As someone who comes from a small town that didn’t have a gym, I know what it is like to want to workout and not have anywhere to do it.
The good news is, with the right fitness gear, you can get fit in your own home. That’s right, what could be better than getting a good workout done in the comfort of your own home? Like I mentioned, you need the right equipment. I am going to list six pieces of fitness gear here that will get you on your way. I’ll also provide Amazon links at the bottom of the page of the products. So let’s get started.
The first piece of gear you are going to need is some resistance bands!
These are great because they are a good place to start. There are a ton of exercises you can do with them and you can store them just about anywhere. They range anywhere from 2.5lbs all the way up to 50lbs+. Why do I say +, well the shorter the band is made, the more resistance it has.
It’s kind of like breaking a stick. If it is long it is easy to break with little resistance. If it is short it begins to get harder to break. Also as an added bonus, you can use them to stretch with. Needless to say, these should be your first purchase.
Second up is a dumbbell set!
Oh, my love-hate relationship with dumbbells runs deep. They are a great piece of equipment both in and out of the gym. They great thing about a set is that you can progress and add or take away weight for different exercises. Dumbells allow a full range of motion and help with muscle imbalance. They are a must have for the at home fitness enthusiast or beginner.
The third is a foam roller!
This is a neat little item. While it does not add much for resistance, it can be very beneficial. It can help with a static hold to increase your core strength. It is also great to message out trigger points after our brutal workouts. Where I think the foam roller shines the most is increasing your mobility. Due to the lives we have created for ourselves (sitting in front of computers all day) we really do some damage to our muscles. This little roller can fix that up quick.
The fourth on the list is Kettlebell.
Notice no exclamation point there. I am not a huge fan of the kettlebell. It’s not as if they haven’t earned their place. They are an excellent piece of equipment, I am just not a fan. That being said there are a ton of exercises you can do with them and they come in a variety of sizes.
Fifth on our list is Stability Balls!
While a stability ball can be in the way sometimes, they are great for a lot of different movements. From crunches all the way up to using the previously mentioned dumbells, on them. Using an unstable surface like the stability ball can increase your core strength. There are a lot to choose from and some come with a viewable content to help you get on your way. Plus, they make a great new toy for children!
Last but not least is a bench!
This is a really handy to have so that you can use the previously mentioned equipment. It is going to help you move up and progress. The reason it is mentioned last is that it will take up some room and you can use all the equipment without it. But it is a great piece to have when you want to step it up a notch.
There it is, the six pieces of equipment you can get to start your own at home fitness journey. Now, the only question you have once you have the equipment is – what do I do with it? Well, I am glad you asked. Below is a quick workout using all the equipment listed that should take you no time to finish. Oh, and it’s free! Screen shot it and have a blast!
This exercise will have three cycles and is a full body workout. But first, we warm up and stretch with the roller making sure to hold in tight spots for 30sec to release knots.
Shoulder press with Resistance bands X10-15
Dumbbell curl X10-15
goblet squats with kettlebell or Dumbbell x10-15
Rows with dumbells or kettlebell x 10-15
Chest press using the bench or stability ball and using Dumbell, Kettlebell or Resistance bands x10-15
30-60sec rest and repeat
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