I remember when I first started getting into health and fitness, going to the gym was a bit embarrassing and a bit nerve racking. I felt like I didn’t really know what to do and I was afraid that everyone was looking at me. (If that sounds like you, I can assure you that most people are in their own world when they’re there and you’re free to do your thing.) Of course, I started to learn how to use different machines or try different exercises with all of the new equipment, but it took a little time and patience. Now, I rarely miss a workout and I enjoy every moments spent at the gym.
With all of that said, and as much as I love having a place outside of my home that I can go workout each day, I also get the benefit of having a home gym and I look forward to the day when I have enough space for my very own garage or basement gym, because when there’s a foot of snow on the ground, the sidewalks are icy, and the gym is closed, I can’t head outside for a run.
How do you build your own home gym? I’m so glad you asked.
You could spend your money on a few expensive pieces of equipment, if you really wanted, or you could buy just a couple necessities (a yoga mat for a little comfort when on the floor and a jump rope to get your heart rate up quickly) and then DIY a few other pieces of equipment.
DIY Medicine Ball
Medicine balls have been one of my favorite pieces of weighted equipment since the early days. From weighted Russian twists to slam balls to wall balls (squat down in front of a wall and as you pop up, throw the ball to a target height on the wall). That only skims the surface as there are a lot of ways to utilize a medicine ball in your workouts.
With that said, medicine balls can get pricey pretty quickly, so I love the idea of making my own with just a few supplies: an old deflated basketball, sand, and duct tape (I like to choose a fun color or pattern).