5 Things On My Home Gym Wish List

Lately I have been thinking about how I would like to begin adding some things to my “home gym”, so I thought I would share some items that I am looking at for this week’s “Friday Five”. I probably won’t get most of these for quite some time, but it’s more of a long-term wish list.

home gym

I actually have quite a few items in my “home gym” already (which is really just a corner of my basement). We have a few weights (5 lbs, 10 lbs, 25 lbs, and a bar with plates), lots of resistance bands, a stability ball, a balance disc, and lots of foam rollers/other myofascial release tools. You can read about my top 5 items for a home gym here

I would like to have a variety of ways to strength train and cross train, which is how I decided on these 5 items. These are not affiliate links, and I just linked to an easy-to-find website (I didn’t shop around for the best price).


  1. TRX Home Suspensions Trainer or Lifeline Jungle Gym XT

I used to do TRX at my gym while I was training for my first marathon. I noticed such an improvement in my strength and balance! However, there was an extra cost to those classes so I could not continue going long-term. I think having a TRX system or something similar would be a great investment.


2. Bosu Balance Trainer

I always enjoyed using the bosu at my gym while doing strength workouts! I would stand on it while lifting weights, use it for push-ups, or even jump on there to get some cardio in.


3. Kettlebells

I have seen quite a few kettlebells workouts and exercises lately that I have wanted to try! This is a small, inexpensive piece of equipment that would supplement the weight training I am already doing.

indoor bike

4. Indoor Bike

This is definitely more of a “long-term wish list” item, but I think Rob and I would agree that if we are going to get a piece of cardio equipment that a bike makes the most sense. We could use it when the weather is too bad for running or just as a regular cross-training tool. It’s smaller and less expensive than an elliptical, too. While I would like to get a treadmill eventually, I think it would be more practical to get something that would allow us to have another workout option besides running.

pull up bar

5. Pull up bar

I think this would be fun to have, since I have always struggled with functional upper body strength. The one I linked to uses leverage to hold it inside a door jam, which is good because I am not about to drill anything into the walls or ceiling. However, I am not sure how well it will stay where it is supposed to.

What are some items you would like to have at home to supplement your workouts?

Do you have a”home gym”? What equipment do you use the most?


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48 responses on 5 Things On My Home Gym Wish List

  1. Do you have an outdoor bike? An alternate to a stationary bike is a bike trainer that you can attach your outdoor bike and pedal against a drum with some form of resistance (fluid trainers are the most quiet). It works for pretty much all bikes, although smooth tires are the most practical. I agree that cycling is great cross training.
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  2. We have some hand weights and a treadmill. I’ve only used the treadmill once because it’s in our scary basement and I swear it’s slanted up a pretty decent amount. I had to resort to it during Boston’s ridiculous snowstorms this past winter but I don’t think I will ever do it again. Otherwise I just do strength training at home! The bike is a great idea though!
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  3. I already have an ancient treadmill — we thought it had died but my husband was able to save it!

    I’d love to try TRX, too, but we basically have nowhere to hang it.

    A stationary bike is very high up on my list. The problem is finding one that will squeeze in with the treadmill!

