Having a home gym means you can exercise whenever you want - morning, noon, or night. You don't have to go anywhere, battle the weather, or fight for parking spots. There are no barriers - and there are no excuses
What equipment do you need in your gym?
You should include both strength and aerobic workout equipment. A very basic set-up for a cardiac exercise home program would include a treadmill OR elliptical trainer OR exercise bike for cardio, free weights, a yoga mat, and a tv/dvd player. A large mirror on the wall is nice to have so you can monitor your form while you exercise.
My gym (above) consists of a treadmill, bicycle mounted on an indoor training mount, aerobic step, exercise ball, yoga/pilates mat, free weights, Bodylastics, and a multi station resistance weight machine, a tv, dvd player, satellite connection, a stereo, and a variety of exercise DVDs.
Consider Free Weights
Free weights are not hugely expensive and they don't take up a lot of space. You can use them for a variety of simple exercises - see the program on our weight training page. You can get fixed weight dumbbells or adjustable sets. I prefer the fixed weight (although we have both) because I find them more comfortable to work out with, and I don't have to fuss with changing the weights. If you get fixed weight dumbbells you will want to purchase at least a small range of weights for different exercises.
You get what you pay for. Cheap home gym equipment won't perform and won't last. But, buying exercise equipment doesn't have to break the bank. If you want a cheap home gym, check local thrift shops, classifieds, yard sales, and second-hand fitness stores. The good news is that many people buy quality fitness equipment with the best intentions, and then it collects dust and they end up selling it having hardly used it. Their loss can be your gain.
My gym is a combination of new and used equipment. During my recovery I was so grateful to have a home gym - and I'm still enjoying it.