Exercise equipment is one of those things we tend to accumulate and not use a lot (the Treadmill Coat Rack, for example). However, in times like these, the infamous Portland Snow Days, or times when you just can’t make it to the studio, having some basic equipment can be really helpful. We’re building a lot of bodyweight workouts into the app, and I’m writing a lot of bodyweight workouts for clients that don’t have home equipment, but we thought we’d shoot out a list of equipment we’d recommend you have … you know, just in case!
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If we could pick any two pieces of equipment for each person, it would be a 30 lb kettle bell and a 1/2 inch super band. If you had those things, there is a tremendous amount of work you could get done. We’d almost always start there, maybe a yoga mat too. This list has some items that are cheap, small, easy to access and others that may need a professional install. We hope helps!
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Our top picks for your home gym
30 lb kettle bell
On the whole, kettle bells are super versatile. Ideally we’d recommend a pair of lighter ones (15-25 pounds) and one larger one (40-70 pounds) as a really good start. Anything you can do with dumbbells you can do with kettlebells, the reverse is not true.
Stretchy stuff is versatile because of how well you can vary the resistance. We’ve linked to a 4 pack but a single 1/2 inch band can go a long way.
It’s better to move on than wood floors, easier to clean than carpets. Really essential for a good home gym.
Since the 1600’s it has been one of the best and most accessible forms of cardio. 15-20 minutes of vigorous jumping can be the equivalent of 45-60 minutes jogging. It’s a great piece to have unless you have neighbors below you! The link we’ve included is a weighted rope, albeit fairly light. We have that rope in our garage and it’s really nice for the price.
You likely have one of these already, they seem to be flat and laying around everywhere. Pump it up and use it for great core work, really a nice thing to have although not as versatile as some of the other things we’ve mentioned and takes up some space. Generally a 55cm ball works for most people for most exercises.
Wow, this piece really adds a lot of options. It’s the most expensive on here and certainly needs to be installed correctly, but it’s an amazing addition that doesn’t take up much room.
A foam Roller is another nice piece to have. Here’s an inexpensive option, but there are infinite materials, lengths, and firmnesses to choose from. A basic 36 inch is a good place to start.
AmazonBasics High-Density Round Exercise Therapy Foam Roller – 36 Inches, Black
If you want to have a lot of variety in a small foot print, the adjustable weights are really great. We have two pairs at the studio – one that goes to 25 pounds and one that goes to 50 pounds. They are both more solid / secure than you might imagine and really versatile for the footprint.
Having a step / bench is a great addition to the home gym. Furniture can sometimes work here but not always as stable. These plastic adjustable benches aren’t perfect for anything, but they’re good for a lot of things and a little cheaper than a metal / upholstered bench.
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