With the rise of online training programmes, fitness watches, and wellness mobile apps, staying motivated to workout and keep healthy at home is becoming increasingly easier. Whilst you don’t necessarily need equipment to have a good workout, fitness equipment can help to provide more varied workouts (also helping to prevent boredom) and help you to reach your fitness goals faster.
So, here are my top 3 pieces of equipment to have at home, that won't break the bank!...
The kettlebell is a fantastic all-in-one total body conditioning tool. This compact bit of kit can help to; improve core strength and stability, burn a serious amount of fat, improve balance and stabiliser muscles, enhance body awareness and coordination, and it provides a GREAT non-running cardio alternative!
Check out this full body kettlebell circuit:
Make sure you complete a full warmup and have been signed off to exercise by a doctor. Complete 45 seconds on each movement, and repeat the circuit 4 times!
KB clean & press
These easily transportable and low-cost bands are a fab alternative to resistance machines. They improve the quality of your exercise by keeping your muscles under tension and also help to improve mobility and flexibility. This makes them not only great to enhance a workout, but also great for rehabilitation and building back into a regular workout routine.
There are 5 different types of resistance band on the market:
Power Bands: these bands look like giant rubber bands and can be used for assisted body weight exercises such as pull-ups, full body workouts and physical therapy.
Tube Bands with Handles: these bands have handles on the ends and were designed to mimic gym machine and dumbbell movements.
Mini Bands: these bands are like the power bands but much smaller, thinner and wider. They are great for lateral movements and weight training, helping to stabilise, activate the core muscles, maintain proper form and get extra activation and tension in the hips during lifts such as squats.
Therapy Bands: these bands are very long and thin, often seen in Pilates classes. They are great for strengthening muscle groups following injury, toning muscles and helping with flexibility.
Figure 8 Bands: these bands are shaped exactly as their name suggests and have soft handles at either end. They can be used for muscle toning, endurance movements and stability through unilateral movements.
‘Wall Ball’ Medicine Ball
Like any other medicine ball, you can use this to perform a variety of movements to provide a great workout which raises your heart rate, burns calories and recruits multiple muscle groups to help tone and sculpt the body. However, unlike the traditional medicine ball, you can also perform an exercise known as wall balls.
Wall balls, a fav in the CrossFit community, is an explosive movement where the whole body takes a beating (in a good way, I promise)! The exercise sees the downward phase of a squat, while holding the ball at chest level, followed by an explosive drive upwards and tossing the ball at a vertical target 8-12 feet high (you don't have to have the target to perform this exercise).
The squat phase of the movement focuses on the lower body muscles (quads, glutes, hamstrings & calves) while the throw phase fires up your chest, back, shoulders and arms. The entire movement also works the core and gets your heart racing!
And there we have it, my top 3 pieces of equipment that you can have at home and turn a good workout into a great workout!