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Best Gym Equipment for the Home or Business – 2017 Edition

You’ve always wanted to build your own gym but never took that initiative to do all the research. Well I did. I searched all around for the best equipment to put in your own gym. It may be a personal gym, commercial gym, or a gym for your company. Whatever the reason, I have made the ultimate guide to making this gym your own and as personalized as possible. I have taken quality and price into consideration to give you the best value items for your gym.

I did not rank the items in each category. The reason being that this is an all-inclusive list, and everyone has different plans, goals, and uses for the equipment. However, I did not put any items in these lists that I do not recommend. If I came across items that I have used in the past and were good but not great, I left them out. And since prices are constantly changing, I did factor this into the value, but I did not add each price to the lists.

Without further ado, here is the list of the top products to use when building your own gym.

Dumbbells

BalanceFrom BF-D358 Dumbbell Set with Stand (20 lb set or 32 lb set)

  • Comes with 3 pairs of dumbbells (3-lb, 5-lb, and 8-lb)
  • Material is coated cast iron
  • Comes with stand

Pros:

  • Easy to set up
  • Takes up very little space, can put on a desk or table
  • Sticky grip

Cons:

  • The stand is not extremely durable
  • Limited weight options (but still great for therapy and stability training)

 

Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells 40, 50, 52.5 , 60, 105 to 200 lbs

  • Comes in your choice of 40 lb, 50 lb, 52.5 lb, 60 lb, or 105 lb
  • Cast iron weight plates
  • Plates fit standard 1.15-inch bar
  • Threaded ends with star-lock collars

Pros:

  • Easy to use and store
  • Great for personal gyms

Cons:

  • Not good for multi-person gyms, as there are only two dumbbell bars

 

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

  • Dumbbells adjust from 5 to 52.5 lb
  • 15 sets of weights all on one pair of dumbbells

Pros:

  • Quick switching of the weight plates
  • Takes up little space
  • Two year warranty

Cons:

  • Limited to 52.5 lb per dumbbell
  • Dropping the dumbbells may cause chips or breaks
  • Dumbbells must be put back in exact angle in which they were taken out (if we want to talk about first world problems here)

 

PowerBlock Elite Dumbbells

  • Your choice of 50-, 70-, and 90-pound set
  • Weight range of 5-70 lb
  • Replaces 22 different dumbbell pairs or the equivalent of 1575 lb of free weights

Pros:

  • Expansion sets make for easy weight changes
  • Takes up little space

Cons:

  • Not extremely high quality
  • Not the quickest transferring weights, as they sometimes stick together

 

Cap Barbell Rubber Hex Dumbbell Set, 150-Pound

  • Set of dumbbells (5 to 25 pounds)
  • Comes with 20-inch rack for storage
  • Made with cast iron

Pros:

  • High quality weights
  • Dumbbells similar to most public gyms

Cons:

  • Rack doesn’t fit all dumbbell pairs

 

Body Solid GDR363-RFWS Dumbbell Rack with Rubber Dumbbells

  • Pairs from 5-lbs to 50-lbs in increments of 5 (ex. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.)
  • Comes with mat and rack that fits all dumbbells
  • Cast Iron heads with steel inserts

Pros:

  • Excellent customer reviews
  • Great quality
  • Quality rack with mat

Cons:

  • Smell is pretty bad (make sure you have something to clean them right when they arrive)

 

Heavy Duty Dumbbell Set with Rack 5-70 lbs Pairs

  • Heavy duty dumbbells
  • Solid dumbbell rack
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 14 dumbbell pairs (5-70 lb)

Pros:

  • High quality and heavy duty
  • Large and stable rack with floor mat

Cons:

  • The rack is big enough for all of the weights, but they are very tightly squeezed

 

Rep Rubber Hex Dumbbells, Superior Quality with Low Odor and Fully Knurled Handle

  • Sold as a single dumbbell
  • Straight knurled handle
  • Chrome plated handle with rubber coated weights

Pros:

  • Low odor (compared to other brands)
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Fully knurled handle (as opposed to semi knurled)

Cons:

  • Handle is flat (but that’s not always a bad thing)

 

Squat racks

Yaheetech 2pcs Adjustable Rack Standard Solid Steel Squat Stands Barbell Free Press Bench

  • Carbon steel construction
  • 390 lb maximum load
  • Fully adjustable placement

Pros:

  • Sturdy and strong build
  • Adjustable placements

Cons:

  • Little bit of wiggle room in between metal and bar holders

 

Cap Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

  • Steel construction
  • Pull-up bar and adjustable barbell holder
  • Can be used for squatting or bench press
  • 300 lb limit

Pros:

  • Solid frame
  • Adjustable heights

Cons:

  • Supposed clicking sound when doing pull-ups
  • 300 lb limit

 

Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage

  • Steel frame construction
  • Pull-up bar + squat and bench rack holder
  • 800 lb weight capacity

Pros:

  • Very well built and stable
  • Multi-use
  • 800 lb capacity

Cons:

  • As long as all the hardware comes with it and there are no cracks, there aren’t any cons

 

Titan Fitness T-3 Series fold Back Power Rack 21.5″ Deep Laser Cut Wall Mount

  • Squat and barbell rack wall mount
  • Foldable to conserve space

Pros:

  • Heavy duty, well built
  • Easy installation

Cons:

  • Unknown maximum capacity

 

Merax Athletics Fitness Power Rack Olympic Cage with Lat Pull Attachment

  • Solid steel chrome construction
  • 17 variable heights for bar supports
  • Comes with cable machine for pull downs and bicep curls

Pros:

  • 3-in-1 (pull-up, barbell support, cable machine
  • Excellent quality
  • Foam utility bar to lean against

Cons:

  • Nothing

 

Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial High Capacity Olympic Power Cage With or Without Lat Pull-Down Attachment

  • Maximum of 1500 lb real weight
  • Multi grip chin up/pull up bar (max capacity 600 lb)
  • Lat pull-down attachment available

Pros:

  • Very high quality
  • Multi-use

Cons:

  • Like most of these more expensive cages, the only negative is that sometimes they will show up missing small pieces or the frame will be slightly bent or cracked. The good thing, however, is that customer service is usually very good since they don’t want a butt-load of bad customer reviews.

 

Barbell (squatting or bench press)

Sunny Threaded Solid Chrome Barbell Bar (60-Inch)

  • 60″ solid chrome steel with threaded ends
  • Accommodates weight plates with 1-inch center holes
  • Holds up to 250 lb

Pros:

  • Great for beginner-intermediate

Cons:

  • Does not fit Olympic weights
  • Only holds 250 lb

 

Titan Fitness 60″ Barbell Solid 2″ Olympic Plates Weight Bar Bench Press Chrome

  • Chrome finish 60″ bar
  • 500 lb weight capacity
  • Holds Olympic size plates

Pros:

  • Outstanding quality for the price
  • 500 pound maximum capacity

Cons:

  • Not for the expert Olympic lifter

 

Body Solid 7-Feet Olympic Bar

  • 7-foot chrome finish, Olympic bar
  • 30mm Dia at Grip, 51.5″ between collars
  • 600 lb capacity

Pros:

  • Great quality
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Slight bend using heavier weights
  • Chrome peels

 

XMark Fitness LUMBERJACK 7′ Olympic Bar, Chrome with Black Manganese Phosphate shaft, 28 mm grip

  • Black Manganese Phosphate construction
  • Pro-grip knurling
  • Brass bushings with “perfect” spin

