Gym memberships aren't the end-all and be-all of accomplishing your fitness goals, particularly in the new work from home economy. They can be busy, too expensive, and generally inconvenient. The good news is that it's pretty easy to create your own gym in the comfort of your home and affordable (if you don't buy big expensive equipment). The bad news is that you won't have an excuse not to work out anymore.
If you've always dreamed of creating your own home gym, but don't know where to start -- fear not. We curated all the must-have essentials you'll need to help get you started.
1. Limm Jump Rope
2. Neoprene Dumbbell Set
Having just a few different dumbbell weights in your home gym can quickly help you build lean muscle and endurance. If you don't want to invest in a whole set, start with one or two pairs at a low weight. That will allow you to safely work your way up to heavier weights as you get stronger. A neoprene coating makes dumbbells easy to grip, and a hexagon shape prevents unwanted rolling and makes them easy to stack and store if you don't have rack. Prices vary depending on what you buy, via Amazon.
3. Ab Wheel
An ab wheel is a terrific, yet tiny, piece of equipment that will strengthen and sculpt your core. This one comes with a free e-book filled with different exercises to help get you that six-pack. $16.97, Amazon.
4. Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands
A set of resistance bands are a must to help you strengthen and tone your muscles, including everything from your shoulders, arms, glutes, and legs. $10.95, Amazon.
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5. Bosu Balance Trainer
A Bosu Balance Trainer is the perfect way to mix up your workouts. From cardio to core strength to HIIT, it will challenge and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance like no other. $149.95, Amazon.
6. Synergee Core Sliders
7. Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bat
Pull-up bars are awesome for improving your upper body strength, like pull-ups, push-ups, and chin-ups. The best part about this piece of equipment is that it doesn't have to take up a lot of space. $16.99, Amazon.
8. 321 STRONG Foam Massage Roller
Foam rollers are so versatile. Not only are they great for post-workout recovery, like kneading out muscles and giving yourself a nice massage, but they can also be used for core strengthening and some yoga poses. $21.99, Amazon.
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