Equip: Home Fitness Essentials, Week of June 15


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Do you want to commit to a fitness routine but don’t want to pay for a monthly membership? It might be time to create your own gym at home. All you need is a little bit of space and a few pieces of equipment. Investing in mats, weights and other home fitness essentials now will save you hundreds in the long run. Plus, you’ll never have to wait on that one dude to stop hogging the bench press again. 

Here are 12 pieces of equipment you can check out today.

1. TRX Bands

TRX bands are a series of sturdy straps that hook onto doors, overhead beams and even tree branches to provide a full-body workout. They also improve your stability and flexibility as you work to place your feet or hands in the handles and maintain your balance throughout the session.

$180 from TRX Training 

2. Bowflex Dumbbells

You don’t need a weight rack full of dumbbells to work your biceps at home. Save space with adjustable dumbbells like the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells, which replace 15 sets of weights. Adjust from five to 52.5 pounds to gradually increase your strength. 

$329 from Bowflex 

3. Fitness Reality Bench

For weightlifters who’d rather sit while they train their biceps and shoulders, an adjustable bench is a must. With an 800-pound weight capacity and 12 positions, this weight bench will help you make the most of your at-home fitness regimen. 

$100 from Target

4. Everlast Medicine Ball

Whether you want to intensify your Russian twists or get your heart pumping with some slams, a quality medicine ball is essential. Fire up your core in balancing poses or add some more weight to your squats and lunges with five-pound to 100-pound balls. 

$45 from Everlast  

5. Bowflex Kettlebell

Replace your set of five kettlebells with a single adjustable one. Bowflex’s SelectTech 840 allows you to practice with eight to 40 pounds of weight with the turn of a dial. Plus, your purchase comes with 24 trainer-led exercises. 

$150 from Bowflex

6. Crossrope Weighted Jump Rope

Commit to a cardio routine with a weighted jump rope. Crossrope’s one-quarter-pound rope is perfect for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and cardio work, and it won’t easily slap your ankles. Plus, durable, slim handles make it easier to grip and jump your way to a fitter, firmer bod. 

$68 from Crossrope

7. Ignite 3-in-1 Doorway Trainer

Get your chin-up reps in at home with a three-in-one doorway trainer. This pull-up bar hooks over your door frame and, with eight grip positions, allows you to work different parts of your arms and back. 

$40 from Amazon

8. Nike Push-Up Grips

Take your pushups to the next level with push-up grips. These soft, ergonomic handles provide a stable, non-slip grip to help you maintain good form. Plus, they add elevation to your pushups for a more intense workout. 

$22 from Nike

9. SKLZ Court Sliders 

No, we’re not talking about mini burgers here. These sliders are meant to activate your core for a low-impact, high-results workout. Simply place the stability discs on a hard, smooth surface and get to work sliding in and out of planks, bridges, lateral lunges and more. 

$25 from Dick’s Sporting Goods 

10. Gymenist Ab Wheel 

Keep powering up your core with an ab wheel. This small but effective device allows you to roll your arms in and out while in a pushup position, setting your abs on fire. Dual wheels offer more stability and foam handles allow for a strong, comfortable grip. 

$19 from Amazon

11. Yoga Mat

Whether you’re flowing through a yoga class or stretching out after a weightlifting routine, a yoga mat is a home fitness essential. While there are various brands and colors to choose from, most offer a grippy, cushy place to bend and move. 

$78 from Manduka

12. AmazonBasics Foam Roller

Relieve tight muscles and sore extremities with a foam roller. Most are lightweight, easy to clean and durable. Choose from 12- to 36-inch rollers and begin massaging out all the kinks so you can keep working hard. 

$13 from Amazon.

Staying Motivated 

Working out at home can be difficult — especially when Netflix, snacks and the couch are beckoning from the other room. If you’re curling soup cans and squatting gallon jugs, it may be even harder to stay motivated and want to get your sweat on. Treating yourself to some quality home fitness essentials, however, will support your routine and help you actually look forward to working out.

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