I’ve gathered my favorite home workout equipment items, so you can squeeze in a quick workout without leaving the house! I don’t know about you, but I love working out at home. I usually get some cardio in, like running or biking, in the morning, and then at night I will usually get my strength workout in, while I watch one of favorite shows. I also love that in the freezing Minnesota winter, I don’t have to leave my warm, cozy apartment to trek through -2 degree temperatures.
All the home workout equipment on this list is perfect for home gyms, and for those of you who like working out outside, or if you travel a lot, many of the things on the list are extremely portable. I have each of these pieces and I can say that they are some of the best and most versatile pieces of equipment you can own. If you invest in a few good pieces, you may be able to skip out on a monthly gym membership and save yourself some money!
Foam rollers are essential for maintaining healthy and happy muscles when you start an exercise routine. Once you get used to how foam rollers feel, you will love that you have your very own masseuse. This foam roller is the absolute best on the market, and really digs in deep to tight muscles. Breaking up “knots” in the muscles allows you to move properly and reach your full range of motion while exercising, allowing for increased strength and mobility.
This is kind of a no brainer, but I wanted to add it to the list anyway, because dumbbells are some of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can get. If nothing else, I would recommend a few sizes of dumbbells for your home gym!
If you’ve never worked out with a kettlebell before, you are missing out! Kettlebells are amazing to combine strength and cardio workouts together for an effective and quick workout that will burn a ton of calories. They are one of my favorite ways to get a fantastic HIIT workout. I would recommend starting with a 12-18 pound kettlebell and building up your strength from there.
If you’ve seen any of my BOSU workouts, you know BOSU Balance Trainers are another favorite of mine. They are great for increasing your balance, and they are also amazing for cardio workouts.
I absolutely love this yoga mat from Yoga Design Labs. This is the only yoga mat I have ever tried that is truly nonslip. Plus, the mat under your toes feels incredibly soft! If you’re serious about working out at home it’s better to invest in a good quality mat rather than having to replace a $15 mat every few months. I use this mat 5 times a week and it’s still just like new — and relatively inexpensive compared to most mats of the same quality!
I still can’t believe I haven’t posted a TRX workout yet. TRX’s are so much fun and they are hard, which makes them ideal for your home gym! They are the perfect addition to any fitness lover out there, and they are perfect for outdoor workouts too!
If you’re looking for one of the best cardio workouts to do at home, invest in a jump rope. You can burn as many as 100 calories in just 10 minutes of jumping. I promise you, you’ll be feeling it after just 2 minutes! I recommend getting a speed rope, as it’s much smoother with each jump.
Stability balls have been one of my favorite pieces of equipment since I first started teaching fitness classes 10 years ago, and that’s because not only do they make almost any exercise more challenging, but they also are one of the best tools out there to target your abs. I have the purple ball pictured above and love it!
You all know how much I love my resistance bands. They are versatile and the best part is they travel well. My favorite bands are this set, which come with five different resistances, handles, ankles straps, and a door anchor. It has everything you need for a great workout –and at only $32, it’s a steal!
I love my pull up bar. I swear there is no exercise better for building a beautiful back than pull ups. I use mine at least once or twice a week, and the more you practice, the more you can do! I remember when I first started doing pull ups I could barely do one. Now I can do 4 sets of 15, no problem!
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