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Hey there, fit fam!
As much as I love training at the gym, I’ll be the first to remind you that it’s absolutely NOT necessary to have a gym membership in order to get in a good workout.
In fact, for the first 4 YEARS of my fitness journey, I was just using home workout DVDs and a (slowly growing!) collection of home fitness equipment to help me achieve my weight loss, fat loss and muscle growth goals. (And believe me, I gained a LOT of muscle with just a few key pieces of equipment!)
So, today I’m sharing my favourite home gym equipment that you may want to add to your arsenal. Go on and get those goals, girlfriend!
Get yourself a pair of heavy-enough dumbbells that you can use for your larger muscle groups - like your legs & back. (Rule: You want to be able to complete around 8-10 reps using these weights for any exercise that incorporates your larger muscle groups before your muscles start to shake and your HR shoots up.)
You’ll also need a pair of lighter dumbbells that you can use for your smaller muscle groups - like your shoulders, biceps and triceps. (Rule: You want to be able to complete around 8-10 reps using these weights for any exercise that incorporates your smaller muscle groups before your muscles start to shake and your HR shoots up.)
This is a given. Any bodyweight or lying exercise requires a comfy mat, and there’s a lot you can get done with just your bodyweight!
MINI LOOP BANDS
Mini loop bands are great to use for muscle activation before a workout, or even for a higher-rep “circuit-style” workout. They also help to draw attention to specific muscles to help you get the most out of an exercise. I love to put these bands just above my knees when doing squat or hinge movements to keep my knees pushing outwards and really target the glutes.