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Home Gym Essentials

June 2, 2016
by Katie Dudley
Fitness Specialist

Enjoy the convenience, privacy and health benefits of having a home gym. Whatever your health goals, budget, or space may be, learn what equipment is essential for your own home gym sanctuary.

Creating a Home Gym

Creating a home gym could simply be establishing a dedicated corner in your apartment with a few resistance bands or having a well-equipped workout room as your personal fitness sanctuary. Whatever your health goals, budget, or space may be, learn what equipment is essential for you to create a home gym.

Cardio Gym Equipment

Home gym with stationary bikes, weights, and water in the room

Cardio Gym Essentials

Silver treadmill machine

Treadmill

A treadmill is great choice if you enjoy walking, jogging, or running. Treadmills require a lot of room when they are in use, but some are designed to fold up after your workout. You will need at least 30 square feet to use the machine comfortably.

Silver, black, and red elliptical machine

Elliptical

If you are looking for a cardio activity that is easy on your joints, an elliptical machine is the perfect choice. This machine will work the upper and lower body muscles at the same time in a gliding motion. You will need at least 25 square feet to use the machine comfortably.

Silver, and blue stationary bike

Stationary Bike

If you don't have the space or budget for a treadmill or elliptical, you can enjoy the benefits of a stationary bike. Bikes are low-impact and offer a great workout for all levels of fitness. You will need at least 10 square feet to use the machine comfortably.

Stationary rowing machine

Rowing Machine

Tone up your muscles and strengthen your cardiovascular health with a rowing machine. Rowing uses every major muscle group in your body with very little pressure on the joints, making it a smart option for anyone with back or joint issues. You will need at least 20 square feet to use the machine comfortably.

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Strength & Conditioning Gym Equipment

Set of weights in a gym setting, and a kettlebell, weighted medicine ball, and red dumbbells
Set of weights in a gym setting, and a kettlebell, weighted medicine ball, and red dumbbells

Strength & Conditioning Gym Essentials

Set of black dumbbells on rack

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are great for performing strength and conditioning workouts. If you don't have a lot of space, consider purchasing a set of adjustable dumbbells, which allows you to choose a variety of weights in just one piece of equipment.

Set of black kettlebells ranging in weight from 5 pounds to 20 pounds

Kettlebells

A kettlebell is a piece of cast iron formed into a ball with a handle. They are versatile, great for beginners, and cost effective. Choose three weights you think you'll use most often and you'll be all set for a great workout.

Set of black medicine balls

Medicine Balls

A medicine ball is a weighted ball that comes in a variety of sizes and weights. The ball can be tossed, bounced, slammed, or held to engage and strengthen the upper body.

Stack of rainbow colored weighted bars

Weighted Bar

A weighted bar is a steel bar covered in foam or plastic. The bars come in a variety of weights and can range between 4 to 6 feet long. Weighted bars are great for resistance training and for improving balance, flexibility, and core strength.

Small Space Home Gym

Red jump rope on black gym floor, and a red resistance band hangin on wall

Small Space Home Gym Essentials

Black pull-up bar

Pull-Up Bar

Transform your doorway into a gym with a pull-up bar and get ready for an extreme workout. With just the bar and your own body weight, you can workout a variety of muscle groups.

Black foam roller

Foam Roller

While stability balls can be fun for workouts, they can be tough to store. Foam rollers can serve a similar purpose and versatility, but they are easier to store. Use them to knead out muscles, improve core strength, or assist in yoga poses.

Stack of resistance bands

Resistance Bands

No need for a bunch of weights for strength training; invest in a set of resistance bands instead. Bands come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and strengths. This equipment is small, which makes it easy to store at home or throw in your suitcase when you travel.

Black jump rope

Jump Rope

Jump ropes can provide a serious calorie burning cardio workout that tones the legs, shoulders, glutes, and more. Throw in a few bodyweight exercises, and you have a complete workout right in your living room.

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Home Gym Upgrades

Three home gyms with equipment, wall of mirrors, and TV's mounted on the wall
Three home gyms with equipment, wall of mirrors, and TV's mounted on the wall
Three home gyms with equipment, wall of mirrors, and TV's mounted on the wall

Home Gym Upgrade Essentials

Grey textured home flooring

Home Gym Flooring

There are many benefits to installing special flooring in your home gym, whether it's interlocking foam tiles, rolled rubber flooring, or even a few simple foam mats. Investing in flooring will help protect exercise machines, provide joint cushioning while exercising, and reduce noise when you work out.

Grey full length mirror

Full-Length Mirror

A full-length mirror can be beneficial in your home gym for two reasons. First, it can be helpful in your workouts when it comes to working on your form; and second, it can also help a small home gym feel more spacious.

Grey floor fan

Fan

Indoor training can heat up quickly, especially in the summer months. Keep up your momentum by staying cool with a fan. When looking at your options, consider a fan that will give you a choice of height, airflow, and rotation.

Black TV mount

TV Mount

One benefit of working out at home is you get complete control of what to watch. The position of your TV is key when it comes to working out and watching your favorite show. A TV mount will maximize your space and give you optimal and varied viewing angles.

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by Katie Dudley
Fitness Specialist

Katie likes nothing more than a sweet endorphin release that comes with a good workout. She's a working mom with three kids and understands the value of self-care and the convenience of having a well equipped home gym.