At-home fitness essentials

While you may think a trip to the apartment fitness centre or a gym membership is necessary to keeping your trim physique, you can also utilize your apartment space to get a quick workout in. With so many at-home fitness options available, working out at home will save you time, money and will allow you to enjoy working out in your own space. For those who want to start exercising at home, we at Williams and McDaniel Property Management have put together some items that will make it easier to exercise in your apartment.

Something Heavy

Barbells, kettlebells, sandbags and even water bottles can be used for strength training purposes to increase and challenge the body’s muscles and connective tissue. The ‘Breaking Muscle’s’ The Right Tool for the Right Job: Kettlebell, Dumbbell, or Barbell article examines which variations work best for you.  When it comes to selecting equipment, make sure that you take its adaptability into consideration and that it is the appropriate weight for your fitness level. This will help you avoid any injuries and/or purchasing equipment you’ll likely use once. It is best to choose a piece of equipment that can do a variety of different jobs versus one specialized function. When selecting dumbbells, it is best to choose ones that are hex-shaped with black rubber coating, which last the longest and are the most comfortable for working out. Medicine Balls are also great for plyometric exercises and strengthening your core muscles.


Something to Step On

A workout bench or Plyo-Box can be used for far more than stepping, as it can also be incorporated into seated variations of presses, extensions and weight curls. Make sure the one you purchase is strong and solid enough to support your weight as well as the weight of heavy objects you’re using for your workout. Both workout benches and Plyo-Boxes are more versatile than they appear and to get you started on exercises that you can do with them, visit the ‘ExRx’ Plyometrics and Power Exercises: Instruction and Movement Analysis article. If you’re looking for another way to get your heart pumping, investing in a jump rope is an inexpensive, yet equally effective solution.


Something to Hang From

Pull-up bars are often an overlooked exercise item, but the effects of fitting them into your workout will definitely show. There are countless gymnastic exercises in addition to pull-ups, which you can practice with a pull-bar installed in a doorway of your apartment. With a wide variety of pull-up bars available from distributors like Amazon at reasonable prices, there is no reason you shouldn’t have one in your at-home fitness area.

Always Add

While these three groups of items will get your started, there are a variety of other items like mats, rings and a stereo system to motivate you that can be added to your apartment as time goes on.


It is also important to take advantage of your fitness space, which means using the floors, walls and everything else to complete your handstand push-ups, planks and other abdominal and full-body exercises that you wish to complete.

While many of our communities offer fully equipped fitness centres to help our residents stay fit, you’ll find that workouts become even easier when you can do strength training at home. With so many types of equipment and items available, we at Williams and McDaniel want to get you started with simple equipment that you’re sure to use.


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