10 Home Gym Must Haves (That Won’t Break the Bank!)

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10 Home Gym Must Haves (That Won’t Break the Bank!)

Working out from home now and curious about must have equipment for a home gym?  Get started with my 10 Home Gym Must Haves!

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I’ve been working out mainly at home for almost a decade.  When the Hubs and I moved into our home we had an extra room in the basement that was perfect for some home gym equipment and I starting stocking it full of goodies.  Over the years I’ve bought items that have worked and some that are collecting dust.  With that, I feel like I’ve got a great feel on home gym must haves… the items you really need for basic home gym needs and to keep on a fitness routine no matter what life throws at you.  So with gyms closing and everyone moving their workouts home, I thought I’d share my 10 Home Gym Must Haves.

Home Gym Must Haves?

Before I dive into the small stuff, I wanted to mention I have a couple of big ticket items that I’ve had and loved for 10 years.  In my opinion, they were worth every penny.

With the twins, I LOVE having a treadmill because it means I can always get my run in… even if I can’t get out of the house.  The Hubs has a large weight set in there too.  If you are into bodybuilding or powerlifting that could work great for you.  I don’t use the weight set but use ALL the items below.

Even though I do have the cardio equipment, you don’t NEED it… especially since a lot of you might have gotten thrown into working out from home.  YES, it’s so nice to have and I’m lucky to have it… but you can also get a good workout with a collection of relatively inexpensive workout gear and must have home gym accessories.  Honestly, my weights, workout videos and some of these items below get just as much game time as the bigger equipment.

Most of this stuff you could keep in a small closet or corner of your house to get a good home workout, even if you don’t have space for a complete home gym.  So today I’m diving into my 10 home gym must haves!


10 Home Gym Must Haves

Hand Weights

I’m all about bodyweight workouts, but there is something to be said for adding a little hand weights.  I have a small collection of hand weights that gets the job done.  Most of us don’t need anything too complicated and this 32-pound set works great for me.  It’s on the top of my list for home gym must haves.



A light hand weight is a great way to make your exercises even more effective.  There are all sorts of studies that show women and men benefit from weight training including a decrease threat for osteoporosis, healthier bones, and leaner muscles.  If you need some guidance on what to do with them, you can find all sorts of workout inspiration on blogs like Running in a Skirt and Pinterest.  Start with this workout here!

If you are a beginner and need a little less weight, you can also try this set which maxes out at 5 pounds.  And if you want more neutral colors, here’s those same weights in black.  For men looking for more weight, this adjustable set will work well for you.



Kettlebells are just fun.  Yes, you could use a hand weight to get the same kind of exercise done, but I love the momentum of a kettlebell.  I like this set HERE which goes up to 15 pounds.  I buy these heavier than my hand weights to really get impact from the exercises and have more versatility in the home gym.   Most of the exercises using them involves swinging and it really engages the core and gives you a full body workout.


I enjoy this Jillian Micheals DVD, Shred-It with Weights (Less than $8!) for kettlebell workout inspiration.



A Bosu is a little more of an investment, but it’s one of the best things I ever bought for my home gym other than the big equipment.  It’s basically half of a stability ball and can be used for all sorts of exercise.  You can use it for core exercise, to get more engagement out of lunges and even as a weight.  It’s so versatile and can make you strong.



It comes with it’s own workout DVD, which is always nice.  I love this pink version (big surprise!) but it also comes in a more neutral blue and a dozen different colors that didn’t exist when I bought mine long ago.  I actually own the blue one, because the pink did not exist when I bought mine.



Stability Ball

I’ve had a stability ball in my house for probably a decade.  It’s my go-to tool to add more engagement to crunches.  I’ll also sit on it to do arm weight and use it as extra resistance for burpees.
Bosu Ball - home gym must haves
They are pretty inexpensive and if you can’t get a bosu, it’s a great tool to have around.  In keeping with the color theme, try this one.  Depending on your height though, you may need to choose the blue or black one.



Online Exercise Videos

I swear by exercise videos.  They have come a long way since Jazzercise, and there are many that provide really effective workouts.  They are one of 10 home gym must haves… for sure!

Here are some great options that give you a free trial.

