A lot of us find ourselves working out at home these days. There are a lot of great things about being able to work out at home, but it can be hard to know how to increase the difficulty of your workouts without the racks of dumbbells and bazillions of machines that the gym has. Today, I’m going to talk about a few inexpensive tools that you can get pretty easily to keep in your home and meet all your home workout needs.
1. Dumbbells (DB)
For most of the workouts that you’re going to be doing at home, a few sets of dumbbells will suffice. I typically suggest having a lighter weight DB, like 2-3 lbs, medium weight between 5-8 lbs, and a heavier weight from 10-15 lbs. Where you fall within these weights just depends on where you’re at with fitness and what your goals are. Dumbbells are very versatile and can be used for both upper and lower body workouts.
2. Resistance Bands
Two types of resistance bands exist – one that are a full loop and bands with a handle on each end. Both can be used for similar purposes, so, it really comes down to preference. Typically, sets of resistance bands come with 3-6 bands of varying resistance levels to simulate a certain amount of weight. Bands are great as they provide resistance throughout the entirety of a movement.
3. Yoga Blocks/Balls
Obviously, these come in handy when you’re doing a lot of yoga, but they can be used for a variety of core and balance work as well. So, if you’re looking to strengthen these areas, investing in on or both of these tools would serve you well.
4. Mini Bands
These are different than resistance bands in that they are much smaller. Often you will see these used looped around the ankles or thighs. But they can also be used for upper body and core exercises as well.
5. Kettlebells (KB)
These are a great tool to help improve strength and power. Again, a set of 3-5 KBs with varying weights should be sufficient for most of the exercises you would want to do at home.
All of these pieces of equipment can easily be bought online or at a store relatively inexpensively and will greatly enhance your home workouts.
Keep an eye out this week for some workouts using some of this equipment!