Between your gym membership and supplements, chances are you're spending a good amount of money each month already. But remember, when you invest in fitness, it is an investment in living a healthier lifestyle. These six items are definite must haves for anyone who takes their fitness goals seriously!
The food scale is going to be your best friend when it comes to counting macros. It will help you keep track of exactly how much you are eating and will make it easier to measure your macros (protein, carbs, and fat), and your total calories. These scales typically cost around $20.
Doorway Pull-Up Bar
Pull-ups are one of the best exercises for building a wide back. A good, basic pull up bar should only cost around $20 – $30. You don't need anything fancy with a bunch of different grips. Just make sure you purchase one that can handle your bodyweight.
The ability to perform pull-ups at home will add a whole new level to your at-home workouts, and if bodyweight pull-ups aren’t challenging enough, you can intensity them by holding a dumbbell between your feet. The pull-up bar can also be used for ab exercises such as hanging leg raises, L sits, hanging windmills, and windshield wipers.
If you're going to spend money on an ab machine, buy an ab wheel. We've all seen those commercials selling weird ab machines that never give any results. Don't fall for those, because a basic ab roller should only cost around $10, and will provide much better results.
If you’ve never used an ab roller before, you may need to start off slow to build your core strength. What I mean is, you can set yourself up so that the wheel stops at a wall to shorten the range of motion (see video below). But once you become strong enough, you will be able to not only roll forward, but to the sides as well, or even start from a standing position. You can also find ab wheels that have foot straps so you can perform pikes as well.
The resistance band is the most versatile piece of fitness equipment there is. It’s almost like a portable cable crossover machine. You'll usually pay around $20 – $30 for a pack of bands with different levels of resistance.
You can simulate a wide variety of exercises with resistance bands, and they're also great to use for warming up before training.
The foam roller is a great tool to help massage tight muscles, and to help you recover faster from muscle soreness. To foam roll, start at the top of the muscle and roll down until you find a tight spot. Hold the roller there for about 30 seconds, then move on. The price of foam rollers depends on the size, but they're usually around $10 – $25.
There are all kinds of fancy workout journals out there, but a simple notebook will do. Nobody can remember every set and repetition for every workout, but a workout log will help you easily keep track. Also, because you're writing down your sets and reps each week, you can easily look back to see if you are progressing.
There you have it, my top six pieces of affordable fitness equipment. They're bound to help you live a healthier lifestyle, and make even more gains!
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