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).
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.
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.
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:
HOW TO USE DUMBBELLS AT HOME: We have SO many home dumbbell workouts on the blog! Here are a few of my favorites:
DIY RESISTANCE BAND SUBSTITUTION:
HOW TO USE RESISTANCE BANDS AT HOME:
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:
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
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:
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:
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:
DIY SUBSTITUTION: You can always substitute one heavy dumbbell for most medicine ball exercises.
HOW TO USE A MEDICINE BALL AT HOME:
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:
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:
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