With the explosion of races like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, people are getting off the treadmill and finding new ways to combine cardio and strength training into their at home workouts. Even if you’re not training for a race, and just want to add a great full body burn to any of your other at home workouts, finding the best vertical climber machine could be just want you need to elevate your routine!
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.
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.
At home fitness doesn’t require you to track heart rate, but with the explosion of wearable technology like the Apple Watch, Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin, it’s easier than ever to track the intensity of your workouts and truly see which workouts give you the best sweat! We’ve reviewed many on the top fitness trackers on the market and identified some key features you should be looking for in a great piece of wearable technology.
Balance discs and BOSU balls are both designed to improve stability, flexibility, and add variety to your workouts. Both products are made of rubber and are filled with air, creating an unstable surface. These stability trainers can be incorporated into your workouts, or to daily habits like sitting or standing and engage your stabilizer muscles. Both products are effective, but the BOSU ball offers more stability and is a better-made product that you should have as a tool in your home fitness arsenal.
The Pro-Grade Chin-up Bar for P90X is the second door frame pull up bar I have purchased, and I can say that paying the extra money is worth it for the fact that this bar will not break or warp like some of the cheaper options you can find online. My first one cost around $25-$30 and had cheap foam grips and a simpler design than the P90X pull up bar (the one made by Beachbody). The grips on my first pull up bar tore off after a few weeks, and the crossbar began to bend, which pretty much meant the end of that pull up bar.