If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a gym membership or an endless amount of money to build a fancy home gym. But, don’t let that stop you from getting in a great workout, right at home! Here’s a list of what I use at home to get a killer workout day after day.
You can get a great workout with your body weight alone, there are many days that I do that myself, but when you’re ready to add a little resistance to your routine I recommend adding a few of these to your home gym:
Dumbbells are easy to tuck away and since you can get a full workout with just 1-2 sets, they are affordable! I use my dumbbells the most because they’re so versatile. The weight you choose will be dependent on your level of fitness, but I recommend having 2-3 different pairs. You’ll want to use the lightest pair for some of your smaller muscle groups, like your shoulders, then move up to your next weight for some of your stronger upper body muscle groups, like back and biceps and then finally a heavier pair that you will use for your lower body exercises. I personally use 12 lb, 20 lb and 25 lb dumbbells in my home gym. If you’re looking to make an investment, you can grab a weight that can be adjusted so you’ll be set as you move through different muscle groups and as you become stronger. If you can only afford one set of weights, to start out I recommend grabbing a weight that you can easily use for your upper body routines. If you use the same weight for your lower body routine, you can just increase your repetitions to fatigue the muscles.
Resistance bands are super affordable, great for any level of fitness and can be used for so many exercises. I also love that resistance bands are travel friendly, so you can take them on vacation!
Stability balls are great for toning, cardio and stretching, so you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck! A stability ball takes standard exercises, like push-ups, bicep curls, etc. up a notch by adding the element of balance and a greater challenge to your core! I love using my stability ball to work multiple muscles at the same time.
Odds & Ends
If you’re really on a budget, don’t discount items you already have lying around the house! Paper plates and napkins paired with a slick surface can make for a great sliding workout that challenges your balance and increases your range of motion. You can also use household items like canned goods and gallon jugs as weights! Also, take a peek in your kid’s toy boxes; you can steal their jump rope or hula hoop for a fun workout. Also, you can get a killer workout with a set of stairs!
I’ve linked to online sites for great deals on equipment, but if you’re out and about, I recommend stopping in T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, Wal-Mart and 5 and Below for more awesome deals!
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