If you're going to create a home gym in a small space, make sure these items are on your list.
Want to work out more often, but don't want to shell out for a gym membership or pricey boutique fitness classes? No more excuses! These workout essentials will help you sweat it out at home—no gym membership necessary. Pick and choose from our curated list of gear (weights, medicine balls, yoga mats, and much more) to create a home gym room that works for you.
Weighted arm bands
A little weight goes a long way, and Tone-y-Bands are proof. Clocking in at 0.5–1 pound, this colorful wristwear adds a touch more resistance to everyday exercise.
When anchored to the wall or a sturdy door, the TRX Home2 System becomes a full-body training system that helps you build muscle while perfecting your posture and alignment. You can var the degree of difficulty by changing your body angle.
Weighted jump rope
Did you know one study found that just 10 minutes of jumping rope can be equivalent to a 30-minute jog? Exactly. What’s more, the P90X Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope comes with removable 1-pound weights stashed in the handles.
Want a rounder rump? Place one of the bands in Mark Bell’s Sling Shot Hip Circle Sport Pack around your quads, ankles, or knees during squats, bridges, or banded walks to help wake up those lazy glutes.
A simple all-around fitness tool, the 10-pound Spri Xerball Medicine Ball can be lifted, thrown, or slammed to beef up your strength and conditioning.
With a quick turn of a dial, you can choose the perfect poundage—from 5 to 52.5—on the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells.
From single-leg deadlifts to swings, a kettlebell allows for myriad strength moves in limited space. Our fave: the Empower Kettlebell Weight Set for Women, which converts from 5 to 20 pounds.
The Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball challenges your posture while forcing you to work those core muscles. Plus, it’s a great tool for stretching.
Featuring exercises (think push-ups, lunges, and more), rep and time allotments, the Spri Exercise Dice help you keep things feeling exciting and fresh
Spri Sliders enhance classic body-weight exercises like lunges, mountain climbers, and pikes by creating a greater stability challenge as you glide across surfaces.
Thirty years later and the Step High Step Aerobic Platform still reigns supreme. Here’s why: You can use it for cardio and explosive exercises, to advance moves or make them easier, or simply as a trusty bench.
Whether you’re moving through a yoga sequence or just stretching it out after a tough workout, a cushioned mat like the Sugarmat Dreamcatcher is a must.
Use a block
The Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block allows you to perfect certain yoga poses by helping keep your body in proper alignment, but it can also double as a mini toning tool. Place it between thighs while owing from Down Dog to Up Dog for greater ab activation.
Multiple hand- and footholds along the 7-foot Gaiam Restore Multi-Grip Stretch Strap ensure that you get a good post-workout stretch no matter your level of flexibility.