Let’s face it. Even with that New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get in shape it is hard to muster up the motivation to go to the gym three to four times a week. If you’re lucky, it isn’t very far from where you live, but you still have to deal with the crowds, especially if your available time frame coincides with most of the population – after work. And, if you have kids running around at home and have a family to feed and a house to clean, finding the time (even if it’s an hour at a time) can be difficult.

I don’t want to even talk about how expensive a gym membership is (but I’m going to anyways!) Most gym memberships average around $50 a month. To some, this may be a small price to pay to make that New Year’s Resolution become a reality, but for others (and I am betting for most) this is an extra monthly expense that really is not a necessity when compared to food, utilities, and rent. Now, I’m not saying that investing in your health is not important, because it’s EXTREMELY important. But, investing in your health should not be an obligation, should not take up all of your free time, and it definitely should not be an extra monthly expense that causes you stress (which can cause weight gain) because you now wonder if you will be able to put food on the table for a week.

Before I continue, I want to make it clear that THAT I AM NOT TRYING TO SELL YOU THE NEXT “MUST-HAVE” HOME WORKOUT MACHINE THAT TARGETS EVERY PART OF YOUR BODY FOR ONLY 20 SECONDS A DAY! This is simply a guide of suggestions for some of the best at home gym equipment you should consider getting so that you can work out in the comfort of your own home. The collected investment of the equipment mentioned in this guide is under $200 (with most of the individual items having a price point of $20 or less). The great thing about this guide is that you DO NOT HAVE TO BUY EVERYTHING AT ONCE! You can start with one piece of equipment at a time and slowly add the others to your collection. Getting just one of these items will help you in your weight loss journey. I think one reason people give up on working out is because it becomes tedious and routine. By getting multiple (or all) of the gear on my list you will be able to maximize the variations of exercises you can perform at home to work out your entire body. The other great thing about everything on this list, is that you can easily store them – in your closest, under your bed, in your cupboard, wherever you have little extra space.

For your convenience, I have linked each item to a product link on Amazon where you can easily add the item to your shopping cart. Please keep in mind, I am not saying you MUST HAVE THE EXACT ONE that I have linked – these are merely my product suggestions (which are based on price, product reviews, and of course…personal experience!) Should you find a different brand that you like better or feel better suits your needs, please get that one instead.

Ok, so this is it. The moment you have been waiting for…THE LIST! Below you will find a list of 6 products that will give you an absolute whole body at-home workout, along with a brief description, and a general price point (I say general because prices on Amazon may fluctuate):

Exercise Ball – 55cm ($14-$15)

exerciseball Exercise balls provide a low-impact workout that is great for building core stability and strength, posture, and muscle balance. Doing exercises on a ball help work the hard-to-reach muscles in your core. In addition, using an exercise ball also greatly benefits those with lower back problems. It is important that you pick the correct size exercise ball. Please use the following chart to choose the correct size ball for your height (the link goes to a 55cm ball, but if you require a different size you can click through the link and then search for the size you need – i.e. 65cm exercise ball:  

exerciseball2Gliding Discs ($17-$19)

slidersLike the exercise ball, glider discs are great for low impact, total body workouts. The specific gliding discs I have linked to work on both carpet and hardwood floors, making them quite adaptable no matter what kind of floors you have in your house. Gliding discs are small and light, making them the perfect on-the-go workout when you travel. Also like the exercise ball, gliding discs engage the core muscles while working on your balancing skills. Gliding discs take your exercises to the next level – for example, lunges without gliding discs may work your leg muscles, but lunges while on gliding discs work your leg muscles as you try to keep your balance and stability.

Resistance Bands ($15-$17)

resistancebandsResistance bands are greats for all levels of intensity of working out. Exercises performed with resistance bands are the same (or very similar) to exercises done with weights (so using them does not require you to familiarize yourself with a bunch of new exercises!) Like the gliding discs, resistance bands are light and great for travel. They are great for a total body workout and help to boost stamina, flexibility, range of motion and more.

