Adding equipment to home gym

I workout at home and have put together a limited but sufficient home gym.

I am content with my set of free weights, yoga mat and jump rope.

When the weather allows, I like to go for a bike ride or a run around the neighborhood. When I workout indoors, I have no trouble targeting my different muscle groups, elevating my heart rate and working my lungs. I get sweaty and breathless. Along with jumping rope, I do a lot of ab crunches, mountain climbers, squats, lunges, plank holds and burpees. For Christmas, my kids bought me an incline bench and a mini trampoline. At first, I wasn’t sure how much I’d use the new equipment. However, I’ve found that they are great additions to my home gym. In the past, I’ve had issues with hurting my back or chafing the skin from my tailbone from doing an abundance of crunches. The incline bench eliminates this problem. The bench is cushioned and comfortable. It helps to keep my body in the proper position. It also allows me to increase or decrease the level of incline and incorporate a lot of new ab exercises. Using an incline is much more strenuous than lying flat, and I’m getting more out of the effort. The mini trampoline is a lot of fun. It is a great cardio workout without hard impact. When I jump rope too often, my knees, ankles and feet hurt. I can now rest my joints but still burn a lot of calories by using the trampoline. I’ve gotten very creative with the trampoline and found all sorts of ways to focus on different muscles.


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