Top 7 Home Gym Essentials

When training my clients, I try to use pieces of equipment that are affordable, so they can purchase them for their home.  There are so many different exercises you can do with just one piece of equipment. By having a few options to choose from, you can really increase your strength and add variety to your workouts.

I love doing workouts that use the swiss ball. I can easily train for an hour doing nothing but swiss ball exercises. My clients often request these workouts because they are both challenging and low impact.

Two sets of dumbbells are always a good place to start when purchasing equipment. You are going to want one that is a lighter weight and one that is medium weight. Examples of combinations might be: 5 lbs and 8 lbs, 5lbs and 10 lbs or 8 lbs and 12 lbs. 

Therabands are very portable and diverse.  The color of the band is linked to the strength/resistance of the band. Yellow and red bands are the easiest; whereas, silver and gold are the strongest bands. I usually start clients with green or blue bands with them graduating to black after they've been training for awhile. When you purchase them, there will be a chart stating what strength is associated with each color.

Gliders are one of my favorite pieces of equipment to use. I am a fan of Valslide gliders - I think they are very easy to use.  Gliders, like Therabands, are easily transported in a suitcase or a gym bag. In fact, when I travel, I usually pack a Theraband and a set of gliders.

Ankle bands are inexpensive, and they can provide a lot of variety to your workout. In fact, my Christmas gift to my clients last year was an ankle band with an at-home workout for them to try.

A foam roller isn't like these other pieces of equipment - it is more for your muscles before/after a workout. I've found the best prices at Amazon for both a hard, large roller and a shorter, softer one.

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