At Home Fitness Equipment

You don't need a whole home gym or a ton of expensive equipment to get in the best shape of your life. Below are my favorite pieces of equipment and the order in which I recommend you invest in them.

None of these are required, but they are super helpful! You don't have to buy everything all at once. Start with a simple set of weights (one light & one heavy weight) and build your collection over time as you get stronger, want more variety and learn what you enjoy most.

 

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1. Get Started

If you're just starting to work out at home, you don't need much equipment to get a great workout. Start with these simple, inexpensive pieces of equipment and build your arsenal slowly over time as you get stronger. 

 
 
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Simple Free Weights ($5-50 depending on weight)

To get started working out at home you really just need 2 sets of weights-one heavy set & one light set. For women who are just starting out, I recommend 3lbs ($12.83) and 8lbs ($31.17). With that combo you can combine your two sets of weights to have a range of 3lbs up to 16 lbs. 

 
 
stacking weights power blocks

Stacking Weights from 3 to 125lbs ($179+ depending on max weight)

These are the cadillac of at home free weights. They take up VERY little room and are incredibly versatile. So, if you already have some hands weights and are thinking about purchasing another, heavier set, think about buying these instead so you have more options. If you don't already have hand weights and want to keep your closet uncluttered, these are a great place to start. 

 
 
 

2. Speed up your results

Once you've been moving your body on a regular basis for about one month, you can dramatically speed up your results by adding in some core challenge to the same exercises you already know how to do with your simple weights. 

 
 

Fitness Ball ($25)

Excellent for balance, abdominal work and improving spinal stability.

  • Any exercise you need a bench for (shoulder press, row, chest press...) you can use a ball instead and improve core strength in a way that a bench does not allow.
  • There are endless fun, off-the-floor core exercises that balls make possible.
  • Pick a size that will let you sit with your knees at 90 degrees (you can measure the length of your shin from knee to floor and match it as closely as possible to the ball's diamater)
 
 

Bosu Balance Trainer ($99-139)

You can move any exercise performed on the ground to a BOSU Balance Trainer to increase the challenge and improve results. Train core strength and stability, as well as balance and coordination to achieve faster & longer lasting results. If you already have weights, this would be the next thing I'd encourage you to buy

  • Any exercise you can do standing on the floor, stand on the Bosu instead to improve strength, coordination, and core control.
  • Do planks and pushups on the Bosu to improve core strength rapidly.
  • Stand on the Bosu at your standing desk to improve core strength and burn calories during work hours.

There are 2 options depending on your budget and needs. 

 

Full Size BOSU-comes with workout DVD's, pump & exercise suggestions

BOSU SPORT-smaller, easier to store but no add-ons. 

 

Trigger Point Foam Roller ($35-40)

This is one of my FAVORITE tools! It's great for trigger point muscle release for sore muscles but it's also an excellent tool to improve stability and core.

  • Try crunches or bicycles while lying with your back on the roller to challenge your balance.
  • Put your hands or feet on it for pushups to challenge core muscles.
  • Self massage
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Foam rolling muscle recobery
 
 
 

3. Add Some Variety

Once you've been moving your body on a regular basis for about one month, you can dramatically speed up your results by adding in some core challenge to the same exercises you already know how to do with your simple weights. 

Resistance Training Stretch Bands

Resistance Bands ($42)

These are super travel friendly and allow you to do everything you would do with hand weights and then some. I use these with clients all the time both at home and at parks. With the various different bands and attachable handles you can vary your resistance dramatically from super light with just one band to super heavy by combining all three. They are fun to use, add great variety to your workout and pack easily in your suit case if for when you need a quick move for joy on a work trip on on vacation. 

 
 

Suspension Trainer ($99-149)

This is one of my all time favorite tools! Using just your body weight you can target and strengthen every muscle in your body from ANYWHERE (a park, your house, your porch, a hotel...). It comes with a door hanger so you can workout at home. It's also a great travel option for total body, do anywhere move for joy sessions. TRX is the main brand. Lifeline's Jungle Gym is similar. Check them out and pick the one that works best for you. 

 
 

Jump Rope ($6)

Jump ropes are a playful, fun and travel friendly way to dramatically improve endurance, cardio and stamina. Great as a warm up or as part of cardio or HIIT workouts, you can burn up to 200 calories with just 10 minutes. Talk about effective and time efficient. 

Weighted Jump Rope ($20)

Weighted jump rope training burns more calories than a regular jump rope or simple cardio exercise because the added resistance engages muscles from your delts to your calves for a true full body workouts that also builds lean muscle.

 
 

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