Home Gym Essentials

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As I mentioned yesterday, one of my goals for 2015 is to strength train four days a week. It definitely makes such a difference in how I look, feel, run, etc. etc. It’s kind of easy for me to think about the time for the calories (i.e. 200 calories in 45 minutes) and think it’s not worth it but it is SO important. I don’t love body-weight training: it’s usually too jumping around, cardio-ish for me so some hand weights and a medicine ball make me want to work out at home way more. Plus, if the weather sucks it’s nice to just have an alternative to running or heading out to the gym.

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Home Gym Essentials

You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment for your home gym essentials. If you have the money, space and desire for a treadmill or stationary bike, that’s great, but you can easily get a few items for around $100 total that will suit basically every need. If you think about the cost of a gym membership, transportation there and back, etc. – the cost is way less the more you do your workouts at home!

Home Gym Essentials

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  • Shoes
    Other than your running shoes! See below for my favorites, the Asics Gel-Fit Sana.
  • Yoga Mat
    For planks, core, push-ups… anything where your hands and knees could use a little cushioning.
  • Hand Weights
    I have 3, 5 and 8 pound dumbbells. I had 3 pound weights forever then ever 6 months or so have built up enough strength to need heavier weights.
  • Kettlebell
    My FAVE! I have both a 7 and 12 pound kettle bell, AKA I worked up to a 12 pound over time.
  • Medicine Ball
    Totally a game changer. This kills your core in all the best ways.

As a runner, I know how important the right shoes are to staying injury free. Running shoes are not the shoes you should be wearing for cross training or even wearing while you’re running errands around town. Whether I’m walking to yoga or doing an NTC workout at home, the Asics Gel-Fit Sana have turned out to be the perfect shoe for my flexible needs. These shoes are super light, too, so it’s not a big deal to throw them in your gym bag or even pack an extra pair of shoes for walking around the city when traveling. They adapt and support the foot with the inner lining from the heel to the forefoot, while providing a barefoot-like sensation.

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My new favorite cross-training shoes… the Asics Gel-Fit Sana.

The one problem I am facing right now with my home workouts is the fact that I live on the third floor of a three story building… with old hardwood floors, neighbors below and the need for rugs (whoops). #cityprobs. I’m toying with the idea of dragging everything down to the beach or the Marina Green (which is only a few blocks away) if I feel the need to do anything involving jumping but haven’t thought it out yet.

Chat with me:
Do you wear different shoes for different types of workouts? What other items do you think are essentials for at-home workouts? Do you have any at-home workouts I should try that are quieter?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of ASICS.

13 comments on “Home Gym Essentials

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Heather @Fit n Cookies on January 7, 2015 8:38 am

I don’t have a medicine ball but I’d love to get one! I am definitely a fan of the home gym. My bodysculpt class I teach only uses dumbbells, bodyweight, or a weighted bar, and there are tons of exercises to do with each of them!
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Annmarie on January 7, 2015 10:52 am

LOVE kettlebells! :) Ps. Cute shoes ;)
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Steven on January 7, 2015 11:03 am

I suggest a portable kettle bell instead. I got one and think it’s the best for never missing a workout on the go. http://www.kettlebellsandbags.com/ A weighted leather boxing jumprope. A bender ball and a small rumble roller. All can be easily taken on a plane or tossed in your car.

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on January 7, 2015 11:18 am

Cute shoes. Love the list too. I’m a terrible home gym person because I’m bad at motivating myself to work out instead of watching Scandal, cleaning the house, or catching up on work. But I really wish I was better at it.

I’m going to try to do some of those tiny, like 8 minute home workouts and see if I can get better at this.
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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on January 7, 2015 1:04 pm

I have some of these same things in my home ‘gym’ too. I need to pick up a kettle bell someday. I also love my exercise ball. I even sit on it to watch TV sometimes. =)
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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on January 7, 2015 1:10 pm

Dang those shoes are cute. I have ASICS for my cross training too and loooove them.
At home I have 3, 5, 10 pound dumbells but with my new gym membership I have access to all the things and I’m pumped.
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Chris on January 7, 2015 3:34 pm

I don’t know if it would work with the stone from your pictures, but I find a jump rope to be really valuable to a home gym. Even if it’s more a cardio than strength piece of equipment, it’s great when you don’t want to run or something else to warm up.
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Mattie @ Comfy & Confident on January 7, 2015 7:44 pm

I have a few pairs of shoes I rotate. I try to keep one pair specific to running so they stay fresh and keep me healthy.
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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on January 8, 2015 12:08 am

I used to have different shoes for running and strength training until I got my Asics. Love them! I hardly ever work out at home cuz the only space I have to do it is the kitchen and when I’m in there I’m eating or cooking but a home gym is on my wish-list for my next apartment
p.s. totes feel ya about the hardwood floors & working out. Had a roommate in the basement come up to find out if I was being attacked when I tried to workout at home in one of my old apartments #whoops
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Lacey @Runs and Roses on January 8, 2015 5:44 pm

I wear my nike free’s for cross training, they’re so light and flexible and they’re hot pink so I love them. Lots. But when it comes to running they don’t have enough support for me so I usually switch between Asics and I just recently tried out the Mizuno Wave Runners and they are wonderful! Same support as Asics but a little less clunky!
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Kylie on February 24, 2016 7:48 am

Hi,…..I agree, my yoga mat and free weights are essentials for me. I also find youtube has a great range of online videos for yoga and pilates workouts. Thanks for sharing!
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Sarah Nicks on June 11, 2016 8:39 pm

I love your shoes! Yeah, I have a separate pair of shoes for running and another pair for the gym. Actually, I have a home gym which consists of a treadmill, an elliptical, a TV with workout DVDs, a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells. Everything I need to keep in shape at home.

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Anne C on September 14, 2016 3:37 pm

I love your whole set of home gym essentials. I am working out from home too and this set is what i ought to have. thanks for sharing this!

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