christmas

Stuck for a Christmas this season? Why not give the gift of health with some of my home gym essentials.

I’m a sucker for a quick home workout in our garage set up. It saves me a lot of time and eliminates a lot of excuses running through my brain! With a few bits of equipment you can have a great workout from the convenience of your home. Recently one of bet friends wanted some tips on what she should get for Christmas to get her home gym going. I thought I’d share them with you so you can share them with your loved ones this Christmas

 

Kettlebells

You can do so much more than swings with a kettlebell! They’re great for whole body exercises which I love but you can also isolate a certain area if that’s your thing. The kettlebell also adds a strong core element to any workout so you really do get more bang for your buck.

We invested in quite a few different sizes as my husband is a big fan of the bells as well. If you can get two and then you can have one in each hand which increased your exercise toolbox to include more options.

Favourite kettle bell exercise: goblet squats

My hardest kettle bell exercise: kettlebell burpees

 

TRX/Suspension Trainer

I loveeeeeeeee our TRX. Whilst it stays in our garage now it’s super easy to travel with and use anywhere. I would recommend the TRX brand for quality and also the extra attachments you get. You can jam it into a door or hook it over a beam or something similar to do your workout.

Suspension trainers are great because you can do such a huge amount of different exercises and everyone has a core strengthening element to them. My TRX certainly helped me rebuild my core stability after having Max. For what seems like a bit of rope with handles you can really get a great workout.

Favourite TRX exercise: roll outs (not recommended when pregnant!)

My hardest TRX exercise: pistons with weight vest

 

Yoga Mat

Being on a stretching/yoga mat can really aid your motivation and give you different options to do at home. Whether it’s a stretch, core workout or pushups central (have you tried my 10 minute workout?) a yoga mat is handy to have at home.

Sometimes I will pop a 10min/20min yoga session on youtube if I know I need that kind of activity feel. Other times I’ll set my mat up in the lounge and do a quick bodyweight circuit. Something like 30sec on/30sec off: plank, squats, push ups, lunges, super mans, back extensions and burpees.

Favourite yoga mat exercise: anything core related

My hardest TRX exercise: burpees (it’s a love/hate relationship)

 

Skipping Rope

A skipping rope is a cheap and handy addition to any home gym. You can take it on the road with you and is fantastic for developing foot strength. Skipping is a form of plyometric exercise which is when you have rapid muscle contractions.

Make sure you get the right length for you and I would recommend not overdoing it with the first use. If you do, your calf muscles will not thank you the following day.

Skipping rope exercise: 40 seconds on/ 20 seconds off repeat 5 times…build up to this if you’ve never skipped before!

 

Bar plus weights!!!!!

If you want to go all in on the home gym front this Christmas get a weights bar (with weights;)). A good quality one will certainly be more expensive than a skipping rope but you should get years and years of use of out it.

We use our weight lifting bar not for drinking from but for shifting tin. Whether it’s weighted squats, lunges, push press or some olympic lifts weights having access to a bar and weights is extremely helpful. There’s a real negative stigma around lifting weights if you’re a woman and I have to say the assumption that you’re going to end up looking like a ‘female’ Arnold Schwarzenegger is totally inaccurate. Resistance training is extremely beneficial for increasing your metabolic rate for prolonged periods, has great anti-aging benefits including decreased falls risk, and there are also implications for increased bone density risking the risk of osteoporosis. For me personally, doing weight training helped me a huge amount after having Max. So in summary, get amongst it!

Favourite bar exercise: hang snatch

My hardest bar exercise: deadlifts (long legs not ideal!)

 

MERRY HOME GYM CHRISTMAS!!!

2 Responses to Home gym this Christmas

  1. Michelle h December 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    Great list of equipment, thanks Sarah! Now for some Christmas shopping!

    • Sarah Cowley January 8, 2018 at 1:17 am #

      Hope you had an awesome Christmas Amy and Santa was kind!

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