Sure, there are plenty of exercises that you can do at home with just your bodyweight, but sometimes you want to use a weight or mat and
can't really improvise. Most of us don't have the financial resources or the space to set up a true home gym, but honestly you don't need a full gym to get in a good workout.
Ahead, we found the basic workout equipment that's worth your money, won't take up a ton of space, and most importantly is effective and useful.
Photo: Courtesy of Jet.
Two Pairs Of Dumbbells If you want to learn how to strength train on your own, having dumbbells is the simplest place to start. Buy two pairs: one that's a comfortable weight for you to perform exercises easily, and another that's slightly heavier and more challenging to pick up. That way, you have options depending on the exercises you're performing, and you can work up to just using the heavier ones.
CAP Barbell Rubber-Coated Hex Dumbbells, Set of 2,
Photo: Courtesy of Jet.
A Thick Yoga Mat
practicing yoga at home
, or just need a cushion under your back for ab exercises, you need a versatile mat if you want to workout at home. This one is sticky enough so it won't slide around on your floor, and is slightly heavier than the travel mat you lug around from class to work.
Manduka Unisex eKO 2.0 5mm Yoga Mat - Standard,
A Foam Roller
Have this TriggerPoint foam roller around to
massage sore muscles
while you watch
, or keep it on-hand to roll out before an outdoor run. While this roller is available in multiple sizes, opt for the 13-inch one to keep at home, so you can store it easily.
TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller with Free Online Instructional Videos, Original (13-inch),
A Few Booty Bands
These circular resistance bands are a favorite of Bec Dolan, aka
. You'd be surprised at how effective these little guys are for building lower-body strength, and they're very portable. For ideas on how to use them, peep
Bec's Instagram page
Sweat With Bec NYC
SWB BOOTY BANDS,
Resistance Bands With Handles Not enough space for dumbbells? Resistance bands with handles can work just as well for many exercises, and barely take up any space at all. These come in five different levels of resistance, from very light to ultra heavy.
The Original Xertube®,
An Exercise Ball That's Not Ugly
There are a number of exercises that you can
do with an exercise ball
, but you just have to commit to having one bouncing around your living room. As far as exercise balls go, this one is pretty unassuming and cheap.
AmazonBasics Balance Ball with Hand Pump [55cm],
You're allowed to hate running outdoors, but luckily there are other ways to squeeze in cardio that aren't terribly boring, like jump roping. (The
Kardashians love jump roping
, BTW.) This jumprope is light and won't make a ton of noise when it smacks the ground.
Adjustable Jump Rope with Carrying Pouch,
A Doorway Pull-up Bar If you've always wanted to be able to do a pull-up, consider getting an over-the-door bar to mess around with when you're hanging out at home. It barely requires any installation, and you may surprise yourself how often you use it.
Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Doorway Pull Up Bar and Portable Gym System,
ETHOS Heavy Super Band,
A Plyo Box A box might seem like a random piece of equipment to have at home, but there are so many ways you can use it. For example, you can do squats to the seat, triceps dips on the box, step-ups, and squat jumps.
Titan Fitness 18" Plyometric Box HD Step Plyo Box Jump Exercise Fit Training,