Creating a home gym environment is worth the initial investment.
No more waiting for your favorite machine, adhering to group class schedules, or sharing sweaty smelly equipment. When you have a home gym area, you control when you workout and exactly what workout you do. That flexibility is a huge advantage to sticking with and seeing fitness gains. Also, having a private space will give you the confidence to try new moves you might not be comfortable doing in front of others.
Start small and add gear/equipment as you go along. I suggest starting with equipment that can be used in a variety of ways so you do not limit yourself. The more space you have, the more you can add specific pieces.
Here are my top suggestions for what to fill your home gym with.
- Ladder/ Cones - Can be stored away easily when not being used. Great way to get HR up and work agility in a small space.
- Box Jump - Perfect for building explosive power and takes up little space.
- Bosu Ball - The best piece to increase difficulty of any moves. Use for lunges, squats, crunches, etc...
- Equalizer/Balance Bars - Very versatile! Use it for dips, thigh rises, or adding variation to mtn climbers and push ups.
- Punching Bag & Gloves - Ideal way to get your daily stress out and get your HR up and core challenged.
- Yoga Mat - stretching & core work are essential to your routine.
- Resistance Bands - A simple add that will help boost intensity of moves.
- Bike Trainer - Turn any bike into an indoor fitness machine and get your cardio on!
- Treadmill - If you're a runner or want to add sprint/hill repeats to your strength routine.
- Erg - A rowing machine is a non weight bearing way to work the whole body.
- Kettle Bells - A light one for arm work & heavy one for swings/ legs.
- Dumbbells - Try a set that has adjustable weight options to save space & progress with your strength gains.
- Sand Bag - Easy to adjust the weight & works as a less stable (meaning your body works extra) weight source.
- Fitness Watch with HR monitor - You want to be able to upload workouts and track progress.
- Fan - crucial to keeping air flowing and body temp controlled.
- Nutrition (water bottles, electrolytes, bars, gels)
- Fitness Clothes & Sneakers - Just because you're at home doesn't mean you shouldn't look stylish.