Pros:

  • Great finish, doesn’t peel

Cons:

  • Collar does not spin freely

 

Rep Sabre Olympic Bar – 1000 lb Rated – Barbell for Cross-Training, Olympic Weightlifting, and Power Lifting

  • Zinc-coated Olympic barbell
  • Dual knurl markings (no center knurl)
  • 1000 lb maximum capacity

Pros:

  • Durable for Olympic movements
  • High customer satisfaction

Cons:

  • Nada

 

XMark Elite Series Ultimate Performance Commercial 7 ft. Olympic Bar with Needle Bearings, 1500 lb wgt capacity, Hard Chrome with Black Manganese Phosphate Shaft, 28mm grip (6 or 8 Needle Bearings)

  • Black Manganese Phosphate 28mm shaft
  • 1500 lb maximum capacity
  • Dual knurling, no center

Pros:

  • Long lasting
  • Great spin on collar

Cons:

  • Zilch

 

Collars for Barbell

Quick Release Pair of Locking 2″ Olympic Size Barbell Clamp Collar Great for Pro Training by Clout Fitness

  • Fits 2″ standard Olympic bars
  • Quick release, not easy to slide
  • Made of reinforced plastic (ABS)

Pros:

  • Excellent price and quality
  • Multiple color choices

Cons:

  • Loses grip (after A LOT of use)

 

CAP Barbell Olympic 2-Inch Spring Clip Collars, Pair

  • Comes in a pair of 2
  • Made for 2″ bars
  • Comfortable handle grips

Pros:

  • Tight grip
  • Low price

Cons:

  • When new they are very tight, when used they are very loose

 

Weight plates

CAP Barbell 2-Inch Olympic Grip Plate

  • Choice of 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 35, or 45 lb weight plate
  • Solid cast iron construction
  • Accommodates 2″ bars

Pros:

  • Durable (even the paint)
  • Easy to grip

Cons:

  • Some seem to require sanding on the inside of the hole to fit 2″ bars

 

CAP Barbell 300-Pound Olympic Set (Includes 7 Ft Bar)

  • 7 ft Olympic barbell + weights
  • 2 x 45 lb, 2 x 35 lb, 2 x 25 lb, 2 x 10 lb, and 2 x 2.5 lb weight plates
  • Spring collars are included

Pros:

  • Great for beginners
  • Good quality weights

Cons:

  • Barbell tends to bend after heavy usage
  • Would not recommend for expert lifters

 

USA Sports 300 lb. Olympic Weight Set (Black Bar)

  • 7′ Olympic black barbell + weight plates
  • 2 x 45 lb, 2 x 35 lb, 2 x 25 lb, 2 x 10 lb, 4 x 5 lb, 2 x 2.5 lb plates
  • Comes with spring collars

Pros:

  • 600 lb weight capacity
  • Great knurling
  • Precise weights

Cons:

  • Slight bend caused with weights in excess of 500 lb

 

Xark’s TEXAS STAR Olympic Plate Weight Sets (365 lbs, 295 lbs, 255 lbs, 185 lbs, 155 lbs, 115 lbs, and many MORE)

  • Rubber coated, cast iron Olympic weight set
  • 15 different set options
  • Fit 2″ bars

Pros:

  • Highly recommend by reviews
  • Precisely measured weights
  • Grips well, fits well

Cons:

  • Not one

 

CAP Barbell Premium Bumper Plates, Black, Pair

  • Your choice of 2 x 10 lb, 2 x 15 lb, 2 x 25 lb, 2 x 35 lb, 2 x 45 lb, or bundle packs
  • Cast iron core, rubber outside
  • Durable and odorless
  • Fits standard 2″ Olympic bar

Pros:

  • Droppable (hence, “bumper” plates)
  • Great for a home gym

Cons:

  • Overuse can cause splitting from center

 

Premium Color Bumper Plate Solid Rubber with Steel Insert – Great for Crossfit Workouts

  • Designed for low bounce and high durability
  • Great for Crossfit
  • Your choice of pairs (10 lb, 15 lb, 25 lb, 35 lb, 45 lb)

Pros:

  • Minimal bounce
  • Heavy duty

Cons:

  • Cons nonexistent

 

Pull-up bars

Sportneer Pull Up Bar Doorway Chin Up Pullup Bar Multi-Grip Trainer Workout for Home Gym, Holds Up to 330 lbs

  • 12 different foam grip positions
  • Holds up to 330 lb
  • Fits in door frames

Pros:

  • Well built
  • Wide range of exercises

Cons:

  • Foam grips wear out

 

Maximiza Pull Up Bar – Doorway Pullup Bar / Chinup Bar with 3 Sets of Screw-in Door-Mounts

  • Made with chrome
  • For in between door posts
  • Holds up to 300 lb

Pros:

  • Easy installation
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Foam wears from use
  • Comes loose if you don’t periodically tighten

 

50″ Wall Mounted Chin Pull Up Bar Gym Workout Fitness Home Mount Fitness 500lbs

  • 500 lb maximum weight capacity
  • Heavy weight steel construction
  • Mounted on wall

Pros:

  • Stable (no loose bolts)
  • Solid as a rock

Cons:

  • Bigger than most people expect

 

Ultimate Body Press Ceiling Mounted Pull Up Bar

  • Mounted from ceiling
  • High density foam grips

Pros:

  • Bolted to ceiling
  • Good distance from ceiling

Cons:

  • Reports of wrong brackets being shipped to customers

 

Stamina 1690 Power Tower

  • Multiple exercise stations
  • Push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, triceps dips, and more
  • Steel frame construction

Pros:

  • Free standing (no wall needed)
  • Heavy enough not to wobble while exercising

Cons:

  •   Slight wobble for heavier people or for back and forth movements (rather than up and down)

 

Body Champ Power Tower

  • Pull-ups, push-ups, triceps dips, knee-ups, leg raises
  • Heavy duty box-style cushions
  • Protective feet

Pros:

  • 4 different stations
  • Built well

Cons:

  • Make sure bolts are tight or it will shake a bit

 

Floor/mats

HemingWeigh Puzzle Exercise Mat EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles

  • Includes 6 foam tiles with border ends
  • Made from EVA foam
  • Covers 24 square feet
  • 1/2 inch thick

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Withstands at least 400 lbs

Cons:

  • Black coating rubs off after use

 

Supermats Solid Heavy Duty P.V.C. Mat for Home Gyms/Weightlifting Equipment (4-Feet x 6-Feet)

  • Tough, durable PVC material
  • Non-slip surface
  • Dampens vibration from dropping weights

Pros:

  • Won’t tear under heavy equipment
  • Flexible

Cons:

  • Thin, leaving not much padding

 

XMark Fitness XMat Ultra Thick Equipment Mat

  • Rugged equipment mat
  • 4′ x 6′; 1/2 inch thick, roughly 75 lb
  • Made of rubber

Pros:

  • Durable and tough

Cons:

  • Sheds tiny black particles

 

Cable machines

Powerline PLM180X Lat Machine

  • Free weight lat machine
  • Supports lat pull downs, triceps press downs, seated rows
  • Comes with wide-grip bar

Pros:

  • Strong frame
  • Great price for the quality

Cons:

  • Bushings seem to provide extra resistance

 

PowerLine PCCO90X Cable Crossover

  • Large diameter, high-resin top and bottom pulleys
  • 180 degree range of motion
  • Comes with (2) cable handles, (1) ankle strap
  • Chin-up handles, weight plates, and collars sold separately