  • Tone It Up: Daily online workouts with a 7-day free trial
  • Beachbody: Online classes with a 14-day free trial
  • ObéFitness: Live fitness classes with a 30-day free trial (use code ATHOME)
  • The Sculpt Society: Online cardio and sculpting workouts with a 14-day free trial

I also LOVE Maggie Brinkley’s workout series on Amazon Prime.  If you have Prime, it’s totally free and super simple to use.  The videos are no-frills, but I have found her short 15-minute workouts to be super effective.  I’ve done THIS ONE more times than I care to admit.  I do them with the boys and they jump around with me and try to crawl under me if I’m doing planks.  I think it’s good to show them that we workout! 



Jump Rope

A jump rope is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s a fast, safe and inexpensive way to get some cardio in if you don’t have the larger cardio equipment.  Plus it can bring out your inner kid!

Must Have Home Gym Equipment - Jumping Rope


Plus it’s fun and makes you feel like a kid.  Of course, I found you a pink one... but feel free to go for the more neutral black.

Foam Roller

I’d venture to say a foam roller is a necessity for the home gym, especially if you are a runner.

Foam Roller
It’s inexpensive and can save your legs!  Stop what you are doing and order one now!  Here’s one in pink and one in black.


Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are a great exercise tool that up very little space.  I’ve used them in the past when I’ve had to work through some injuries, but have kept them because they are so useful.
home gym must haves - resistance bands
Use them to strengthen your ankles, add resistance moves or even make leg lifts more effective.  They literally fit in that small pouch, so if you are short on space, this is a great addition for limited for small space.



I know when you think step, you might be thinking cheesy 80’s workout… BUT these tools can be great additions to the home gym!  Use it as a way to increase your calorie burn with strength exercise and a simple cardio alternative.

Mine came with it’s own DVD, which always helps too!



Yoga Mat

Even if you aren’t into yoga, a yoga mat is something that really helps in your home gym.  It gives you space to do floor ab or strength work without sitting on the floor and if you are yogi it’s nice to have an extra mat for the house.

I’m a big fan of this Jade one…

Home Gym Must Haves - yoga mat

But here’s a more budget friendly option.



If you have space and money, I adore my treadmill and elliptical (I got both of mine at a crazy good Black Friday sale years ago.)  But I know not everyone has the cash or space for such big items.  Don’t let that stop you from working out at home!  Even a handful of these 10 Home Gym Must Haves can really get you started working out at home.  If you need more inspiration, make sure to check out my Workouts page from Running in a Skirt OR my Workouts! Pinterest page.



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Your turn!

Where do you workout? Has that changed in the past week?

What are your home gym must haves?

By | 2020-05-28T22:24:22-04:00 April 1st, 2020|Fitness, Healthy Living Tips, Workouts|50 Comments


  1. Farrah July 20, 2020 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I’ve been doing wayyyy more online exercise videos lately! I need to find my jump rope + get a foam roller!

  2. Jon Maldia April 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I just started a Kettlebell challenge. I think kettlebells are my favorite.

  3. Angela Campos April 2, 2020 at 11:45 am - Reply

    These are all great must-haves! I actually do have all of these, now I just need to motivate myself to use them!!!

  4. Andrea on Vacation April 2, 2020 at 11:28 am - Reply

    What I wouldn’t give right now for some 10lbs dumbells! My boyfriend has 40 lbs ones that I can barely life 🙂 My 2 yoga mats are side by side in the living room next to my foam roller and some of his resistance bands. Other than that I’ve been doing online yoga, HIIT, beachbody classes online and going for runs outside. I may break down and buy a kettlebell before all this is over.

  5. Leslie April 2, 2020 at 11:09 am - Reply

    What a great list! I’m personally a huge fan of the jump rope and I think it’s a highly underrated piece of gym equimpent. haha! So I loved seeing it on your list!

  6. Rachel April 1, 2020 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I bought a jump rope a couple years ago but I’ve only used it a handful of times. It turns out my mom-bod can’t quite keep up with all the jumping. Jumping jacks I can do. Jump rope? Notsomuch… 😉

  7. Deborah Brooks April 1, 2020 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    These are many of my must have home gym pieces as well. You really can get a great sweat on at home

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  10. Network Health November 30, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    We are moving next week to our new home! glad I found your post! I will definitely buy this!

  11. kimmythevegan December 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    This is a great post Julie! I have a few things myself (hand weights, mat & TRX suspension trainer – you should try it – it’s awesome!). But I’m lucky enough to have a mini gym in our apartment complex which has stability balls, kettle bells, bands, medicine balls, etc. It’s pretty great. I really do want a bosu ball though. The boot camp I go to uses them and they are really great, especially for strength & stability. And pink!!
    Oh and I thought I was the only one who liked steps!! Haha, totally 80’s but I love them.
    Have you tried toneitup.com? I love their workout videos and they’re free =)
    Great tips for a stellar home gym!

