Home Workout Must Haves

It is so important to invest in yourself and have a few pieces of exercise equipment at home. We all know that as much as we would love to get to the gym everyday sometimes that is just not a reality. These are just a few of my at home favorites.


Splurge Item! The TRX Suspension Training Kit is the most versatile piece of training equipment. If you are looking to invest in a home gym this little black and yellow bodyweight suspension system is your best buy. Just under $200 it is the most expensive item on my list of must haves but it is my top go to workout when I am at home offering a total body workout that includes cardio, strength, and flexibility options.

I love having options with my workouts! My medicine balls, kettlebells, and stability ball are always a nice addition to any workout and range in price from $14-$50.

Staying hydrated is super important which is why I love the Brita water bottle. I can fill it up anywhere if I am out and about or straight from the kitchen sink at home.

If you are looking to start running make sure to invest in quality running shoes. Getting fitted for a shoe that is going to work for you should be a main focus when buying a new pair as opposed to the color or brand. I am running in the Newton Terra Momentum’s.

Exercise dvd’s are great and most city libraries offer a fairly decent collection to help save you money. Plus, all instructors on fitness dvd’s are super motivating and will repeatedly tell you how awesome you are. How is that for a confidence boost!

Whatever workout you decide to do it is great to have someone or something who inspires you to be better. My yoga inspiration is Kathryn Budig. She has an awesome yoga dvd in case you are in the market. Kathryn is an amazing teacher and inspires me to be true to myself when I am practicing yoga on my mat. Speaking of mats I love the lululemon mat, simply called, The Mat.

To keep yourself accountable I recommend another splurge item, a heart rate monitor. These little watches let you know if you are working out as hard as you should be or think. I wear mine for almost every workout, even in pool when I swim laps.

Last but not least sometimes the baby is not going to want to just stay on the blanket and look up at you happily. I recommend a 30-45 minute dvd for your little one if you can’t squeeze your workout in during their nap time. I know taking 30 minutes out of my day to workout always makes me feel better. We are loving the Baby Faith series. They are so cute and are just another way that Caden can hear that God loves him.

What about you? What items do you use for your at home workouts?



  1. Love your blog! Thanks for these tips. 🙂 I have been doing Tracy Anderson at home, but it is good to switch it up.

  2. That’s a great list!! I’ve been doing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution the past few months, so it’s mainly been hand weights, resistance bands and my body these days! 🙂 Most of the time I can get my two year old to work out with me, if not he will watch a movie or play with some toys on my bed.

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  3. Those are awesome suggestions. Really there is no excuse to not work out even if you can’t make it to the gym. Working out at home can be just as effective. Thanks for linking up!

  4. Have you seen the new kettelbells that are soft and filled with sand. I just saw them in an issue of Self magazine and thought they would be perfect for at home. The softness supposedly reduces the chances of getting callouses.

    Also, love the at home TRX system. I’ve done classes before and loved them – but classes are so expensive!

    • I have not seen those yet! That sounds like an awesome idea. I used to teach a 30 minute TRX class at a studio that charged only $10 per session. It is hard to take classes all the time even if they are not expensive because it doesn’t take long before it starts adding up. Thanks for reading!

  5. Thanks for the great tips!! I’m 35 weeks pregnant and already trying to figure out how I’ll squeeze workouts in during the first few months of crazy! I love that Aim True yoga workout but YIKES does it kick my butt! Especially the little hop/foot-kick-up move!

  6. This list is spot on. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I love working out at home and Jillian is my favourite.

  7. Love the must haves list! I def need to invest in some weights! I’ve been doing cardio like a mad woman and need to incorporate some weights in there. When I go to the Y I feel like a fish out of water in the free weight area. I’m going to study up on that so I don’t look like a big goof! LOL

    • When I first started using the weights I felt like everyone was staring at me because I was sure they knew I had no idea what I was doing. I will post some weight exercises here soon that will hopefully be helpful!

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