So we are slowly going back to real life- here in California we are really taking our time. One thing I wish I would have done months ago is create an at home gym. I decided to focus on this project as a gift to myself for Mother’s Day and am just now starting to figure out what I want to buy. We have a few balls in the air right now with other household things so the budget isn’t huge for this but we spent $409 last year on a gym membership so I am starting off with just a few hundred dollars and then hoping to purchase a treadmill a few months from now. Both of my girls are athletes so I know they will also share some of this equipment and do their own workouts so when I was putting together ideas, I had some things for myself and some things I thought they would also use.
I thought some of you might have a bit of holiday or Quarantine weight to address as well and thought I’d share some ideas I have for a home gym:
Medicine Ball. I love the look of these balls- the colors are really pretty. I plan to start with just one weight and then add more as needed. Another option are these Amazon basics balls which get fantastic reviews or for the best price option, these Strive medicine balls seem to be a good budget option. If you plan to purchase multiple medicine balls, here is a simple Medicine Ball Rack you might also want.
Yoga Mat. I love the happy colors of these mats but for a more budget friendly (and thicker) mat option, this Gaiam mat is perfect. If you have a larger space or work out with a buddy, this extra large mat here would be a fantastic option.
Dumbells. A basic set of dumbells in a few weight variations is a must. These are inexpensive and neoprene for comfort for basic weight training- the adjustable Dumbbells here would be another great option that is also super compact.
Kettle Bell. These are awesome for all sorts of workout options. If you are trying to save space, this adjustable grip Kettle bell attaches to dumbbells to offer a variety of weight options. If you prefer more traditional Kettle Bell options here.
Basic Bench. This is a nice very basic bench that is super affordable. In addition to using this for workouts, you can use it as a place to change shoes, to rest etc.. in a small workout space. This adjustable bench is a nice step up with great reviews and a very affordable price. One last option that can be stored away easily is just a Step Platform bench that can be used for cardio, tricep dips, free weights and more.
Foam Roller. A basic foam roller is perfect for recovery. This is such an important part of fitness that people often overlook. I harp on my daughter constantly about rolling out her muscles after practices and workouts and she actually this portable roller in her soccer bag.
Resistance Bands . Resistance bands are inexpensive and easy to store and super handy for leg workouts.
Bosu Balance Ball. A Bosu ball is such a fun addition to a home gym. These are amazing for strength and balance for upper and lower body as well as the core. If you’d like a smaller option this stability disk might be a good choice to try out.
Apple Watch. An Apple Watch is awesome for tracking heart rate and distance etc… This is the new series 6 version that tracks blood oxygen, heart rhythm and more. I have the older version that is more affordable and it works really well.
Portable Speaker. Simple portable and wireless speaker with a battery life of 12 hours.
Full length mirror. This mirror is nice because it can be moved around and doesn’t need to be mounted.
Treadmill. I really want a treadmill and if I stick to my home workout routine for the next few months, we will be investing in one soon. This is an affordable and good quality option. I want a treadmill that has a higher incline on it so that will also have a higher price tag. If you are more of a bike person, this fitness bike is very affordable and if you subscribe to Peloton fitness classes, it could be a great cardio option.
What else would you include in your home gym essentials?