What is an essential piece of equipment for a home gym?

What is an essential piece of equipment for a home gym?

We have been getting a lot of questions lately about what is an essential piece of gym equipment when putting together a home gym.  Through my experience people really tend to over think fitness in general and they also think they need the newest toy to reach their fitness goals- this is not the case. There is a reason why certain pieces of equipment are found in every gym.

Hands down the best piece of exercise equipment for a home gym is adjustable dumbbells. Dumbbells are one of the most versatile pieces in a gym and they take up very little space! Dumbbells can be used to work any muscles group in the entire body.  Resistance training with dumbbells has become a popular form of fitness for people of all ages and abilities. It is an important part of any fitness routine as it helps to improve muscular strength, endurance, and overall health. Resistance training also provides many other benefits that can help improve your quality of life.

Resistance training is an effective way to build muscle strength and endurance. Exercising with free weights such as dumbbells helps to increase the size and strength of muscles by forcing them to contract against resistance provided by the weight. This type of exercise also increases your metabolic rate, which in turn can help you burn more calories throughout the day even when at rest. Additionally, regular resistance training can improve bone density and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis later in life.

The benefits of resistance training include better sleep, better mood and more energy.

Here is an example of a full body home workout using just dumbbells:

Squat Shoulder Press

Floor Chest Press

Single Arm Dumbbell Row

Alternating Reverse Lunges

Plank Row

Perform 12-15 repetitions of each exercise with a 30 second break between movements. Repeat 4-6 times and you will hit every major muscle group in your body in just 20 minutes! If  you are looking for something more detailed to cater to your fitness goals I can promise you that 90% of the time all you need is dumbbells and motivation.

Keep you workouts simple, work hard and you will be surprised at what you can accomplish with just adjustable dumbbells in your home gym.

By Brett Kirkland


Do you do program development?

We certainly do! You can either purchase programs or book personal training sessions and be given your workout at the end of the session.

What amenities do you have?

We have free parking, showers, sweat/shower towels, wifi and toiletries.

What is your cancellation policy?

 If you need to reschedule a session, no worries at all! Just give us a 24 hour heads up and you will not be charged for your workout.

What should I eat before a workout?

 Ideally, you should have some form of fuel in your system before you workout. Eating an easily digested carbohydrate an hour or so before you come to the studio ensures that you’ll have enough energy in the tank to get through your workout. Fruit is always a great option if you are concerned about getting an upset stomach. But once again everyone is different so experiment with what works best for you.

How quickly will I see the results from my training?

Most likely you will start to feel better before you really see the results. We always remind clients to celebrate everything along their fitness journey- whether it is lifting a heavier weight, recruiting the proper muscle groups or dropping/gaining inches. The more consistent you stay to your workout and nutrition plan the quicker you will see physical results.

What is the best diet for weight loss/weight gain?

There is no magic pill or diet. At the end of the day it is a very simple equation and that is calories in vs. calories out. If you would like to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories than you are burning. If you are looking to put on weight you want to eat more calories than you are burning. 

Best gyms Edmonton?

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Best personal trainers in Edmonton?

All of our trainers are fully certified and have the knowledge to help you reach your goals. We are so confident that you will love our team that our first training is always free. We will literally put our money with our mouth to prove to you that we are what you are looking for.

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You’ve come to the right place. Zone 105 is a private personal training studio and our only goal is for you to crush yours.

When does weight loss start to show?

That is a loaded question but weight loss comes down to a simple equation – calories in vs. calories out. If you eat less calories than you burn you should lose weight. Unfortunately sometimes the scale can be stubborn but your body composition will change. That is why we always recommend that you take measurements to also track your progress.

Best Fitness studio?

We are a private personal training studio located centrally in Edmonton.  All of our clients in the gym can only work out when they are with their trainer so you will never have to deal with a busy, public gym.