It’s a new year and no doubt a lot of you are on the road to being in the best shape you’ve ever been. Fitness equipment is getting cheaper so it’s now relatively easy to build your own home gym full of rowing machines, treadmills and weights. Here are some tips on building the perfect home gym.

Rowing machines

A rowing machine should be the cornerstone of your gym. It’s a great piece of equipment that can help you to build all over strength while getting the heart pumping and lungs working hard.

Whether you want to work on strength or cardio, there are rowing machine workouts out there for you. Medium resistance, fast workouts with a lot of power behind them are good for cardio and fat loss whereas higher resistance, powerful workouts will build your leg, arm, shoulder and back muscles.


Running is such a good way to lose weight and build your basic level of fitness. Add in an interval session to your regular workout to get your heart pumping, or build your endurance by trying to beat that 5km time.

A treadmill is also great for low impact exercise. Walk at a steady pace, with an incline of about 3% for 20 minutes every day and you’ll soon start to see your fitness improve. Increase the speed an incline as you get fitter.


Weights are good for cardio, despite what some people might think. Big, compound moves like squats burn a huge amount of calories, depending on your weight and how much you are lifting. All cardio sessions should have some form of weight training in there too.

If you want to save money or don’t need a lot of weights then go for a kettlebell as these are so versatile. You can squat holding this above your head, work on your shoulders with upright rows, carry it while doing walking lunges or work on balance and strength while doing Turkish get ups.

Weights are integral to your cardio workout and it’s the strength training moves that will keep your metabolism going so you continue to burn fat even when you’re not working out.

Example workouts

Sprint on the treadmill for 60 seconds (this depends on your fitness level, you want to be very out of breath at the end of the sprint), then complete 10 kettlebell swings, 10 push ups and 10 weighted squats. Do this two-five times, depending on your fitness level, for an amazing cardio workout.

Row 1000m as fast as you can. Follow that with 10 squat and press, 10 burpees and 10 upright rows. Repeat two-five times, depending on your fitness level. This will help to build all over body strength while improving your cardiovascular system.