For the last few months, I’ve been slowly but surely turning my children’s playroom into my personal home gym. The room that used to be filled with legos and cars and balls is slowly but surely being converted into a place to exercise for me. After all, at 14 and 10, my kids really weren’t using the space any longer. In fact, they gave me carte blanche to throw or give away anything out there. Since it’s Friday and the topic is “fitness”, I’m going to share the five things I think every home gym should have and what versions I happen to have.
- A cardio machine – Sometimes running outside or riding a bike or getting to a class is just not an option, whether that’s because of the weather or a kid home sick or needing to work out at an odd time. If you have the space, I highly recommend having some way to get in a cardio workout. I happen to be lucky – Nordictrack sent me a treadmill to review and I also happened to win a FitDesk from another blogger. Both get used on a regular basis.
- Weights – Free weights or kettle bells offer so many different options for strength training. I use my weights (ranging from 5 pounds to 20 pounds) for lots of different workouts. I also have a weighted bar that I use. I’d love to have a bench and heavier weights, but I still have some decluttering to do before there is room for that.
- Foam roller or other implement of torture – I have a love/hate relationship with my foam roller, my stick, and the various other items I have. Seriously, it’s like torture using them, but they make me feel better in the long run.
- Suspension system – I admit, I’m a total convert. I loved using a suspension system at the gym with my trainer and at Orangetheory. I was given the FE Strong Home Gym suspension system and it’s awesome. I’m not a huge fan of strength training or cross training, but I find this fun. Add in the fact that it takes up virtually no room and allows for tons of different exercises and you have a system that works just about anywhere. I’ve gotten in the habit of doing one or two exercises when I happen to walk into our fitness room each day.
- Stability ball or Bosu ball – So many exercises can be made more difficult or work more muscles when done on an unstable surface. I use my stability ball or my Bosu for lots of ab work. I also am able to get much deeper squats that are still good form using the stability ball. When Shoo was recovering from his sprained ankle, the chiropractor had him just standing on the Bosu at first. Apparently even that little bit of instability helped strengthen his ankle!
What am I missing? What do you have in your home gym that you can’t live without?