10 Essentials to Get Your Home Gym Up and Running

Gyms are full and it’s cold outside. Why not stay home?

January 5, 2018 9:00 am

It doesn’t take a Nielsen survey to identify the most common New Year’s resolution: getting in shape.

Even though it’s a massive cliché and leads to people ringing in 2018 while wearing daft hats, it’s also a no-brainer. Working out regularly is just about the best thing you can do for your overall health.

So to help, we’ve rounded up 10 pieces of fitness gear you can use at home, whether you’ve got a one-bedroom apartment or a multi-room home gym. Because let’s be honest: your gym will be packed for the next two months and there’s no way you’re running the streets in below-freezing temps.

TRX Home2 Suspension Trainer
If you’ve never used TRX before, you’ll be glad to figure out the mechanics of their all-in-one system in the comfort of your own home. And if a trainer has shown you the ins and outs, then you know these straps are more intense than they look. Comes with a training app.

Rogue Fitness SR-1 Bearing Jump Rope
This speed rope gives you enough weight to make quick revolutions without weighing you down. An adjustable end makes it customizable to your measurements, but the coated cable means it’s best inside on rubber or other forgiving surfaces. If you want to take it outside, spring for this licorice-style rope from XYLsports.

Kettle Gryp
Got some old dumbbells lying around? This simple tool clips onto the handle and transforms it into a kettlebell for swings, goblet squats and other, more invigorating exercises.

Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells
Don’t have some old dumbbells lying around? Pick up these Bowflex weights — yes, that late-night infomercial brand — that let you adjust from 5 to 52.5 lbs. quickly. And yes, they fit the Kettle Gryp.

Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Pro Pull-Up Bar
Get a ripped back without ripping apart your doorframe. This no-installation-necessary pull-up bar allows for wide, close and hammer grips, as well as situps, pushups and dips when used on the floor.

Perfect Fitness Ab Straps
Hook these sweat-resistant pads onto the pull-up bar above (or the one you have at home) for elevated abdominal exercises that don’t offer you the option to lie down and take a break.

TRX Medicine and Slam Ball
Whether you’re slamming it against the ground or gingerly passing it between hands and feet, this textured rubber medicine ball is equal parts durable and apartment-friendly. Weights range from 6 to 50 lbs., but try 15 if you’re not sure where to start. And mind the downstairs neighbors.

Mobot Foam Roller Water Bottle
Both a reminder to hydrate and cool down, this water bottle is wrapped in athlete-grade EVA foam for rolling out your muscles post-workout. It’s tested up to 350 lbs., so don’t be afraid to dig in.

HemingWeigh Foam Exercise Mat
Those hardwood floors sure are stunning, but you can’t effectively train on them. Put down this comfortable, non-slip mat and think of it as your pop-up gym.

Nokia Body+ Scale
If we’ve learned anything from social media, it’s that notifications are addictive — so use that to your advantage. This full-body composition scale connects to an app to monitor your weight, body fat, muscle mass  and more.

Header photo courtesy of Bowflex

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