At Home Gym Must Haves
This past year we worked from home, shopped from home, Zoom partied from home and exercised from home too! As we are now almost two months into a new year, we are still spending a ton of time in the house. Unfortunately, many gyms and fitness centers still remain closed or open with limitations and regulations in the new year. If you are unable to workout at a gym and you are still exercising from home, it is time that you finally elevate your at-home workouts with these five pieces of equipment!
Booty bands are inexpensive, simple to use, lightweight and easy to store. They usually come in sets of three, providing light, medium and heavy resistance levels of intensity. Whether you decide to purchase rubber, cloth and elastic booty bands, they are a great way to add extra resistance and tension to moves you may already be doing like lunges, squats, hip thrust and donkey kicks!
Ankle weights are perfect for intensifying your pilates exercises to leave your calves and booty burning! Ankle weights can widley range in weight from 1 to upwards of 20 pounds. Start with light ankle weights and work your weight up if necessary, even adding just one or two pounds with an ankle weight will fire up your muscles.
Yes, LIGHT dumbbells! Just like adding ankle weights into your workouts, it is important to start with light dumbbells and work your way up to medium to heavy dumbbells. You do not need to be lifting heavy in order to see results. Adding in repetition and even pulsing with a three pound weight will leave your arms sculpted!
Medium to Heavy Kettlebell
When you feel ready for something a bit heavier, investing in a medium to heavy kettlebell will set you up for weight-lifting success. Kettlebells are very functional, as you can easily grip the weight with one hand or two depending on the movement you are doing. Kettlebells are great for completing compact movements (working two muscles at once) like kettlebell swings, walking lunges with kettlebell raises and weighted squats.
Foam rolling helps to release tension in muscles, relieve muscle soreness and improve flexibility/range in motion. Learning to foam roll correctly does take practice, but adding a 15 minute foam rolling sesh into your routine is a great way to spice up your active recovery days!
Although at-home gym equipment like a Peloton spin bike or treadmill are amazing pieces of equipment, they unfortunately come with an expensive price tag. However, you do not have to go broke to create a functional and practical at-home gym experience. Investing in smaller exercise equipment is a much more practical option for many, and will definitely improve your at-home workouts.
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