The pandemic over this last year has forced many people to change up their workout routine, equipment and even where they go to exercise.
With many gyms closed for several months to some still being closed, many people have had to rethink their workout regimen. At-home workouts have become SO popular over the years and 2020 I think sealed the deal for many, transitioning them from a local gym to exercising at home.
There are many benefits to working out from home, so if you can do it, why not?! You’ll not only save money but also time and gain flexibility as well. I find it so much easier to work out from home some days versus having to get out the door and drive to the physical gym.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love going to an actual gym and having access to all of the equipment and group classes, but there are many perks to exercising at home as well.
Today I want to share my TOP TEN pieces of equipment to have at home for your home gym so you can work-out effectively and efficiently. I’ll preface this by saying that none of these items are more than $150 and you can likely purchase all of these pieces of equipment for under $1,000 and be well outfitted for your at-home workouts. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money outfitting your home gym, consider buying used from local friends or Facebook marketplace. You can also check stores like TJMaxx and Marshalls which sometimes have exercise equipment steeply discounted.
Without further ado, let’s dive in and find out my ten must-have pieces of equipment for at-home work-outs.
*Yoga Mat/Exercise Mat: A yoga mat isn’t just for yoga. A non-slip exercise mat is helpful to have for floor exercises and stretching.
*Dumbbells: Dumbbells are SO versatile and are necessary for strength/resistance training. There are literally hundreds of exercises you can do with dumbbells. Consider purchasing a set with a stand to save space and also allows you versatility with various weights.
*Medicine Ball or Slam Ball: A medicine ball is soft whereas a slam ball is filled with sand and is weighted. Both are incredible tools for functional and strength-based exercises. Medicine balls can be used for a variety of exercises including core exercises. A slam ball is a great tool to use to get your heart rate up with HIIT type exercises.
*Kettlebell: Another great piece of versatile equipment, especially for functional moves like swings, deadlifts, lunges, and squats. Kettlebells are great for toning and strengthening every part of your body, including your core.
*Loop Resistance Bands: Loop resistance bands often times come with a few resistances (light, medium, heavy) and a little travel bag. These bands are typically under $15 and you can travel with them and use them virtually anywhere. Loop resistance bands are especially great for strengthening and toning your glutes and hips but can be used for a variety of exercises and stretches.
*TRX Suspension Bands: The TRX Suspension Training system is a unique system that allows you to work your lower and upper body while also targeting and enhancing your core stability. All you need is a door or a solid backyard tree to hook the bands up to and you are ready to go! These bands are a bit more expensive, but you can do SO much with them and get a full body workout in any day of the week!
*Slider Discs: Slider discs are under $10 and take up barely any space, if space is an issue. A double win! You can also easily toss these in your travel bag with your loop resistance bands and get an effective workout anywhere! Slider discs are also great as a low-impact option that is easy on your joints while still strengthening your major muscle groups.
*Jump Rope: Yup- a basic jump rope is one of my top pieces of equipment for at-home workouts. It’s cheap and effective! Jumping rope for even just 5 minutes is a great way to increase our heart rates and get in some good cardio work.
*Stability Ball and/or Pilates Ball: A large stability ball can be used in a variety of ways including as a chair ;). You can use it to target your core, upper, or lower body. A smaller, Pilates ball is a great addition to your yoga/Pilates/barre workouts and can help with core strength and stability.
*Foam Roller: While you won’t use a foam roller during your workout, it is necessary to help your body recover post workout. Using a foam roller for self-myofascial release (aka massage) is SO important for recovery and keeping your muscles loose and limber.