Build An Affordable Home Fitness Setup With Essentials For Less Than Rs. 25000

Build An Affordable Home Fitness Setup With Essentials For Less Than Rs. 25000

Pandemic or not, investing in a home gym is a smart choice. 

No commute, no exorbitant gym fees, no touching sweaty machines, no wasting time waiting for said sweaty machines– you get the gist.

Sure, you don’t get all the space and the bells and whistles that a fitness studio offers. 

But with just a few versatile, compact, cost-effective gym equipment, you can get a full-body workout right at home– cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises included.

So without further ado, here’s our list of home gym essentials that you can fit in a budget of Rs. 25,000.

1. Pull-up Resistance Bands

If you had to choose just one workout tool for your at-home strength training, then we’d strongly recommend these bad boys!

Pull-up bands are lightweight, portable, durable, cost-effective and one of the most versatile pieces of gym equipment out there. 

Why?

Cause when you use them, you’re working hard to stabilize yourself as you move through a range of movements thus building strength, and improving balance and mobility. 

Pull-up bands usually come as a set with varying resistance levels. So, as a beginner, you could choose the band with the least resistance and eventually move on to the higher resistance bands that’ll make your workouts more challenging.

We suggest using a lightweight band if you’re targeting your smaller muscle groups, say triceps, biceps, or rear delts, and heavyweight bands for the bigger muscle groups like your back and lower-body muscles.

Secure them under your feet for your squats, bicep curls, triceps extensions or attach the band to a doorknob (or any secure object) for your chest extensions and standing rows.

 

Benefits

  • Pull-up bands assist you in pull-ups. For instance, if you weigh 75 kg and you use a pull-up band of 25 kg resistance, then you are only pulling up 50 kg instead of your full body weight. This means you can do more reps without losing form. As a beginner, you would need more assistance and hence a heavier resistance band to bear your weight.
  • They are useful for stretching and mobility exercises. For instance, pull-aparts using resistance bands, help loosen your muscles and lower your chances of injury. 
  • Seniors, pregnant women, those with knee, shoulder, or ankle injuries – these bands are good for them all!

 Buy it: Pull-up Bands – Rs. 2299.

 2. Adjustable Dumbbells

Wanna achieve some major strength and mass goals? Dumbbells could be just the thing!

They are the perfect way to add some resistance to your isolated strength exercises including lateral raises and sit-ups and compound exercises such as lunges, and squats.

But if you’re wondering “Why adjustable dumbbells? Aren’t they more expensive?”, then let us explain.

While you might only need, say, 1 or 2 pairs of medium-weight dumbbells when you’re starting out, you will need heavier weights as you get stronger and progress in your fitness journey. (Hey, if you want to see results, you have to keep challenging yourself, right?)

Plus, the weight handling capacity of each body part is different. For instance, you could do squats with say 10 kg dumbbells, but for triceps kickbacks, you might be able to handle only a pair of 5 kg dumbbells.

 

Another constraint with a home gym is space. As you keep buying more pairs of dumbbells, you would probably need a dumbbell rack as well and all this eats up into your space.

Adjustable dumbbells might seem to be the costlier option, but in the long run, they are going to be a worthwhile addition to your home gym.

 3. Hip Bands

Want to give your booty a lil extra love? A set of hip bands – a.k.a. booty bands are sure to do the trick!

Wrap these around your thighs or below your knees during your kickbacks, bridges, squats, and lateral band walks and feel the burn in your glutes, hips, and thighs.

Benefits

  • When you wear a hip band during squats, deadlifts, etc. your glute muscles are activated 10 fold. This results in better lower-body strength and muscle gains. (Hello, strong booty!)
  • They work all your hip muscles by going through all of the motions the hip joint is capable of. This means stronger and more stable hips.
  • They help maintain your form during exercises such as deadlifts, squats, etc. as your legs are forced to stay active. This means your knees don’t push in or out and hence lower chances of injuries too.

Look for hip bands that are made of non-slip fabric so that they don’t slip or roll up during your workouts.

Buy it: Hip Band Set – Rs. 1499

 4. Ab Roller with Resistance Tubes

Wish to flaunt rock-solid abs at your next beach vacation? Then you’re gonna need an ab roller with resistance tubes!

When you use an ab roller your abdominal muscle core experiences a full range of motion. This causes your spine to stretch and contract, making it stronger and stopping your back from arching while doing so. 

This movement intensely challenges your rectus abdominus – a.k.a. your six-pack muscles.

Now combine this with the amazing benefits of resistance tubes and you’ve got yourself a killer ab machine! 

