If you are like most finding time for fitness is a real issue. Some days even carving out 30minutes is a stretch. Now through in the time it takes to drive to the gym, park, and figure out what to do in that massive structure and you might as well forget it. While I love getting my sweat on with a killer class, or lifting something heavy down at the gym, the reality of life as a busy mom, is that the gym just isn’t going to happen every day. That doesn’t mean I scrap my workouts altogether though. Having a good go to set up in my own home leaves me with no excuses not to buckle down and get it done. Body weight exercises are great place to start, and if you are just getting going you should definitely check out this Whole Body HIIT Workout! But if you are ready to switch up your sweat sessions investing in a few key pieces to build your own home gym opens up so many more possibilities. I am not talking huge machines or racks of weights. I am not even suggesting a dedicated room here, unless you are lucky enough to have your own fitness room at your house, in which case I am jealous! Currently my home gym shares space with the family room, and believe it or not it works out great! You don’t need a ton of equipment to make a function home gym. Picking up just one or two items at a time spreads out the cost and makes putting together your own home gym an affordable venture. So lets get to it, which pieces should you add for maximum benefit, with out exercises equipment taking over your home and eating up all your hard earned cash?If you are like most finding time for fitness is a real issue. bring the #gym to you on a budget #sweatpink Click To Tweet
Resistance Bands ($7.99-$30.99)
If you are looking for a low cost versatile tool then the resistance band is your go to piece of equipment. I personal use these Freetoo® Workout Bands
and love them! I would opt for continues rubber bands over the tube bands you find with the handle attachments. Continues bands are more durable and in my opinion safer than tub bands. When tube bands end up with small tares they may tare under pressure, if you fail to notice the defect before your workout this may put you at risk. These continues bands, however, are made from several layers, so as long as they are not cut, from attaching them to something with sharp edges, then they will simply peal as they age. This feature makes them much safer. The lightest band they offer is only $7.99 and offers 15-35lbs of resistance. The next step up is only $11.99 and offers 25-65 lbs of resistance. For most exercises these two sizes should have you covered! Even once you have build up your strength there are still three more levels to choose from. Another big plus is how compact this piece of equipment is. Not only does it take up minimal space in your home, a resistance band is also the perfect piece of equipment to throw in your suit case and get your sweat on while you are on the road.
FE Strong Pro Suspension Exercise System ($99.00)
While suspension trainers traditionally represent a a sizable investment, the FE Strong Pro Suspension Exercise System is a quality suspension trainer for a great price! At just $99.oo, this versatile tool is well worth the investment. The FE Strong Pro Suspension Exercise System adds instability to several classic body weight exercises. It also turns several exercises into full body exercises that engage the core and many more muscles than a similar exercises performed with body weight alone. With the door anchor it is very easy to step and and take down if you do not have a dedicated weight room. And with its basic anchor you can take the FE Strong Pro Suspension Exercise System nearly anywhere on those nice sunny days. Much like the resistance bands, the FE Strong Pro Suspension Exercise System packs away well and takes up little space in your home.
Weights (Dumbbells, Power Block, Kettlebells)
Once you really get going in your home gym chances are you will hit a point where you will want to add weights. You have several options for adding weight to your home gym. There are classics like dumbbells and kettlebells, but if you are really looking to save space you may want to opt for a power block. Weights is one of those areas where things can get spendy in a home gym. I suggest picking up the weights you currently need (maybe a span of about 15 pounds over three different sets of dumbbells) then adding weights as you become stronger. Let’s dive a little more into each of these options:
Adjustable Dumbbell Set ($49.99)
You can get set weights, or weights that have plates. While weights with plates take up less space they do not always work as well for all exercises as dumbbells at set weights.
Kettlebells are also a great option. You can use them for exercises where you would classically hold a dumbbell, but there are also several exercises that kettlebells are exclusively used, think kettlebell swings and snatches.
Power Block ($182.999)
While I do not have this piece of equipment personally, due to a large up front investment, it is on my wish list! It is much more compact than purchasing all of your dumbbells individually which I love!
Slam Ball ($28.40- $62.50)
Having a weighted ball in your home gym adds a wide range of verity into your routine. While you can do many things with a medicine ball, I think there are even more possibilities with a Slam Ball. You can use it to add weight to your body weight exercises like lunges., add complexity to moves like the squat by adding a weighted arm movements, plus there are several exercises that are all slam ball all the way, think slams.
A BOSU Balance Trainer is a fun piece of equipment that I added into my home gym years ago. At around $109 it is not the cheapest piece of equipment, but much like the TRX it is very versatile. It adds a stability element to many classic body weight exercises. If you are looking for a fun piece of equipment to change up your routine the BOSU is a good choice.
Yoga Ball ($19.76)
Coming in at around $20 a Yoga Ball is another versatile piece of equipment to add into your gym. Along with many exercises that are designed specifically for the yoga ball it is a low cost option for a gym bench. Granted, you wont be able to sling those big heavy weights that you could on a classic bench, the yoga ball once again adds that element of stability. Not to mention, it is much easier to pack away if you do not have a dedicated weight room in your home.
While mobility tools may not be your first thought when it comes to your home gym, they certainly belong in every home. If you have one piece of equipment in your home gym it should be a foam roller or a message ball. Yes I said it! It doesn’t matter what your primary form of exercise is, it could be running, zumba, or slinging heavy weights at the gym, you need to be doing mobility work. Even if you don’t exercises, you need to be doing mobility work.
Foam Roller ($18.99)
Coming in at only $18.99 this piece should be first on your list to add to your home gym. A foam roller is a great tool for Self Myofascial Release aka self message. This piece will help you work out adhesions and muscle tension to keep your body working right and powering through those sweat sessions.
Coming in between $5.99 and $15.99, having a message or Lacrosse ball to really dig in deep and hit those tight muscles helps keep your tissues healthy, much the same way a foam roller does.
Other Mobility Tools
There are several other mobility tools you can use from companies like Trigger Point, Yoga Tune Up, and Rogue Fitness. While I have read great reviews on many of these products, they are more expensive than the items I have listed. I would suggest you start with the basics and build up from there.
I want to hear from you, what is your favorite piece of at home gym equipment?
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