By Kevin Jones
Do you ever find yourself wanting to work out and start a healthier lifestyle? Do you often feel like it would be so much easier if you could work out home but don’t know how to get started? Fear not, this guide will get you through some basic (and other more advanced) equipment that you can easily set up at home and get started! It all really depends on how much space you have available. Maybe you have an empty corner in your living room, maybe you have a whole room that you want to dedicate to having a gym. There are options for everyone. It is really important to be aware of the space to be able to decide what you can and cannot do as “Step Zero.”
1 Yoga Mat
Green Yoga Mat One of the most easily acquired and versatile equipment. While traveling, I had a yoga mat that was really thick (about 1/2 inch) and I could easily use it to do HIIT workouts as well as yoga. For those that have limited space, this is a great option that can be rolled up and put away.
ProForm Adjustable Dumbbells Marcy Barbell Great for working out your upper body and with sets that are adjustable (with nested dumbbells) they don’t have to take up a lot of space. For those of you that have space to spare (as in, you have a whole room, basement or garage) then a barbell and plates set can be a good option, especially for those leaning to incorporate crossfit, deadlifts, etc…
3 Jump Rope/Treadmill/Rowing Machine
Everlast Jump Rope ProForm Treadmill Sunny Health Fitness Rowing Machine All of these offer a great way to get some cardio going. It mostly depends on what you are comfortable with. If space is limited, a jumping rope is fantastic. A step up from the rope, a rowing machine offers a great full-body workout that does not compromise your knees. In addition, depending on what model you choose, you can fold away the rowing machine and clear up the space. If, however, you are okay with a more permanent fixture and love being able to run indoors, a treadmill is definitely a good way to build up speed and endurance as well as being super convenient when the weather does not cooperate.
4 Resistance Bands
Amazon Basics Resistance Bands Really awesome for stretching as well as offering a good workout for arms and legs. These come in varying resistances, perfect to work your way up!
5 Foam Roller
Amazon Basics Foam Roller One of the best ways to loosen up after a workout is to use a foam roller. It is definitely a personal must-have and I heavily recommend it to fellow runners. Many fitness enthusiasts agree that there are many benefits to having your home gym. Not only will your perfect setup be only steps away but now you will have no excuse to miss a workout and will be able to better stick to a plan. Now that I have provided the basics, it is time to get to it!
About: Kevin Jones is a dedicated runner who enjoys traveling and trying new food. Kevin works for Fitness Trainer.