Short on time and can’t make it to the gym? Home with sick kids and want to get a workout in? Here are my picks for the Top 5 Home Exercise Products Worth Owning.
Even if you have a gym membership, having a few pieces of exercise equipment at your disposal can save you in a crunch or even accelerate you results. I want to share with you my top 5 pieces of exercise equipment I keep in my home gym. You can even check out our weekly workouts to see them put to use.
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#1. Jump Rope– This was the first thing I purchased shortly after I started doing CrossFit workouts in my garage. Not only is the jump rope a great conditioning tool, but it’s fun. If you haven’t used a jump rope much it takes a little bit of practice but will be well worth the time. You can purchase a nice RX Smart Gear Jump Rope (which is what I use and they come in lots of fun interchangeable colors!), or even this Speed Rope would be great to get started. Make sure you take the time to order the right length and cable width for you.
#2. Stability Ball– This ball is convenient to have around and relatively inexpensive. A few of its benefits include increasing core strength, balance, and stabilization. Just adding the use of a stability ball to a traditional exercise will increase the intensity of your workout.
#3. Adjustable Dumbbells– What’s so nice about adjustable dumbbells is that with the slip of a pin you can easily transition from one exercise to the next without trading equipment. You can use dumbbells for a wide range of exercises and they don’t take up much space at all!
#4. Medicine Ball– Squats, lunges, sit-ups, wall-balls, push-ups, presses, are just a few of the exercises I can think of off the top of my head to do with a medicine ball. Not only is it versatile, but you can easily roll it under your bed or even take it with you on vacation for a full body workout. I would recommend a medicine ball between 10-14lbs.
#5. Plyometric Box– Building muscle requires explosive movements, and a plyometric box is great for just that. Besides just jumping on it, you can do step-ups, dips, modified push-ups, etc. These can be pricey to purchase but if you can talk your hubby into a DIY project, this is it! My husband spent less than $20 on materials to build us a couple of plyo boxes.
If you’re short on cash, make sure to check garage sales, local thrift stores, and even Craigslist for deals!
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