There’s no question about it: Working out at home with your own home gym equipment has some serious convenience benefits. There’s no need to account for travel time to and from the gym, and you never have to pack a bag. For many people, home is also a pressure-free zone to exercise, sometimes gyms can feel a little intimidating, especially when you’re new to fitness.
Of course, there are a couple of limitations that come along with picking up an at-home workout program. For one, you might have minimal workout space. Plus, gyms generally have a leg up on equipment, and it’s not exactly cheap to stock your home set with all of those bells and whistles.
That said, there’s a lot you can do with just a few cost-effective pieces of home gym equipment. (In fact, you don’t have to spend any money at all—there are plenty of ways to get in cardio and strength work using just your bodyweight for resistance, but having some bonus equipment at your disposal gives you more exercise options, allows you to add resistance as you get stronger, and gives your workouts more variety, so you (and your muscles) won’t get bored of the same old, same old routine.
Here are a few pieces of home gym equipment to get your home gym started minimal cost…
At the base level, an exercise or yoga mat makes floor exercises way more comfortable, whether you’re doing abs work on your back or push-ups on your knees. Look for a thicker mat for more cushioning, especially if you’re working out on a hard floor. Plus, using a mat is a great way to make sure you’ve got at least one rectangle of workout-designated space.
Resistance bands are great because they’re lightweight, inexpensive, and don’t take a lot of room to store and are a great way to add an extra challenge to lower-body exercises, in particular. The tighter the band is, the more challenging it is to work with.
Kettlebells are a more versatile piece of equipment than you might think, and they’re great for working your muscles and getting your heart rate up. You can do traditional kettlebell exercises such as kettlebell swings, and you can also add them to traditional strength training workouts to switch it up.
Set of Medium-Weight Dumbbells
A set of dumbbells opens up a world of opportunity when it comes to at-home workouts: Use them to do isolated strength exercises like bicep curls, amp up the resistance by holding them during compound exercises like lunges, and more, and while it’s great to have lighter weights around for exercises that target smaller muscle groups (like triceps extensions), you can get crafty without them if you’re on a budget. Lighter exercises you can do with resistance bands or household items, like cans of soup or shampoo bottles.
There are plenty of ways to squeeze in equipment-free cardio at home. But a jump rope is a fun throwback way to get your heart rate up—and fast. Plus, jumping rope works your arms, shoulders, core, and legs.
While stability balls aren’t exactly compact gym equipment, they’re a great bonus especially if you like doing at-home Pilates or yoga. They’re also an excellent way to work your abs, since they challenge your stability.
And don´t forget …
A full-length mirror isn’t particularly basic home gym equipment, but it can help you keep an eye on your form. Checking your form throughout your workout is essential to prevent injuries and build strength properly.
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