Even though I love being active, there is a long list of things I would rather do than actually go to the gym, including deep cleaning every bathroom in my house (my brother’s bathroom not included). It can be a hassle trying to plan your day around finding the time to drive to the gym for a workout, and on top of that, you have to pray that it’s not too crowded in the morning before work (and it usually is) or that you’re not too drained to get yourself there after work. Then there’s waiting in line for the stair master when you could’ve been done with your workout 30 minutes ago. And we won’t even get into the uber-macho gym buffs who act like they own the place.
Instagram and TikTok have become my favorite places to find great workouts that I can do right at home that only require a few simple equipment pieces. It’s like having the benefits of a personal trainer without having to leave your living room (and without having to use the intimidating machines at the gym). Read on for all of the home workout equipment you need for an effective workout. The best part? They’re all from Amazon. So next time you want a great workout, all you’ll have to do is turn on your favorite workout video, move the coffee table to the side, and grab one (or more!) of these must-have fitness items.
Amazon | Stakt
Even if you’re not a yogi, a mat is a must-have, especially if you have hard floors. This 2-in-1 mat doubles as a block for added versatility in your workouts and extra support. Plus, it is twice as thick as traditional yoga mats, which makes it a great option for anyone who needs a mat that is easier on their joints (*raises hand*).
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Amazon | Bala
Wrist and ankle weights are great for adding strength training into your workout, and these are a super chic way to do that. Not only can these weights help you tone your legs, glutes, arms, core, and more by adding resistance to low-impact exercises, they can add intensity to any workout when you crave a little extra. If you only want to purchase one form of versatile weights to get you started, we wholeheartedly recommend these.
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Amazon | Bala
If a kettlebell and a dumbbell had a baby, it would be this power ring. This 10 lb weight is the perfect prop for pressing, holding, swinging, and squatting to increase strength, agility, endurance, and balance. Plus, it’s super sleek so you can easily tuck it away or leave it out without your house looking like your gym equipment is everywhere.
Amazon | Winsharp
Squat, lunge, hip thrust, adubct, kickback, and more right in your living room with the help of these heavy-duty bands. Ranging from light to heavy resistance, add these bands into your workout to achieve low-impact fine toning or a sweaty full-body burn. If you have a smaller apartment and don’t want to keep too much equipment around, these are definitely for you—especially because they are also great for stretching!
Amazon | Retrospec
These lightweight latex resistance bands with handles range from 10-50 lbs and can be used for resistance training, yoga, pilates, and recovery. Not only does this set include five weight variations, but it comes with handles, ankle straps, a carrying bag, and a door anchor, making them incredibly versatile for any workout, anywhere.
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Dumbbells don’t need much explanation: They’re used to gain lean muscle mass in an isolated area with a lighter weight and more repetitions. Though they’re mostly used for biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, and chest, they can also be used to add extra weight while doing squats and glute bridges.
Amazon | ZELUS
A bosu ball is great for training your core because being on an unstable surface while doing simple exercises requires the rest of the body to be engaged in order to stay balanced. You can just stand on it and do bicep curls and shoulder presses, or you can use it more actively for squats and pushups. No matter what workout you decide to use it for (leg exercises, upper body, or cardio), you’ll be simultaneously getting the ultimate core workout.
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Amazon | Loocio
Jump roping is a great cardio alternative to running that also boosts fat burning and increases muscle engagement. It also brings back some fun into working out (remember how fun it was as a kid?). Plus, this jump rope in particular has foam handles for ultimate control and comfort. Just make sure everything (and everyone!) is out of the way before you start swinging it around!
Amazon | ProBody Pilates
I started using bender balls in my pilates classes, and I now incorporate them into my everyday workouts for the increased range of motion in core exercises. They allow for a more effective workout than just ordinary crunches. Plus, have you ever tried glute bridges with one of these in between your knees? Instant inner thigh burner.
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Medicine balls are one of the most dynamic things you can buy, as they can be used for a full-body workout. They help with strength, balance, and coordination in all of your muscle groups. This one will only take up a small amount of space, no matter how heavy of a ball you choose.
Foam rollers can be used to warm up before your workout or cool down after. They’re great for stretching to relieve muscle pain and soreness. You’ll never forget to stretch after your workout again with one of these (it hurts so good!).
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Source: Cosmo Politian