Pros:

  • Smooth and quiet cables
  • Good price

Cons:

  • Tipsy if used from the side positions

 

Valor Fitness BD-61 Cable Crossover Station

  • Heavy duty steel
  • Multi-grip pull-up station
  • Lower and upper pulley station
  • 17 adjustable positions on each side

Pros:

  • Sturdy and doesn’t shake much
  • Smooth-actions pulleys

Cons:

  • Weight must be evenly distributed on main pulley
  • Cheap pulleys (but still hold up)

 

Body Solid Pro Clubline Cable Crossover

  • 12 different pulley positions
  • 180 degree pivoting pulleys
  • (2) 160 lb weight stacks

Pros:

  • Two separate stations
  • Very stable

Cons:

  • Heavy, which means it may be difficult to get the shipment into residential houses

 

XMark Functional Trainer Cable Machine with Dual 200 lb Weight Stacks, 19 Adjustments, and Accessory Package, XM-7626 (Gray or White)

  • (2) 200 lb weight stacks on each side
  • 19 different settings for the pulleys
  • Includes pull-up, chin-up bars

Pros:

  • Commercial quality
  • Upgradeable to 800 lb weight stacks

Cons:

  • None

 

XMark Fitness Triple Chrome Plated Cable Machine Attachments, Precision-Engineered Forged Steel Construction, Diamond Knurl-Textured Rubber Grips

  • Sold in 5 different bundles
  • Rows, pull-downs, single arm, press-downs, and triangle grip
  • Triple chrome plated and polished

Pros:

  • Metal built for heavy loads

Cons:

  •  Sub-par grips

 

Dip bars

Yaheetech Heavy Duty Dip Stand Parallel Bar Bicep Triceps Home Gym Dipping Station Dip Bar/Power Tower

  • Weight capacity 500 lb
  • Knurled to reduce slipping
  • Made from iron

Pros:

  • Strong product for the size

Cons:

  • No cross bar at top to keep bars tight and stable

 

Wacces Heavy Duty Functional Fitness Station Stabilizer Dip Bar

  • Your choice of black, orange, pink, red, or yellow
  • Supports up to 400 lb
  • Customizable width
Pros:
  • Simple to use
  • Portable
Cons:
  • Base is narrow

 

Ultimate Body Press Dip Bar Fitness Station

  • 3 feet tall (good for users up to 6’5″)
  • Supports 350 lb
  • Good for rows as well as dips

Pros:

  • Easy assembly

Cons:

  • Less stable than others

 

The Original Lebert Fitness Equalizer

  • Supports up to 400 lb
  • Good for dips, rows, incline/decline push-ups
Pros:
  • Portable, stackable, storable
  • Customizable width
  • Stable (for those who have decent core strength)
  • Personal favorite
Cons:
  • Unstable (for those with poor core strength)

 

Ainfox Power Tower Strength Training Fitness Equipment Standing Pull Up Bar Gym Office

  • Made of oblate reinforced steel frame
  • Pull-up bar + triceps dip station
  • Adjustable height

Pros:

  • 550 lb max capacity (ehh, I’d say more like 350 to be safe)
  • Easy assembly

Cons:

  • Slight wobbly without mat

 

GoBeast Pull Up & Dip Station, Portable Steel Power Tower, Includes Carry Bag, Requires No Tools, Workout Inside or Out, Improve Core Stability With Body-weight workouts

  • Max user weight 240 lb
  • Adjustable to use it as a pull-up bar

Pros:

  • Quick setup and takedown
  • Easily adjust from dips to pull-ups
  • Light weight (portable)

Cons:

  • Non-curved pull-up bar
  • Slight wobble for pull-ups
  • Max weight only 240 lb

 

Treadmills

Merax JK1603E Easy Assembly Folding Electric Treadmill Motorized Running Machine

  • Foldable
  • Low noise motor
  • Multi-function display

Pros:

  • Excellent quality
  • Very cheap

Cons:

  • Skinny width

 

AW 1100W Folding Electric Treadmill Portable Power Motorized Machine Running Jogging Gym Exercise Fitness

  • LCD display
  • Transportable and storable
  • Weight limit 220 lb

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Good quality

Cons:

  • No incline

 

Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill

  • Foldable
  • 9 built-in programs
  • 3 levels of incline

Pros:

  • Great quality
  • Easy functions and control

Cons:

  • Sub-par durability

 

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill

  • Fold-up treadmill
  • Two-position incline
  • Comfortable cushioning

Pros:

  • Saves space
  • Thin/easy to fold up

Cons:

  • Loud

 

NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill

  • MP3 plugin
  • 20 built-in settings
  • Incline up to 10%

Pros:

  • 300 lb maximum weight
  • Quiet

Cons:

  • Delivery and set-up seems to be the real buggers

 

Nautilus 618 Treadmill

  • Heart rate chest strap, speakers, soft drop deck system, USB port included
  • 350 lb load capacity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 26 programs

Pros:

  • Excellent quality
  • Comfortable walk/run (floor)

Cons:

  • Expensive

Bike machines

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike

  • 13 display feedbacks
  • Goal tracking and data export
  • 29 programs, 4 user settings
  • Charging USB port

Pros:

  • Simple assembly with good instructions
  • Low noise
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Customer service

 

Schwinn MY16 230 Recumbent Bike

  • 20 different levels of resistance
  • USB port
  • 22 preset exercise programs

Pros:

  • Good quality, durability, and tracking systems
  • Smooth ride

Cons:

  • Only allows for 2 profiles

 

Innova XBR450 Folding Upright Bike with Backrest and iPad/Android Tablet Holder

  • Folds for easy storage
  • Weight capacity 250 lb
  • Dual flywheels with multi crank

Pros:

  • Seat adjusts horizontally and vertically
  • Quick assembly

Cons:

  • Lower durability

 

Exerpeutic WORKFIT 1000 Desk Station Folding Semi-Recumbent Exercise Bike

  • Folds up for storage
  • 8 levels of tension
  • 300 lb weight capacity

Pros:

  • Get work done while working out
  • Sturdy

Cons:

  • Starts making squeaking noises after decent amount of use (easy fix: tighten screws/bolts)

 

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse

  • 8 different workout levels
  • 300 lb weight capacity
  • 5’3″ – 6’1″ users

Pros:

  • Folds up to save room
  • Comfortable
  • Very durable (besides pedals)

Cons:

  • Pedals are cheap quality

 

Resistance bands

Resistance Bands Set, Koncle Exercise Bands, Fitness Bands Include 5 Exercise Bands, Door Anchor, Foam Handles, Ankle Straps and Waterproof Carrying Case, for Resistance Training , Sports & Outdoors

  • 11 pieces (5 bands)
  • Anti-snap tube technology
  • D-ring buckles

Pros:

  • Very high rated reviews
  • Low “snap” rate

Cons:

  • None

 

Resistance Band Set – 5 Stackable Exercise Bands – Free Waterproof Carrying Case comes with Door Anchor Attachment, Legs Ankle Straps & Exercise Guide – Anti Snap – 100% Life Time Guarantee

  • Comes with 5 bands
  • Maximum equivalent of 150 lb
  • 4 exercise guide e-books

Pros:

  • Quality grips and attachments
  • Bands clearly labeled

Cons:

  •  Ankle straps are weak and unattach
  • Wears and tears quicker than others

 

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band

  • Produces up to 75 lb
  • Includes 5 different band resistance levels
  • Soft grip handles and metal clipping system

