Last updated on August 3rd, 2018
The Best At Home Workout Equipment
Finding time to workout can get a bit intense. Especially as a new mom. Kids, schedules, life, everything seems to get in the way. And yet, working out at home is one of the best ways to hit your goals (read about why here!). There are also a lot of ways to go about working out at home, bodyweight exercises being one of the best! But sometimes, you just want more- and thankfully there are a lot of practical at home workout equipment options to chose from!
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When you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, bodyweight workouts can be your best friend (here’s three of my favorites!). Unfortunately, there are also some draw backs- like not being able to properly target the posterior chain or feeling like you need to constantly need to be doing plyometrics (jumping exercises) and high intensity interval training- which isn’t the case!
Regardless, when you’re ready to step it up and get into some new workouts- you have a lot of options!
If you wan to set up a full gym at home- rock it! But it’s not necessary.
Below are my four favorite pieces of at home workout equipment to use ranging from the cheapest options to the most expensive– but all will provide you with new, endless options for your workouts.
At Home Workout Equipment #1 Resistance Bands
Bands are one of my favorite things to recommend for anyone working out at home or for those of my clients that travel a lot. Not only are they inexpensive but they take up virtually no room and you can do so many exercise with them (here’s a fun arm workout for example!).
Specifically, it gives you the ability to work your back muscles which is normally a challenge with just body weight activities. I also recommend bands because they’re easy to travel with! They don’t take much room in your suitcase and you still get a workout while away. If you check out my youtube channel there’s quite a few videos using just resistance bands that will give you a great workout!
That said, I don’t recommend pilates bands. The tension just doesn’t stimulate your muscles as nicely as I would like. Instead, I recommend and personally own the bands below.
Green mini band these are perfect for all glute (bum!) and lower body exercises. I use these every single workout to give my glutes a nice hit. They are probably the cheapest and best piece of workout equipment you can grab. You’ll see me refer to them in almost every single workout video I love them that much!
Red Strength Band: the least resistance of the strength bands this one works perfectly for shoulders and arms. If you have something to fix it to (a beam) even better but it’s definitely not needed.
Below is actually an awesome deal on bands and really all you need for at home workouts.
Purple Strength Band: great to help you work on your back muscles. It provides ideal resistance or can be folded in two to help with glutes.
Green Strength Band: This is one you don’t necessarily need if you have no immediate plans to do chin ups though it does come in handy for a few lower body exercises. However, this is the least of the necessary for bands. So if you’re on a money crunch, save it.
Truthfully, resistance bands are the piece of at home workout equipment I recommend the most. They’re insanely easy to use, low im pact and still give you a full workout.
I love kettlebells and for a long time before we built my studio I worked out with just two twenty pound bells until I could afford more. While kettle bells are extremely versatile (I’d recommend getting two fifteens or twenties) I would say that they need a bit more care and knowledge if you’re going to use them. So proceed with a bit of caution. Here’s a fun Kettlebell Circuit though if you do grab one!
Now, before you skip over this section let me remind you of two things: strength training is easily the best way to improve your posture, stimulate your muscles and keep you healthy long term.
The other point to keep in mind is that you don’t need to purchase the whole rack! I would suggest starting with a set of 12’s, 15’s & 20’s. That alone will get you seriously started and sweaty. Not enough money? Just grab the 15’s. You can still rock a lot of sweaty workouts with one pair of dumbbells.
My favorite at home apparatus. I love my suspension straps! Ideally you would hang them from a beam or anchor point BUT they do come with a door jammer meaning you can literally workout anywhere. Just hook them off the back of a door and you’re good to go.
TRX is the most expensive but the most useful. You can target all of your muscles with countless exercises and in different ways (strength/metabolic etc). It is one of the best investments you can make to your workout routine and it’s one of my favorite tools when it comes to pregnancy workouts!
On top of that, because with TRX you train on an angle, it is a great tool to improve your core muscles as they constantly have to stabilize.
Trx straps may seem like a bit investment but they’re worth it as a piece of at home workout equipment. They allow you to maneuvor your body in a whole other plane of motion which gives great results.
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So that’s it! MY Top four pieces of at home workout equipment. If you can afford them all, you’re seriously golden. If not, chose one in your price range and go from there. Every time you add another piece you can do more. But I know from experience that even one of these pieces will take you a long way. Fitness isn’t about having the best equipment, it’s about making the best use of the equipment you have ?
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