Exercise Equipment: 10 Home Gym Essentials You Can Order on Amazon

10 pieces of exercise equipment that every home gym needs! PLUS, I’m sharing home substitutions for exercise equipment, using common household objects, such as soup cans and laundry detergent containers!

Exercise equipment for home gyms

Home workouts are kind of my thing. They’re the reason NML exists, making fitness accessible to everyone!

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good heavy lifting day at the gym, but honestly home workouts are so much more achievable in my season of life raising two small children.

Here’s the thing — home workouts can be just as effective as gym workouts in achieving your fitness goals. All you need is some basic equipment (or a little creativity with household objects).

These are my ‘essential’ home exercise equipment picks — meaning if I was starting a home gym from scratch, this is where I would begin.

But you don’t have to have all 10 pieces of fitness equipment at once. I’ve outlined the workout equipment in order of priority; so if you’re on a budget start by purchasing item number one, dumbbells. Then gradually continue to acquire the equipment.

10 Home Gym Exercise Equipment Essentials

I want to acknowledge that there’s a surge of people buying exercise equipment online right now and some products may take longer to ship or be out of stock (although we’ll do our best to keep this list updated). 

I’ll also provide as many DIY options and ideas on how to substitute objects you may have around your house for as many of the items below as possible! I hope this is helpful as we all navigate working out at home full-time for the time being. 

Home Gym dumbbells and resistance bands

1. DUMBBELLS

MY PICKS: Dumbbells are pretty hard to find online right now. You may have to order through alternate sellers, be patient with delivery times, or use alternatives.

I personally have a variety of dumbbell sizes from 3 lbs (for barre workouts) to 15 lbs for weight training and HIIT workouts. I also have these Adjustable Power Block Dumbbells. A great investment if you want a variety of weights (and a great space-saver).

DIY DUMBBELL SUBSTITUTION:

  • Soup cans are great light set of dumbbells alternative; handy for barre workouts.
  • If you want a heavier weight, try using full(ish) containers of laundry detergent, or filling an empty milk gallon with water.
  • Or if you have a toddler around, get them involved in your workout. Squatting with a toddler in your arms not only adds weight but challenges your balance and core strength too.

HOW TO USE DUMBBELLS AT HOME: We have SO many home dumbbell workouts on the blog! Here are a few of my favorites:

2. RESISTANCE BANDS

MY PICKS: 

  • Resistance Band With Handles great for upper body resistance training, especially if you can’t find dumbbells. I personally take mine to the park for outdoor workouts.
  • Standard Mini Loop Resistance Bands I like ordering a set like this so you can change the resistance depending on the exercise. I also love traveling with these.
  • Fabric Resistance Bands great if you have issues with the rubber resistance bands slipping off. I have these in resistance levels light, medium and heavy, but I use the medium band most often.
  • Pull Up Assistance Band for assisted pull ups at home.

DIY RESISTANCE BAND SUBSTITUTION:

  • Tie a pair of workout leggings around your legs (roll up or tie up excess fabric).
  • Roll up a sports bra and put it around your legs.

HOW TO USE RESISTANCE BANDS AT HOME:

Best Home Gym Large Yoga Mat

3. SPONGEBALL

MY PICKS: This is the spongeball I have; under $13 on Amazon! One of my top exercise equipment recommendations for all new moms. It’s great for strengthening the core and pelvic floor.

DIY SUBSTITUTION: Kid’s squishy play balls work great! I’ve also used a couch throw pillow.

HOW TO USE A SPONGEBALL AT HOME:

4. LARGE YOGA MAT: GORILLA MAT

MY PICKS: I get asked about the large yoga mat you see in my workout videos all the time! I love my large Gorilla Mat. Not only does it give you plenty of space to move on, but it helps protect your joints (and wood floors). Get 10% OFF any Gorilla Mats order using code: NourishMoveLove

Home Gym Equipment You Can Order on Amazon kettlebells and stability ball

5. STABILITY BALL

MY PICKS: This Stability Ball – I personally prefer the 55 cs or 65cm exercise ball, but whatever size you choose this exercise ball is multi-functional.

HOW TO USE A STABILITY BALL AT HOME:

6. KETTLEBELL

MY PICKS: I suggest anything from a 15-30 lb kettlebell, depending on your fitness level. I use a 25 lb kettlebell for most of my workouts. Kettlebell training is a great strength and cardio workout that’s often low impact.

DIY SUBSTITUTION: You can always substitute one heavy dumbbell for any kettlebell exercise!

HOW TO USE A KETTLEBELL AT HOME:

home gym exercise equipment medicine ball

7. PULL UP BAR

MY PICKS: This Doorway Pull Up Bar is similar to what I use and under $30 on Amazon.

DIY SUBSTITUTION: Pull ups are my personal favorite back exercise, but if you can’t get ahold of a pull up bar you can substitute these back workouts:

8. MEDICINE BALL

MY PICKS: I suggest anything from a 5-15 lb medicine ball. Here’s an 8-lb Medicine Ball and a 12-lb Medicine Ball.

DIY SUBSTITUTION: You can always substitute one heavy dumbbell for most medicine ball exercises.

HOW TO USE A MEDICINE BALL AT HOME:

Exercise Equipment to build a home gym

9. BOSU BALL

MY PICKS: This Bosu Ball is available on Amazon.

DIY SUBSTITUTION: A small step or chair if you want to add a ‘step up’ or height change.

HOW TO USE A BOSU BALL AT HOME:

10. FOAM ROLLER

MY PICKS: This Amazon Basics Foam Roller is under $25.

DIY SUBSTITUTION: You can use a tennis ball or lacrosse ball to massage out sore muscles as well.

HOW TO USE A FOAM ROLLER AT HOME:

How to Motivate Yourself To Workout From Home:

How to Motivate Yourself To Workout From Home new exercise equipment

  1. Follow a workout plan. Take out one step in the decision making process. This Free 30 Day Workout Plan consists of daily full-length workout videos, so all you have to do is press ‘play’ and follow along.
  2. Make it social. Enlist your spouse or kids to be your workout buddies for the day! There’s a huge amount of accountability that comes from working out with someone else. If you’re social distancing, try doing a ‘virtual workout date’ with one of your workout buddies — you can pull up the same workout and do it ‘with’ each other via Zoom or Facetime!
  3. Start small. If you have trouble motivating yourself to workout, I recommend starting with something small, like a 10-minute workout, and seeing how you feel. Often times, starting is the hardest part, and once you get moving, you may decide to add on! And if not, that’s okay too; 10 minutes of movement is better than none!

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