For the last eleven years I have worked out almost everyday. The few exceptions are serious illnesses and early morning flights. Otherwise Monday through Friday I get up at 4:30 am, Saturday and Sunday I get up at 5:30 am. This is not glamorous and is not the social norm for my peer group. But I love it. This is one thing I do for myself everyday.
The picture above is me doing a stair interval workout at a park near my house.
Some of my equipment:
1. Stability ball (can buy on Amazon, Target, Dick’s. About $25. Link to one on Amazon here.
2. Exercise bands. Again you can buy them on Amazon, target, Walmart etc. Only about $10 so a good investment. Amazon has them for $10 here.
3. The bosu ball was more of an investment. I recommend looking at a Play It Again Sports if you have one. But I got mine from Target. They are around $100 new. But I love mine, it’s one of the few things I have to have.
This is a a picture of the two things I use everyday. My bosu ball and TRX.
4. TRX – I can’t say enough good things about it. You can work every part of your body and it’s as hard as you make it. The above picture I am doing a single leg squat on a bosu ball. You are not going to find a TRX set for much under $150 but in my opinion it’s worth every penny. I can even take it with me when I travel. And there are so many TRX inspired workout on Instagram and YouTube that you can’t get bored. If you are only going to buy one thing this is my recommendation.
5. Kettle bells. I enjoy training with them. I have a ten, fifteen and twenty pound set. They aren’t cheap but you can buy them second hand and that helps with the cost.
6. Dumbells. Five, eight and fifteen pound set. I expect I will need twenty pounds soon. I use dumbells everyday. Relatively cheap and pretty easy to buy used.
7. Weight bar and plates. We bought a weight bar that can hold up to 100 pounds.
I have always been a runner. I am not the prettiest or the fastest runner but I am able to run and I enjoy it. However my body doesn’t always enjoy it. So I discovered water rowing. If done correctly it is low impact and incredibly challenging. This rower cost me $1,000 but it was my justification for quitting the gym. I row anywhere from 500 to 3000 meters a day depending on my workout.
When quitting the gym I also invested in a treadmill. I hate treadmill running. Detest it. But it’s necessary. The weather doesn’t always cooperate and doing so interval workouts on the treadmill has improved my long distance running. As a general rule I don’t run more then 3 miles on the treadmill and that is usually broken up with strength training in between running.
Just a note, you don’t need all the equipment to workout at home. You can do plyometric workouts with your body weight, and run/walk outdoors when you can. My “gym” is in a cramped, cluttered basement as depicted in the photos. It’s dark and doesn’t have central air/heat. None of that stops me from working out. I quit the alluring Orangetheory to workout at home and I don’t regret it.