Must Have Equipment For Any Home Gym

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Do's and Dont's, Equipment | 4 comments

Must Have Equipment For Any Home Gym

As a trainer, I much prefer basic equipment to machines any day. You get a much better workout with a lot more variety and exercises can almost always be modified if necessary. When you workout at home here are some great tools to consider purchasing (all items can be bought at many department stores like Target, Walmart, or TJ Maxx and Marshalls).

1) A stability ball – ranges in size from 55cm-75cm depending on your height. Make sure to read on the box to make sure you get the right size or have a salesperson assist you. You can use the ball forĀ ab exercises (crunches and planks) and it also works great as a “bench” when lifting weights

2) A sturdy mat – the slightly padded ones work great for doing floor exercises and stretching. I find people will spend more time stretching, etc. if they are a little more comfortable.

3) A small set of neoprene (soft covered) dumbbells – All you need is a pair of 3, 5, 8 and 10’s. They not have to match or be a fancy brand. Just be sure they have a comfortable grip.

4) Tubing/Cords – Fitness Cords typically come in 3 different levels of resistance, light, medium, and heavy duty. Great for working upper body and convenient for workouts while traveling

5) The Bosu – looks like a half ball and has one flat side and 1 rounded side. A great tool for balance exercises as well as challenging core workouts. You can stand on it, run on it, jump over it, sit on it or use it as a base for a plank. A little more costly than other equipment but well worth it due to its versatility.


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