Kettlebell – 25lb ($45-$60 varies depending on the weight needed)kettlebell

Kettlebells are used for building strength, stamina, endurance, and flexibility. Developing a workout routine that incorporates a kettlebell will offer variety and keep you motivated. Training with a kettlebell will allow you to burn fat with high-intensity workouts, as well as build strength by increasing the amount of lean muscle tissue. Kettlebells are too heavy to travel with but they are small and can store away easily. And, for those times when life is just too busy to stop and work out, a fifteen-minute workout with a kettlebell, combining cardio and strength, is all you need! Kettlebells come in all different sizes and it’s important to get the correct weight. Please reference the chart below:
kettlebellsizeKettlebells also come with slightly different handle shapes – DO NOT get a kettlebell with a triangular or square-ish shaped handle – it needs to be a smooth, curved handle. A quality kettlebell is also cast from a single mold. The product I have linked to is a 26lb kettlebell – please choose the size that best fits your needs.

Jump Rope ($4-$6)

jumpingropeThis the cheapest item on the list, and may be nostalgic if you jumped rope as a kid. Jumping rope is a GREAT exercise to incorporate into your routine! There are many ways jumping rope is beneficial including: improves coordination (makes you lighter on your feet), increases the strength in the muscles surrounding your ankle joint and in your feet (which decreases the risk of injury to those areas), burns a TON of calories (10 minutes if jumping rope is equivalent to running an 8-minute mile), improves bone density, improves cardiovascular health, improves breathing efficiency, keeps you calmer (overall and when exposed to stressful situations), and can make you smarter (according to the Jump Rope Institute, jumping aids in the development of both hemispheres of the brain which enhances spacial awareness, improves reading skills, increases memory, and increases mental alertness). If one of these benefits doesn’t motivate you to pick up a jump rope, all of them combined must!

Yoga/Exercise Mat – 1/2″ thick or 1/4″ thick ($19 and up)

Whether you invest in a yoga mat or another exercise mat this is matkind of a “must-have” when working out at home. It provides a clean space for you to lay, kneel, or sit on the floor should a certain exercise move require you to do so. I have linked to both a 1/2” thick mat and ¼” thick mat, both around twenty dollars – which one you choose is really all about personal preference. Yoga mats can range in price and quality and are available in many colors. When starting out, I feel that getting a less expensive mat is the way to go. That way, if you find the thickness of the mat is not quite what you like, you have not invested eighty dollars in a mat you will never use.

Dumbbells – 5lbs ($12-$15)

dumbbellsHaving a nice light set of dumbbells around can be great for a number of reasons. First, dumbbells can take your exercising to the next level – for example, holding weights while doing lunges can make them more challenging. Also, there a lot of HIIT (high intensity interval training) exercises you can do with dumbbells. HIIT is a training technique that requires you give it your all (as many reps as possible, as fast as possible) in a period of time, followed by short rest period, for usually 8 total rounds. Five pounds may not seem like much, but when you are punching it up into the air, or out in front of you over and over again, you will start to feel it!

So that’s it! I bet you can’t wait to get started! So many options, where do you start? I am in the process of creating an e-book of exercises to accompany the different equipment. You can check that out here.

A couple more things…

There are a two more products that I absolutely love, and do recommend, but they would bring the budget of this home gym to under $300.

Hula Hoop $29.95

Hula hooping, like jumping rope, may be nostalgic for you if you engaged in this activity as a child. But, let me tell you…hula-hoops are for adults too! When it comes to exercising, weighted hula-hoops can be used to slim down your waist, burn calories, and work the inner abdominal muscles. Studies show that hooping burns visceral fat (the fat that is hard to get rid of!), and gives you a full body workout. In addition, hooping is good for your heart, improves your spine’s strength and flexibility, and improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills. You might be thinking…THIRTY DOLLARS for a hula-hoop? That’s expensive! But, this particular hula-hoop is great, because it comes apart, which makes it great for travel. Workout DVDs by the same brand are also available to get your hooping to the next level!

Booty Belt $99.99

This little gem is a resistance band system that focuses on your glutes and thighs, to give you that shapely, toned butt you’ve been striving for! This is on the more expensive side, but it is so cool and totally worth it! Included in your purchase are different level bands, a mat, instructional DVD, and traveling tote bag. The best thing still… in as little as five minutes you can get a killer workout in!

**REMEMBER**

Besides checking out the suggested equipment to make your workouts fun and exciting every time, all you need to lose weight is a positive attitude, motivation, and commitment to making a change!

 
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19 Comments

  1. Great article! Well written and easy to read. Thank you!

    1. Thanks!

  2. This is a great list. I like how all the items can be neatly stored away in the closet, as opposed to some bulky machine plopped right in the middle of the room.

    I have thought about getting an exercise ball for awhile now. I’ve even added them to my cart on a couple occasions, but backed out at the last second. I was unsure of the differences. I thought the size difference impacted the type of workout and was not based off of ones height. This is great information.

