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At-Home Workout Essentials

August 13, 2021

During quarantine, at-home workouts became the go-to for anyone trying to stay in shape and fend off the infamous “quarantine fifteen.” Today, curating your own personal, home gym can be easy and effective without having to break the bank. Working out in your home can keep you healthy, happy, and most importantly, comfortable – as you have the opportunity to achieve your fitness goals without having to worry about dealing with a crowded gym.

Here at JCORE Fitness, we want everyone to feel their most comfortable and confident while striving for the happy and healthy lifestyle they deserve. We offer both in-person and virtual personal or group training programs, so you can work out wherever you want with whomever you want. For those looking to embark on their fitness journey from the comfort of their own home, here’s a list of some essential and affordable pieces of equipment that’ll turn your living room into the at-home gym of your dreams:

Five Items to Turn Your Home into Your Personal Gym

Essential #1: Yoga Mat

Yoga mats are one of the cheapest and most essential additions to any at-home workout regimen. Perfect for pre-and-post-workout stretches, core and leg training, and—you guessed it—yoga, these simple foam mats bring maximum comfortability to any workout. Rolling out your yoga mat also serves as an effective visualizer to let you know that the space you usually use to relax has now transformed into a place for setting and achieving your goals.

Essential #2: dumbbells

Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and weights, dumbbells are an extremely versatile addition to any home gym. These iconic weights can be used in training every single muscle group in your body, so they’re a must-have for anyone looking to either burn fat or gain muscle. It’s important to start with weights you know you’re comfortable with, and then you can search for heavier dumbbells as you progress in your training journey. 

Essential #3: Adjustable Bench

While a bench may seem like the most expensive item on this list, there are surprisingly cheap options available on websites like Amazon. Adjustable benches are essential for anyone looking to get into weight training, as they bring a whole new dimension to workouts that couldn’t be achieved without one. Although they’re a staple for chest training, an adjustable bench can add variety to every muscle group so your body doesn’t become accustomed to the same routine every workout. Couple a bench with your new set of dumbbells and your at-home setup will start to give local gyms a run for their money! 

Essential #4: Elastic Bands

Anyone looking to transform their legs and glutes needs to have a set of elastic bands in their home gym. Combining the powerful aspects of resistance and body weight training, these unassuming bands can take your workout to the next level of intensity! When searching for elastic bands, make sure to look for packs that come in a variety of resistances so you can alter your workout as you gain strength and endurance. Like every other item on this list, they can effectively be paired with other aspects of your workout in order to break routine and keep your body and muscles on their toes.

Essential #5: Medicine Ball

If you’re looking to make some real changes to your core strength and physique, then a medicine ball is essential for your at-home gym arsenal. Medicine balls can be found in sets of varying weights as well. Much like everything else on this list, they can be used to work virtually every muscle group. Their soft exterior also means that you won’t have to worry about scratching or damaging your floors when using them at home.

Connect with Us!

Here at JCORE Fitness, we love supporting healthy, happy living. In order to do so, we stress the importance of staying consistent with your fitness goals and holding yourself accountable. Whether you are ready to build your perfect workout routine or get some help maintaining healthier habits, we are here to help you create attainable goals and provide encouragement along the way!

Available both in-person and virtually, we’re ready to take on your individual needs and set attainable goals with you. After an initial assessment, we will build a program designed specifically around you. As you work towards those goals, we offer both personal and group training sessions. If you want to know more about what you should be packing in your gym bag, let us know! Check out our other blogs for additional tips and tricks, and make sure to follow us @jcorefitnessstl on Instagram.  

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