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Due to schedules I have been relegated to working out at home but trust me – I am not disappointed. I think I have a pretty thorough home gym with a bunch of quality pieces of workout equipment. If you have the right home gym equipment you can get in a heart-thumping workout, get stronger with strength exercises of all varieties and have the convenience of not having to drive any minutes anywhere outside of your home. Also with the weather temperatures lately, staying inside as much as possible is a welcomed routine.
In order to prepare your home gym space and equip it adequately here is a few of my tried and true home gym essential equipment that is affordable and can possibly work in your home gym.
Hand weights: These are very essential in my honest opinion. They are handy to assist with strength training at home. I also find they are better and safer to use than items you find around the home like milk jugs or canned goods because they are made for safe gripping. I tend to rant about how some women seem afraid to lift heavy and instead stick to what I call “baby weights” which are 2 or 3 lb weights. If you want to see sculpting and results, ladies don’t be afraid of the “big girl” weights. Your body will thank you for it and when you build muscle, you continue to burn calories even when you aren’t working out unlike cardio, once you stop (unless you are doing HIIT) your body doesn’t necessarily continue burning those calories.
Medicine ball/weighted ball: This my friends is another version of weights and I find very effective when it comes to abs, shoulders and general arm exercises. I use this for Russian Twists as well as front raises to work my shoulders. We have a range of weighted balls in our home gym ranging from 8 lbs up to about 12 lbs and I consider these essential.
Jump rope: If you do not have space in your home to fit a treadmill, then a jump rope is your next best thing. Boxers use speed ropes to help with their agility and to get in their cardio. I enjoy jump rope because it is easy to take with you anywhere and as long as you have enough space to turn the rope, you can get in excellent cardio that rivals treadmills. If you live in an apartment or condo above someone I strongly recommend you jump rope outside so as not to annoy them. 🙂
Yoga mat: I consider yoga mats essential because even if you have carpet, once you get sweaty you don’t want that all over your carpet. On the other hand if you have hard wood or tile floors, it provides the perfect cushion for you during your floor exercises. It also gives you a place for your sweat to drip without ruining your floors. I would recommend a thicker variety of yoga mat for maximum comfort.
Workout DVDs: If you desire variety and challenge in your workouts, then make sure you get you a host of workout DVDs by a variety of trainers. I know I know, folks say working out to the same DVD gets boring because the routine doesn’t change. But I tell ya, if you purchase 1 DVD a month, by the end of the year you will have 12 in your library and can switch up after 2 to 3 weeks to keep your body guessing. I highly recommend building your library of workout DVDs.
Gliders: I first used these at my gym with my trainer and was hooked. This item looks simple enough but I consider it a home gym essential piece of equipment because it destabilizes you which requires you to stabilize with your core. I use these gliders when I do push ups, planks, inch worm, bridge extensions and mountain climbers. These gliders are no joke and you WILL feel these the next day. I love mine! If you can’t afford these then simply use paper plates. These are best if used on carpet with sneakers.
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So there you have it – my home gym essential pieces of equipment. This list is in no way complete but a great way to get started.