Lately I have been thinking about how I would like to begin adding some things to my “home gym”, so I thought I would share some items that I am looking at for this week’s “Friday Five”. I probably won’t get most of these for quite some time, but it’s more of a long-term wish list.
I actually have quite a few items in my “home gym” already (which is really just a corner of my basement). We have a few weights (5 lbs, 10 lbs, 25 lbs, and a bar with plates), lots of resistance bands, a stability ball, a balance disc, and lots of foam rollers/other myofascial release tools. You can read about my top 5 items for a home gym here.
I would like to have a variety of ways to strength train and cross train, which is how I decided on these 5 items. These are not affiliate links, and I just linked to an easy-to-find website (I didn’t shop around for the best price).
I used to do TRX at my gym while I was training for my first marathon. I noticed such an improvement in my strength and balance! However, there was an extra cost to those classes so I could not continue going long-term. I think having a TRX system or something similar would be a great investment.
I always enjoyed using the bosu at my gym while doing strength workouts! I would stand on it while lifting weights, use it for push-ups, or even jump on there to get some cardio in.
I have seen quite a few kettlebells workouts and exercises lately that I have wanted to try! This is a small, inexpensive piece of equipment that would supplement the weight training I am already doing.
4. Indoor Bike
This is definitely more of a “long-term wish list” item, but I think Rob and I would agree that if we are going to get a piece of cardio equipment that a bike makes the most sense. We could use it when the weather is too bad for running or just as a regular cross-training tool. It’s smaller and less expensive than an elliptical, too. While I would like to get a treadmill eventually, I think it would be more practical to get something that would allow us to have another workout option besides running.
5. Pull up bar
I think this would be fun to have, since I have always struggled with functional upper body strength. The one I linked to uses leverage to hold it inside a door jam, which is good because I am not about to drill anything into the walls or ceiling. However, I am not sure how well it will stay where it is supposed to.
What are some items you would like to have at home to supplement your workouts?
Do you have a”home gym”? What equipment do you use the most?