I agree that resistance bands are great. I use mine all the time. Jump rope, great pair of running shoes and high performance socks(a must) and I utilize the videos on SparkPeople for some indoor cardio and strength training. I set up my computer onto my TV and away I go. No need to buy any videos as there are plenty on this site.
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647 9/2/13 12:18 P
Resistance bands are great not only can you store them easily, but you can take them with you when you travel. They will fit nicely in your suitcase too.
This may sound strange, but what about a wii? There are a number of fitness "games" that you can get for it, including a Biggest Loser one that tracks your progress. There are also several Zumba ones for cardio and, of course, Wii Fit.
I live in a pretty small apartment and love my stability ball, yoga mat, and dumbbells. I can store them all in one small corner and can work out every muscle group using them. There are tons of free workout videos available on YouTube that use this combination.
tubes, power twister, power meter, elastic rower, Swiss ball, dumb bells, skipping rope....
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2 8/30/13 11:23 A
I own dumbbells and kettlebells. My resistance band is a nice tool too. Good results can be achieved even without equipment.
Runs are 1-2x a week, workouts are spaced between at least 3x a week.
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I own a few weight treadmill Rowing machine Exercise bike Aerobic step
The best (to me) is the treadmill
I do a 10 minute circuit using each 3 to 5 days a week.
I might add that I collected these over time
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12 8/30/13 2:55 A
Thank you very much for your answers. I ordered a set of resistance bands and a yoga mat. I might add some dumbbells later on. Resistance bands come in a bag I can easily store away and seem to be versatile enough. Now I need to find some exercise routine videos. As for my skill level I don't know if I am considered a beginner. I had done bodybuilding for 2 years about 20 years ago in my early 20s. Then I was into fitness training for another 5 years. Last year I took up a workout class doing interval training after many many years not exercising. But this is the first time I am about to do something without a coach and at home. I wasn't even aware I could do this. Then I realized that some many sparkpeople do it so I want to try it.
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847 8/29/13 12:08 P
I agree with the suggestion of resistance bands. You could do dumbbells instead (or in addition), but I agree with Jennilacey that you should adjustable ones with plates, since even if you are only able to lift light weights right now, it won't take long before you'll outgrow the little pastel ones.
I love the suggestion of the Mark Lauren book, but I have his book You Are Your Own Gym. Same basic concept--body weight strength training exercises--but not geared specifically toward women or men, just general.
As for cardio, I'm a runner, so I would say a pair of running shoes is great, but if you don't want to go that route, the ideas of a jump rope or a couple of DVDs are good ones.
Get an assortment of dvd's and you're set! You can add bands, weights, mat and anything else as you go. I don't know what level you're at but a good place to start if you're a beginner is a Leslie Sansone walking dvd. Can't go wrong . . .
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Mat, running shoes and a sturdy chair are basically all you really need. Use the chair to do dips, for balance during single leg squats, and to elevate your feet for additional challenge with push-ups( probably more stuff to, but thats what I typically use that or my coffee table for).
I also use resistance bands and kettle bells but in my opinion if you are just starting you can do so much with bodyweight exercises and really should build a base with them before targeting specific muscles with equipment.
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3,489 8/29/13 8:21 A
treadmill for me
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In my opinion you only need 2 things: -Something for cardio (jump rope, good running/walking shoes) -"Body by You" by Mark Lauren (It's a body weight strength training book geared towards women...totally awesome)
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I have a few kettlebells (2x18 lbs, 2x26 lbs, 1x35 lbs), 1 30 lb dumbbell (my newest acquisition, my BFFs mom was throwing it out), 3 resistance bands, a pullup bar and a TRX. That's it. All piled together, it probably takes up less than 0.5 sq m of floor space.
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10,636 8/29/13 8:02 A
Jump ropes are also a great addition and they take up little space. And travel well, like resistance bands. You can use a jump rope for interval training with strength exercises.
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2,489 8/29/13 7:30 A
You might as well just do bodyweight compound exercises... forget the isolation moves with dumbbells. That would be even cheaper, no equipment required... more benefits and less time consuming.
I would have never bought mine had I had a better understanding of what I was doing in the beginning; they just collect dust. Would have been better off just doing a bodyweight routine with compound exercises or getting resistance bands. At least with adjustable dumbbells, they grow with you.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/29/2013 (07:34)
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1,299 8/29/13 7:27 A
I would caution against jumping right into using "heavier" weights if you are new to strength-training. Going with the resistance bans is a good suggestion. The things about using lighter weights to begin with are they are cheap, and you can learn proper techniques before going to heavier and more advance strength-training workouts. Buying adjustable ones with plates is good, if you can afford them. It all depends on how much upfront cost you want and how much you progress into including strength-training as part of your fitness regimen. I still use my 5 and 10 pound dumb bells for warming up, instead of stretching, and have had them for years.
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2,489 8/29/13 7:17 A
If you're going to get dumbbells... get the adjustable type with plates and don't waste time with 3 lbs or 5 lbs weights... useless, a waste of time and money; I'll be frank here. A beginner benefits far more from doing compound exercises with a heavy weight over bodybuilder isolation exercises. It would require a routine 2 hours long to hit every muscle in your body doing isolation exercises that could be accomplished in 6-8 compound exercises in 30-40 minutes. Compound exercises require the use of multiple large muscles at the same time, you're going to need heavier weight. (deadlifts, squats, lunges, pull ups, pushups, bench press, OH press, rows, etc.) I would recommend instead of getting "hand weights" just start with compound bodyweight exercises.
Resistance bands are a great suggestion for a beginner gym because they are so versatile, inexpensive and the resistance can be increased. You cannot increase strength with 3 lbs and 5 lbs weights. Your handbag probably weighs about that much... and you'll have to buy a new set every time you increase your weight. They cannot be used for compound exercises either; unless you really think doing squats holding on to 10 lbs is any different from doing bodyweight squats.
Cardio is easy; there are plenty of aerobic videos you can do, mock jump rope intervals, walking/jogging/running, cycling, etc. You don't need an expensive cardio machine; save your money.
If you're going to invest in anything later on once you are committed to your strength training routine; I highly recommend a barbell, plates and bench.
I second the dumb bells and a yoga mat suggestion. That's what I use and it works for me. I run outside and do my strength training inside.
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1,299 8/29/13 3:14 A
My suggestions are:
(1) I admit this is probably not feasible, since it is too difficult to "hide" somewhere in the house when not being used. And it is expensive. But I love my Schwinn Airdyne Evolution exercise bike. There are many good exercise bikes on the market, but the Airdyne allows for both leg AND arm development. One can just use the legs or just use the arms or both. However, again, it is expensive; and you probably would not like having it in the way all the time.
(2) Get a series of dumb bells, say, from 3 lbs to 12 pounds or however many. There are many exercises you can do for both legs and arms just using simple dumb bells. You could check the SparkPeople site and also Google for Youtube videos.
(3) Finally, don't forget that walking in place, moving the arms rapidly, and really moving the legs can be beneficial in a close-in space. Maybe you could watch TV while getting in some good in-room walking.
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I like to have a yoga mat for doing ab work, a few dumbbells & kettlebells, and a small square 12-ish-inch step from "The FIRM" for butt work. Hardly takes any space, but can do these things just about anywhere. Oh, and a jump rope for torching calories quick! Good luck!!!
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12 8/29/13 2:03 A
I have limited space at home and for the time being I don't have time to join a health club. What would you advice me to have as equipment at home that would take up little space (not some machine that I would have to throw away the couch to have it fit in my living room) and allow for multiple exercises?
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