Home Gym Essentials Checklist

Home Gym Essentials

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

Home Gym Essentials

Jump Rope

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).

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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.

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Home Gym Essentials

Home Gym Essentials

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.

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Resistance Bands

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.

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Resistance Bands


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.

If you’re interested in joining TRIM Bootcamp, the next round starts April 6th. Valerie is opening up registration EARLY so you can receive your at-home workouts (she also has videos!) right away. And if that didn’t get you excited, there’s something absolutely amazing TRIM Bootcamp is doing for this special round. They’ll be taking $15 from every signup and using it to buy groceries and gift cards for those in need.

Photo by Hannah Lozano

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 3.19.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    NEED to get those weights! Would definitely help with home workouts right now.

    xo Laura Leigh

  2. 3.19.20
    Karly said:

    Thank you for this! Like you, I’ve never been one for home workouts, but at least it’s better than nothing right now. Definitely going to order a jump rope and an extra set of heavy weights now!


  3. 3.20.20
    Helen said:

    I’ve been getting out for runs while I still can (safely and staying far away from anyone else). I really don’t want to think about not being able to leave my house… but if that is the case I’ll definitely check out this at-home workout!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • 3.20.20
      Jessica said:

      You can even do it on your patio or backyard. I wish I liked running but I hate it! The jump rope is key for me to get my HR up

  4. 3.21.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    I really need to get myself a jump rope.. I think that’s exactly what I am missing in my collection x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • 3.21.20
      Jessica said:

      Such a good way to get your HR up!