Top 5 Items For Your Home Gym

Today’s Friday Five Topic is “What’s in my gym bag?”. Well, I don’t have one! I usually walk into the gym with my keys and phone, and possibly a pair of headphones and that’s it. So I can’t really do a Friday Five with that! Instead, I thought I would share my top 5 home gym items, since I do a lot of my workouts at home. These are all items I have- I’m sure there are many that would be a million times better (like an actual piece of cardio equipment!) but when you’re in a tight space and on a  budget you work with what you have!

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 1. Stability ball– I bought one of these about two years ago to help with core work. I still use it all the time and it also works as an extra seat! Sometimes I will sit on it while I am blogging to get an extra mini-core workout in. There are a million exercises you can do with it too!

2. Free Weights– If I had to pick one set of weights to get it would probably be 8-pounders. I use those the most although I do have a few lighter pairs. I was able to do most of my strength work at home using 8 pounds while feeling like I got a decent workout in. They don’t take up much space and you can use them for strengthening all different muscles!

3. Resistance bands– These are great for working the hips and glutes! I have broken way too many so I would recommend investing in a  decent brand. Or buy a lot of the cheapest ones you can find. 

4. Coregeous Ball– this was a newer purchase which I decided to get after reading “Ready to Run”. It can be used to release the psoas but I also use it a lot when I take barre classes online. 

5. An iPad– or something that allows you to watch exercise videos and has a timer! I use mine all the time for barre and yoga workouts, and I use the timer when I am planking. Obviously a phone or laptop can do the job as well, but the iPad is a great size. 

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Be sure to check out what everyone else has in their gym bags- I know I am curious since I don’t have one! Thanks to Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for hosting the link-up! I’m also linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday!

What workout equipment do you have at home?

What’s on your home-gym wish list?

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69 thoughts on “Top 5 Items For Your Home Gym

    • It sounds like you have the essentials! I never use a yoga mat at home since we have carpet everywhere, but it would definitely be helpful if you’re working out on hard floors!

    • Haha we can only count those if you want to:) It’s nice that you have a treadmill! Even though I don’t like running on treadmills I think it would be SO convenient to have one at home!

    • I think a bike trainer would be a great piece of cross training equipment. My goal is to eventually built up my home gym so that I don’t need a membership anymore! (which may take a few years:))

    • The lightest weights I have are 5 lb and they are so heavy for barre! I eventually want to get 3 lb weights as well.

    • I would love to not have to use a real gym eventually! I enjoy the classes but its so pricey, especially for how little I use it.

    • Yes, some of the gym bags are really cute!
      The courageous ball is much smaller than a stability ball. You can lay on it on your stomach to release your psoas or use it for things like bridges where you put your feet on the ball to make it harder.

  1. An iPad is so much nicer for at-home stuff than a phone. I get so flustered trying to track a workout or watch a video on my iPhone that I just give up. Lately, it’s been my PS3 with DailyBurn or my computer that helps, but for the most part, it’s my iPad set up beside me.

    I don’t think I could do without my kettlebell, though. I love my trusty little cannonball, and when I use dumbbells or other weights instead, I miss slinging the little booger around. That’s what I can’t do without.

    Glad I saw your blog at Jill Conyers’ #FitnessFriday!
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    • I would love to add a kettlebell to my collection! It seems like if really helps you get a better/different workout than regular weights.

    • I’m really happy that I got the stability ball. I was worried that it was so big and it would get in the way, but it really doesn’t and I use it all the time!

    • I would love the convenience of having a treadmill at home! Not sure how much I would use it but on cold days it would be better than having to drive to the gym!

    • That’s a great idea! I walk to yoga classes so I keep my mat inside, but I don’t use it at home since I have all carpets. I hope you have a great weekend as well!

    • Kettlebells are also on my wish list! And I would definitely need to use a yoga mat if I had hard floors! But we have all carpets so its not something I need to worry about.

    • That’s great that you have a pull up bar! I don’t think I could do even one pull up but maybe if I had one at home I would practice more!
      Have a great weekend!

