Ah – home gyms. Where you can sweat in the privacy of your own home, don’t have to worry about sharing equipment, and don’t have to worry if the wet bench you just sat down on is sweat or sanitizer.
There’s a big myth that you can’t get an effective workout at home, or you have to spend a fortune to get good equipment. I’m happy to inform you that those are lies. Now, there are some people that do need the gym because they’re simply not motivated at home. Which is fair. Home workouts definitely aren’t for everyone.
Here’s my list for budget friendly equipment to help you get a good workout in, build strength and get as sweaty as you want!
#1 – Resistance bands are going to be the biggest bang for your buck. You can use them as single bands, or double/triple them up to get more resistance. Pretty much any workout you do with dumbbells/barbells you can do with bands – bicep curls, shoulder raises, back rows, squats, deadlifts ect. You don’t need fancy ones – they’re pretty much all made the same for the most part. So don’t fall for the cheap gimmicks around them.
#2 – Loop bands are helpful for a variety of things like squats, abductor exercise and much more. You can get the rubber or fabric ones. If you have have thunder things like me, then I highly suggest the fabric ones. They’re WAY easier and won’t bunch up on you. However, if you’re going to use them for accessory work for you shoulders, or do banded leg extensions then I recommend the rubber ones.
#3 – Floor sliders can be a good addition if you’re doing higher intensity workouts, or want to add an extra balance factor to things reverse lunges. They can also be used to kick push-ups, up a notch. They can also be helpful for adding an extra challenge to side lunges – these can help fire up the adductors (inner-thighs) more.
#4 – Slam balls are helpful for both strength and conditioning. You can use them in place of dumbbells a lot of the time for things like wood-chops, chest presses, squats and more. And they’re a wonderful tool for conditioning with exercises like slams, high to low woodchops and much more.
Now the next few things on this list are a bit more of an investment. But you don’t NEED them – they’re more if you want to get a bit more bang for your buck, or might need some assistance because of an injury or limitation.
#5 – A TRX can be so helpful for a variety of reasons. They can be huge for strength gains for your back and legs. They can also do wonders if you have a limitation in your back, hips, or knees to help make squats or lunges easier and/or give you a safety net. They can also be helpful for some stretches. The world is your oyster with this one. You can use the door hook or you can get a hook to attach to a stud in your walls. Either works just fine. If you use a door hook make sure to put it on a door that opens away from you so that it has the full support of the door frame.
# 6 – Kettlebells are fantastic for strength, conditioning and mobility. They are so versatile. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with them – I recommend watching some videos that explain them well and start with a lighter weight and then move up as you get more familiar with them.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are so many home gym options you can go with. But if you want somewhere to start, these are good options. And again – you don’t need to get everything. Start with just the resistance bands and go from there! And if you have any questions please feel to reach out! I’m always happy to help where I can.