5 Home Gym Essentials for a Great Workout that are budget friendly!
You do not need an elaborate home gym to get a great workout at home. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years, and I love it. With two young kids running around, and a short timeframe to get my workout done in, it is so nice to just walk downstairs to our basement. No driving to the gym, or having to arrange childcare. 30-40 minutes and I’m done!
My home gym – if you could even call it that – is super simple. Over the years, we’ve collected different sets of dumbbells and a weight bench, but you can get an awesome workout done at home with just a handful of essential items. It doesn’t have to be a huge financial investment, especially if you’re just starting out and trying to find what you like best. Most of the items I use are very budget-friendly – under $30 each.
Here are my top 5 favorite home gym essentials:
1. Dumbbells – You can find a nice set of dumbbells at any retail store like Walmart or Target. If you are just starting out, a set of 5, 8 or 10 lb dumbbells is probably all you will need for most programs. I love the C9 brand from Target because they don’t slip or irritate my hands.
If you think you might want heavier weights in the future, adjustable dumbbells are great because you have one set of weights to pull out for everything. Then you just spin the dial to the weight you want and it adjusts it for you. (Confession: I wish I would’ve bought the Bowflex adjustable weights right away.) The only downfall is that they are significantly more expensive than a regular set of dumbbells.
2. Resistance Band and Loop – You can get a kick butt workout with just a resistance band and band loop. I was surprised…these things really provide a lot of resistance and are great for travelling. You can modify almost any exercise that uses dumbbells with a resistance band.
3. Stability Ball – This is a really nice option if you don’t have a weight bench. All of the exercises I’ve done that required a bench I was able to do on a stability ball. Sometimes they can be more challenging because you have to use your core or glute muscles to stabilize your body on the ball.
4. Yoga Mat – I’ll be honest, I choose my yoga mat based on the color and design. ;) There are some that are thicker and more cushioning, but overall, I’d say buy the prettiest one.
5. DVD / Streaming Service / App - There are tons of ways to work out at home by using your own training program you put together, or something you found online, but I prefer to follow a DVD or use a streaming service. My favorites are:
Beachbody on Demand - access to tons of amazing workouts with professional trainers. If you've heard of Insanity, P90X, 21 Day Fix - this is where they are!
I also love Cathe Friedrich’s fitness programs – her programs are very polished and she is geared more towards intermediate to advanced exercisers. You can find her at www.cathe.com
My third recommendation for fitness programs is the “Transform with Chris and Heidi” app. It is a comprehensive app that includes Crossfit, Physique, or Weight Loss fitness programs, as well as customized meal plans, tips and life lessons. It’s pretty amazing. You can find it in the App store.
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