Now, this is not a post about motivating you to keep using the equipment that you do have, I will leave that for another time. What I am going to do is give you my top three “at home” fitness items that can get you started and provide a solid foundation for whatever your goals happen to be.
#1- Two sets of weights. One set you should be comfortable using right now (think of doing 10-12 reps of an exercise with these), the other set should be a little heavier (if your light set is 8lbs make your heavier set 10lbs) Yes, technically this is two items but I don’t see it like that. I don’t think you can have one set without the other. You need a little room to grow so getting a set just outside your comfort zone will give you that luxury and give you something to work up to without having to go back to Target right away for another set.
Exercises you can do with these two sets? There are endless possibilities but a few of my favorites are weighted squats, reverse flys, and tricep kickbacks.
#2- A nice thick yoga mat. There are so many exercises (and stretches) that you are going to be doing laying down that you want to make sure you are comfortable. Lat pull overs and leg raises would be absolute hell without a nice mat. My personal mat is Gaiam brand.
#3- A good pair of running type shoes. I say running “type” because I don’t actually promote running in your home, but , I am a HUGE advocate of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training–>read more about HIIT here ) and without a comfortable pair of athletic shoes, running mountain climbers, skater jumps, and butt kickers would not be as pleasant .
There you have it, my top 3 items for beginning a training program at home.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment. I would love to help.