5 pieces of gym gear you need to get in shape at home

It’s the first week of January, and we all know what that means: Healthy eating, workouts and resolutions are in the air. January is a great time to get motivated to overhaul your healthy habits because everyone else is doing it too. I personally am feeling very inspired to make 2018 my healthiest year yet. This year, with work and little Liam keeping me plenty busy, I don’t always have time to make it to the gym or a workout class. And I’ll often find the day getting away from me without taking some time for exercise. So, since one of my resolutions is to get a solid workout routine, that means I’m going to have to start breaking a sweat at home some days. This had me inspired to research what gear I need at home in order to get in gym quality shape. Here’s what I found. Hopefully this inspires your fitness goals too!

1. Jump Rope
If you’ve ever jump roped for even a minute or two, you know that it’s no joke. This form of cardio activity will get your heart racing in no time, and it’s an excellent way to get lean, toned legs and glutes—no track or treadmill required. All you need is a jump rope, and a space that’s big enough to swing it over your head.

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2. Resistance Bands
These babies are your best friends if you’re looking to get all-over muscle tone. You can use them in literally hundreds of ways—leg lifts, bicep curls, even abs, you name it! They require little space, and are super affordable, too. I recommend getting a variety of different bands because some are tighter and smaller (better for small movements) while others are longer and looser (great for full body moves). Click here to see one of our favorite full-body resistance band workouts.

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3. Bosu Balls
Doing workout moves on a Bosu Ball or workout ball forces your body to stabilize, which engages your core. Therefore, working out with one gives you a more effective, involved workout. Think of your Bosu ball as a tool that you can involve when you do almost any workout or weight lifting move. Want to make your sit ups harder? Do them on either side of the Bosu Ball. Want to get your lower abs more engaged? Lay on a Bosu and extend your back all the way over the curve to feel the burn. Want to engage more muscle groups while doing squats or bicep curls? Do them while standing on a Bosu for two-in-one core strengthening.

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4. Free Weights
Most circuit training classes involve moves with free weights. So, it should be no surprise that these babies are a must-have if you’re investing in workout gear or building a home gym. I recommend getting a set of 2-pound, 5-pound, 10-pound and 15-pound free weights. That way, you have options to go heavier for different moves. For example, you can go for the 10 or 15-pound weights for squats, dead lifts and lunges since those moves all use larger, lower-body muscle groups. Start with the 2- or 5-pound weights for arms and upper body moves like bicep curls and reverse flies, then build up as you feel yourself getting stronger. Head to the Get Fit section of the site to see dozens of great workouts you can do with free weights.

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5. Foam Roller
If you’ve been reading the site for a while now, you know that my team and I are big fans of foam rollers. And what’s not to love? They basically massage sore muscles and the layer of tissue between your skin and muscle called fascia. This elongates and loosens your muscles, and can do a tremendous job in helping prevent athletic injury. Click here and here for our favorite foam rolling routines.

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What fitness goals do you have on your resolutions list this year?

XO Lauren

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