    I think I’ll finally get one. The gliding discs are very interesting as well. I love the concept and may need to add them to my workout routine!

    1. Oh some great choices! I love having an exercise ball at work – since I sit for 8 hours a day, I feel like I”m at least getting SOMETHING physical out being so sedentary! The gliding discs are one of my favorite – so small and really provide an intense workout!

  3. I am definitely keen on a healthy lifestyle, especially juggling raising up kid and self-employed at the same time. I am not a gym guy , I practice Taekwondo as a mean of staying healthy. But I would advise those who spend their time working in the office to get some of the kits and start getting fit at home. It is easy to lose our health in our quest of chasing our career.

    1. Yes! There is no excuse to get being healthy, no matter your situation!

  4. I’m a big fan of this equipment. I spend 10 years as a rehab specialist and personal trainer and I can make muscles burn and develop using resistance bands alone. They are so cheap and easy to use they should be in every home gym. My favorites are curls and shoulder presses using bands. I also use an exercise ball for stretching and flexibility.

    Have you ever used TRX bands? Those are some of my favorites if you have a place to mount them in your gym.

    1. Hey Kyle,

      I have never used TRX bands…unfortunately my home gym right now is my living room. Not a whole lot of extra door space to be mounting things on. But, I will definitely keep them in mind for my next place =)

  5. Yeah they need to be mounted to a stud at a higher level, then maybe eye level too, but they are an excellent workout. I haven’t mounted them in my home gym yet, but they will be soon. Suspension systems are great bodyweight workouts.

  6. Not bad at all. This is a pretty good list. The swiss ball is pretty versatile and allows you to work multiple body parts…depending on how creative you want to get. With the weights and resistance bands there is a lot you can do. I’d probably get a cheap doorway chin-up bar as well.

    1. Hey Dave,

      Thanks for the feedback. I debated adding that to the list, but in the end decided against it only because I couldn’t personally relate (though this may or may not be a justifiable reason). I have never invested in one of these because 1. I live in a small apartment (with 1 interior doorway) and 2. I wouldn’t want to ruin the wall or door frame!

      Thanks!

      Kari

  7. Hi,

    Very nice and helpful article!

    It is great because you can but all this equipment on a cheap buget. I did not know you could get all this gym equipment for under $150! That’s amazing.

    I have done those exercises and they work amazing! Nice job in breaking your article nicely and it is well written

    1. Thank you! I appreciate the feedback! I had a lot of fun writing this article because working out at home can get tedious without the motivation of others that you may get at a gym. But, incorporating some of this equipment can really change things up!

  8. Hello,
    thanks for sharing a very interesting article about the best equipment for home for under 150 dollars. I have to point out, you really explain in detail everything we need to know about this equipment. One question, can you put link of this product so we can find them. Thanks.
    Best regards
    Karlo

    1. Karlo…the headers for the different products have a hyperlink to buy. I don’t like when posts look “linky” so I made them NOT stand out…but I guess that isn’t such a good idea, since y you were unaware that there were links. I will work on making them stand out more! =)

  9. Superb compilation of items that everyone can utilize in their home.

    Personally, the kettlebell is the best of the bunch. I have one in my home and it’s super versatile. You can do crazy HIIT workouts with it, which are bouns to burn you.

    What do you think about fat burners though – many people are utilizing them?

    1. Simon, fat burners like supplements? Personally, I’m not a fan — I’ve taken my fair share of natural supplements in this department, and sure they suppress appetite or what not, but I feel like its more hype than anything. I could be wrong though. I agree with you about the kettlebell, my other favorite is the jump rope — get that heart rate up!!!!

  10. Hello here. I like your advice offering to get equipment for workout at home. When we have equipment we can use it long time. For example, kettlebell can serve forever.
    I have few of them such as yoga matt, dumbbells and jump rope. I was thinking about exercises ball but I am not sure till now.
    I guess that people are different when exercise is involved. Some of us need longer hours to work, some can be content with half hour a day.
    I try to work with my own weight. It is difficult for me but I try my best. After exercise I feel muscles.
    Thanks for advice and showing how to save money working at home.
    All the best, be healthy and wealthy, Nemira.

    1. Nemira, sounds like you got a great collection of equipment to workout at home! You’re right, everyone is different, and I agree working with your own weigh is important! You should consider some resistance bands…they add a little extra umph!

      Best,
      Kari

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