Last updated on June 15th, 2018 at 02:13 am
Here are all the essentials you need for a successful at-home-gym.
This post contains affliate links.
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:
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.
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.
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 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 the resistance bands in your suitcase and you can workout out of your hotel room.
I have a 4 lb Medicine Ball. I could probably use a heavier one though like a 6 pound ball. 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.
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.
Swinging Kettlebells 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 kettlebells, you can always check out Salad4lunch’s post: How to Become A Stronger Runner with Kettlebells for ideas.
If you are looking for a free option for strength training workouts, I suggest the Nike Training Club App for smartphones. I give a demonstration of a Nike Training Club Workout in the following video. Other great, but pricey workout programs that I have tried and loved include Beachbody’s P90X3 and 21 Day Fix.
So, there you have it, the essentials for a successful at-home-gym.
Join the conversation:
- 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?
Pin me for later!