Basic Home Workout Equipment

Apr 24, 2011 by

Fitness, Exercise, Home workout equipment

 

Not everyone is able to go to the gym every day, and some people are just not even able to afford it. But I think with very little resources everyone is able to get some basic home workout equipment. I am always looking for different things I can use at home, and I always find innovative ways of using it.
Some of the things I use, I didn’t even buy, like a jump rope I made out of a heavy black rope. I like using it because it adds more  resistance to my workout. You can of course buy one with a resistance, but I found my home made rope pretty useful. I also have a simple speed rope I enjoy working out with when I don’t want any resistance at all.  Here are the basic equipment I use at home.

 

Pull-Up bar


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I prefer a Pull Up bar the goes into the doorway, rather then a Wall-Mounted Pull Up bar. And there are a few reasons why. First it’s the convenience of it,  I can use it in many different ways. One of my favorite things to do, which wall-mounted pull up bar won’t allow me to do is split leg lifts.  It’s pretty hard to do for a beginner, but if you have been working out for a while, you can do split leg lifts.  This is by far on of the best exercises for your abs, and you overall strength.  I tried taking a picture to show you how it’s done, but I couldn’t get a good shot, it looks better in motion.  I will later upload a video of it.
Another reason I love the doorway pull up bar – I can take it down, place it on the floor and do push- ups with several different grip variations.  If you have a pull up mounted into the wall, all you can do is pull ups and leg lifts, that’s pretty limited for me.  But this one works great.
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I can also do great abs exercises with it. Plus I think this Doorway Pull Up bar is better than Wall Mounted Pull up bar because It’s 30 dollars less. That makes it an even better deal.

 

Jump Rope


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I have a two different jump ropes. The beauty of jump rope – creativity is the limit, and it’s great cardiovascular exercise. Jumping rope doesn’t burn your muscle off, as much as running.

You can buy a regular speed rope, which I have as well, or you can make one your self.  See the picture above.  I made that jump rope out of regular heavy black rope. I love the resistance it adds to my workouts. This is a great alternative if you can’t afford a jump rope at the moment, but it shouldn’t stop you from getting into shape, get creative with a home made rope ( not everyone has 10 dollars on a jump rope, since the economy is down ).

 

Balance Ball


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A Balance Ball is great for so many different things, you can implement it into any workout routine.
I used to have a back injury, so I exercised with a balance ball to fix a herniated disc in my spine. I was told I would need a surgery to fix it, and that I will never recover unless I got the surgery. Well, I recovered  :) without surgery. I did some research and I found out, you can heal most herniated discs with a balance ball and a set of exercises for your back ( I am not a doctor, I am just sharing my story ). I was always a big believer that a body was meant to heal it self. I also never took any antibiotics in my life, and I never will.

 

A Medicine Ball


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This is another one of my favorites. I am planning on investing in several Medicine Balls. The one I have right now is a Non Bounce Medicine Ball, and it’s 8lb. I use it a lot in my plyometrics training, I also use it for push ups, and whole bunch of abs exercises. It’s great equipment overall, as with everything else you have to use your creativity to implement it in variety of ways.

 

Dumbbells & A Kettlebell


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I have two set of Dumbbells, which are 5 pounds and 10 pound set. They are great to use for added resistance, but I don’t like to use a lot of weight . For now, the set’s I have is enough. I just use them for resistance, cause I am not too fund of just lifting weights
I also have a 15 pound Kettlebell. But to be honest, I think Kettlebells are just dumbbells with a handle. I know there are a few exercises I can do with kettle bells, but I can also do those exercises with Dumbbells as well.  I know some people are big believers in just using Kettlebells for their workouts, I am not one of them.  Every time I see someone just using Kettlebells, I want to fall asleep.

 

Balance Disc

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The first time I found this gem is at a circus training room. I had to have it!   I use it for Push-Ups, Lunges, One Leg Squats, Hyperextensions and Stretching. Because the surface is unstable, it forces your body to engage more muscles to do an exercise, and it’s a lot harder to perform. This is only for advanced users, if you are a beginner, the only thing you can use The Balance Disc for is stretching and hyperextensions. To do things like lunges and one leg squats on the disc, you have to first learnt to do those exercises in proper form without the disc.

 

A Chair

Everyone has a chair at home and I am sure you already know what a chair looks like.  A chair can be used for elevating your legs during push-ups, planks, box jumps ( make sure the chair you have is sturdy against the wall ), and one of my favorite chair exercises are step ups – front step ups, side step ups.

This is pretty much the basic equipment anyone can have in their house. I use a few more things, some I bought and some I just found and got creative with.  I will share that in my soon to be posted workout videos.

If you have something to share that I might not know about, leave me a comment :)

Tatianna

 

 


  • Vikas

    That is such useful information. I had never seen a balance disc before.

    Its also impressive that you managed to heal your spine. Got any suggestions for neck strengthening? :o)

    On the lighter side, post videos of some easy exercises first – you dont want to scare the amateurs…do you? :o)

    • Tatianna

      Thank you Vikas :)
      A good exercise for your neck is upright row, it will strengthen your trapezius muscles, which are connected to your neck. You can start with a low weight, make sure you keep your neck and back straight and engaged.
      Good Idea about the easier exercise videos first, you are right about the beginners – I don’t want to scare them. But I also know it’s good to push people a bit out of their comfort zone.
      The balance disc is great for stretching as well, or hyperextensions which any beginner can do, it’s a really nice little equipment, but I also think if some people who don’t have the balance disc can substitute it with a firm pillow. I always find ways to get creative with things around the house.

