8 Must-Have Home Gym Essentials

8 Home Gym Essentials

Putting together your home gym essentials doesn’t have to cost a lot, but you should look for quality. As long as you stick with a proven equipment needs list you can’t go wrong.

Dumbbells are essential. They are necessary for presses, arm exercises and even some core exercises.

There are several kinds to choose from, from the cheap to the elaborate. They all fall into one of two types: fixed weight or handles only.

Resistance bands are used for strength and stretching your muscles. They are great for limited spaces.

A home gym needs a good workout bench. Benches can be used for presses and one-arm rows. It should be at least 2 feet or 3 feet wide and sturdy.

A chin up bar can be constructed out of any material that will support your weight. Or you can find a chin up bar priced reasonably for $10 to $40.

A balance ball will add variety to your workout. They increase balance and tend to strengthen the core muscles.

A jump rope is great for a cardio workout.

Cardio equipment in a home gym is some of the most popular machines.

Stairs, for instance, are great for lunges and step-ups.

For a more intense workout or if you don’t have access to stairs, the stairmaster is a good alternative.

Another good cardio option is an upright bicycle

The treadmill is a good machine to have for those who walk for fitness. The treadmill can be used during bad weather or when you need to stay home but want to work out.

Dumbbells

 CAP Barbell Solid Hex Dumbbell, Single (50-Pound)More Info SPRI Deluxe Vinyl Dumbbells (Dark Blue, 5-Pound, Set of 2)More Info CAP Barbell 40-pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set with CaseMore Info Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)More Info SPRI Deluxe Rubber Dumbbells (Sold as set of 2) (15-Pound)More Info Tone Fitness – Hourglass Dumbbell Set, 20lbMore Info

Resistance Bands

SPRI ES501R Xertube Resistance Band (Red, Medium)More InfoBlack Mountain Products Single Resistance Exercise Band with Door Anchor and Starter Guide, 45-50-Pound, PurpleMore InfoBlack Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying CaseMore InfoResistance Loop Bands – Set of 4 Light, Medium, Heavy, and X-heavy Exercise Bands – Best Fitness Band for Ankle, Legs, Knee, or Arm Exercises – Perfect for Physical Therapy Workout, P90x, and Crossfit Training – Best Home Equipment for Men and Women – Lifeline for Getting FitMore Info

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1

#1 Best Seller in Strength Training Adjustable Benches

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Bench Series 3.1More Info

Get more out of your workout using Bowflex SelectTech free weights with the 3.1 Series adjustable bench. It adjusts to four different positions for workout versatility–over 30 different exercises. It enables you to do more exercises to get the body you want and ensures proper posture so that you can maximize your results. It’s the perfect way to transform your space into a personal fitness center.

This bench is also great for correcting posture and stabilizing your positioning for a safe, muscle-building free-weight workout. It’s built-strong to last with heavy-duty commercial quality steel and durable upholstery. It comes standard with a removable leg hold-down brace for added decline position support. It wheels away for easy storage and measures 26 by 20 by 56 inches (W x H x L). Assembly is required.

 

Workout Benches

 CAP Barbell Strength Fitness FID BenchMore Info Universal Five-Position Weight BenchMore Info adidas Flat BenchMore Info CAP Barbell Standard Bench Black/redMore Info Marcy Platinum Utility BenchMore Info Marcy Deluxe Utility BenchMore Info CAP Barbell Deluxe Utility BenchMore Info Body Champ Olympic Weight Bench with Leg Developer, Gray/SilverMore Info

Sunny Twister Stepper with Handle Bar

Sunny Twister Stepper with Handle BarMore Info

Tone your buttocks and thighs and work your muscles deeply with the Twister Stepper from Sunny Health & Fitness. This workout machine’s twist action helps tone buttock and thigh areas and allows you to work your muscles deeply without putting as much pressure on your joints and bones. The built-in handlebar and deluxe, non-slip footplates offer balance and stability for a safe workout.
Designed to help you meet your individual fitness goals, the Twister Stepper includes a multi-function LCD computer that provides your time, calories, scan, and count. The machine accommodates users of different heights with adjustable stepping height. The Twister Stepper boasts heavy-duty steel construction and is easy to fit into any corner of your home or office thanks to its small 19 by 17-inch platform and 48-inch height

