Home Gym Must Haves
I’m all about body weight workouts, but there is something to be said for adding a little weight sometimes. I have a small collection of hand weights that gets the job done. Most of us women don’t need anything too complicated and this 32 pound set works great for me. Here’s a set in black if you don’t love bright colors as much as I do.
Light weights are a great way to make your exercises even more effective. There are all sorts of studies that show women 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. I actually own the blue one, because the pink did not exist when I bought mine.
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.
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.
I swear by exercise videos. They have come a long way since Jazzercise, and there are many that provide really effective workouts. I’ve been a fan of Jillian Micheals and Bob Harper for years, but I also have some great Rodney Yee yoga DVD’s.
Below are ones I use regularly or ones I’ve heard great stuff about. Many of the ones I buy are less than $10 each, so you can mix up your workouts. I put stars next to the ones that stay in my regular rotation.
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’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 or blue.
I’d venture to say a foam roller is a nessesity for the home gym, especially if you are a runner.
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 are great exercise tool that 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.
Use them to strengthen your ankles, add resistance to side walks or even make leg lifts more effective. They literally fit in that small pouch, so if you are short on space, this this is a great addition.
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!
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…
But here’s a more budget friendly option.
If you have the 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 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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Do you workout at home?
What are you home gym must haves?