So you want to get in better shape? Maybe you want to lose a few pounds, or increase your strength and fitness level. But you don't want to join a health club -- it's too expensive, there's no gym convenient to you, or maybe you're just the independent type. Or perhaps you're already a gym member, but your schedule has been too manic for you to get away.
That leaves working out at home. But can you really get a great workout without leaving the house?
This was a question I found myself asking a little over a year ago. I had delivered my second child about 4 month prior and was ready to get into shape. The problem? Well, with a newborn and a 5 year old on my hands, the idea of hitting the gym wasn't as easy as when I was younger and had no responsibility. Finding the time, a baby sitter, and the motivation to get myself to the gym was difficult.
I had always been a light sleeper, and with the new baby, I often found myself up at late hours of the night, browsing the web and social media on my iPhone. I had an idea of maybe starting to workout from home. It seemed like an easy solution to the no-time-and-energy to go the gym problem I had.
It was during one of these late nights that I was browsing for exercise products that could help assist me in the endeavor. A came across a lot of things I had seen in the past: exercise balls to work on the midsection, resistance bands for upper body workouts; and then there was the more "higher level" products: kettle bells, pull-up bars, things that were probably too advanced for me.
I went for the exercise ball (also called a stability or yoga ball) and resistance bands to start my at-home fitness journey. They took up a small amount of space and allowed me to get a similar workout to what I would at the gym - it wasn't like I was doing snatches and dead-lifts.
One month into my new home exercise and I was feeling great. I had lost a few pounds and felt like I was getting into better shape. However, I found that the possible exercises were pretty limited, and also it was difficult to work out certain body parts like the chest, shoulders, legs and back.
I was getting a good ab and arm workout, but what I needed was a complete full body workout. This just wasn't possible with the exercise ball and the pair of resistance band I had purchased.
It was during one of my no-sleep late night baby feedings about a week later when I had a realization. What if it was possible to combine the two, meaning come up with a way to use the exercise ball in the traditional sense, but also double it as a chair and bench to use as the foundation for chest, leg and shoulder exercises, with the resistance bands used in place of what normally would be cables or dumbbells.
The next morning I started drawing up some sketches of what I had in my mind the night prior. It wasn't too long before I had my eureka moment - and in that moment the Home Gym Bundle was born.
The Home Gym Bundle is basically everything you need for a full body workout from home. It includes an exercise ball, an inflatable base the exercise ball sits in, and a pair of resistance bands that attach to the base. This allows you to get a full body workout in the same way you would at a gym - I'm talking bench press, shoulder press, leg extensions, bent over rows - exercises that were impossible for me with just the ball and bands that I had been using.
Need help visualizing the bundle? Here is a photo of the finished product, now imagine exercising with it in a sitting position, on your back for press exercises, on your stomach, and standing over it, while using the bands to target various muscle groups.