This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included fitness equipment as compensation.
Over 6 years ago, I ditched my gym membership.
Initially, it was because I was put on modified bed rest while pregnant with my kids. I thought I’d start my membership up again once they were born and I was given the ok to workout from my doctor.
But I never did and I don’t really miss it.
Over the years, I’ve accumulated a pretty nice home gym set up in my basement. There’s nothing fancy about my gym. My basement is unfinished with some really horrible wood paneling that needs to be ripped out one of these days. It’s bare bones fitness. I like to think of myself as Rocky. Remember when he went back to the basics when he fought Ivan Drago in Rocky IV? That’s totally me in my gym.
At least in my mind.
My basement gym has what I need to run, cross train and strength train. What more could you ask for?
When weighing the benefits of working out at home versus a gym membership, to me three things stand out.
It’s convenient. You guys know that I like to workout in the early morning. Most gyms near me open up too late to fit with my family’s schedule. Or having to wake up extra, extra early to hop in the car to drive to the gym turns me off too. With my gym right in my basement I can get my sweat on no matter what time it is. And I don’t have to worry about the weather closing the gym or making it treacherous to drive there.
You can wear, do and listen/watch whatever you want. It’s your gym – there’s no need to wear matching clothes or worry about the stares you get as you rock out to T-Swift. Your gym is truly, the no judgement zone.
It’s cheap. Some gyms are quite pricey. Setting up your own home gym doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg (a very toned and muscular arm and leg at that). There are lots of great home fitness equipment options on the market at very affordable prices.
Did you know Kohl’s carries fitness equipment? Yeah, me neither! I was recently sent four pieces of fitness equipment from Kohl’s that are going to help me crush my fitness goals in 2017.
ProForm Easy Strider Elliptical – I love the Elliptical for cross training. It’s a great exercise that mimics running without any impact. Perfect for days when I want to give my bones and joints a break from pounding the pavement. Even if you don’t, the Elliptical is a great piece of equipment for almost anyone to use. Priced at under $450, this model of elliptical has features of brands that are $799 or more, you can’t beat that for an at home piece of fitness equipment.
ProForm Desk X-Bike Exercise Bike – Can you guess what I’m using right now as I type this? Yup, it’s this bike! Cycling is another great form of cross training for runners if you keep the cadence up. I love the back support of a recumbent bike and the bonus of adding the desk is perfect for keeping an active while I “sit” at the computer to write. The whole bike even folds up and is on wheels for space saving purposes. Perfect for tucking away in an office.
Stamina Magnetic Rowing Machine – To be completely honest, rowing machines aren’t my thing. I know they are a killer workout but I tend to get sea sick on it. I’ve been trying to incorporate more rowing into my workouts as a way to, hopefully, rid myself the sea sickness and because I know it’s a great exercise for your total body. The Stamina is a great, affordable, space saving option. It folds up and can easily be stored in a closet or behind another piece of equipment to clear some space.
BackTrac Back Massager – The BackTrac looks intimidating but actually feels quite amazing. It’s like the knobby ball that I use to roll out my feet daily but for my whole back. It’s intense but it helps to relax muscle tension, improve spinal joint mobility, relieve tender trigger points and gently stretch your spine.
If you are looking to build up your home fitness gym, take a look at Kohl’s. There’s every piece of cardio equipment you could want at a variety of price points. There’s also weights, yoga mats, stretching/recovery tools for your hard worked muscles and so much more. And of course, there’s workout clothes!
I would love to be a 6 days a week runner but my body just can’t handle it. Instead, 4-5 days of running with 2 days of cross training seems to work best. The addition of three new pieces of cardio equipment to my home gym gives me no excuse for slacking on cross training from running. And my new BackTrac Back Massager will help with my spinal mobility so I don’t end up in the chiropractor every week like I did in early 2016.
Do you workout out at home?
What are your home gym essentials?
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