Chances are you’ve thought about - or tried - working out at home at some point in your life.
Maybe you just wanted to give it a shot, or maybe the pandemic and never ending quarantine made you do it.
Either way, the popularity of at-home workouts is at an all-time high. Our living rooms have become our personal workout studios, water bottles have made do as temporary dumbbells, and yoga mats aren’t just for yoga anymore.
As a full time trainer, I remember when we shifted from in-person circuit training workouts to online workouts literally overnight. With my live weekly workout classes still on the sched, I scrambled to gather lists of what workout equipment each of my clients had at home to design the workouts.
And let me tell you: it was a VERY random list.
Like, what do you do when one person *only* has a jump rope and another has a 3 pound set of dumbbells and a 20 pound set of dumbbells? Those first few weeks felt discombobulated as I designed workouts for teams of women with wildly different home gym equipment.
To say I had to get very creative is an understatement!
After going through the bumps of those early weeks, I slowly ironed out what the essential pieces of at-home workout equipment were versus the fluff.
As it turns out, you don’t need a full set of dumbbells and fancy medicine balls to get a great workout in the comfort of your own home. The list of essentials to get you fit, toned, and keep you challenged is surprisingly short.
Here’s the at-home workout equipment you’ll get the most use and value out of, so you can focus on what you need and leave the rest behind.
From core exercises on the floor like supermans and bicycles to a cushion for your knees when you do lunges to actually doing yoga, this is the simplest and most versatile piece of equipment you can own.
Owning a yoga mat opens you up to countless bodyweight and no-equipment workouts at home.
The two things you’ll want to look for is one that’s padded enough for your knees and doesn’t slip on hardwood floors. This one checks the box on both.
Don’t be fooled: having a lighter set of dumbbells doesn’t mean you won’t get a great workout.
A 5-pound set of dumbbells is great for upper body work like lateral raises and dumbbell jumping jacks to work your shoulders, dumbbell punches to work your chest, and bent over flys to strengthen your upper back.
I like these dumbbells because they’ve got rubber ends, which won’t damage your floors or create too much noise when you’re using them on the ground. The metal handles ensure you get a good grip, even when you’re sweating!
A heavier set of dumbbells is an essential piece of at-home workout equipment. If you’re just starting out, you can use them for lower body exercises like squats and RDL’s. As you get stronger, transition to using them for your upper body with bicep curls, chest press, and more.
Who knows, you may want to upgrade to heavier dumbbells like these once you build your strength!
This has been the most unexpectedly useful piece of equipment my clients and I are using at home. You can work your arms with tricep dips or chest press, work your legs with step ups or single leg squats, strengthen your core with reverse crunches, and get some high intensity work with jump overs.
An actual workout bench works best, but a very sturdy coffee table is a great place to start.
What’s the best part about being done with your workout? Massaging your tired muscles with a foam roller!
I use this foam roller after every single workout I do. Aside from feeling really good, it reduces muscle soreness the next day by getting blood flow to your muscles and starting the recovery and repair process. If that’s not enough of a reason to get one, I don’t know what is!
Don’t let your lack of at-home workout equipment prevent you from getting started. A few clicks on Amazon or a trip to Target will get you set up with everything you need to have great online workouts from the comfort of your own home.
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