Benefits

  • Isolates and strengthen your abs, chest, shoulders, arms, back, thighs, and glutes in one exercise motion.
  • Increases your functional strength, and improves your stability and posture.
  • Great for beginners as you can return to your original position effortlessly thanks to the resistance offered by the tubes. Plus you can adjust the length of the pull rope and thus the resistance levels so that you can make your workout as easy or as tough as you want it to be. 
  • The knee pad gives you excellent grip making it easy and comfortable to perform the various exercises in kneeling, standing, and seated positions.

Use this for a variety of exercises including ab wheel planks, bird dog ab wheel rollouts, knee rollouts, shoulder presses, lateral raises, lunges, and more.

Buy it: Ab Roller with Resistance Tubes – Rs. 1800

 5. Skipping Rope

If you’re looking for a fun, affordable, and effective way to get your cardio in, then look no further than a skipping rope!

Forget about spending a fortune on a treadmill and dragging your feet on it for an hour.

Just jump rope for 15 minutes a day and burn anywhere between 300-500 calories, depending on the intensity, of course. 

And the best part – it takes up almost no space.

Benefits

  • Helps in weight loss
  • Strengthens your whole body
  • Reduces your blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and your resting heart rate
  • Increases your bone density
  • Improves your agility

..and much more!

Buy it: Spin Variable Rope (Starter) – Rs. 599.

 6. Yoga Mat

Another must-have in your home gym, a good yoga mat can make all the difference to your floor exercises, be it ab crunches, knee push-ups, or your post-workout stretch sessions.

Yoga mats give you a stable surface to work out on and help you hold your Chakrasanas or any other intense yoga poses for longer, and prevent you from slipping and hurting yourself.

While buying a yoga mat, look for ones that are

  • Dense – Should feel heavy as these types of mats won’t peel off even with repeated usage
  • Thick – Provide you adequate cushioning for your joints
  • Sticky – Should have excellent grip on all types of surfaces, so you can even take your yoga practice outdoors
  • Bacteria-resistant – Should resist sweat absorption

Buy it: Prana Yoga Mat – Rs. 1799

 7. Yoga Block

Yes, you read that right. Yoga blocks can be an awesome investment for your home gym.

For beginners, yoga blocks are useful as they can bring the ground closer to you, give you that additional support, and help you maintain balance. 

But as you advance and you try to practice a pose that is past its limits, your muscles will tense up badly and prevent you from going deeper into the pose. And this is where the yoga block comes in handy by making such poses more accessible, and facilitating strength building and balance.

So if you ever want to practice yoga asanas such as puppy pose, fish pose, or crow pose, you know what you need!

Buy it: Prana Yoga Block – Rs. 899

 8. Yoga / Pilates Ring

 If you like to mix things up with a Pilates session once in a while, then a Pilates ring could be your new BFF.

Usually around 14 inches in diameter, these “magic circles” can add resistance to your moves, increase stability and joint mobility, and sculpt, tone, and build lean muscle. 

Just squeeze these rings between your thighs, ankles, calves, arms, and palms and feel the burn!

While buying a Yoga ring, look for one that

  • Is made of metal or fiberglass and covered with rubber or foam
  • Has soft padded handles on both the inner and outer surfaces

 

 

Use a Pilates ring for exercises such as tricep press, halo ring, side-lying leg press, standing leg press, shoulder bridges, and more.

Buy it: Prana Yoga Ring – Rs. 999

 9. Adjustable Gym Bench

Want to take your weight training to the next level? An adjustable gym bench might be one of the most versatile additions to your home gym that can tone, condition, build muscle, and more!

So what makes this super cool?

With an adjustable bench you can isolate and work your muscles at different angles -i.e. your rear, front, middle, upper, and lower muscle groups. 

For instance, by increasing the incline you’re going to be recruiting more shoulder muscles and hence build your upper chest and shoulder caps. As you move towards the flat position, you would be working your middle chest, and in the decline position, your lower chest will get a good workout. 

Since you can adjust the bench to various positions, there are a whole lot of exercises that you can do, a few of them being:

  • Incline position – chest supported dumbbell rows, reverse dumbbell flyes, incline dumbbell flyes
  • Decline position – decline dumbbell bench press, decline sit-ups, decline ab crunches
  • Seated position– shoulder press, Arnold press
  • Flat position– skull crushers, concentration curls 

Since adjustable benches are usually foldable, you don’t have to worry about space constraints.

 

Price range: Rs. 3000 -5000

So, there you have it. Our list of budget home gym equipment that’ll ensure you don’t ever need to step into a gym again!

 

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