It’s not easy to cut the cord with big box gyms, expensive crossfit boxes, or boutique studios that don’t give you the freedom to craft your own workouts. Building a garage gym would allow us the freedom to eliminate the monthly costs of gym memberships, and customize the equipment we need to the workouts we enjoy. Many of us want to build our own garage gym, but either don’t know where to start, or are afraid the costs will be too great.
With T25 having exploded in popularity this past decade, it’s no wonder that it remains one of the most sought after at home exercise programs on the market. The 25 minute, no-break, no-nonsense HIIT workouts are great ways to shed pounds, build lean muscle, and get in the best shape of your life. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to exercise, but wants to get in phenomenal shape.
Before I got into many of the home workout programs I’ve reviewed on this site, I was a runner. I continue to be a runner even as I continue to do the programs like P90X3 and T25. I find that running is the perfect way to keep my cardio endurance up, and it helps with keeping up with the cardio and core work that is required from many of the at home workouts I do. I have been experimenting with running belts, and the Flipbelt and Spibelt are the two best products I’ve found to keep my hydrating and gels with me on my runs. While they both have redeeming qualities (I actually use both still), there are a few key differen
Finding a space to dedicate to your home gym can be difficult. Basements get used for storage and many times, the ceilings can be too low which limits your ability to have full range of motion for your workouts. Many people try to use their main living area for workouts, but find that they have to move equipment in and out, which leads to fewer and fewer workouts over time.
You can go to just about any box store or major online retailer and find a scale that will give you your weight and, if you spend a few extra bucks, body mass. In order to track your progress or see if all your workouts are paying off, you need to manually track your numbers which can be time consuming and something that is easier to forget to actually do. That’s why we were excited to get our hands on a few of the best smart scales on the market, like the popular Fitbit Aria, Nokia Body+, and Weight Gurus Smart Scale.
One thing I’ve been getting into lately are grip trainers to improve not just my grip strength, but my overall strength as well. Another benefit I’ve found from grip strength training is that improving grip goes a long way at building up the strength of tendons and will actually prevent many injuries. Despite being very simple devices, I’ve found that some grip trainers are quick to break down and become weaker over time. That’s why I tested four of the most popular grip trainers on the market to figure out which one is is worth your investment.