Last updated on February 26th, 2016 at 02:50 am
Disclosure: This post has affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a commission on purchases.
You work an 8 hour day, you pick up the kids from day care, you come home, cook dinner for the family, then bath time for the kids and finally, the kids go to bed. Now it’s time for you. You want to workout but you don’t feel like leaving the house to go to a gym! For me, working out at home is one of my best strategies for staying fit. Even though I have access to fancier equipment such as the Total Gym and the Nordic Track (two of my husbands favorite pieces of equipment at home), I tend to use the more simple low-budget alternatives. So, without further ado, here are the essentials you need for a successful at-home-gym:
Recap List of At-Home-Gym Essentials:
Space:You need a suitable amount of space so you can stretch out fully. A 6 feet by 6 feet area would be the minimum space required. I usually have to temporarily redecorate my basement living room to accommodate enough space for my workouts.
Yoga Mat: I like to use a Yoga Mat on the floor to protect my knees. You can probably do away with a yoga mat but they are relatively inexpensive and they add so much comfort.
Dumbbells: The equipment I love and use most often when I workout at home would be simple Dumbbells. I use a pair of 5 lbs dumbbells and a pair of 10 lbs dumbbells. Although we have some heavier ones at home, I don’t use them very often. I like to incorporate light cardio with 5 lb weights as well.
Resistance Bands: Resistance Bands are a great alternative to dumbbells. They add resistance to your workouts, however, they are less expensive and the bonus feature is that they travel well. Just pack them in your suitcase and you can workout out from your hotel room.
Medicine Ball: I have a 4 lb Medicine Ball. I could probably use a heavier one though. The medicine ball is great for exercises such as the Russian Twist, medicine ball push-ups and jackknife. It will also help build your core by adding some resistance.
Stability Ball: The Stability Ball is great for core exercises as well. You can also target your arms, legs abs and butt with the stability ball and get a great workout. Checkout some great stability ball moves on Pop Sugar.
Kettle Bells: Swinging Kettle bells is fun and easy! You should try it! I always feel the burn in my thighs the next day! If you are not sure how to use kettle bells, you can always check out the Fitness Cheerleader’s post: How to Become A Stronger Runner with Kettlebells for ideas.
Workouts: If you are new to working out, and not sure where to start, I suggest on-demand workout videos. On-demand videos are a big thing lately. There are many to choose from. I suggest Booya Fitness. You can download each workout or sign up (for extra fees) for training plans.
The Busy Mom’s 4 Week Plan is a plan with medium commitment. I get it, you are a busy mom, so am I and this program is curated by a busy mom for busy moms. There are 4 workouts a week. Each workouts are 30 minutes or less so that working and stay-at-home moms can fit them in when it’s convenient, early in the morning before the kids wake up, during a lunch hour or in the evening when the kids are tucked in bed.
This plan includes HITT workouts, total body workouts and even some stretching and yoga. Once you get into the groove of working out, you’ll be happy with the results and you’ll be likely to stick to it! These workouts are perfect for an at-home-gym
However, if you are looking for a free option, I suggest the Nike Training Club App for smart phones. I give a demonstration of a Nike Training Club Workout in the following video.
So, there you have it, the essentials for a successful home gym. I hope you enjoy.
Join the conversation:
- Have you tried Booya Fitness?
- Do you prefer to workout at home? or at a Gym?
- What is your favorite equipment for working out?
- What are some of your biggest challenges?