With the emergence of Cross-Fit and “garage gyms” and boutique personal training studios. Gyms are on the way out. The big box gyms know this too, ten plus years ago it used to cost $300 to $500 per year to sign up to your local gym. Now the cost of gyms has dramatically gone done in cost because they know they need to compete with smaller fitness business’s that strive for results for their clients. Your average gym knows this, and they also know they can’t compete at that level that a personal training studio can provide, so they are reducing their membership costs. Some places are even having specials where you pay for one year, and you get the second year free. It’s a marketing ploy; they know the average person won’t stick with their new year’s resolution, so they make their memberships incredibly cheap so more people buy.
With the emergence of Cross Fit and functional training. It has never been easier to have a kickass gym in your garage. If you want to build a great home gym, this is what you need to get.
TRX- TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise. This unique piece of kit can travel with you anywhere, and you can do up to 300 plus exercises on it. It’s a gym in a bag. The whole philosophy behind the TRX is every exercise you do besides working on that particular muscle group you are also working on your core. The TRX was a significant component in helping me get my back 100% again after I suffered from a bulged disc. The TRX goes for $179.99
BATTLE ROPES Battle Ropes are an extreme form of metabolic conditioning. The ropes range anywhere in length from 25 feet to 100 feet. Also, you can get ropes in different diameter as well. The cost ranges anywhere from $90 to $250 depending on the length of the rope and the quality.
KETTLEBELLS Kettlebells have been around in North America since 2000, but a few years ago they just started to hit the mainstream. If you picture a cannon ball with a handle, that’s a kettlebell. They range in weight from 4kg all the way to 60kg. What makes a kettlebell so unique is most of the weight is outside the hand whereas a dumbell the weight is in the hand. A good quality of bells can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 depending on the weight and quality.
BARBELL WITH WEIGHTS A barbell is probably the most recognized piece of gym equipment on this list. They are in every single gym across the world. For a good reason too, a barbell is still number one when it comes to putting on serious mass. There are a few types of barbells ones that are specifically for the three major lifts, (squat, deadlift, bench press) others specifically for Olympic Lifts and others that are a combination- you can use for both Olympic Lifts and the major lifts. An exquisite barbell would cost $220 and with a 150kg bumper set of weights $890.
PROWLER OR SLED A sled is another method of metabolic conditioning. You just pile the weights and start pushing. Think of how football players train on the field; that’s basically what a sled is. They run anywhere between $90 to $265 depending on the make and quality.
There you have it, with investing in these pieces of equipment, you will never sign up to a gym ever again.
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