Pros:

  • Good quality
  • Free replacements (to a point)

Cons:

  • Bands for only 90 days of use
  • Breakage

 

Resistance Bands – 11pc Set – With Door Anchor & Ankle Strap for Legs Workout & Carry Case – Heavy Duty Anti-Snap Technology – Bonus 20 Fat Burning Workouts Ebook

  • Anti-snap resistance band technology
  • 11 piece pro grade set
  • Multi-clip system for every fitness level

Pros:

  • Low price
  • Quality attachments

Cons:

  • Will snap after a lot of use (just like most other brands)

 

Reehut Single Resistance Band, Exercise Tube – With Door Anchor and Manual

  • Your choice of 2-4 lb, 4-6 lb, 10-12 lb, 15-20 lb, 25-30 lb, 30-35 lb, 45-50 lb, 70-75 lb bands
  • Eco-friendly natural latex
  • Comes with soft grip handles, door anchor, starter guide, and carrying case

Pros:

  • Your choice of resistance
  • Max resistance of 75 lb

Cons:

  • Handles snap

 

Muscle rollers

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller with Free Online Instructional Videos, Original (13-inch)

  • Patented design for superior, multi-density exterior construction over a rigid, hollow core
  • For athletes, therapists, coaches, trainers
  • Improved flexibility

Pros:

  • Very difficult to break down
  • Your choice of 4 colors
  • Variety of textures

Cons:

  • Only 13-inches long

 

j/fit 36″ Basic White Foam Roller

  • Soft, comfortable support
  • Full foam roller, 36 inches long

Pros:

  • Firm
  • Full foam roller (not just half)

Cons:

  • Wears down quicker than the previous product

 

Lacrosse Massage Ball :: Therapy Yoga Roller Balls for Deep Tissue, Trigger Point & Mayofascial Release :: Premium Quality Lacrosse Style Rubber Balls Best for Back & Foot Massage

  • Lacrosse balls to roll out tight muscles
  • Made of heavy-duty, high quality rubber
  • Used for sports physiotherapy, myofascial treatment, sports and more

Pros:

  • Comes with 3 balls
  • Excellent quality, durability, and customer service

Cons:

  • The only con is that there are no cons

Mirrors

Large Simple Rectangular Streamlined 1 Inch Beveled Wall Mirror | Premium Silver Backed Rectangle Mirrored Glass Panel Vanity, Bedroom, or Bathroom Hangs Horizontal & Vertical Frameless (24″W x 36″H)

  • Safe and easy install
  • Your choice of 4 different sizes
  • Exceptional quality mirrors

Pros:

  • A+ review rating
  • Slim and sleek

Cons:

  • None

 

Fab Glass and Mirror GM48x60 Activity Mirror Kit for Gym & Dance with Safety Backing, 48″ x 60″

  • Choose from 5 choices of sizes
  • Flat polished edge
  • DIY easy install mirror kit

Pros:

  • Great quality
  • Clear

Cons:

  • Shatterable (duh, it’s a mirror)

 

Troy System Rectangle Mira Safe Gym Mirror Kit, 1/4″ Thick Single Pack, 72″ L x 36″ L

  • Flat polish mirror
  • 72″ x 36″
  • Chrome finish

Pros:

  • Quality

Cons:

  • Shipping time a tad bit longer

 

Speakers

We already have a page dedicated to this. Check out our list of the best speakers to put in your gym here.


 

TVs

Samsung Electronics UN50MU6300 50-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

  • Your choice of 40″, 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″, or 75″ TV
  • 4k resolution
  • Smooth action on fast-moving content (motion rate: 120)

Pros:

  • Fantastic picture quality

Cons:

  • Software updates and issues

 

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

  • 4k ultra HD picture quality
  • Roku smart tv
  • Your choice of 43″, 49″, 55″, or 65″

Pros:

  • Superb picture

Cons:

  • Software issues

Extras

TRX Training – Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor, Complete Full Body Workouts Kit for Home and on the Road

  • All inclusive package
  • Full-body trainer
  • Travel-size

Pros:

  • Quick, easy setup
  • Extreme durability

Cons:

  • Extra weight needed for intermediate-expert lifters

 

Jump Rope – Premium Quality – Best for Boxing MMA Fitness Training – Speed – Adjustable – Survival and Cross – Sold By FMS International Authorized Seller

  • Easy measuring and setup jump rope
  • Beginner, intermediate, and expert
  • Smooth air travel

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Light-weight

Cons:

  • Fasteners come off if not tightened
  • Stings on impact with skin (but hey, it’s good for us, right?)

 

More Extras

Yoga blocks


 

Yoga Mat


 

Medicine Balls


 

Ab roller


 

Yoga Ball


 

Kettlebells


 

 

If you have made it this far, I applaud you. I hope this helps you on your venture to creating the best gym possible.

Fitness easier.

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13 Ways to Turn Fitness into Money in 2017

If you are like me, an athlete with a lot of fitness knowledge, and are looking for ways to make money, you’ve come to the right place. I will show you how to turn your fitness knowledge into money.

I hope I am not repeating what others have already said a million times. I tried to come up with a unique list and truly hope I can help some of you earn some extra cash from your fitness and athletic experiences.

 

The Obvious

Personal trainer

This is one that I know is on most lists online. I figured that I couldn’t leave it out, though, since it is really a viable option for a lot of you. It does usually require training, especially if you want to be really, really successful (and I want you to be really, really successful). The average salary for a full-time personal trainer is about $50,000, and the more experienced and higher-end trainers can earn in the triple digits.

Training requirements will vary. Possible training and education needed in: nutrition, exercise physiology, kinesiology, injury prevention/healing, and others for more specific skill areas. If you have previous fitness experience, though, why not turn that into money?

Open a gym

This has been a dream of mine for years now. I love the idea of opening a gym, but the more I research it, the more I realize that it is quite a ways away. There are so many different options you can choose for locations, equipment, target market, size, and so on.

Looking at what a lot of other companies have done, it doesn’t make much sense for me to calculate the total price for you. I can tell you a range for what it might cost, but don’t get mad if it’s not as crystal clear as you would have liked.

Entrepreneur says that it can cost anywhere from $10,000-50,000 to open your own gym business. However, I have to think that this is on the much lower side. A $10,000 gym is basically an old warehouse that was given to you for free by your long lost relatives with hay bales as weights and a cornfield as the treadmill. Okay, maybe not that bad, but seriously, pretty close.

I would estimate that to make a profitable gym business, it will cost anywhere from $50,000-1,000,000. Now, I’m not saying this is out of pocket, but just realize that the investment of equipment and buildings that go into this are enormous, and you should not go into it light-hearted.

If you want to start, I’ve made some build your own gym lists. I’ll be writing up more of these in the coming months, so subscribe on the sidebar to be notified when those are published.

Speakers to Put in Your Gym

Dumbbell Sets to Put in Your Gym

Running Machines to Put in our Gym

Open a store 

Brick and mortars are failing, or at least compared to e-commerce stores. So, an e-commerce store is an option, but they are not easy. Here are some things you will have to decide before getting into the online shopping industry:

Distribution: Will you order the items before putting them for sale online or will you drop-ship? Drop-shipping is a safer route in most cases, because if you fail, you won’t have useless piles of inventory (but why start if you plan to fail, right?). Another downside to drop-shipping is that you have no way to quality inspect the products before they head out. You have to leave it up to the wholesalers, which I do not trust. And don’t even get me started with return shipping. Trust me, it is a pain.

