So I think most of you know that I made my first big fitness purchase not too long ago, my very first treadmill. For some, this wouldn’t be a great investment as many of you loathe the “dreadmill” and it would serve as a great clothing rack. But for me, this was a purchase that I will surely get my money’s worth on. As a mom to two unpredictable young boys, I never know if something will come up and I can’t make it to the gym or get outside. I don’t have a double stroller anymore and can’t really run and push as it gives me neck and upper back issues. The Mr. has an unpredictable schedule as well so it comes in handy for those circumstances too.
I’ve been slowly trying to build my own “home gym” and slowly collecting different pieces of equipment. This is not something I have accumulated overnight. It has taken many years to collect all of these items. So I’m not saying rush out to buy all of them tomorrow, but an item here and there and before you know if you have a gym in your house! And please note, this is not an exhaustive list, there are definitely other items that I did not include that could be beneficial to a runner!
I’ve come up with a list of items that I think are essential for a “runner’s” home gym. (Please note I am not a personal trainer, nor do I play one on TV. These recommendations come from experience and tips from my physical therapist and team that keep me running. Also please note there are affilitate links in this post. If you choose to purchase an item after clicking one of the links, I will receive a small commission that helps to keep the blog up and running. Thanks for your support.)
1. Set of dumbbells–important for upper body strengthening
2. Mat–you don’t need anything fancy, just something to pad the floor during floor exercises
4. Resistance bands (either the ones with the handles or the loop bands will work)–help runners maintain stability and protect against injury. Key exercises include: side steps, monster walks, hip adduction, clamshells
5. Bosu ball–great for stability exercises to include bridges, lunges and planks
6. Kettlebells–Kettlebells can be found anywhere now and can really be a great addition to a runner’s strength training regimen. The unique shape requires a lot of force and control and can help build strength and coordination. The cost is fairly reasonable and a great addition to your home equipment. Some key kettlebell exercises for runners? Kettlebell swings, Kettlebell push press, Turkish get-up
Here is a quick peek into my “home gym”…
Here is a great infographic on items you should have for your home gym! I missed a few but this is a great list!
And if you are short on cash, check out how to make some new gym equipment with some things you might have around the house! Totally digging the Equalizer one!!
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What gym equipment do you have at YOUR house?
Would you ever buy a treadmill?
What is the one piece of equipment you wished you had?
What is your MUST HAVE piece of equipment?