    I love my kettlebells. They’re actually not that expenisve & I bought most of mine at Target (which always has them on sale the beginning of the year, btw).
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  4. I have that pullup bar and it is awesome. Who knew that all the doors inside your house are not the same. I had to try a few different doors but it works and stays put. I would love to have a spin bike in my house. I want a home gym but don’t have room for one. Have a great day
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  5. Great picks! Right now, I have a tiny apartment so my “home gym” is a yoga mat and 2 sets of dumbbells. No room for anything else yet! I would LOVE a TRX system…talk about full body workout! A spin bike would also be nice, but I can never motivate myself to bike alone, so I still need a spin class!
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  6. Oh, my gosh, Lisa…I would LOVE to have a TRX system at home; wouldn’t that be nice? I haven’t checked lately, but I think they’re kind of pricey; nevertheless, it would be cheaper (over time) than attending classes. I have a BOSU trainer at home and I highly recommend it; the simplest exercises can be made much more effective and it challenges my core ALL the time. What a great list! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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  7. The only piece of equipment I have for my home gym is my treadmill in the garage. But it saves my life! I’d love a spin bike one day just to change it up. A pull-up bar would be cool too. I can finally do ONE pull-up after years of never being able to do a single one.
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  8. If I could have anything, I would get a treadmill. I actually would love to be able to crank out a run while I watch TV and never have to leave the house. Not every day, but sometimes! I like to do speed work on the mill, and when I start training for the Pittsburgh Marathon I will use it a lot for hill work (we don’t have very big hills here). I think it would be so nice to be able to do that in the comforts of home, especially when it’s snowy/icy out. But, we live in a tiny duplex, and not only can we not fit a treadmill, I don’t think our downstairs neighbors would appreciate it very much…haha…
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  9. I’d never thought about a bike, but that’s a good option! I have some weights and resistance bands, but I would like to get a treadmill one day (maybe if I win the lottery??). I have had far too many runs derailed this year because it’s still in the 90s after dark…
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  10. TRX looks like a great investment! I would love to have that equipment but it would be a big expense. We have a spin bike but I don’t spin anymore. I did use it for years and it was great- very durable and less than $300! If you are interested, I can let you know what kind it was. Paul and I both used and for several years and I think we only had to replace the chain thingy (it’s not a chain I just don’t know what to call it) once.

    I have a pull up bar that fits in the door. I will admit, it was scary at first because I did not understand how it was just supposed to STAY THERE and hold my weight but it does! It’s very easy to put up and take down. Very good investment because you can work lots of different back and shoulder muscles by using different grips on the pull up bar.

    To lift at home, I mainly use dumbbells and my pull up bar. I never even go to the gym anymore because everything I want to do I can do at home! This is only because I finally made the investment in heavier weights. It sucks to drop so much cash but the good part is metal weights will last forever, so it’s not like I will ever need to replace them. Even as I get stronger and need heavier weights, I continue to use the lighter ones for warm up sets and even lug them around for clients sometimes.
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    1. If we start to think seriously about a bike I will definitely check with you- $300 doesn’t sound bad at all!
      And if I do get a pull up bar, I will need to learn these different grips so I can get a full workout on there:)
      Weights are definitely such a great investment! I know I need heavier ones- at my gym I always used 10-20 lbs and that is the range we are missing at home!

  11. I have a treadmill at home and I use it all the time. I’m a wuss when the cold weather comes so I am always on that thing. I teach cycle classes at the gym so that’s the last thing I want to do when I’m not working…haha. I would love to get a set of different sizes of free weights. Also that Bosu ball would be cool. So many exercises you could do on it.
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  12. I am super excited to get my own place in the spring so that I can get my own home gym rolling!! Right now it’s confined to my room, so I only have a yoga mat, 10lb weights and a foam roller. Looking into some good resistance bands and a stability ball for my desk though:)
    I hope to someday have a treadmill (probably wishful thinking). I love your idea of the TRX Home kit… now THAT would be fun. A pull-up bar would be really fun too and would maybe force me to actually practice them more often (I get a little intimidated at my gym:)
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  13. You can get an amazing full body workout with just one kettlebell (15-25 lbs) – definitely a good investment! There are so many different exercises you can do. I have that pullup bar. It works great. But if you can’t do a dead hang pull-up, I recommend getting a resistance band to hang over the bar. You just put your knee in there to take off some of the weight. It really helped me learn how to do a pull-up. I didn’t think I would ever be able to one, but I was wrong!

  14. Love my kettlebells and my spin bike! I picked up an old spin bike from Craigslist for $250 about two years ago and love it. I want a rowing machine as soon as we finish our basement. I just wish finishing our basement was in the near future. The TRX and bosu ball look like so much fun, the pull up bar not so much. Hahahaha!

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