Shipping is also not cheap, especially for a new company just starting out. This makes it difficult for new businesses because shipping non-bulk orders can drain the profit very quickly.

Niche: Finding your specific product area is critical to being successful in most cases. In some cases, if you are new to a certain market, being broad is okay. But I never recommend being broad. For example, if you are selling a new long-sleeve workout shirt, don’t just advertise as a long-sleeve workout shirt. Advertise as a long-sleeve workout shirt for athletes who want to lose sweat during workouts -OR- for guys who want to look fashionable while working out -OR- for girls who want to stay warm working out in the winter…etc. Be specific and be clear.

Competitive advantage: How will you stick out from your competitors? I have seen a lot of people who thought they could start an online clothing store. They bought a website, made a cheap design, looked on a wholesale website for a product, and started selling…or at least tried to start selling.

Their product was different from their competitors, but it was not better. Anyone can make a store that is different, but not everyone can make a store that is better. How will your store be better?

Start a website

This one goes along with the last idea, except there is so much more you can do here. You can blog, make videos, sell physical products/ebooks/training courses, and the choices are nearly endless. Just remember, if you decide this path, what makes you better than all of the rest of your competitors? Try GoDaddy, 1&1, Inmotion Hosting, or IX Hosting to begin. There’s a lot of tutorials on YouTube and such to learn how to make an excellent website.

 

The Not-so Obvious

Run competitions/contests/sports leagues

This can be fun and rewarding financially. It takes management and organizational skills to run smoothly and profitably. Here’s an example:

Bob wants to create a flag football league. Bob lives in an area near many colleges, so most of the college students are playing for the college’s intramural league. However, he notices that the graduated college students don’t have anywhere to play since they are out of school now.

“Perfect,” Bob says. Now that Bob has found a general location and target market, he just needs to crunch the numbers and see if there is profit.

Cost:

Football field rental = $30/hr (public park field) 180/week or 1800/season
Equipment (football, flags, cones) = $300
Referees = $20/game x2 = $50/game or 200/week or 2000/season

Revenue:

Team fees = $500/team (10 teams) = $5000

Profit:

$900/league

Remember, this is for only one league. If you want to manage more than one league (7 v. 7, 6 v. 6, co-ed, etc.), your profit will only increase from there. This is over 10 weeks, so $900 over 10 weeks is an extra $90 per week. $1800 is $180/wk, $2700 is $270/wk, and so on.

Ref sports games

There are leagues all over the place. Bigger cities are usually better since there are more teams and games going on. The great thing about this one is that the league doesn’t even have to be profitable for you to make money refereeing. You can referee for a non-profit organization and still make cash.

Looking on Indeed, refs usually make anywhere from $15-30 for flag football games. Youth and high school hockey refereeing tops out around $90/game. Organized high school and college games are usually the highest paying for non-professional level.

Create a sports drink (that tastes good AND is actually healthy)

Not to name anybody in particular (Powerade and Gatorade), but the big name sports drinks on the market today are not very good for you. They sure taste good, but the satisfaction of sugar in them outweighs the negatives. Yes, you are getting a little bit of electrolyte intake, which is critical for athletes, but why so much sugar? I usually drink these when I’m not working out because they are “healthier” than soda (or “pop” as we call it in Minnesota), but I may as well be drinking a Mountain Dew. Most popular sports drinks have about 21 grams of sugar per bottle, whereas popular soda drinks carry about 70+ grams of sugar. I’m not too worried about the calories because sugar is the thing that really drains athletes.

So this brings me to my point. If you are experimental and want to make a million/billion/trillion dollars, create a sports drink that athletes can feel good about drinking. Make something that will taste as good, if not better, than the popular brands out there, and make it without any of the added crud (sugar, artificial flavors/colors, sucralose, and more).

Create a training program

Not easy, but sure profitable if successful. You also are forced to get into shape in the process of creating the training program. Most successful programs are run by trusted sources.

P90X was created by Tony Horton, who had connections with 20th Century Fox. His clientele included Usher, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty. He also worked as an actor and comedian, giving him the perfect fit for the P90X role.

Jeff Cavaliere, creator of Athlean-X, didn’t just come from nowhere either. Before creating his workout program, he worked as a Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength Training Coach for the New York Mets. He used that name to advertise his program and launch it into success.

In all of these popular workout programs, there is a face to the program. Someone who people recognize and trust. After all, customers are trusting them with their body image, which is very important these days.

Learn how to become unforgettable and become the new Tony Horton and Jeff Cavaliere:

Run a class

Go onto the YMCA or local gym website and see if they are hiring for class teachers. You obviously must know what you are doing before teaching, but if you have already taken classes for say, yoga, you know more than most people do.

Most likely, these places are going to pay hourly wage. I recommend starting at a gym, and then bringing the classes into your home or rent a place to hold them. This way you can earn a bigger piece of the pie, and you can run the class how you want.

Here’s a great way to learn how to teach yoga:

Create a product

If you have a great idea, start making a prototype. Once the prototype is complete, use it for a month and see how it holds up and if it would be worth paying for. Then find any flaws in the design and fix them. After flaws are fixed, locate your target market and ask them if they would spend money on your item. Actually let them use it if you want.

Once you are ready to start producing, you have to decide between a few options. You can produce the product yourself (very time consuming and expensive if you don’t have the materials and machines), find a manufacturer (usually you have to go out of country to find cheaper manufacturers), or sell the idea to a company (be careful not to give your idea to anyone until you know you can trust them).

Become a brand ambassador

There are lots of small companies out there who are looking for ways to advertise their business. If you are a well-known person in an area, find someone who sells clothing locally and ask if you can be a brand ambassador.

You can utilize YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook to advertise for them. Remember, the better job you do for them, the better chance you will get paid more and find better promotional jobs. You may have to go out and advertise yourself. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t pay well at first, big money takes time. This is a great way to stay fit and make cash at the same time.

 

The More Obscure

Create gyms for people

Like I said, these are obscure ideas to turning your fitness goals into money. I think this is a great idea for someone who has been around the block a few times. If you know, or get to know, the industry and the pricing, find someone who needs gym equipment. Whether they are looking for a personal gym in their basement or are starting a local gym, you can help them find what they need. After getting their products ordered, set it up for them. Make them do as little work as possible. To turn it into money, work with the client to an agreed upon price. I would recommend a commission based on how much product you order and set up, or you could also work by the hour.

Start a hiking/camping service

What better way to make money then to spend a weekend camping? If you run it by yourself, you could be in for a big payday. Bring 15 people into the mountains for a weekend and charge $100/person. That’s $1500 in one weekend. Bring only five people, and that’s still $500 for a weekend.

Make sure you know the areas very well and are First Aid certified; liability can be an issue if you are not prepared.

Learn how to lead an expedition:

If you really want to turn fitness into money, it will take hard work. I really hope people aren’t looking at this list and wishing for an easy way to make bank. Making bank takes time and hard work. The harder you work and the better fitness experience you have, the quicker it will turn into money for you.

Is Eating Cereal a Good Idea? – Best and Worst Breakfast Choices

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I think is, “What’s for breakfast?” Breakfast is, or course, the most important meal of the day. There is some truth to that. Maybe even more truth than we think.

