After months of dealing with Covid-19, gyms are starting to open slowly around the country. More people then ever before started working out from home during this time period. Forbes reported two items purchased most often during the pandemic have been bread machines and gym equipment. From a consumer standpoint, it’s often difficult to know what exercise products are best options for a home gym. Hopefully, this article will shed some light on that question and more.
What Home Workout Equipment People are Buying Most Often
ResearchAndMarkets.com recently published an article on the state of the health and wellness industry. During the coronavirus lockdown, fitness equipment sales jumped by 170%. The equipment mentioned in their report were more big ticket items though like treadmills, rowing machines and bikes. To put this in better perspective, online sales of fitness equipment from last year rose 70% from February to March. As a year to year comparison, sales increased 535% during the same period this year, according to Adobe Analytics.
The numbers below represent how much of an increase home exercise equipment has risen from 2019 through 2020 according to ZDNet. This is a good starting point in terms of possible products to purchase depending on someones needs and space requirements.
Equipment Sales Increase 2019 vs. 2020
Weight Plates 1355%
Pull Up Bar 640%
Barbells & Attachments 355%
Power Racks & Smith Machines 315%
Equipment Mats & Flooring 300%
Weight Storage 285%
Push Up Stands 200%
According to L.E.K Insights, “consumer investment in digital fitness has increased by 30%-35% relative to pre-COVID-19 levels, positioning the sector for faster growth in the future.” Options for home exercise include subscription-based online classes and exercise apps. The number of online classes have exploded with offerings for everything from yoga to boot camp.
Home Workout Program Options
The following series of programs are currently featured on the free version of the Jefit strength training app. All of these workouts can be done with minimal equipment right from home or eventually back at the gym. Jefit features thousands of workouts and exercises for its user base. Jefit is one of the best workout planner & tracker apps and that could be the added motivation that you’ve been looking for.
Home Exercise Program for Beginners with Minimal Equipment
1 – Body Transformation – (Week 1 & 2)
2 – Body Transformation – (Week 3 & 4)
3 – Body Transformation – (Week 5 & 6)
Bodyweight Home Exercise Routine for Beginner
The idea behind this bodyweight circuit workout that you can do at home is to pair each two exercises together. Exercise A1 & A2 are performed back-to-back before resting, then do cardio and repeat the exercise sequence for a second set. Then transition to the next series of exercise, B1 & B2, and so forth.
A1. Exercise Band Squat, 10×2
A2. Exercise Band One-Arm Row, 12×2
Jump Rope 2:00
B1. Push-Ups, 12×2
B2. Prone Back Extension, 10×2
Jumping Jacks 1:00
C1. Forearm Plank, 30 sec. to 1:00 hold x2
C2. Glute Bridge, 12×2
Mountain Climbers, 30 sec.
D1. Bodyweight Dips, 15×2
D2. Arm Circles, 20 reps forward/20 reps backward
Perform one set of each exercise and then go back through the circuit and repeat for a second set (or round) following a 2:00 rest period. Good Luck and Stay Strong!