  • Joanna

    Tatiana you have a great body! Any tips for a beginner who’s looking to tone her abs and butt? I’m 125lbs and want to get bikini ready for my Sept trip to Bahamas. thanks!

    • Tatianna

      Hi Joanna, thank you for the compliment.
      I have a few posts here on my site for beginners “Fitness Advice for Beginners” and I have post about abs “here“. You have plenty of time till September, but start right away. It’s best get in shape when you are not pressed for time. I would also recommend you try interval training, it’s one of the best ways of getting into shape fast.
      I am working on developing a programs a beginner can do with interval training, but I have to say that if you try Tabata type intervals, ( such as 20 sec maximum effort 10 seconds rest ), this would give you great results.

      Do you workout at the moment? If you do, what type of workout do you do?

      • Joanna

        Hey Tatianna,

        I just started running again (now twice a week for 30mins each) as I’m training for a half marathon in October.

        An added side benefit to running is I hope to lose some of my butt as I’ve been blessed with a bigger and chunkier butt for my size :) most ppl are looking for a bigger rounder butt but I need to tone it down.

        I want to start the interval training to get fit in general as well.

        • Tatianna

          Hi Joanna

          Running in intervals is great, I do it all the time and I love it. If you want to tone up more, add variations of lunges before you run. Let me know when you try interval training and how you like it :)

  • eggplantemily

    Hey Tatianna,
    I use a Lebert equalizer (dip bar) in my workouts and I LOVE the versatility it provides. I can do  alot of ab work and I love that I can work my arms in SO many different ways. If you haven’t seen them I highly recommend. There are other dip bars out there and I just chose this one because of its size and that I can use it outside, and its a fun yellow colour haha
    Ciao
    Emily
    ps: I JUST found your site and I love it! You have a really cool vibe going on, on your site. Keep it up :-)

    • http://www.lovingfit.com Tatianna

      Hi Emily :)

      Welcome to Loving Fit glad you like it :). I love lebert so much, I’ve done a lot of research before I purchased it and like you said it’s so versatile and I just love it. I love how I can get super creative with it.

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  • sus

    I have all of these except for the balance disc and kettlebell.  I have been thinking of getting a kettlebell for some time now because it does make some things easier than dumbells.  I would have mentioned an exercise/yoga mat.  Yea, it’s common sense, but I waited so long to get one and once I finally did, I wondered what took me so long.  The only other piece of equipment I have is a dip station and I LOVE it.  I can do so many exercises on it (reverse push ups, dips, knee raises).  Thank you for posting this.  I was just browsing google looking for a list of basic home workout equipment that wasn’t treadmill, bike, bowflex, etc.  Now I am about to search your site!

    • http://www.lovingfit.com Tatianna

      Hi Sus, 

      I also have a video tour of more things that I have, cause this post is a bit outdated.  Right after I made this post few days later I got my Equalizer, then I got a new pull-up bar as well, here is the recent video : http://www.lovingfit.com/fitness/my-full-home-gym-video/

      • sus

        Thanks! Will check it out.  You remind me of Zuzana Light! And I added you on facebook and saw you had her on your likes! It made me smile!

        • http://www.lovingfit.com Tatianna

          Maybe cause we are both European :)

          I love Z, I think she is an amazing person, beautiful inside and out!

  • https://twitter.com/LaPantera507 Elizabeth_Pty507

    Hello Tati!
    I just wanted to share you something I got and I was wanting to add to my lil arsenal:
    “Sliding” or “Gliding discs”, but the one I wanted was kinda expensive (valslide), so in amazon someone mentioned using a “furniture slider”…  I saw them in local store for 8 dollars, and there are 4 little slider and 4 big sliders, and the big ones works wonder!

    http://cdn1.techbargains.com/icache/2012/04/24/13352717915202.jpeg

    Have a beautiful day!!
    Eli.

    • http://www.lovingfit.com Tatianna

      Thank you Eli, 

      I’ve seen those things before  and I so need to get some for the days that we will be shooting on our tile floor where I can slide around :).

      • https://twitter.com/LaPantera507 Elizabeth_Pty507

        LOL!!!!!!!
        You’re welcome Tati! :)
        Actually this ones works better on a carpet.  The glidding fitness discs come with a kind of “special cap” to use on tile floors and then you remove it to use on carpet. As I don’t have the “cap” I’ll be using them on my carpet.
        It’d be nice to see you sliding around! :D

        • http://www.lovingfit.com Tatianna

          Eli I just went to a store and got some :), they will be perfect for the carpet, so exited to try :).  Thank you for the tip :)

          • https://twitter.com/LaPantera507 Elizabeth_Pty507

            Yay!!!!   You’re so welcome Tati!
            I’m glad you’re gonna give it a try!
            Whenever you try it… pls let me know how u liked it! :)

        • http://www.lovingfit.com Tatianna

          I’m gonna try to make the next workout with those things, I already have ideas sliding in my head lol :)

          • https://twitter.com/LaPantera507 Elizabeth_Pty507

            Ha ha ha!!!! You’re so funny! :)

            Btw…  That’s awesome!!  I can’t wait!!!!