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After creating your dedicated exercise space you will need some equipment.
Start with the basics when setting up your home gym for the first time. No need to go crazy and purchase equipment you may never use.
Your first goal is to establish a consistent routine of using your exercise space and then add equipment to that space as needed.
The following is a list of items I ask all clients to purchase before we start in home workouts. This is a great starting point for you as well. These basics have strengthened, lengthened and relaxed many muscles. Their durable, versatile and inexpensive.
If you have $75, you have a gym.
You will need a mat if your dedicated exercise area has no carpet.
This can be as simple as a yoga mat($10) -or- an interlocking mat system($25-$75) to cover the area you are using.
The yoga mat will be more portable and easier storage. The heavier interlocking mats will provide more cushion for your body and protection for your floors - ideal for a permanent exercise space.
Stability balls are cheap and extremely versatile($20-$60).
The average size is 65 cm, the perfect fit for most people. There are 45 cm and 75 cm balls for those not in the “average” height range.
A foam roller($15-$75) is a must. A great tool for self massage, injury prevention and recovery. If you have some aches and pains, this will become your best friend.
Purchase the basic 36” - High Density foam roller.
A basic stretch strap($7) is made of nylon with a few handles for varying stretches.
If you can only start with one piece of equipment, start with the stability ball first. The next several posts will demonstrate basic moves with the ball.