Okay, so you have decided to train at home. There are a ton of advantages to doing this, namely no travel time to a gym and no waiting for equipment. So where do you start when there is so much out there to buy?
First, hire a trainer. You need someone to show you how to use the equipment properly. Secondly, they will assess you and write a program that will address your needs so that the training you do is effective. Finally, a trainer will make sure you are doing the exercises with proper form so you do not have any injuries.
What to buy? I would purchase these five basics for a home gym to start.
Bosu Trainer – This piece of equipment is so versatile. It can be used for balance, core training and weight training.
Stability Ball – The Stability Ball is your weight bench. The best balls are burst resistant up to 500 pounds. So they can hold you AND your dumbbells. They take up very little space too.
Dumbbells – Start out with a small set of 3-4 different pairs of weights depending on your strength and abilities.
Resistance Bands – I prefer these with covering over the tubes. The handles are better and they seem to last longer as well. These come in various resistance levels, a trainer can help you choose what is right for you.
TRX – This is an excellent investment for anyone. The TRX uses your own bodyweight for a workout with incredibly strong straps. It can be packed in a suitcase and taken anywhere. There are literally hundreds of exercises you can perform with a TRX, whether you are a beginner or advanced. It was developed by a Navy Seal-if it is good enough for them, it will work for you!
As you get stronger and more fit you can add more equipment to your home gym. If money is no object, a rower, treadmill or stationary bike might be a nice addition as well. The important thing is to get started, You don't need to invest a lot of money initially.