    • The iPad is so great for running on the treadmill! I have even brought mine to the gym before to use while running on the treadmill!

  2. I have a deflated stability ball, free weights, and resistance bands. I don’t do much working out at home, but when I do, this is all I need. What on earth is a Coregeous ball?

    My dream home gym would include a treadmill, a large TV, an assortment of weights, and an in house personal trainer.
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    • Your dream gym sounds amazing! A courageous ball is about the size of a soccer ball. You can either lay on it on your stomach to release your psoas, or use it for core work. For example, while doing bridges you can put your feet on it to make the exercise more challenging

    • A courageous ball can either be used to release your psoas by laying on it on your stomach, or for core work. For example, while doing bridges you can put your feet on it to make the exercise more challenging. I’ve been using it much more than I expected!

  3. I have ankle weights and resistance bands, plus yoga and Pilates DVDs. I may invest in some light weights as I get used to HIIT works and am ready to add a little bit of weight to the workouts. I do yoga and HIIT at home.
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    • You just reminded me that I have ankle weights too! I forgot about them…I should really start incorporating them into some of my at home exercises!

    • Yes those bands are perfect for exercises like that! I use the coregeous ball more than I expected…it can definitely make certain core exercises more challenging!

  4. That Coregeous ball looks very interesting!! I really need to pull out some of my items for home workouts; unfortunately, my BOSU trainer is under the bed – ha! I’d really like to check out some online barre classes; any you might recommend? Thanks so much for sharing these ideas; hope you have a great Friday and weekend!
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    • I’ve really been using the coregeous ball more than I expected! There are creative ways to make core work more challenging with it:) Free weights are definitely great to have for when you don’t feel like leaving the house. Enjoy your weekend!

    • It sounds like you have a great collection! I hope to continue growing mine so that eventually I won’t need a gym membership.
      Enjoy your weekend!

  5. I also don’t have a gym bag beacuse I’m have no membership! WHen I did, I never had one either!

    Great runners & worker-outers think alike! I use my IPAD ALL THE TIME…it’s my number one workout accessory! I use it on my treadmill for Netflix or music, and all the time for workout videos! If something happened to it, i would cry!

    Awesome tips!
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    • You probably won’t need it anymore for your treadmill that does EVERYTHING! But i guess you can still use it for workout videos:)

    • I love using the bosu at my gym to do planks and other exercises! I will have to check out your posts too! Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    • That’s a great idea! I would love to sit on one more often to get a little extra core work in throughout the day.

  6. I’m actually working on getting a home gym together! I’ve got my treadmill, yoga mat, some free weights, a foam roller…all I need is a bike now. The only reason I still have a gym membership is for biking. But I really don’t like gyms… I’ve started looking at bikes so pretty soon it will be no more gym for me!
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    • That is so great and I hope I can do the same someday! I would love to be able to do cardio at home or just run, and not have to pay for a gym!

    • I feel like I rarely use my iPad anymore now that I have a macbook air so really the only thing I use it for is working out. Its great for setting the timer while I plank and then I can also scroll through social media to pass the time! I also brought it to the gym and ran on the treadmill with it.

    • I definitely learned some interesting tips from the book! I have really tight hips and it talks a lot about how to improve mobility.

    • My husband had one before we lived together and got rid of it because he never used it! It does take up some space but I think its fine as long as you have a corner or closet to stick it in:) Besides, if its in your way your more likely to use it, right?

    • I use the coregous ball mostly for core work- its about the size of a soccer ball. For example, you can put your feet on in while doing bridges, or place it under your hips and lift your knees and feet up off the ground and then lower them one at a time. You can also lay on it on your stomach to release your psoas. I am thinking about doing a post about it because it seems like a lot of people have questions about it and have never heard of it!

    • It’s really great to have some options for at home workouts! Especially items that can make exercises more challenging.

    • That’s great- I also really enjoy being able to do some of my workouts at home. I hope to continue growing my home gym over the next few years!

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