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If you are searching for workout routines to loose weight, muscle building workouts, fitness equipment reviews or information about products then you are in the right place.

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I started this blog so I could write about the workout routines I personally do at home so that others could benefit from it. It has now grown in to a site where I also do reviews on equipment that you would need to build out a home gym. I’ll cover the different sections below so you can easily navigate to the area that interests you the most.

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Best Workout Videos By Beachbody

beachbody-dvds-homeI have been doing beachbody programs since the first release of P90x in 2003. It was an intense 90 minute program that would kick your butt into shape. I did it for years but eventually it became too time consuming.

Since, then beachbody has launched several other 25-30 minute workouts that are effective but fit into anyones busy schedule.

Here are a few of the popular workouts to choose from.

You will find an assortment of cardio programs, pilates, yoga, strength building routines that you can choose from now. Read my Beachbody Workout Reviews to get more information about the programs you can do.
You can also look at their stream workout video product which lets you get access to all the workouts rather than just purchasing one workout dvd.

Next I’ll introduce you to the various fitness equipment that you will want to consider purchasing over time to be able to do your workouts from home.

Common Home Gym Fitness Equipment

Adjustable Dumbbells

home-dumbbellsOwning a pair of adjustable dumbbells should be high on your list.  They are one of the most versatile pieces of gym equipment you can own that you can do the most exercises with. There really isn’t a body part that you cannot focus on with them.  You can use them for bench press, shoulder press, bicep curls, squats, lunges dumbbell and the list just goes on.

They also work perfect for doing online workout dvd programs you can buy as most of them will want you to use them.  You basically need to figure out how much weight you will want to use in your workout routines and then work into the price range you want to be at to buy the right dumbbell set.  You can read my  adjustable dumbbell reviews that will walk you through the different types of dumbbells out there. You can read about the most popular Bowflex SelectTech 552 dumbbell set if you want to jump straight to it if you don't care about all the other types out there.

Adjustable Weight Benches

adjustable-weight-benches-homeHaving an adjustable workout bench is hands down the 2nd most important piece of equipment that I would recommend buying for any at home workouts that you are doing. You can do body weight exercises with it like step ups, plyometric jumps and of course you can do those with dumbbells if need be.

With the adjustable bench you can do flat bench, incline bench press and decline bench press opening up a wide range of shoulder and chest exercises.

You literally can use the bench in almost all your exercises. There are several type of adjustable workout benches to choose from that offer more angles, some have more weight capacity, some are higher off the ground and others have better padding.

You can read in detail about my research in this article adjustable weight bench reviews to find out the detail you need to buy one.

300lb Olympic Weight Set

olympic-weight-sets-homeThe next logic piece of fitness equipment that I would recommend is to buy a 300 pound olympic weight set for those of you that are serious about bench press, squat, dead lifts, curls, hang cleans, cross-fit and other strength lifting exercises that require free weights.

I know this will not be for everyone but these are in disposable when anyone who has high schoolers training for their specific sport, it’s great for power lifters, cross fit athletes, college athletes and of course if you just like to lifting weight barbells and the big olympic weights like I do. Read my guide on Olympic weight set reviews to learn what the most popular brands are to buy.

You can do all the regular exercises targeting your whole body but it just comes with a different type of resistance than dumbbells or body weight type of exercises. It’s a bit more traditional but straight up still works and that is why it is still around today.

Power Racks

power-racks-homeNo this one is definitely option but man if you have the room for it, you can literally make a ton of use for it. Anyone doing the P90x3 workout who does pull-ups all the time will love to have one of these.

The price range of a power rack can range from $89 - $1500. I have a lower end model that I just wanted to use for my beachbody workouts to do chin-ups, pull-ups and band resistance exercises on that works perfect. The Fitness Reality 810 XLT is a perfect choice to start with.

Now there are others that you will want to have more upgrades on that allow you to do squats, bench press with spot bars, some have lat-pull down attachments, dip attachments and knee raise options to work your abs.

I list out the various options in my power rack reviews that can get you started on what you can purchase for your own use.

All Purpose Home Gyms

all-purpose-home-gymsNow this is for those of you who like to do circuit type of training where you go from 1 exercise to the next to get a quick all purpose body workout. These type of gyms come as one whole unit and offer all the regular type of exercises in a compact space.

A great example of that is the famous Bowflex Home Gyms. They have been around for years and are the perfect solution for those who do not want to deal with a bunch of equipment lying around, who don’t want to use free weights and who want to tone up while not making it overly complicated. You can look here at the Best Bowflex Home Gym models to find out if this is some that would work out for you.

Another option is to check out Best functional trainers which offer cable cross overs, pull up bars and lat pull downs.

Hopefully this gives you some great starting points in researching what is the best home gym equipment you can buy to make working out at home fun and effective. If you have any questions please shoot me an email or comment on the fitness equipment review page so I can get back to you.

I hope you have at least found a starting point in find the fitness equipment you need to build your own home gym or to do your workouts at home. Working out at home saves a ton of money over gym memberships and it is easy to fit it in since you don't have any travel time.

I would encourage everyone to not wait until tomorrow to get started to get in shape. Right now is the best time to start. Keep is simple starting out so you don't give up and stick with it. Nobody gets in shape over night. The people that do are the ones that do it consistently even during the times they don't feel like it.

Feel free to hit me up with any question you might have or direction you might need in your next workout!

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