Home Gym Fitness Equipment

by Jen on January 4, 2013

When I tell people that I workout at home, the first question I get asked is: what equipment do you have?  And they are shocked when I tell them, “not much!”

There is a misconception out there that you need expensive exercise equipment to get a good workout.  I mean, just look at the equipment in the gym!  Most gyms have thousands of dollars invested in equipment; from treadmills to fancy weight machines.  I’m not saying there is anything wrong with those machines, but if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on getting fit, I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to!

I put together a 5-minute video about my personal home gym.

As you’ve probably noticed watching the video, I don’t own any fancy equipment.

Here are my top 5 home gym fitness equipment recommendations:

1. Workout videos – there are many videos on the market, some for cardio, some for strength, and some that cover both.  Of course, I have my personal favorites.  If you are looking for suggestions, please message me on my Facebook page.

2. Resistance Bands – most of the workouts that I have came with resistance bands.  They provide great strength training without a big investment, and are great for beginners.

3. Free Weights – if you want to improve your strength and get toned and lean, then buy some free weights.  Start with 3 pair and work your way up.  I highly recommend the Bowflex SelectTech adjustable weights.  You can find them online for a good price.  Plus, you’ll have them a LONG time, so the cost is cheap when you consider that.

4. Stability Ball – a stability ball is great for working your core (your midsection.)  You can use it instead of an expensive bench.

5. A good pair of shoes – I didn’t mention this in the video, but a good pair of shoes is crucial to preventing injury.  Make sure you buy shoes for the type of exercise you are doing.  Running shoes and cross-training shoes are VERY different, so make sure you buy the right ones!

If you have a home gym, what is your favorite workout equipment?

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1 Carrie January 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Great blog! I have three young kids, and live in the country, so all my workouts are from home too. I have four pairs of hand weights, a step, which doubles as my bench, and a few workout videos. I actually get a lot of my videos from the library. It is free, and I can change it up often. Oh, and I recently bought an second hand elliptical.
Working out does not have to cost much money!


2 Jen January 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thanks so much Carrie…glad you enjoy my little blog! Working out from home is great when you have kids. Sounds like you have everything you need 🙂


3 Lily March 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

This is an awesome exercise equipment. This is definitely good for your body. I would like to have something like this at home. This is a very helpful post.


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