Hey folks, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Elder and I’ve been working in the fitness industry for over 20 years. I run my own business, Michael Elder Personal Training. As you can imagine, the fitness industry has taken a huge hit with this horrible pandemic that has led to a shutdown of most gyms and health clubs across the country. For many of us, myself included, exercise is not just about staying in good physical shape, but it also serves as a form of mental therapy. For this reason, it is important for all of us to continue on our fitness journeys, despite being limited to our homes. Below, I am going to list some of the best home exercise options that are available to us, many of which I use inside the gym as well. I hope this helps you in your quest to achieve your fitness goals.
1. Resistance bands and tubing. By far, the most inexpensive and widely used form of home exercise equipment is rubber resistance tubing and bands. While it is not the same as being in the gym, these bands and tubes can be used to efficiently train the entire body. While it does take some creativity for certain muscle groups, this is the most flexible form of home exercise equipment you can buy. They are also great for people who travel and are highly portable.
2. TRX. In my professional opinion, the TRX suspension training kit is probably the greatest invention the fitness industry has seen in recent history. It allows you to use your own body as resistance and offers a plethora of different and highly effective exercises. It works best when you use it outdoors. When used indoors, you will need to use the door attachment that comes with it. The doorway that you attach it to will in fact be a barrier, which will greatly limit your range of motion for each exercise. Nevertheless, it is a great option for training outside of the gym. This is what I’ve been using the most for my own training during this quarantine. Just like the bands, it’s highly portable. The TRX is not cheap, but if you have the funds, it’s well worth the price.
3. Adjustable dumbbells. While also not being on the cheap side, adjustable dumbbells are a fantastic addition to your home workout equipment. They allow you to essentially bring the gym home with you. Most versions allow you to switch from about 10 lbs. up to 50 lbs. within the same dumbbell. There are endless exercises that can be done here and I cannot recommend them enough. The Power Block Adjustable Dumbbells are the ones that I use, and they are fantastic.
4. Yoga mat. Yoga mats are another essential item for home workouts and are typically reasonably priced. They allow for numerous floor-based exercises and stretches. They are also great to have on hand if you are doing your training outdoors.
5. Jump rope. Obviously for many people, the most readily available form of cardio during this quarantine process will be either running or walking. However, I think jumping rope is another fantastic option. It is one of the oldest forms of cardio, and yet still incredibly effective. It allows you to burn a lot of calories within a short duration. If you have the space or the means, I highly recommend it. However, if you are new to jumping rope, you will need to go slow and listen to your body. It is a form of higher intensity cardio, and your body may not be ready for the kind of overload that it provides. Please use caution.
Well, there you have it. These are my top five. There are many others, but these would be at the top of my recommendation list. In the coming weeks, I will be covering different exercises utilizing these forms of home exercise equipment. Until then my friends, stay strong and stay healthy! P.S. For those interested, I am currently available for Zoom virtual training sessions. Michael Elder is a former competitive gymnast and has been working in the fitness industry since 1998. He is certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). He can be contacted by email: MichaelElderFitness@gmail.com. He can also be reached through his Facebook business page, Michael Elder: Certified Fitness Professional, or through his website: MichaelElder.com. He is currently available for Zoom virtual training sessions.