My home gym is one of my favorite places to be in the house. You could call it my playground. It’s the place where I feel strong, release tension, and explore the ways I can move my body. It’s powerful to have my kids constantly play there too. They explore the equipment, coming up with games and their own strength exercises. I believe their exposure to this now is setting them up for confidence in using exercise equipment as well as a desire to keep their bodies strong and fit.
I’m assuming you are interested in setting up a home gym. If so, how do you know which pieces of equipment to start with?
I’ve had several friends talk to me about their home gyms and I love that each one can look different but serve the same purpose. I love that we can talk about keeping our bodies fit as an everyday topic. This is powerful. I don’t claim to have the perfect gym or the best, but it is perfect for us.
The stuff we have has accumulated over the past couple years. Some of it is pricier than others, but we use every piece and it’s been worth it for us. You might have to save up and prioritize, but definitely only get the equipment that you’re actually interested in. Make it worth your investment. If you’re wondering if a home gym is what you should do, read up on 5 steps to build a home gym you love.
That said, you don’t need very much to have a home gym.
There are about a billion exercises that you can do with only body weight that rock! I even love doing random things while I’m at the park with my kids…I’ve gotten over embarrassment in doing a couple pull ups or step ups or push ups while the kids play. I also love to run and my yoga can be taken anywhere.
However, here’s the top 5 pieces of home gym equipment that I think can be super useful, used in multiple ways, and challenge your strength and ability.
TOP 5 PIECES OF EQUIPMENT:
–Treadmill: As a runner I can’t always get outside to get this workout in. Whether it’s small children or uncooperative weather or a time crunch, a treadmill can rescue all of those. I run when my kids have a playdate, when it’s super cold outside, and if I have only a small window of time. If I have a 10 minute window, I can easily go for that time and hop off. If I were to go outside, there’s no guarantee that I’ll be back at the right time, have to deal with traffic, traffic lights, and other unpredictabilities.
–Gymnastics rings: These are so versatile! There’s exercises for arms, for legs, and for abs. These can be used similarly to TRX bands, but they are adjustable in height, so there’s lots you can do. Lower them all the way to the floor, not touching, and do pushups on them. Pull them up high and do pull ups. Stand on them and let your legs go out (horizontal split style) as far as possible and then squeeze back together.
–Dumbbells: Free weights can add resistance in so many exercises. Up the weight as you get stronger. Add weight to exercises that are feeling easier.
–Plyo Box: I love using this for step ups, box jumps, as a pseudo bench, and putting your feet on for harder push ups.
–Balance Ball: Balance exercises are awesome. They target your core with every move. Plank with your feet on the ball, lay on the ball and pass a weight back and forth from hand-to-hand, lay on your back and pass the ball from hand to feet, stretching out in between passes, and roll out some supermans.
These are the things that I use the most right now. They feel like staple pieces in my gym. You might have a different 5. I’d love to hear in the comments below what they are!!?
Regardless of what you have in your home gym, this should be a place that you want to be. Make it fresh with paint, with pictures, with a white board, with a vision board, plaster your goals up, put up a mirror, hang a tv, stencil a mantra on the wall, throw flower petals all around…okay, maybe not. But I think you get the picture. Make it a place you want to be, a place you love and grow in.
In case you were curious, here’s our entire list of home gym equipment from floor mats to jogging strollers to slam balls.
OUR LIST OF HOME GYM EQUIPMENT (IN ORDER OF ACQUISITION)
Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. I have used all of the products listed below (used similar jogging strollers) and recommend them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust.
1. Hand weights – 2, 8, 10, 15 lbs (like these)
2. Jump rope
3. Foam roller (I have the 18″ long one)
4. Jogging stroller OR this Jogging stroller (These 2 are as close as I could find to mine. Mine is no longer available, but the bigger the wheels, the smoother the push. Mine are 20″ diameter.)
5. Balance Ball
6. Medicine ball – 10 lbs (similar)
7. Pull up bar
8. Workout bench
9. Treadmill (We got ours from costco online. They don’t have the same model # there now, but amazon does here.)
10. Slam ball – 30 lbs
11. Floor mats – 12 tile pack
12. Yoga mats – I like 1/4″ thick ones
13. Kettle bells – 8, 12, 24 KG (we got ours locally from PR Lifting), similar kettle bells here
14. Battle rope (we got ours locally from PR Lifting), similar battle rope here
15. Gym Rings (we got ours locally from PR Lifting), similar rings from here
16. Bosu ball
17. Old tires – from a summer tire change
18. White board or calendar white board– to write out workouts/times
19. Plyo Box
20. Exercise hula hoop
21. Yoga blocks
22. Yoga strap
23. Exercise bands (like these or these)
24. 20 & 30 lb dumbbells (like these but I got them cheaper at target)
*Want to check out a workout I’ve put together? Go here.
*I was recently part of a survey about gym equipment, go check it out at Garage Gym Builder.