Health and Fitness

Best Home Workout Equipment for Beginners

Similarly to Kory, I constantly fall on and off when it comes to my fitness journey. Between turning 30 this year and a recent doctor visit, I decided that I NEED to make this healthy living thing part of my lifestyle. In addition to creating a weekly gym schedule, I’ve started CIZE at home, joined a facebook group to get fitness tips, encouragement from women like me and invested in some workout equipment that I can use at home. If you don’t have the time or funds to go to the gym or still want to get into fitness in the comfort of your own home, here are some great workout equipment for beginners that you can use at home and portable enough to use while on vacation.

 

Yoga Mat

Yoga MatJust like hair products, you can use a yoga mat for more than one purpose. Yoga mats are great for yoga, Pilates, and doing core workouts like crunches, planks and a whole lot more.

 

 


Resistance Band    home-workout-equipment-resistance-band

Use resistance bands to do leg raises, pull ups, and weight machines for bench presses, shoulder presses, squats and so much more.


Dumbbells

Being new to strength training, I can be intimidated by the weight machines in the gym, purchasing a dumbbell set to use at home is great for lazy, rainy days when you don’t want to leave the house and to still get some strength training done.

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Fitness Band

Fitbit Flex 2I initially went wild over my Jawbone Up 24, but the Fitbit Flex 2 is my new bae. It tracks my steps, my sleep, my workouts and is waterproof for up to 50 m. A huge win since I swim and take part in water activities when traveling. Not sure if a fitness band is for you? Read about some pros in Kory’s post.

 

 


Foam Rollers

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Use foam rollers to give leverage for floor exercises like crunches or massaging when you have a case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).


Medicine Ball

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Medicine ball training is one of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning used by the ancient Greeks. They’re portable and easy to use working out with a partner.

 


Kettlebell

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My new favorite for at home strength training. Kettlebells are great for building strength and endurance in the lower back, legs, and shoulders.

 


Workout Videos

workout-dvdNot comfortable with group fitness classes? You can purchase or stream workout videos right from home. My favorite right now is CIZE. It’s simple dance moves and doesn’t even feel like you’re working out.

 


Wireless Bluetooth Speaker new-hf-x5-bluetooth-speaker-wireless-exercise-equipment

If workout DVDs aren’t your thing, stream some music from your phone through a Bluetooth speaker. According to our Instagram followers Beyoncé, Soca and Trap Music gets them moving the most.


Jump Rope

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One of the cheapest ways to get fit is by jumping rope. Take it back to elementary school and use it as an easy form of cardio. Jumping rope is also great if you want to get the kids involved in your fitness journey.

 

Not only are these good options for your own home gym, they’re great gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts.

What are some other home workout equipment for beginners you suggest?

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11 Comments

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    Thirty30Courtney
    November 24, 2016 at 12:57 am

    I LOVE lifting weights lol. I used to be cardio obsessed but I discovered some leg machines / deadlifts and became a weights girl lol. My bestie, however, is obsessed with kettleballs. I will say that I need to get some at home equipment because I rely solely on LA Fitness.

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    Kemkem
    November 24, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I love my Yoga mat for sit-ups. The only problem is my dogs think of it as an invitation to cuddle :-). I really need to step up my game when it comes to exercise . It seems to me you already have a gym, l couldn’t think of anything to add 🙂

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    Kirstin Fuller
    November 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Great suggestions and it doesn’t take much to get started. I have some of these but I need to add a resistance band and get back into the groove!

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    Tryphena Wade
    November 25, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Well i’m definitely a sucker for kettle bell!! These are great suggestions for an at home workout. I haven’t tried CIZE but I’m a big fan of Insanity and P90X (especially their ab workout! WHEW!)

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    November 25, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I never heard of medicine balls, I am curious to see how they work. I need to do a better job of actively exercising. Now, there are great deals on exercise equipment.

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    Ramona
    November 25, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    These workout equipment recommendations are great. I definitely need to get back into my fitness regimen. Thanks for sharing.

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    Danika
    November 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Medicine balls? I’ve never heard of those, but they look interesting. As for my yoga mat, I need to dust off that sucker and get back to it and add more equipment, as suggested.

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    Christine
    November 28, 2016 at 12:11 am

    My husband just bought us a Bowflex and I’m excited to be able to use it. I need to get back on my health game as well, so this is a great list.

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    VeePeeJay (Vashti)
    November 29, 2016 at 1:54 am

    I literally have most of these items, with the exception of the medicine balls. I have been way off on my fitness games but I realize I do better in group classes than at home workouts.

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    Michelle Malone
    November 29, 2016 at 4:24 am

    Great post! Many people start and stop fitness programs without fully embracing that this is a lifestyle– not a fad. I have a few of these tools at home that I use. I use the Fitbit Alta to track my steps, and I love my Pirates dvd.

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    Agness of Fit Travelling
    February 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Amazing post! I love home exercising and I would definitely get some of the equipment like the medicine ball and jump rope!

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