These are some of the home workout equipment pieces that I love. I do make a small commission if you click through and buy something, but the only reason I endorse these products is because I’ve purchased them, use them, love them, and would gladly stake my reputation on any of them. That’s how strongly I feel about these products.
And yes, some of them are expensive (they run from $10 to $165)... but you don't have to get everything at once to do these workouts effectively. Pick one, two, maybe three of the products that most interest you (or make your own if you're crafty like that) and get started on your fitness journey.
And because these products are all of the highest quality, they'll last you for a long time... so think of them as an investment in your health, not a one time purchase.
Plus, if you're not paying for a gym membership, just think of how much money you're saving already!
Pull up bar
This dip station, made by the guys at Ultimate Body Press, is one of my favorite pieces of home equipment that I own. It's awesome for abs and arms, and I use it for quite a few of the 12 Minute Athlete workouts.
Plus, it's easy to take apart and doesn't take much space.
I first got my dip station when I was living in Amsterdam, and it's since traveled with me to Brooklyn and now San Francisco—that's how much I love it!
Get your very own dip bar here.
Jump roping is one of the very best cardio exercises you can do, and it's easy to take anywhere with you! The Ultimate Body Press jump rope is a great, cheap jump rope that lasts.
Get your jump rope here.
Kettlebells are right up there with my very favorite pieces of home exercise equipment. They're insanely versatile, and will get you a good workout, every time.
I like the Cap Barbells because Amazon sells them (which means you can get free shipping), and they're good, sturdy kettlebells with the right amount of space for your hands.
When you're deciding what weight to buy, try to get one that's heavy enough to be challenging. You may end up wanting multiple weights eventually, but women can generally start out with a 1/2 pood (~16 lbs) to a 1 pood (~35 lbs). I generally use a 1 pood kettlebell. Men can get a 1 pood to 1 1/2 pood (~50 lbs) to start.
Get a Cap Kettlebell here.
Medicine balls are great for wall balls, core training, and more. I use the Dynamax brand because they're incredibly durable—plus they're the perfect, awkward size to really ramp up my training. If you've ever done CrossFit, these will look familiar, since they're the same brand many CrossFit gyms use.
You can choose your own weight, but make sure you get one that's heavy enough to make your workouts challenging. For women, I recommend 12 - 14 lbs (I use 14 lbs). For men, I recommend 20 lbs.
Click here to get a Dynamax Medicine Ball.
Pull up bar
A pull up bar is one of the best investments in home workout equipment you can make. Pull ups, chin ups, burpee pull ups, knee raises... the exercise possibilities are endless!
The Ultimate Body Press pull up bar is easy to put together, sturdy, and fits in most standard doors.
Get your pull up bar here.
While it's perfectly acceptable to make your own sandbag out of a burlap bag, sand and string, it can get pretty messy at times, and even fall apart when you're swinging it around.
To avoid this, I use the Ultimate Sandbag bags, which have individual filler bags inside of a sturdy duffle-type bag—so they won't break on you. I've never had mine leak once!
There are several different sandbag options, but I recommend women start with the beginner package (19Lx9W, 20 - 35 lbs) or strength package (27Lx10W, holds 25 - 80 lbs). Men should get the strength package or the burly package (80 - 160 lbs).
Get your Ultimate Sandbag here.
Having a timer is crucial for interval training, and while there are some great free websites and apps, sometimes, it's nice to have a physical timer.
Hands down, the Gymboss timer is the best interval training timer out there. There are tons of different settings, and you can easily change the interval times, number of intervals, and even change it to stopwatch mode if you're doing a timed challenge workout.
Plus, it has a clip, so it's perfect for outdoor training!
Get your Gymboss interval timer here.