Home Gym Essentials – Skip the Gym and Get Fit at Home

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know that I’m obsessed with the Faster Way to Fat Loss.  After getting into a major fitness funk, the Faster Way to Fat Loss was the program that completely changed my life, helped me drop 50+ pounds of baby weight, and gave me the freedom to stop depriving myself.

One of my favorite things about the Faster Way to Fat Loss is that you don’t have to have an expensive gym membership to follow the plan.  While there is a workout plan that can be done at the gym, I always follow the home workout plan.  As a busy, work at home mom of three kids, I can’t imagine trying to make it to the gym multiple times a week.

Here is what I have in my home gym that makes it possible to get in a great workout without a costly gym membership, gym daycare germs, and time constraints.


Home Gym Must Haves


Dumbbells are a must for any home gym.  You can accomplish almost any workout with dumbbells, even if you want to get pull-up gains without a pull-up bar you can modify with your dumbbells! I love my Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells.  They quickly and easily adjust from 5 pounds to 52.5 pounds.  The price is unbeatable compared to buying dumbbells separately (which typically costs about $.50 a pound).  Not to mention, they don’t take up much space if you don’t have a ton of room to work with in your home.


A weight bench comes in handy for every move of the body! This is probably my #2 pick for any home gym.  I’d say that about half of my workouts include the bench.  If you’re going to get a bench, I highly suggest getting an adjustable one that allows you to sit at an incline and decline.  This will give you the ability to do a lot more workouts.


Having a barbell is great for workouts like bench presses, dead lifts, squats, and more.  It’s perfect for all parts of the body and is especially useful for workouts that lift and engage your glutes.  This barbell is totally affordable and worth every penny!

Kettle Bells

Kettle bells are perfect for HIIT drills, and total body moves.  This set of three is the perfect addition for any home gym.


Booty bands are my favorite way to activate my glutes for a toned, built booty, You can also do a lot of variations with these and target your upper body as well.  They don’t take up any space which is perfect for any home gym.  This set comes with four different resistance levels so you can do a multitude of workouts.  If you want to build a home gym on a budget, these bands are a must!

Yoga Mat

If you’re working out at home, you’ll probably want a yoga mat for any floor exercises (especially if you’ll be setting up your gym in basement or on hardwood floors).  Yoga mats are especially useful for ab exercises, push ups, and planks (oh… and yoga!)  This one comes with a carrying strap so you can easily take it on the go.

Foam Roller

There are so many people that forget about taking care of their bodies after a workout.  Stretching and being kind to your muscles is so important when it comes to getting in shape.  Foam rollers are my favorite way to relieve muscle tension after  a workout.  You can check out some of my favorite foam roller moves here.

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