We have gone back and forth between having a gym membership and not. The last couple of months we made the decision to cut ties with our gym and turn our garage into a mini home gym. After doing some research I found many affordable items to utilize in place of big, bulky, and expensive gym equipment. Here is the best home gym equipment to buy to keep your fitness flowing.
Kettlebells are affordable depending on the weight you need and more versatile than dumbbells. There are multiple kettlebell specific workouts that target many different muscle groups. Not to mention many dumbbell exercises can be swapped out with a kettlebell to achieve similar results.
TRX or Military Straps
TRX was actually invented by a former Navy Seal and were originally modified military straps. If you have never worked with TRX straps then you are in for a serious workout. Using these straps you utilize your full body weight into your workout. Depending on which type of straps you purchase, they can range from simple and cheap to more complex but still affordable.
Resistance Bands & Straps
Resistance bands and straps are super affordable and can be used in place of dumbbells at a fraction of the cost. Want to work those outer thighs? Slide on a resistance band, bend your knees and take squatted steps around the house. I promise you will feel the burn!
Contrary to what you may think, these fitness balls are not just for chest bounces. Fitness balls can do wonders for your core! You can do sit-ups, crunches, ball lifts, push ups, etc. that will target your core more than ever.
Yoga Mats & Towels
Yoga mats can be used for more than just yoga. If you are working out at home and you have no carpet in your house, you’re going to want a little cushion under you so you don’t bruise all over. If you do have carpet, grab a yoga towel to keep your hands and feet firm. I hate being sweaty and slipping all over the place.
On a side note, I own a yoga mat towel from Clever Yoga which I am in love with! Its super absorbent and came with a free hand towel. I have a couple other Clever Yoga Products as well and they have been an awesome company to work with. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see me using many of these yoga products. Feel free to grab one of their yoga mat towels or other products here.
When all is said and done and you’ve beat your body to the ground, you will want a muscle roller. There is nothing worse than waking up the next morning and the day after, barely being able to move. Foam roll your muscles for a quicker recovery after a good work out.
For anyone who isn’t a newbie to fitness, what is your favorite home gym equipment to recommend?