Some people believe that not eating breakfast will help with weight loss. Others, such as training athletes, believe eating Read more

My Journey to Find the Best Beverage to Drink as an Athlete – My Findings…

I keep hearing about how bad Powerade really is for me. We as consumers are always shown that Powerade and Gatorade are the best sports drinks and that they are the best fuel replenishers for us as athletes. Well I have finally decided to do some research on this topic. I’ll be looking at what is really in these drinks and how bad or good they really are. I will also do the unthinkable, and compare these sports drinks to soda.

The first drink I will be looking at is a very common and popular soda drank throughout the U.S., Mountain Dew.

Mountain Dew Label

Notice that sugar count. I’m not too worried about the calories or sodium, because obviously a sports drink will have more sodium than pop to replenish our salts.  Carbs don’t bother me either. Now let’s look at Powerade’s label.

Powerade label

This is a 12 oz. (355 ml) bottle, so it is the same size as the Mountain Dew can above. The Mountain Dew bottle had 46 g of sugars, Powerade has 21 g. And note that Powerade bottles are usually bigger than soda cans. A regular size Powerade bottle has 34 g of sugar. Just 12 g less than Mountain Dew. That alone should scare you.

Now remember, the ultimate goal of Powerade is to replenish carbs, vitamins and minerals, and electrolytes. But is drinking all of that sugar really worth it or should we switch to something else. Before we decide (actually I’ll let you decide for yourself), let’s take a look as some other sports drinks.

Gatorade Label

First realize that this is a 20 oz. bottle of Gatorade. The other labels were for 12 oz. bottles, so Gatorade does seem to have a bit less sugar than Powerade, but the difference is not by much.

Vitamin Water Label

I think most nutritionists will agree that Vitamin Water is not healthy. Although it does include some vitamins and minerals, there is just too much sugar and sweeteners that are added. These drinks, along with Powerade, Gatorade, and any other “sports drink” are especially bad to drink for non-athletes because of the calorie and carbohydrate intake. Drinking these without fitness activity can cause fat gain.

Aspire label
Aspire Sports Beverage Label

Out of any sports drink, this one might be towards the top of the list. Aspire is a smaller company that has just recently had their sports drink line gain popularity. Sugars are at 8 g, less than half of what is in most other 12 oz. drinks. The downside to this sports drink is that (as I have personally drank some of these during athletic events) they don’t taste very good. Soda is good to drink with a cheeseburger, pizza, or pretty much any time. Powerade tastes not quite as good, but is still drinkable with a good dinner or snack.




The problem is that the drinks, like Aspire, that are more healthy (more like less unhealthy) for us just don’t taste good. So, as a general rule, the more sugar the better the taste. Not in all cases, but in most. So that led me on a journey to find a sports drink that tasted good and that I wouldn’t feel bad about drinking.

What did I find? Not much…

I first looked at protein shakes. They are obviously more popular in the weight room rather than the basketball court or football field, but I am keeping an open mind. I actually found some claims that were contrary to my prior beliefs.

Take this Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein…

Whey Protein Isolate Label Gold Standard
Whey Protein Isolate Gold Standard (Double Rich Chocolate) Label

The first thing that pops out to me (and I’m sure most of you) is the protein: 24 g. The sugar is extremely low, sodium is high (usually good), and everything else seems to check out. What I realized here is that I don’t even usually check the labels on protein powders. The very first thing I do when checking to see if protein powders are healthy or not is the ingredients. I have compiled a list of ingredients you want to stay away from as much as possible:

-Artificial sweeteners
-Gluten
-Glucose, sucralose
-Milk solids/powders
-Soy
-Casein
-Dextrins/Maltodextrin

And actually as I researched more, the more findings I found that a ton of protein in the form of powder isn’t always even the best, or good in general. What we as athletes are looking for in a sports drink (yes, even for weightlifting) is a little bit of protein and a lot of carbohydrates. That was very surprising to me because I was always told that eating carbohydrates before athletic events will lead to the best outcome because it gives us energy.

The fact of the matter is that building muscle is possible without protein. And not to mention, protein powder isn’t something that you will want to be drinking on a regular basis throughout the day. It is usually just a one time thing.

So now we know what not to look for, but what do we want in a sports drink?

No specific ingredients, but a good mix of the following:

-Vitamins
-Minerals
-Protein
-Electrolytes
-Carbohydrates (depending on the circumstance)

PowerBar Recovery Label
PowerBar Recovery

This PowerBar is known to simply taste terrible. It contains 90 calories, three grams or protein, and 10g of sugar in a scoop. It supports muscle recovery and repair, rapid re-hydration, and speeds glycogen restoration. I made my mind up when I found out that it tastes bad.

Muscle Milk
Muscle Milk

Muscle Milk widely known throughout the U.S. and weightlifting community. In fact, it is in most gas stations and convenience stores. However, it contains soy lecithin, maltodextrin, milk protien, and too many artificial flavors and oils.




After searching for hours and hours, I finally found some drinks that tasted at least alright, and were mostly healthy…

Pur Pak - Active Lifestyle Supplement
Pur Pak – Active Lifestyle Supplement

 

Emergen-C Vitamin C Dietary Supplement (click to buy)

 

And the Winner is (which I do drink on a regular basis)…

 

Power Paks – Electrolyte Stamina (click to buy)

I will say that I am still looking for something that I get excited to see no matter the time of day or scenario. The previous are mostly healthy for you, but still don’t have that taste or Powerade, soda, or Gatorade. Who knows, maybe I’ll start producing my own line of drinks some day.

 

10 Best Snack Ideas Before and After Working Out – Or Anytime!

I’m always hungry. I’ll eat a pizza, then two hours later I’ll be craving some more. Or worse, I’ll be craving some cookies or brownies that my grandma just dropped off. The worst is when you work out early in the morning, so the whole rest of the day you are scrounging the cupboards and pantry for anything that will satisfy your craving.

Let’s get to that list. I won’t say that all of these are super healthy, but for the most part they shouldn’t be too bad for you.

1) Granola Bars

I know, these are pretty obvious, but I just really wanted to share some of my favorites. And yes, obviously I like peanut butter so I apologize if you have a peanut allergy)
-Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Dipps

-Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars – Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate

-Clif Crunch – Granola Bar – Chocolate Peanut Butter

 

2) Boiled eggs 

I like to eat eggs in the morning, but eating them throughout the day is a big hunger quencher (is that a saying?) and is healthy for you as well.

 

3) Raisins

Not everyone likes raisins, but if you do, they are clean to eat and easy to carry around.

 

4) Protein (Peanut Butter) Cookies

These might be my favorite option for a snack if I had to choose one. It obviously tastes better if you include sugar and such, but they are still good with something like chocolate or peanut butter in them.

 

5) Protein Brownies (I know, it’s similar, but not the same)

Just look at that picture. Oh my. I’m hungry now. I’ll be back in a minute.

 

6) Trail Mix

Oh yes, reminds me of boy scouts. Actually, now that I think of it, boy scouts was not a good time for me, so let’s not talk about that. But hey, eating Trail Mix is a great time for me!

 

7) Fruit
Fruit is always a good option. I like apples and peanut butter. You can also do bananas and peanut butter. Pears are good as well. Kiwi is a less popular one, but I always enjoy a good kiwi.

List of the Best Speakers to Put in Your Gym – Build Your Own Gym

Who doesn’t want their own gym? If you are building one for yourself or for a business, we can help make the shopping process easier. We have compiled a list of the top gym speaker choices to put in your gym! Some want large speaker systems with multiple speakers to fill large weight rooms, others want small portable gym speakers just large enough to fill a home gym. We gave you a wide selection here to choose from. We also have other “build your own gym” articles here if you are interested:

List of the Best Gym Equipment for Your Own Gym (includes dumbbells, squat racks, barbells, pull-up bars, TVs, and much more!)

