What You’ll Need

Getting Started:
Equipment

The Essentials:

If you are already a member of a gym, fantastic. Practically every gym out there will have just about everything you’ll need. And if they don’t, no worries, you can substitute other equipment most of the movements we prescribe such as a DB for a KB.

If you aren’t a member at a gym, you’ll only really need a minimum of equipment. For the most part, you’ll be able to adapt every workout so it can be done with just body weight movements. But, that can get old and we want you to have fun. So, it’s best if you have a few items. You can always add incrementally as your budget and interests allow. That’s how I’ve done things for years. Nobody starts off with a complete home gym.

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Dumbbells

You don’t need a full set, just a couple of the weights that you think will be the most utilized. For me, that’s 25 and 50 lbs. Obviously, these come in pairs. There are some outstanding dumbbells available that are adjustable. These are really useful for home gyms and I recommend them. They take up far less space and can be adapted to varying weights really easily. Here are a couple of options:

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Kettlebells

You could certainly get started with just dumbbells. But KB’s add a certain helpful usability due to the handles that can be helpful for certain movements. If budget and space allow, here are a couple of recommendations.

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Exercise Mat

For core work or anytime you’ve got to be on the ground. Here’s a couple of options.

Resistance Bands

You’ll only need a couple of these and can add more later. Here are some options.

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Foam Roller

You’ll need to work on mobility and myofascial release. Here are a couple of options.

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Core Rollers

These are great for core strength development. Some options:

Physioball

For general use. Here are a couple of choices.

Medicine Balls

Like the dumbbells, there are lots of varying weights and sizes. Basically, to start you’ll only need a couple to get started, one sort of lighter and the other sort of heavier. Add as you need to and budget allows. A couple of options are listed here.

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Aerobic Steps

Versatile and useful in a wide range of aerobic and weight lifting movements, an aerobic step with the ability to adjust is a great piece of equipment for your home gym.

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