 

Stair Steppers

 Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistance BandsMore Info Tone Fitness Aerobic StepperMore Info The Step Original Health Club Step Platform with 4 Risers, 40-Inch, Gray/BlackMore Info Stamina InStride Pro Electronic StepperMore Info Sunny Folding Climbing StepperMore Info Stamina SpaceMate Folding StepperMore Info Body Rider Fan Elliptical TrainerMore Info Mini Stepper Exerciser [1 Each (Single)]More Info Nautilus E614 Elliptical TrainerMore Info

Workout Essentials for Home Gym

 Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout BarMore Info ProSource Heavy-Duty Easy Gym Doorway Chin-Up/Pull-Up BarMore Info Sunny Health & Fitness Door Way Chin UpMore Info Tone Fitness Stability Ball, 55cmMore Info BOSU Balance Trainer, BlueMore Info Isokinetics Inc. Brand Exercise Ball – Anti-Burst – 55cm/22More Info Gaiam Balance Ball Chair (Black)More Info Valeo Deluxe Speed Rope, BlackMore Info ACF Speed Jump Rope Adjustable For Exercise – Cardio – Fitness TrainingMore Info Boson Sport Jump Rope for Cardio Fitness Training :: Also Popular For MMA, Boxing, and Daily Exercise For Adult Men & Women or Children :: Comfortable Handles & Adjustable-length! Length 109.4 inches (278 cm) w/ handlesMore Info Crossfit Jump Rope – Training Equipment for Workout and Exercise – Free Drawstring Equipment Bag and How-To Digital Workout Video and E-Book Included – Great Jump Rope for KidsMore Info Weighted Hula Hoop for Exercise and Fitness – 42More Info

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse

#1 Best Seller in Exercise Bikes

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with PulseMore Info

WEIGHT CAPACITY: Up to 300 lbs
SEATING COMFORT: Large seat cushion for people of any size, easily adjustable to fit anywhere from 5’3 inch to 6’3 inch users.
HEART RATE: Hand Pulse Monitor
SPACE SAVER DESIGN: Folds for storage and can moved with the included transportation wheels
TENSION RESISTANCE: An 8 level Magnetic Tension control system, allows the user to adjust the tension level for an easier or more difficult workout.

 

Exercise Bikes

 Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike with PulseMore Info Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycling BikeMore Info Body Rider Fan BikeMore Info Marcy Upright Mag BikeMore Info Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent BikeMore Info Velocity Exercise Magnetic Upright Exercise BikeMore Info

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding Treadmill

LifeSpan TR 1200i Folding TreadmillMore Info

2.5-horsepower folding treadmill with spacious 20-by-56-inch running surface.
Biomechanically correct deck suspension system supports up to 300 pounds.
Multicolored LCD console tracks your time, calories, distance, speed, and more.
Offers several weight loss, healthy living, sports training, and heart rate programs.
Measures 33 x 54 x 70 inches (W x H x D); lifetime warranty on frame and motor.
Treadmill Doctor “Best Buy” Award for Best New Treadmill; Fitness Professor “Head of the Class” Best Treadmill under $1,000 for 2011.

 

Treadmills

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 TreadmillMore InfoProForm 6.0 RTMore Info500w Folding Electric Treadmill Portable Motorized Running Machine Black NewMore InfoStamina InMotion Manual Treadmill (Pewter Grey, Black)More Info

Rubber Gym Flooring

 ProSource Puzzle Exercise Mat High Quality EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles, 24 Square Feet, GreyMore Info Supermats 6 Pieces of Solid Black Rubber Interlocking Floor Mats Pack (19.5-Inch x 19.5-Inch)More Info XMark Fitness XMat Ultra Thick Gym FlooringMore Info The LARGEST Exercise Mat. 96More Info IncStores 3/8More Info Rubber Cal Recycled Floor Mat, Black, 1/4-Inch x 4 x 9-FeetMore Info IncStores 1/4More Info Soozier Exercise Interlocking Protective Flooring – 24More Info

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