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Posted on by Scott Juchnevicius

Let's face it, part of the hassle of staying in shape is the struggle to go to the gym regularly. Bad weather and busy schedules make it hard to fight the traffic each day to get there. And on top of that, gym membership fees are very expensive over time. That's why so many people are beginning to build their own home gyms instead. To get started, there are seven pieces of exercise equipment that everyone needs.


Barbell


A barbell is good for strengthening and toning the upper body. You can use it alone, or pair it up with a set of weight plates for more resistance. The weight plates should be of all different sizes, so they can be mixed up for more variety in your workout. If you are just starting out lifting weights, go for a smaller set at first. You can always buy larger weight plates later on.


Jump Rope


Jumping rope is a great form of cardio. It burns calories and strengthens and tones the body. Besides that, it is really fun to do! A jump rope takes up barely any space, so you can tuck it away in a drawer to have it handy for whenever you need it.


Pull-up Bar


One of the best workouts for the upper body is pull-ups. They work the triceps, biceps, core, and shoulders by using a person's own weight as resistance. A pull-up bar makes this exercise a lot easier because it can be mounted on any strong wall or doorway.


Ultra Thick Yoga Mats


Yoga mats from Adrenaline Central are thicker than the common flimsy ones that so many companies sell, which means they make doing yoga or other floor exercises much more comfortable. They are also stronger, so you don't have to worry about them falling apart during a vigorous workout. You can use them alone, or set them side-by-side for a larger workout space.


Medicine Ball


Both hard and soft medicine balls are fantastic for exercises that strengthen the core. You can do bend-and-lift exercises. Or hold them in front of you for resistance while you do squats. Some people use them as a support system for sit-ups too.


Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbell Set


Dumbbell exercises that are done right will work all of the major muscle groups of the body. Since working out makes people sweat a lot, one of the main problems with using dumbbells is that you can lose your grip on them fast. Rubber-coated hex dumbbell set makes keeping your grip easier, so there is less of a risk of getting injured.


Plyo-Box


Boxes are great for step-style exercises that work the thighs, calves, and rear. Get several of them in different heights and widths that have a solid, slip-resistant structure. This will help you have more variety in your routine, and it will make your workout safer.