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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
are 12 pieces of equipment you can check out today.
1. TRX Bands
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.
2. Bowflex Dumbbells
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.
3. Fitness Reality Bench
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
4. Everlast Medicine Ball
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
5. Bowflex Kettlebell
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.
6. Crossrope Weighted Jump Rope
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.
7. Ignite 3-in-1 Doorway Trainer
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.
8. Nike Push-Up Grips
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.
9. SKLZ Court Sliders
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
10. Gymenist Ab Wheel
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,
11. Yoga Mat
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
12. AmazonBasics Foam Roller
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.
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.