For our second installment on all things fitness- Valeria & I compiled a list of all necessary equipment to build an at home gym.
Whether you belong to a gym or take fitness classes, some of these items are great to have on hand at home as a plan B. I totally prefer to work out at home- I’m not at the level where I feel comfortable working out in a gym setting. And honestly, there’s nothing worse than a packed gym with sweaty, muscly meatheads- I find it so annoying! Valeria is a fitness buff who knows her way around the gym & has tons of experience with the different machines. Her insight is helpful in knowing what to buy that will give you the same results at home!
The best part- you don’t have to spend tons of money on these items! Start small! We have found great options at Marshalls, Target & even Amazon. If you’re a beginner, just get the basics to get you started. Here are some great affordable options that cater to all levels of fitness (it gets pricier as you venture into actual equipment):
Having expensive equipment such as a treadmill or bike is so not necessary, but a great option if you want to get some cardio in. On the days where it’s raining or cold & you don’t want to run outside, it’s nice to have this option. I personally have a small spin bike in my basement & love it (a friend gave it to me, but it was bought on Amazon for a great price). Now my goal is to one day own a Peleton bike, but they are expensive af. But something to look forward to right?
I constantly use my yoga mat, resistance bands, kettle ball & dumbbells at home. I found all of these items at Marshalls. If you don’t have a dedicated space to workout, these are small enough to fit into a basket to be put away when not in use.
If you are looking for some great at home workouts to follow- I would suggest the Sweat app. Fitness guru, Kayla Itsines has put together an excellent workout featuring strength training, cardio & HIIT sequences. The app is $19.99/month, cheaper than most gym memberships! Each strength workout is 28 minutes long & the cardio options are 30 minutes. There are also suggested daily meal plans as well included. I do some of these workouts in coordination with my Faster Way to Fat Loss program for extra fat burning exercises!
Don’t want to pay for a program?
There are SO many great fitness role models on Instagram that you can follow. Most of these ladies post workout videos that you can do at home. Some of our favorites are Massy Arias, Michelle Lewin, and Kelsey Wells. I’ve also noticed some great workout options on demand (I have Optimum but most cable services offer free fitness classes on demand). Look up some videos on Youtube as well. I like the moves used in The Bar Method classes but really don’t want to pay for a membership. I found videos on Youtube that is literally bringing a bar class right to your living room! There are so many great resources out there, there’s no excuse to not get your sweat on! Let me know your preferred method of working out below!!