Home Gym Necessities

Hello! It’s the longest week of the year: the week before winter vacation…woof! Don’t get me wrong, I really like my job, but I’m definitely ready for some relaxation.

Now that the weather is starting to consistently suck and it’s dark 23.5 hours a day, my ability to stay positive is definitely being tested. I am feeling a bit “eh”, but trying to stay on track with recovery thoughts as much as possible. That being said, one of the best gifts I (meaning mostly Chris) gave myself this year is our home gym! I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like working out at home, since I really considered my gym a sacred place. It took me a little while to get used to, but now that I work out at home regularly, I really love it.

With that said, here are my personal gym necessities:

 

Home gym necessities
Let’s start at the top:
Suspension trainer: You have definitely heard me rave about this in the past. With virtually no space, you can get a sick, full body workout done with just this one piece of equipment.
Kettlebells: Again, full body workout, including huge core engagement, with just one piece of equipment! Use a bell that’s heavier than you think you need, momentum is a doozie!
Adjustable Dumbbells: These were our biggest splurge. At $299, you get 2 dumbbells that adjust from 5-52lbs each. If you were to buy individual dumbbells equaling that weight, you would spend a ton more. Dumbbells are a must in any gym. They are a staple of strength training, and as you know, you should be strength training.
Resistance bands: these are awesome because they cause your muscles to contract on both the eccentric and concentric portion of an exercise. Pretty cool!
Yoga mat and water bottle: Well…duh.
I would also recommend subscibing to a few YouTube channels and blogs for home workouts! My favorites are Fitness Blender, Peanut Butter Fingers, and Pumps and Iron. Oh! and Flex and Shout 😉
Pros of a home gym:
  • No travel time/reduce wasted time
  • workout whenever you want
  • wear (or don’t wear) whatever you want
  • do laundry while you exercise
  • break up workout to fit your schedule
  • blast bad music
Cons of a home gym:
  • Dog and cats don’t move
  • limitation of some equipment
  • no motivation by meatheads

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So all in all, I’m lovin’ my home gym! Where do you work out?

xoR

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