Most people who have thought about having their own home gym have come across the same hurdle – SPACE!
I know I certainly don’t have enough space in my house to keep a store of every weight available ready for all possible eventualities. So here is some advice on saving space and some workouts you can do with just one piece of equipment!
One of the most valuable investments you could make is in a Selectabell. It’s basically like buying a whole set of dumbbells, but it’s only one dumbbell (witchcraft). You just select the weight which you want the dumbbell to be, and pick it up – BAM!
And if you think dumbbells are only good for biceps curls and practising poses next to Arnie, you’re wrong! You can get a whole body workout done with just a pair of Selectabells.
Dumbbell Chest Press: 3 sets of 8
Dumbbell Overhead Press: 3 sets of 10
Dumbbell Row: 4 sets of 20
Dumbbell Rear Delt Flye: 4 sets of 15
Dumbbell Goblet Squat: 3 sets of 10
Alternating Lunges: 3 sets of 12 on each side
Hammer Curl: Start with your 10-rep-max and perform 3 drops
Dumbbell Skullcrushers: Start with your 10-rep-max and perform 3 drops
If you’re reeeally short on space (I’m talking living in a cupboard like like Harry Potter), you should try some resistance bands. They’re basically like massive elastic bands. They’re really versatile and their limit is really just your imagination. But to get you started, here’s an example of a workout you could do.
Band Pull-aparts: 3 sets of 20
Band Chest Press: 3 sets of 12
Band Row: 3 sets of 15
Band Overhead Press: 3 sets of 12
Band Deadlift: 3 sets of 12
Band Thrusters: 3 sets of 15
FOCUS ON BODYEWEIGHT TRAINING
A power tower takes up a little bit more space than the Selectabell or the resistance bands, but it’s really cool. It’s perfect if you’re wanting to focus on bodyweight exercise. It will give you everything you need to do almost any bodyweight exercise you can think of. The workout I’m going to give you here isn’t technically one piece of equipment. But the second one is literally just a pack of cards.
Assign one exercise to each suit in your deck of cards, for example:
Clubs: Hanging Knee Raises
You draw cards one by one, working your way through the whole pack. Whatever the number is, you perform that number of the exercise of the suit (6 of spades means you do 6 Pull-ups). Face cards are 10.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can include the jokers as bonus cards. This could be 5 of each exercise, a 60-second sprint, whatever you like!
Have a think about what your goals are, and make a little investment. You’ll be where you want to be in no time.