How to set up a home gym that will support your goals.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what people will need to complete my workouts. I really don’t want there to be a barrier to entry for anyone to join in. This is why my workouts utilize minimal equipment or are bodyweight. They’re designed to allow anyone to participate, with a specific focus on those who are working out at home.
The convenience of working out at home is hard to beat. I absolutely love that I can roll out of bed, throw on a sports bra, and get to it. I don’t have to drive anywhere, worry about Juno, or stress about packing a gym bag (I AWAYS forget something, so it’s a major stressor!).
If you’re just starting out your fitness routine or are considering working out from home to save time/money, perhaps you’re wondering where to begin. Keep on reading!
What should you consider?
Working out at home is super convenient and can save you tons of time. But remember, the only way to get results is to actually WORK. If you are going to lift or do circuits at home, remember a couple things.
- Schedule time, and stick to it. When you don’t have to be somewhere by a certain time, it becomes a lot easier to put off your workout. This is a no no. Make that commitment to yourself, and don’t waver.
- Set expectations for those around you. Talk with your roommate, husband/wife, or significant other, letting him or her know when you’re planning to exercise so he or she can support you. When I lived in California with Andrew, he KNEW if the door was closed in the second bedroom, it was my time, and taking care of our dogs became his responsibility for that hour.
What’s the minimum equipment I need?
IMHO, you really don’t need much. Equipment should enhance your workouts, not act as an excuse for why you can’t do something. Improvise and email me/comment below if you need a modification based on what you have.
At its core, your body is an incredible tool to get started or if you want to supplement additional lifting workouts. Check out my bodyweight workouts section for some inspiration.
If you’re planning to workout at home consistently, you might want to consider investing in a pair of adjustable dumbbells. I have (and love) my Power Block Dumbbells. The set I have goes from 5lbs – 70lbs each but if you’re getting started, they have an awesome pair that goes from 3lbs – 24lbs per hand.
You will want a light, medium, and heavy pair to target different parts of your body and maximize your results. If you’re going to slowly accumulate pairs of dumbbells, you’re going to spend the same amount of money over the course of a year or so, AND you lose the compact convenience of adjustable ones.
Alright, I have dumbbells but what else?
This is where it gets really fun! 🙂 I’m a little bit of an exercise equipment addict, so humor me. The possibilities are endless but a few inexpensive pieces that I routinely incorporate in my workouts are:
- Foam roller (not workout related but SO SO important)
- Basic speed jump rope
- Resistance bands
- Stability ball
I also have a pull up bar, a heavy kettlebell, a TRX, an ab roller, a medicine ball, a 12lb weight vest, a weighted jump rope, and a barbell with a set of bumper plates in the garage. I know, a bit crazy.
How can you maintain accountability?
There are so many ways! You can track your workouts in an app, like FitBit or MyFitnessPal, setting weekly and daily activity goals. Text a friend after each workout. But my favorite way? Join a group! Having a group of women who are rooting for you and celebrate your successes is invaluable.
What other questions do you have about working out at home?