I don’t think it’s a mystery to anyone who’s been hanging around here for a while that I love home workouts. They’re quick, efficient, and you can get pretty far using only your body weight. Eventually, though, it helps to invest in some at-home workout equipment.
Picking up just a few pieces of equipment can help to add variety to your workouts and push through plateaus. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment for your workouts, either.
Listed below are some of my favorite affordable pieces of at-home workout equipment. I’ve listed in them in order of how helpful I think they are — i.e., I think a pull-up bar should be your top priority. Read on to learn the why behind this list.
Essential Pieces of At-Home Workout Equipment
1. Pull-Up Bar
In my opinion, a pull-up bar ought to be the first piece of at-home workout equipment you buy.
Some people might argue with me on this one, but hear me out. It’s really hard to do pulling exercises with just your bodyweight.
With the exception of a Superman with a pull-down, I can’t really think of any bodyweight-only pulling exercises (if you know of any, please let me know!).
A pull-up can be used for pull-ups (obviously) and reverse pull-ups, and it serves as a useful attachment tool when you start adding more equipment to your collection. They’re also easy to hang in your doorway and don’t take up a lot of space.
I definitely recommend picking one up if you plan to work out exclusively from home. It’ll help you add balance to your workouts and make sure you’re targeting all your major muscle groups.
If you’re in the market for a pull-up bar, I recommend this one.
2. Resistance Loops
Next up is resistance loops. Resistance loops are super affordable — this set is less than $10 — and very easy to store. They’re great for travel workouts, too.
You can use resistance loops to provide feedback if you need help correcting your form during exercises like squats or planks (they can help with shoulder rotation and arm position).
They are also excellent activation tools if you need help getting glutes or hamstrings firing before doing squats or deadlifts.
3. Resistance Bands
After you invest in resistance loops, if you’re looking to add more to your workout equipment collection, I recommend a set of resistance bands.
Resistance bands help you add — you guessed it — resistance to all kinds of compound exercises, including squats, push-ups, and lunges. They’re also great for adding accessory work to your routine (biceps curls, tricep extensions, etc.) and for modifying hard-to-do exercises like pull-ups.
When shopping for resistance bands, I recommend looking for a set that comes with a door jamb attachment. You can use this to hook the bands in the doorway to do exercises like pull-downs and Pallof presses.
This set is only $20 and comes with everything you need.
If you want to move beyond band and bodyweight work, I think kettlebells are a great place to start.
They’re much more affordable than barbells or dumbbells, and you can use them for a ton of different exercises, including traditional strength exercises and more explosive movements (kettlebell swings, snatches, etc.).
If you need more reasons to start exercising with kettlebells, I recommend checking out this blog post.
If you’re looking to invest in some kettlebells, I use this brand from Wal Mart — I have the 20 and 35-pound ones.
5. Foam Roller
Finally, you might also want to pick up a foam roller.
Now, foam rollers don’t necessarily do all the things people say they do — for example, they won’t break up scar tissue. Refer to this article on foam rolling myths and facts.
That being said, a foam roller can be a pretty great piece of equipment to use during ab workouts. They can help you maintain your alignment, and they provide an unstable surface, which requires you to use more of your core muscles while doing exercises like planks.
Check out this post if you need some ideas on how to incorporate a foam roller into your ab workouts.
My foam roller is similar to this one.
Pick Up These Items Today
There you have — five pieces of at-home exercise equipment that can help you get in some highly effective workouts.
Which pieces of equipment do you already have at home? Which ones are you going to pick up next (if any)?
Let me know in the comments down below!