Posted on July 06 2018
In the years I have spent putting together a home gym, I have acquired some good tools that are frugal and sore easily. These are kettlebells, free weights, and resistance bands. all of these tools cost me less than $10 each and because they are so low cost, I have been able to acquire several different types of each kind to truly tailor my workout. if you are new to your fitness journey or you're just wondering how you can use these tools to make your workouts more challenging, here is my intro to kettlebells, free weights and resistance bands.
What They Are: Kettlebells are a single weighted round free weight that has a handle on the top. They come in sizes as small as 5 pounds and I have seen them up to 45, but I am sure they go higher.
The Benefits of Using Kettlebells:
Since kettlebells contain a handle and are a single weight they lend themselves to all kinds of great exercises that traditional free weights don’t. They are great for making squats more challenging, for doing rotations with the abs and for building muscle in arms. I also find they are very easy to use because the grip is good.
Some Exercises You Can do With Them:
Almost anything you can think of can be made more challenging with a kettlebell. I have even seen people grip two kettlebells on the floor and do planks or push ups with them. If you are looking for some great beginning exercises with kettlebells, here are 6 Simple Kettlebell Exercises You Can Do in 20 Minutes.
What They Are: ‘Free weights’ is a broad term to describe weights that are not attached to machines like the ones in the gym. The category includes weights such as barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells. Barbells can be adjusted with plates and pins and kettlebells and barbells are one weight, but come in different sizes.
The Benefits of Using Free Weights:
There are many benefits to using free weights in your strength training regimen. They come in many sizes from 1 lb all the way up to 75 pounds and higher for dumbbells and kettlebells, and barbells can be adjusted to hundreds of pounds. Since they are not a part of a machine, many people love them because you are allowed more freedom of movement. This freedom can be dangerous, however, as you need to use slow movements and train properly as to not injure yourself.
Some Exercises You Can Do With Them:
I like to use dumbbells and have a couple of sets of them. Even just a simple 5 pound weight can present a challenge at first and as you continue.You don’t have to stick with bicep curls, either! I suggest doing some basic moves with this post on How to Use Dumbbells to Kick Up Your Workout Routine.
What They Are: Resistance bands are made of a stretchy material you use for resistance in strength training, making your body weight exercises more challenging. In a lot of ways, they are a large rubber band. They come in a variety of styles such as a large piece of rubbery material you tie together or a type that has handles attached. They are incredibly easy to store and are completely portable so they lend themselves to fitness on the go. I like to take them traveling because they take up virtually no room in my bags.
The Benefits to Using Resistance Bands:Resistance bands are low cost and you can use them for any variety of exercises from squats to situps to add more of a challenge to your routine. They also allow you to use your body and the band as it’s own strength trainer. You can use them alone or with other equipment such as weights. They are great for all levels of fitness.
Some Exercises You Can Do With Them: I have done many different exercises with resistance bands through my fitness journey and they are one of the most useful to get right away if you are thinking of building a home gym in a small space. Get started using them with this post on Simple Ways to Use Resistance Bands.