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It didn't take much for Kyl Modra, 32, to convert his two-car garage in South Omaha into a home gym. He started with a weight bench and a punching bag in 2009. Over the years, his friends have donated equipment in exchange for a place to work out. They call it the “Big Girls Gym” and it's now a heated training center equipped with 400 square feet of wrestling mats, punching bags, a treadmill, a weight bench, a squat machine and a pull-up bar.
Working out at a public gym isn't for everyone, Modra said, adding that he prefers to exercise at home because it avoids crowded facilities and monthly membership fees.
Modra has spent less than $1,000 on his gym, where he works out and trains others at least four times a week. He said if you don't have the extra money to spend on home exercise equipment, you can still burn calories at home by using your own body weight.
“Just try and do 200 air squats,” he said. “That's a good workout.”
Joe Rauth, manager of Body Basics in Rockbrook Village, said home gyms continue to be popular because of their convenience and time-saving nature.
“We have seen everything from small bedrooms to basement rooms to full-size, free-standing buildings on acreages used as home gyms,” he said.
Check out some of these products to get your home gym started. All are available at Body Basics; some might be available at other stores.
SPRI Speed Jump Rope ($9.99)
Get in some cardio anywhere, anytime with a speed jump rope, which is designed for advanced conditioning. Jumping rope is one of the easiest ways to break a sweat for less than $20.
This is weight set can be easily adjusted in one-pound increments to vary exercises. The U-20 Club Set (pictured) has a weight range of 2.5 to 20 pounds per hand and will replace eight pairs of dumbbells or 180 pounds of free weights.
SandBell ($11.99 to $100)
This product is a safer and more effective alternative to medicine balls, kettle bells or dumbbells because it is made of soft neoprene and filled with sand. SandBells vary in weight from 2 pounds to 50 pounds. They can improve grip strength and be used for hundreds of exercises.
HELIX Lateral Motion Trainer (Two models, $2,499 and $3,499)
This exercise machine takes cardio in a new direction: side to side. It tones the inner and outer thighs, quads, glutes, hamstrings and the core, especially obliques.
TRUE Fitness Core Drive Elliptical (Seven models from $2,199 to $5,399)
Treadmills and ellipticals are available at many merchants around Omaha. “Core drive, the newest style, is available at our store,” Rauth said. “The TRUE Fitness Core Drive Elliptical is a premium residential elliptical known for comfort and durability.”
TRX Suspension Trainer ($199)
This a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user's body weight to complete hundreds of total-body exercises. With the TRX, you're in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise because you can adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. That makes it useful for people at all fitness levels.