Do you have limited time to work out due to a busy schedule? We understand completely! While we suggest that people try to join a gym if possible it’s nice to have some equipment at home for when you can’t make it to the gym or if there isn’t a gym nearby. In most gyms, you have options for machines, racks, and cables but you can create a home gym that will get the job done without all the bells and whistles! You can STILL get a great workout at home. Some of our best transformations have come from our at-home workout plan transformation winners! Since we want you to move wherever you are, we want to give you some options of things to keep around the house. Over time you can even add different items and equipment so that you can continue to improve your own gym at home!
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My favorite things about resistance bands is that they are light so they travel well! You can throw them in your checked or carry on bag and still workout while traveling. They are perfect for targeting specific muscle groups. You can complete an entire total body workout using just a resistance band, but I like to incorporate them with other tools for a full muscle burn. This particular model comes with ankle straps and an anchor which are very useful, especially for leg work (we have quite a few listed in our at home workout plans!).
Stability balls are excellent for core work but you can also use one instead of a bench or the floor. Think about things like chest press, if you don’t have a bench around grab your stability ball and not only will you get a chest workout but also a core workout!
Dumbbells aren’t cheap! I would love for everyone to have a complete set of dumbbells but I know that isn’t an option for most people. I think starting off with 10-pound dumbbells is a great starting point. If you only have one or two different weights and they are too light you can always do more reps and if they are too heavy, lower the number of reps you complete.
Have some extra cash?
If you do have some extra money in the budget, I would suggest getting adjustable dumbbells. With adjustable dumbbells, they don’t take up too much space but you will be able to use the appropriate weight when needed.
You can always look for used sporting equipment at thrift stores, or even online at Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.7