Small in-home exercise equipment may add variety and challenge to your exercise program. Determining what equipment to purchase for your in-home use, however, takes a little detective work. To assist this due diligence research, consider the following four guidelines.
•Ask yourself if you have a viable location to store the small equipment so that it is readily accessible for your use.
•The equipment, such as steps, dumbbells, resistive tubing, stability balls, should be stored in a safe environment and returned it to storage space easily. For example, resistive tubing should not be stored in a box with heavy dumbbells where it may tear; stability balls should not be stored where punctures are possible.
•Do not permit small children and pets to play with equipment. Most small equipment is not particularly safe for children or pets, but additionally, you want to keep it in good condition.
•Once you have access to the equipment, you want it to be simple to set up and break down. It should only take 5-10 minutes to set up and break down circuit stations with small equipment. If it takes much longer than that, you are unlikely to use the equipment at all.
•Small equipment lasts longer when easily stored. Plus, you will know exactly where it is so you may grab it and get busy working out.
•Determining if the equipment is usable for your purposes is also critical. For example, if you are working on stability and have yet to stabilize on terra firma, purchasing a stability ball may be premature. Instead, a more usable purchase might be resistive tubing which may be tethered and used to encourage core stability from the floor.
•Does the equipment include instructions for proper set up, use and break down of the equipment? If not, unless you are currently utilizing the same equipment with a certified, qualified personal trainer or group exercise instructor, and have mastered the use of that same equipment, you might want to delay purchasing until you have done so.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.