So, I’ve been able to put together 4 months worth of progressive workouts with just the equipment I already had laying around my house. I could probably do even more, but I’m getting to a point where I want more options. I’m also just getting sick of working out at home. So, for me, it’s time to join a gym. But, that doesn’t mean you have to. If you like working out at home and have some equipment you can use to change things up a lot and keep yourself from getting bored, then by all mean, keep working out at home.
Today, I’m going to go into the equipment that I had hanging around that has allowed me to keep working out at home. I have enough equipment that if I wanted to I could just stay at home indefinitely and just keep cycling through different workouts changing sets, reps and weight to keep it interesting an accomplish different goals.
I have 2 sets of adjustable dumbbells. They are the kind that you can add and take away weight with the locks that screw onto each end to hold the plates on. It was nice for me to have 2 sets because I could set them up the way I wanted to and then not have to necessarily change the weight on them partway through my routine. It saved me a little time, but it is not necessary and you can very easily take the minute it takes to change them for the next exercise.
This came with my husband. This is the short bar with the curves in it that make it easy to hold for doing curls. The weight can be added or taken away and it also has the locks that screw onto the ends to hold the plates on it. Although this is a curling bar, I used it for everything from curls to bench presses to squats and dead lifts. This is one of the main pieces of equipment that I used.
These were good early on before I had built any muscle or gotten my body used to exercise. The bands I have are continuous loops and are different resistances. These are nice because they are light, don’t take up much space and you can do many different exercises with them.
This is just a simple bench that we bought at Wal-Mart a few years ago for around $40. The bench has adjustments for flat, incline and decline. It’s very simple but it’s all I really needed. I only used the flat and incline settings but you could do more with it. You don’t necessarily need a bench to do a lot of the stuff. You could just get on the floor, but the bench is nice to have. The one I have also folds up when you’re done so you can store it out of the way if you don’t have a lot of space like me.
These are called many things, but they are the big air filled balls you see in the store in the exercise section that blow up large enough to sit on. Usually they come deflated in a box with a pump. I have a 65 cm ball. That size usually works for most people. I find the 55 cm ones are too small and you don’t need a 75 cm unless you’re very tall. The ball is good for some of the core exercises you can do. You can buy these very cheap at many stores these days.
These are the gloves without fingers. Usually they have a leather palm and maybe some padding. I’ve had mine for years. They are just nice to keep your hands from getting blisters and calluses from holding onto the weights.
So that’s the equipment I have that I was able to create my workouts with. You don’t need all of this equipment. You can have less or more. You can also get creative. At my house we burn pellets for heat in the winter. I’ve actually used a full bag of pellets as weight to do squats before. They weigh about 40#. There are things all around you that can be used for exercise if you’re creative enough. Now I’m off the join the gym because I’m just bored of being at home to workout. Enjoy your workout!