Take your at home workouts to the next level…

Now don’t get me wrong, there are lots of exercises that don’t require any equipment at all. But if you are looking to take your training to the next level, but don’t want to join a gym, here are a few items that will help get you going.

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are super versatile, you can get them with handles, in a complete circle or just as a single band as pictured below. You can use them for:

  1. Squats
  2. Leg extension
  3. Lateral band walk
  4. Shoulder press
  5. Bent over row
  6. Seated row
  7. Lateral pull-down
  8. Standing chest press
  9. Upright row
  10. Bicep curls
  11. Tricep extension

I would suggest getting a couple of bands of differing resistance, allowing you to complete more exercises. I have 3 bands that are a complete circle and 3 that have the handles on the end. I use the complete circles for leg workouts and the handle ones for back, arms and chest.

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Dumbbell free weights

These are optional, I’d you have the resistance bands and  kettlebells, you may not want to add in the dumbbells. However, I like to use dumbbells because you can buy a set of 10 pairs and they offer 1kg variances, so there are a greater range of exercises available to you.

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Kettlebells are good for compound, functional exercises.  I recommend getting 2 lighter ones for individual movements and a heavier one for the bigger compound movements. Here are a few exercises to get you started:

  1. Kettlebell swings
  2. Single arm bent over rows
  3. Goblet squat
  4. Shoulder press
  5. Lunge press
  6. Russian Twist
  7. Deadlift
  8. Single arm snatch
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Skipping Rope

There’s a reason why boxers use skipping in their training. Skipping is a great cardio exercise and can be easily added to your circuit training. It’s a great way to get the heart rate up and takes up minimal space.

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Yoga Mat

This is purely a comfort thing, but if you intend to use your fit ball and get on the ground, you might want to consider it. Also if you have wooden or slippery floors, the mat acts as a stabiliser.

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Adjustable Step

An adjustable step is useful because it can double as a bench for weight training and it burns more calories because you are lifting your body weight up and down. It’s great for doing leg exercises, as it tones the legs and glutes, as well as giving elevation for upper body training. Some of the exercises you can do are:

  1. Step ups
  2. Step kicks
  3. Chest press
  4. Tricep dips
  5. Bulgarian split squat
  6. Step up high knees
  7. Squat jumps

Fit Ball 

Fit balls are good for building core strength and stability. As you progress in your training, a fit ball can add an instability element to your training, making the exercise more difficult and engaging your core. Some fitball exercises include:

  1. Wall squat
  2. Overhead ball squat
  3. Hamstring curl
  4. Balance push up
  5. Tricep dips
  6. Back extension
  7. Plank
  8. Ab crunches
  9. Squat with a twist
  10. Knee tucks
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Of course there is other equipment that can be useful, but these are a good place to start and most are relatively in-expensive. But you don’t need them all at once, start with one or two items and see what works for you.


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