Every workout space needs the basics:
A Peloton and good lighting for those workout selfies
If you have a Kim Kardashian sized workout space, thanks for stopping by. This post isn’t for you. Don’t whine; one day I’ll create a dream workout space post just for you. Now scram.
Seriously though, my home gym is about a 6’ X 6’ space so my equipment can’t get in the way of my lunges.
Furthermore, equipping your home gym doesn’t have to be expensive nor does it have to be a whole room.
Three pieces of equipment I use in almost every workout can fit into 2’ X 1’ area.
Here’s what I recommend.
1. To use the space efficiently, I have Bowflex SelectTech 552 adjustable dumbbells. Each hand weight can be as light as 5 lbs and as heavy as 50 lbs yet only take up the space of 2 dumbbells. This is the most expensive of the necessities but also a huge space saver. (Bowflex weights are an investment and could be replaced by less expensive but more space invading dumbbells).
3. A Swiss Ball. These balls have lots of fun moves to challenge your strength and stability, but they can also double as a weight bench for you to sit or lay on. You can blow it up as needed and deflate when not in use. Don’t lose the pump that comes with it because blowing up that baby requires Olympic strength lung capacity.
These 3 pieces of equipment add to a great workout and you won’t even notice them in your home.
I love my fitness toys but have accumulated them over years so don’t feel like you need to have them all right now to get started.
As time goes on, if you want to add to your collection, here are a few other pieces that won’t overtake your house: a jump rope, gliding plates, and a set of yoga blocks.
With a home gym, you no longer get stuck in traffic or are late for any workout – but be careful for the laundry piles on the way, tripping over those can really hurt.