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12 Days of Fitness 2018: Day 2 – 10 Pieces of Equipment Everyone Needs to Work Out at Home

December 12, 2018 2 Comments

(This is part 2 of a 12 part series to provide you with some helpful health and fitness tips over the holiday season)

With the New Year quickly approaching, some of you may be thinking about your new workout routine and how to stay as consistent as possible to hit all your fitness goals. Perhaps you’re going to join a gym or start working towards that first 5K. But have you ever really considered training at home? For one, it’s incredibly convenient. Two, there’s no need to know how to use all of that equipment. Three, it’s your house, your rules. I could go on and on about the benefits of exercising in your own home but one thing is for sure, with the small purchase of a few essential and cheaply priced items, you’ll have more than you’ll ever need. And for one more, they’re also highly portable which means you can take them wherever you go.

  1. Stability Ball I can not say enough about the effectiveness of stability, or exercise balls. This item is first on the list for a reason. It acts as a serious core training device but can also be used as a bench/seat for a multitude of exercises. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYSFUVZ/?ref=exp_loc_pl_jeffreysharrison
  2. Resistance Bands Resistance bands are an excellent way to get a full-body resistance workout in without ever touching a dumbbell. These bands address an important component of resistance training, the eccentric movement, and help make the possibilities of your workout endless.  https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-All-Purpose-Exercise-Band
  3. Medicine Ball Medicine balls are a great mode of resistance for building core strength and coordination. There is a wide range of exercises that can be done with one and come in many varieties. (i.e. those that bounce) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3N0BDS/?ref=exp_loc_pl_jeffreysharrison
  4. Exercise Mat Exercise mats are absolutely essential to your home workout collection. The exercise mat allows you to do endless floor exercises comfortably and travel really well. https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Folding-Gym-Mat
  5. Jump Rope Simple and basic, the jump rope is great for conditioning and coordination, and can be an amazing tool for high-intensity interval training. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07881CYCK/?ref=exp_loc_pl_jeffreysharrison
  6. Kettlebell Kettlebells are unique and simply amazing. They are a great tool for functional exercise that combines strength and cardio. Kettlebells recruit more stabilizer muscles than dumbbells and barbells because of their off-centered weight. An absolute must-have for your home gym. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0061ZLTYY/?ref=exp_loc_pl_jeffreysharrison
  7. Foam Roller Foam Rollers are a great tool for self-myofascial release. The foam roller helps break down lactic acid, aids muscle soreness, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps you recover faster to get back to training. https://www.performbetter.com/search?keywords=foam%20roller
  8. Pull-Up Bar Pull-ups are the best exercise for building overall upper-body strength and quite possibly the hardest bodyweight exercise to build up to doing with no assistance. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pure-Fitness-Multi-Purpose-Doorway-Pull-Up-Bar/26909661?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227019597489&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=40331928872&wl4=pla-78294396392&wl5=9007392&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=26909661&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI18K9tJPu3gIVE-DICh2X0QzGEAQYASABEgK72vD_BwE
  9. Dumbbells The quintessential piece of resistance, dumbbells provide a much greater workout let alone selection of possibilities than any barbell. https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Rubber-Encased-Hex-Dumbbells
  10. Ab Roller Wheel Quite possibly the best method of training the abdominals. There are many spin offs or alternative options but don’t be fooled. This one is the best. https://www.performbetter.com/Exercise-Wheel

BONUS: 11. Weighted Vest

I’d feel odd if I didn’t throw the weighted vest on this list as an honorable mention. The weighted vest isn’t for everyone, but those looking to add hands-free resistance and a lot of difficulty to their workouts will enjoy this. https://www.performbetter.com/Uni-Vest-Weight-Vest

See you tomorrow for Day 3 of the 12 Days of Fitness

Til next time, train smart, eat well, and be better.

 

Just in case, here’s what you might have missed:

Day #1 – Weight Loss Once and For All

 

About the Author:

Jeff Harrison is a fitness coach based in Pottstown, PA. He received a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Penn State University and is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and ACE Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist (ACE-AHFS). Jeff's articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals as well as consumer oriented websites and magazines.

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  1. Nancy T. says:

    Great post!

  2. Julie C. says:

    Ah, you should have posted this earlier… like before black Friday. My Christmas list for the kids!!

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