With so many gyms closing around the nation and more of us working out at home, it may be time to build your own mini version of a home gym.
Today, I want to share with you my favorite, low-cost pieces of equipment that will allow you to do a huge variety of workouts from the comfort of your own home.
Many pieces are available through beachbody.com or you can check out my amazon favorites page ( amazon.com/shop/autumncalabrese ). A total body transformation workout is waiting for you starting with these items.
1.) Dumbbells: These could range from 5lbs – 50lbs depending on your goal. They will help you build strength, tone your muscles, and raise your heart rate while taking up very little space in your home or office. Having a set of light dumbbells and heavy dumbbells is a good idea since chances are you’ll need slightly lighter weights when working your upper body and heavier when working your lower body.
- Light Dumbbells: These can be as light as 2lbs and as heavy as 15-20s depending on what your upper body strength is. I usually use between 8lbs and 17.5lb dumbbells for my upper bodywork.
- Heavy Dumbbells: These can start at 10lbs and go as heavy as you need them to feel the burn. Everyone’s goals are different so keep the goal in mind when picking your weights. For my lower body, I use anywhere from 15-pound dumbbells up to 35-pound dumbbells.
2.) Mini Resistance Loops: This is one of my all-time favorite pieces of equipment. Resistance Loops firm and sculpt your upper and lower body, challenge your core and stability, and build your booty. With multiple resistance levels included, you have room to grow as you get stronger. The best part? They take up literally no space and travel so easily.! You never have an excuse again for not getting a workout in when you’re on vacation or traveling.
3.) Resistance Slides: Increase the intensity of your workout as you engage your core, stimulate your glutes, and activate multiple muscles at once. Using these sliding disks for lunges, squats, upper body movements and core work allows you to take your workout to the next level, feel the burn even more, and increase endurance, strength, and stability. You’ll also likely burn more calories using these little unobtrusive slides because they are designed to challenge your balance and stability so you’ll have to engage more muscles. The more muscles working, the more calories burned. Gotta love that!
4.) A Bench: The perfect addition to any fitness routine because it can accommodate a wide range of full-body workouts, in a small amount of space. This is a piece you can build on. Try starting with a flat bench and working up to an adjustable utility bench. Get creative with the use of your bench. Sure you can do the typical chest press and chest fly but you can do so much more! Step-ups for the legs, leg raises for the abs, decline pushups, reclined bicep curls, bench rows, and more.
5.) Stability Ball: The stability ball is another piece of equipment that is used to, well, challenge your stability 😉 In a lot of ways it can be used as a “next level” bench. You can perform upper body exercises like chest press, chest fly, and decline pushups on it. You can also use it for a whole slew of different ab exercises as well as to tone the glutes with glute bridges, hamstring curls, and lunge exercises. The beauty is you can inflate and deflate it whenever you would like. If you have the room, keep it inflated but if you’re tight on space, deflate it and put it away until you are ready to use it again.
These 5 items are the perfect start to kicking off a fitness routine ANYWHERE you have space. The fun part is being consistent and seeing how strong you get and then moving up in weights and endurance. Being strong is BEAUTIFUL!
Your partner in health,