 

AudioFlow BigSound Ultra Loud 15 Watts

Product Description: This Ultra Loud BigSound is equipped with two 7.5 Watt Active Drivers as well as a Deep Bass Passive Subwoofer. The 3000mAh rechargeable battery allows 8+ hours of non-stop music playing. Make hands free calls with the built in microphone. Connect to this speaker system with 4.0 connectivity, allowing control from your Bluetooth enabled devices. The speaker allows you to be 30 feet away from the device and still be able to connect.

Pros:
-Small and easy to carry around
-Loud speaker for the size
-Clear sound

Cons:
-Not big enough to create studio like sound


 

Bose 802 Speaker Public Address PA System for Gymnasiums, Arenas and Stadiums

Product Description: Yeah, if you are thinking about this one, you are not messing around. This is a monster step up from the last speaker. This is the real deal. It comes with (4) Bose Panaray 802 Series IV Loudspeakers, (2) Bose MB4 Modular Bass Loudspeakers, (1) Bose ControlSpace SP-24 Sound Processor, (1) Crown XLS2502 Power Amplifier, (2) Bose SB-8 Flying Brackets and (3) Pure Resonance Audio UC1S Ultra-Clear Dynamic Vocal Microphones. Wow. The system itself is very simple and easy to use, designed to eliminate the confusion of selecting individual components. All setups are simplified, and everything works together in harmony.

Pros:
-Get that great Bose sound
-Simple design
-Easy to use for how complicated most speaker systems can be

Cons:
-Expensive
-Space needed to place all speakers and systems (although, the speakers themselves are not very big)


 

LyxPro Spa-8 – 8″ Compact Portable PA System

Product Description: And now the hot seller. This powerful 100W Active PA System comes in at 14 pounds. It has an 8″ Woofer, power split: 70-Watt LF and 30-Watt HF. The MP3 section is with Bluetooth, also including an SD card slot and USB input with Onboard Intuitive Music Controls and EQ. Top features include: flexible inputs, reliable output, enough power for smart music controls and quality audio reproduction. The SPA-8 is a powered PA system, which leaves no mixers or heavy pieces of equipment lying around, including power amps.

Pros:
-All-in-one PA system
-Quick set-up

Cons:
-Sound quality falls under other bigger systems
-Bass system lacks


Spiderman Workout Program


 

PYLE Street Blaster PBMSPG100 Rugged and Portable Bluetooth Wireless BoomBox

Product Description: This high output speaker system works with any Bluetooth device (iPhone, Android, Smartphone, iPad, Tablet, MP3 player, PC, etc.). It comes with a built-in digital amp and rechargeable battery. It was designed with portability in mind, weighing in at 21 pounds. Battery life can last up to four hours. Control your bass, treble, echo, volume microphone and guitar levels.

Pros:
-Great volume
-Good Bluetooth range
-Lots of inputs
-Very portable

Cons:
-Sound comes out sides, not front
-Battery life of 4 hours
-Bass not super big


 

Orb Audio Mini 5.1 Plus – Metallic Black Gloss

Product Description: The Orb Audio Mini 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System will work great for a gym. It includes six award winning Orb Audio Mod1X Speakers, one Orb Audio subMINI powered subwoofer, and all wiring required to connect the speakers and subwoofer to your speaker system. As it states in its description, it doubles as an audiophile grade stereo system for music listening. It has a high-end surround speaker system, and has the ability to upgrade in the future.

Pros:
-Surround sound included
-Good quality for the price
-Finish on speakers

Cons:
-Additional sound system needed to plug-in system


 

Acoustic Audio AA5170 Home Theatre 5.1 Bluetooth Speaker System 700W with Powered Sub


Product Description: This is probably the best bang for your buck here. It has a 700 Watt power rating. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity, SD card, flash drive MP3 player and FM tuner. There are five discrete independent channel input/output for true surround sound. A nice touch added to it with plug and play connections. The magnetically shielded speakers have computerized enclosure design.

Pros:
-Excellent value for the price
-Decent bass system
-Clear sound, good volume

Cons:
-Short cables
-Purely run by remote control

10 Ways to Get Motivated to Go to the Gym and Workout

The hardest part about working out for me is actually getting to the gym. It is very difficult sometimes to convince myself to get motivation to get there. Once I have started it is not as hard to keep going. I have compiled a list to help you (and myself) to get pumped up and motivated to go to the gym and workout.

These are great for old, young, boy, and girls. Here’s the list:

 

1) If you are new and don’t have a workout routine, it is pretty difficult to go and just try things. You don’t want to look like the newbie in the gym and look like you have no idea what you are doing. If this is you, there is a ton of workouts on the internet that can help you find what you are looking for. If you don’t want to go far to find one, you can also try out some of our most famous workouts:
15 Minute Daily Workout Routine – High Intensity Full Body
Ab and Core Workout – Great for Building a Strong Core and Six Pack
Four Day Gym Plan – Full Body Workout Plan
Two Day Workout Plan – Actually Get Ripped Only Working Out Twice a Week
Resistance Band Workout – List of Full Body Workouts
Four Day Home Workout – No Weights! – Build Muscle at Home

 

2) Get in a habit. As I read more and more about motivation, whether it be for doing homework, chores, or working out, the more I learn about habits. Forming habits is a mysterious art form. The cool thing habits is that they have never and will never go out of style. No matter how much technology we create or how much we advance, the habits we make will still be as crucial as they have ever been. So how long does it take to develop a new habit and how do you do so? It has been “known” for many years that 21 days is the length of time it takes to get rid of and develop a new habit. New science, however, has been coming up with new conclusions.

Long story short, a study was written about by Bustle discussing the theory of the 21 days, and they say they have debunked it. After reading about the study, I agree with the claims they have made. They studied 96 people over 12 weeks and found that the average time it took for the participant to reach automaticity in their new habit was 66 days. 66. Not 21. They did note that each participant was different and that 66 was simply the mean of the study. I think we can safely say 21 days is a little short. Read the full story here: How Long Does It Take to Develop a New Habit? 66 Days, Says Science (Or, Debunking the 21 Day Myth).

So how do you form habits? While each person is different and has gone through different experiences in life, I can’t tell you specifically how to do it, but here’s a list of actions you can take:

-Make goals (This book explains how to do this very well: Success Is Not an Accident: Change Your Choices; Change Your Life)
-Get rid of excuses
-Read this book: HABIT FORMING
-Eliminate Negativity (How to Achieve Success and Happiness: Increase your mind power, overcome negativity, achieve your goals, and live your dreams in record time (SUCCESS 101))
-Avoid useless and energy draining activities and focus on your habitual activities
-No more “Screw it” moments. Stay committed

 

3) Eat (AND DRINK) healthier. As I stated in my post Habits That are Probably Hurting Your Workout Routine, drinking water and maintaining your nutrients throughout the day is very important. Not just before, during, and after we workout, but all day long. If you are at the office, be sure to always have a water bottle handy. Take drinks every five minutes or so. You may find yourself in the bathroom more often, but maintaining liquids will keep your body healthy and feeling good.