  12. Gloria Kaye December 10, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed your article. My favorites for my home work outs are hand weights and kettlebells along with a pair of comfortable supportive sneakers. I’ve also been fortunate enough to find some great work out videos at Marshalls for under $10! Thanks!

    • JulieWunder December 11, 2016 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Don’t you love Marshalls! Thanks so much Gloria!

  13. Jack November 28, 2016 at 5:06 am - Reply

    i workout at home but dont have enoug 10 things you mention. i wana by Foam Roller and will notice your share, thank you. Have a good gym, good body.

  14. Betty November 25, 2016 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Thanks for your great picks! I don’t have all of them. I have only a yoga mat to do yoga at home when I feel stressful and tired. It’s helpful. 🙂

  15. Barbara J. Silverman November 23, 2016 at 1:49 am - Reply

    All the stuffs you recommend are so cute. I love pink btw <3
    I'm looking for stability ball. Go you have any suggestion about the brand I should buy from.

  16. Emily November 22, 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Great ! Thank you for sharing, your post very useful
    I just own a yoga mat for starting yoga at home.

  17. MICHAEL BRANDON November 22, 2016 at 4:12 am - Reply

    Nice !!! Gonna add a Bosu ball to my collection home workout equipments !
    Thanks for sharing this helpful post Julie !

  18. Kat November 17, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

    I have all of the above in my home gym 🙂 My favorite would def be my bosu or kettlebell though! So versatile and so effective!

  19. Kristy from Southern In Law November 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Yes yes and yes to all of these! The only thing I don’t have is a Bosu ball!

  20. Mary Beth Jackson November 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Great choices! I think I will add a set of kettle balls to my Christmas list! and yes, I work out at home 🙂

  21. Rachel November 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I don’t have a step but I do have a real step that I use. Does that count? 🙂

    And I think I’m the only person on the planet who can’t use a stability ball to save their life. I seriously just can’t. I don’t get it. Lol! Thank goodness for the BOSU.

  22. [email protected] November 16, 2016 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Those are some great idea. I may have to add a few to my Christmas wish list!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Totally! It’s that time of year! Thanks Lacey!

  23. Nicole @ Fitful Focus November 16, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Great picks! All of this stuff will go a long way and help you fill buckets with sweat haha!

  24. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets November 16, 2016 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I have been dabbling with the idea of creating a home gym now that I have a house! This is a great list. I love kettlebells (just wish I knew how to use the) and the Bosu is a must!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      Yes! It only takes a few things to have a great home gym!

  25. Jenn @ Run with Sole November 16, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Great list! I love the BOSU and use mine all the time. My favorite item is a TRX which you can hang from any door. Love using the TRX and BOSU together 🙂

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Those do seem awesome! Great addition to the list! Thanks Jenn.

  26. Patricia @Sweet and Strong November 16, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

    This is seriously the perfect list! I workout at home and mostly use hand weights, a stability ball, and bands. I have been wanting to invest in some kettlebells too. That’s so nice you have a workout room. We have all our equipment in our garage, so in the Winter my workouts space can get pretty chilly.

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      Oh man!!! I hate being cold, so that would be tough for me!

  27. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub November 16, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I very rarely workout at home but I still have almost every single thing on this list lying around my house.

  28. [email protected] the Long Way Home November 16, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

    I saw yesterday that Sweat PInk is offering the Bosu in custom colors. I’m so tempted!

    Great list here. I love my foam roller. Well, I hate it, but I love it. If you know what I mean…

  29. Annmarie November 16, 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    Great list! I have all of these plus my sandbag and only workout from home 🙂 Definitely saves time and money!

  30. Yup I love the Bosu and the weights at home. great investment for sure

  31. Susie @ SuzLyfe November 16, 2016 at 6:48 am - Reply

    You must have the cutest home gym EVER (operating under the assumption that you have all of these). ADORABLE

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Mine are more mix and match from years of accumulating stuff… but I do wish I could go back and time and get all this matching stuff!

  32. Blane Sherer November 16, 2016 at 6:46 am - Reply

    Certainly helpful tips.
    Good motivation as well.

  33. heather @Lunging Through Life November 16, 2016 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Yess!! I work out at home too and it’s so convenient. I have a lot of these but I would love to get a bosu ball!

    • JulieWunder November 30, 2016 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      It’s so great!! Sounds like a good xmas gift.

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