If you haven’t done it yourself, you know someone who’s spent a fortune on home workout equipment. In most cases, you also know that their stationary bike seat has seen more laundry than glutes, and their treadmill moonlights as another “couch” when they have guests over. Embarrassing? Yes. Wasteful? Yes. Typical? YES, unfortunately. Just take a look on Craig’s List at all the barely used equipment for dirt cheap prices. Consider each one a failed New Year’s Resolution.
When it comes to working out at home, I say don’t make it a habit UNLESS you have A) a personal trainer holding you accountable, or B) a friend/training partner who can help keep you motivated. Even those with the best intentions will eventually bore of training on their own at home. Without a motivating environment or others around to keep you honest, it’s really tough to stay fully inspired for your workouts.
Now, having said this, for those of you who want some home equipment for those rare days when you just don’t feel like driving in to the gym again, or for a quick and dirty workout here and there, I’ve listed a few great pieces to invest in (see below). Part of the beauty and efficiency of training with compound movements, using your bodyweight as resistance, and just being inventive and smart with your workouts is that you will spend less time AND money on training.
If you absolutely insist on getting workout equipment for your home, go with these space- and money-saving staples.
1) Pull up bar
Invest in a pull up bar you can simply hang in a doorway. It’s mobile so you can switch rooms if you need to and if you can get one with varying hand grip positions, even better. The pull up is such a staple compound movement for building strength and muscular endurance (see Kipping Pull Up if you don’t believe me about endurance!) that this piece of equipment won’t go to waste. My fiance and I got one and we keep it upstairs in the spare room. There’s nothing like knocking off a few pull ups here and there to amp up energy and feel strong, any time of the day.
This diverse training tool can be used in so many ways. From your regular kettlebell swing to weighted squats to single-arm snatches, and so on. Originating in Russia and originally known as Girya training, kettlebell training just SEEMS like a fad right now in North America because it’s become increasingly popular over the past few years. In reality, it’s been around since the 18th century. A couple kettlebells of varying weights are a great idea for quick at-home workouts; they’re well worth the investment (aka, are CHEAP and you’ll use them) and take up almost NO space in your home.
Surprised? Why? A treadmill or bike isn’t the only way to warm up for a workout or get your cardio in. Plus, a skipping rope takes up so much LESS space! There’s a reason the world’s fittest MMA fighters use skipping ropes for training… Skipping is an incredible cardio workout. And, once you master double unders (or even TRIPLE unders – not that I’m there yet!), your workouts will get even better. Warm up by skipping and then add timed skipping in between rounds/sets of your workouts to keep your heart rate up and improve cardiovascular fitness.
There ya go – 3 must-haves for training at home. They’re cheap, take up almost NO space in your home, and can be easily stored away when company comes over. The best thing about them? You’ll use them!
Train hard even if you’re at home,