The Six Things You MUST Have for Your Home Workout!

Going to the gym has its perks with the fancy equipment, complimentary towels, and attractive gym rats to give you eye candy to strive for. However, we can’t always make it out of our homes to the gym. For those days (or all the days, depending on your lifestyle) we turn to our home workouts for the benefits of the gym minus the travel, and eye candy.

Whether you have a home gym already, or you’re looking to create one, this is the checklist for you!  A home gym doesn’t have to be complete with barbells, benches, and stationary bikes (although there’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s your thing). You can start a home gym with a few small, removable pieces of equipment in any room you please. That way, even if you live in a one-room home, your home gym can disappear and reappear whenever you need!

1. Yoga Mat: If you have nothing else, this should be very first purchase for your home gym. Whether you’re working out on a hard floor or carpet, you’ll likely need a yoga mat for most of your exercises to protect your bum and your floor. You can purchase these for next to nothing from Target, Walmart, or your favorite sporting goods store. You can also take it up a notch and find designer mats to make your workout even more special!

2. Pull Up BarPull up bar: Not everyone may agree with this item, but pull up bars are a perfect addition to any home gym. They can be purchased for under $30 and propped in most doorways and removed easily. Just because you cannot complete a full pull up bar today, even hanging on your bar for a few minutes will strengthen your arms and back. Most pull up bars can also be used for push up bars, or flipped for tricep dips if you don’t have a weight bench.

 

3. Jump Rope: When space or funds prevent you from setting up a treadmill, stationary bike, or other cardio machine, a jump rope is a great alternative. You can burn serious calories with this tiny piece of equipment. The best thing about it is that you can pack it away with you for trips or an outdoor workout. Of course, jump ropes are inexpensive, with even the more sleek, designer styles costing less than $20.

4. Dumbbells Dumbbells

Dumbbells are an awesome piece of gym equipment to get your strength on. I like to purchase a medium set (8-12 lbs) and a heavy set (15-25 lbs) for my workouts. Typically, dumbbells cost  $1 – $1.50 per pound, so the heavier you go, the more pricey the equipment. I usually purchase mine from Walmart for the best deal, but you can find them at any sporting goods store. Don’t be scared to go heavy!

5. Exercise Ball

An exercise ball is essential to a home gym. This one object will serve as your exercise bench, a stability ball, an ab machine, hamstring machine, and back stretcher. The only thing you should think about is the size. If you are short, like me (5’1) you should go for a medium ball as certain exercises will be difficult on a ball that is too large. These are also quite inexpensive, usually costing between $10 and $25. Check Amazon for the best deals.

6. Foam Roller

The last item on this list should be mandatory whether you plan to workout at home or anywhere. A foam roller can literally save your life! Well, it can help you lead a more pain-free life, at the very least. Foam rollers come in many shapes and sizes, but all help your muscles prepare for a grueling workout, and help blood flow to the muscle tissue. You can purchase a foam roller at Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, or any sporting goods store. Of course, I’d recommend foam-rollerchecking Amazon first for the best of the best price. If you’ve never used a foam roller before, check out this simple guide: How to Foam Roll.

 

 

What else completes your home gym? Leave a comment below!

 

Until next time… keep it moving!!

~Sharita

GetFitLikeThat!  Copyright September 2015

Comments 19

  1. September 24, 2015

    I want a pullup bar but the doorway is too wide to support one fully extended. I workout on carpet and haven’t found the need for the yoga mat. Everything else on your list I have!

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      Oh no! I only had one doorway out of many that actually worked thankfully!

  2. September 24, 2015

    Great list! I only have 1 set of 10lb dumbbells. SO wish I had more, but I have everything else on your list! 🙂

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      Thanks for your comment!! Well you can always double those dumbbells up if you want to go beast mode! hahaha

  3. September 24, 2015

    My husband and I keep talking about how we need to invest in a set of dumbbells for our house. That would definitely help us out on days when getting to the gym is difficult.

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      Thanks for your comment! For a long time i just had a set of 8 lbs but even those made a huge difference. I figure even if I just do a couple of sets of something, I’m winning!!

  4. September 24, 2015

    Yes! I actually have all of them! I have the pull up bar but I don’t think I’ve ever used it. I’m so intimidated by it!

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      I agree! The pull up bar is crazy intimidating, but even a mini pull up or a hang can do a lot of good!

  5. September 25, 2015

    This is a great post! I don’t have a home gym but hope to have at least a small room I can dedicate to working out! You can do so much with an exercise ball!

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      I have a spare room, but i still do most of my workouts in front of the TV in the living room lol. Now that winter is coming we might need to stay home more and more! Thanks for your comment!

  6. September 25, 2015

    Ooh yes, a foam roller is a must! I also love my TRX and resistance bands.

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      I so want to get some TRX bands. That’s one thing I haven’t branched out into, but I will soon! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  7. September 25, 2015

    I have my yoga mat and dumbbells, but none of the other items on your list. Looks like I need to do some workout equipment shopping! 😀

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      Hey that’s a start! I had a yoga mat and weights for a long time, and it was enough to keep up with Jillian Michaels! But the other stuff if fun too! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  8. September 25, 2015

    I really need to get an exercise ball! I have been wanting one for some time now. Me and pull-ups don’t see eye to eye lol, but that is a great idea to use them for push ups and dips!

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      Thanks for your comment! For some reason the ball was the last thing I added to my home equipment, even though I love using it at the gym! But now i use it as a desk chair and for my workouts, so it’s my favorite addition. 🙂

  9. September 25, 2015

    Great list! I also have a TRX which is a great addition to a home gym!

    1. Sharita Fit
      September 28, 2015

      I just found out how easy TRX bands were to set up at home, so I’ll definitely be adding these! Thanks for the tip and thank you for commenting!

  10. May 14, 2016

    The best thing I have in my home gym is my workout DVDs. I don’t use them very often but they are great to have on days when I want something quick and easy to do without much thought.

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