 

4) Switch up your workout routine. Doing the same thing over and over can get very boring. If you are trying to stay in shape just to stay in shape, this will be very easy to switch up your workout routine because there is so much information out there for you to use. If you need some ideas on how to do so, these might get your brain moving in the right direction:
-Try resistance bands (Resistance Band Workout – List of Full Body Workouts)
-Do different variations of your workouts
-Use kettlebells
-Join a local gym program (high intensity, course training)
-Workout outside once or twice a week (unless it’s winter in Minnesota, like me…)

 

5) Listen to music. Ok, I know this sounds extremely obvious, but even the slightest change can make a huge difference. Not only listening to or switching up your playlist, but also other tweaks such as the clothes you wear. Or maybe bring a different pair of shoes to the gym. Just switch it up a bit so it is not the same old thing everyday.

 

6) Think positively. This may sound alien to some of you. In fact, I’m sure it is alien to a lot of you based on a lot of your guys’ words and actions. There have been many studies, books, and straight up speculations about positivity. The end result has always been the same: positive. Being negative to yourself has never been found to help anyone. Giving yourself positive criticism and motivation can go a long way, especially when you are slumping in the working out department.

 

7) Bring a friend. Who doesn’t like a good friend to bring along to workout with? Ok, it’s not always the best when they slow you down or are negative, but what if they pushed you and were positive. Try pushing them and being positive, it will rub off after a while, trust me.

Go into it telling them to push you. They’ll probably ask you to do the same. Results can be incredible with a team of two or more working out together. Not everyone likes working out with others, but some thrive off of the energy that others bring to them.

 

8) Think about the end result. Remember why you are working out. Maybe it is because you want to break the state scoring record in basketball. Or maybe you are doing it for your girl/boyfriend or spouse. Perhaps you just need to relieve some stress. Oh, no, I know! You want to be able to go to the beach and and barely be able to take your shirt off because it’s so tight. Whatever your reason, remember the end result you want to have.

 

9) Make goals. This was explained a little bit earlier in the article. I just want to emphasize this. Make goals that are measurable, detailed, and difficult enough but still achievable. Sit down right now and make these goals. Don’t procrastinate. Review these goals daily, right when you wake up in the morning or before you go workout.

 

10) Don’t sleep in. I don’t know your work schedule. I don’t know if you are married and have kids or not. I don’t know if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Who knows, maybe you keep telling yourself you don’t have time and you are just looking for an excuse to not workout. I won’t give you that excuse. I realize some people are up late working, doing homework, and/or putting the kids to bed. Either way, waking up early gives you more time during the day to achieve success. You may not be an early riser, but neither was I until I forced myself to get up in the morning.

I searched and searched for something on the internet telling me how to wake up earlier so I could get stuff done. I didn’t find anything that helped. One day I said, “You are getting up now, and you are going to the gym…NOW. I felt a lot more relieved of any stress I had, and it cleared up time later in the day that I could use for other things like friends, family, and working on projects. You should really try it sometime, it does wonders.

 

Don’t overthink it. Obviously there’s a reason why you are reading this. Maybe you are in a workout slump and just can’t find the right formula to make it in to the gym. Here’s the truth: sometimes there really is no formula. There’s no secret pill you can take. There’s no friend that will make you go to the gym. Sometimes you just have to go because you know you should. You have to force yourself to. If none of these work for you, then you need to hear the hard truth: you don’t want to get in shape. I know it doesn’t always sound the nicest, but we all have our weaknesses, and sometimes you just have to push through them and not make excuses.

Body-Solid GSCL360 Leverage Squat Calf Machine Review

Everyone wants to squat better! At least I think. Here is a great way to do so. The Body-Solid GSCL360 Leverage Squat and Calf Machine is a fantastic way to build that muscle and tone up those legs, while still keeping that beautiful form of yours.




The Leverage Squat and Calf Machine is meant to be able to keep your back straight while squatting. It gets your mind off stabilizing the barbell on top of you, and it makes you focus primarily on just lifting with your legs.

Product Description: The machine comes with durafirm shoulder pads to help keep the shoulders stay comfortable throughout the movements. The foot plate is angled at 20 degrees for ideal squatting form.

This machine is great for strengthening and toning your glutes, thighs, calves, and lower back. Safety is ensured with this machine with the spring loaded safety lock. The great and most surprising fact about this machine is that it is durable and reliable enough for a big-time gym, but also it will fit in most houses. Squat more than 800 lbs with this bad boy, safely!

What people have to say:

“…absolutely no back pain. It helps put you in the exact perfect position.. Not only is this great for squat but also for calves and shrugs.. Extremely durable.”

“…it does have some shortcomings and nuisance issues that decrease its potential value. While I find the angled platform great for reducing knee stress, it’s a little too narrow in my opinion and I am taking the entire width up while wishing for the ability to take a slightly wider stance.”

“This is a very sturdy and easy to assemble.”

“The starting position sucks. I’m around average height at 6 feet and I have to crouch down to get into position. They should’ve made it so it has adjustable lock out heights.”

Our Final Take:
It is a great machine to build muscle galore in your legs, butt, calves, and lower back. It does not, however, work the stabilizer muscles used in normal squatting. The good thing is that it is easy on the knees and there is less chance of injuring yourself using it.

Buy it here, if you’d like:

Body Solid GSCL360 Leverage Squat Calf Machine

Adidas Performance Adipower Weightlifting Trainer Shoe – Review

Everyone needs a good squatting shoe, right? These Adidas powerlifting shoes might be perfect for you, or not. I don’t know. You decide.

If you like shoes, you might like these:
-Inov-8 Men’s Terraclaw 250 Trail Running Shoe
Inov-8 Men’s Terraclaw 250 Trail Running Shoe – Review

Product Description: These Performance Adipower shoes are the foundation for your body when lifting. They support you with the Strong Structure Chassis Design. It combines a support structure in the heel with a secure strap in the instep. They are highly breathable, and are also a stable foundation, allowing you to get the barbell up and overhead.

Our quote: Not much bad to say about these. Most all reviews are positive and enthusiastic about these powerlifting shoes.

Pros:
-Durable, stable, well-built
-Makes most barbell lifts easier
-Lives up to reputation
-Lighter than other lifting shoes

Cons:

-A little pricey, depending on your tastes

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Samsung Gear Fit Smart Watch – Review

As gadgets get more and more popular, we as consumers have more and more options to choose from. There are so many out there now, and I am here to help you with the decision. If you would like to compare this Samsung Gear Fit with other smartwatch reviews, here is a couple to start with:

FitBit Charge HR Wireless Wristband

FitBit Charge HR Wireless Wristband – Review

StarryBay SW-08-01 Sweatproof Smart Watch for iPhone and Android

StarryBay SW-08-1 Sweatproof Smart Watch for iPhone and Android – Review

The first thing I think you will notice is the unique design to this smartwatch. It has more of a horizontal look to it, and it doesn’t have much height. The colors and screen are have a very attractive look to them, and it does fit the wrist very well.

The watch is water resistant as well as dust resistant. There is a Personal Fitness Motivator in its programming to help motivate you to achieve your goals.

Some of its main and most impressive features:
-24/7 wearable (always on tracking keeps track of your activities throughout the day
-Personal Fitness Motivator
-Basic controls, such as but not limited to rejecting calls with messages, send quick replies, and controlling alarms
-Notifications: emails, SMS, incoming calls, 3rd party apps

Pros:
-Design and operating system definitely a positive
-Easy to learn
-Wearable all day
-Updates as you work out

Cons:
-A little thicker than future models might be
-There are a few cases of glitching/freezing

Buy it here:
Samsung Gear Fit Smartwatch