I’ve never been one to work out in my own home. I’ve tried it, I’ve failed. But with the current circumstances, I’m forcing myself to get off the couch and still get in a workout. If I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll not only be back to my BEFORE photo from my TRIM Bootcamp transformation, but I’ll also just feel blah. With the heavy 24-hour news cycle, a good workout is good for your mental health just as much for your heart.
I am still following TRIM Bootcamp which means I’m doing a mix of HIIT and strength training. I’m thankful my apartment gym is basically empty, but I’m still wary of visiting it for the next couple of weeks. So instead, I’m opting for a workout in my very own home. There are a few things you can have on hand to get in a good workout to build lean muscle, strength and get that heart rate up. Plus, there’s some great programs out there to follow. In addition to TRIM workouts, I also recently tried ClassPass’ video classes too. The yoga one was great and I plan on doing a LOT more of them! Plus, my friend Lauren of Lauren Elyce Fit has created a great home workout guide you can purchase here.
I asked Valerie Smorol, the founder of TRIM Bootcamp, what she recommends for a few home gym essentials. You only need a handful of things and they’re super affordable. So now you can get in that workout, all without getting TOO far from that couch.
Home Gym Essentials Checklist
It’s important to get your heart rate up for some of your workouts. Especially those HIIT ones. A jump rope is SUCH a great workout, especially if you can master double-unders (raises hand, I crush some double-unders).
8 and 15 Lb Weights
These are two great weights to have on hand to do most of a full-body workout. If you’re in between these 2 for certain movements, you can easily modify the move to still get the workout in. Or, cut the heavier weight in half by using one but with both hands. You can see some more tips from Val here.
One Heavier Set Of Weights
Choose at your discretion, but a 25lb weight set can also be beneficial if you’re lifting a little heavier. Plus, it’s great for deadlifts (use both!). Or again, use one of the heavier, with both arms to cut the weight down.
A really easy tool for a full body workout. From arms, to legs, butt and abs, resistance bands can help you do it all. Plus, these are great to bring with you while you travel since they take up barely any space.
Items You Already Have
There are also a few things you can use that you probably already have in your house for a workout. A chair is great for step ups or dips and even Bulgarian split squats (killer butt workout). Stairs work for sprints and the wall is ideal for a good lower body burn with a wall sit.
There’s just something about doing push ups on a rug that I’m not okay with it. Having a mat is very helpful if you plan on doing any sort of yoga at home. And if you don’t have any carpet around, it can be really helpful for any ab work, hip raises and so on. I swear by my Lululemon mat that’s a tad on the more expensive side. But it’s great if you do hot yoga ever. If not, a more affordable option works just fine for workouts.
If you’re interested in joining TRIM Bootcamp, this is a program I swear by that’s helped to get me eating well (and deliciously!) and getting my body looking and feeling its best ever. Take $10 off with code AID for this 8 week program. It comes with 800+ recipes, weekly workouts and more.
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