Home Gym Essentials
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.
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
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.
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.
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.