Best Gym Essentials for Beginners

the best home workout equipment for beginners

I constantly fall on and off when it comes to my fitness journey. In addition to creating a weekly gym schedule, I’ve started doing CIZE at home again, joined a facebook group to get fitness tips, encouragement from women with busy lifestyles like me, and invested in workout equipment to use at home.

If you don’t have the time or funds to go to the gym or still want to work out in the comfort of your own home, here are some useful home workout equipment for beginners that are also portable enough to use while on vacation.

Yoga Mat

Just like many hair products, you can use a yoga mat for more than one purpose. Yoga mats are great for yoga, Pilates, core and leg workouts.

Resistance Band

Use resistance bands to do leg raises or pull-ups. If you decide to go to the gym, resistance bands can be used for the weight machine, bench presses, shoulder presses, or doing squats.


Being new to strength training, I can be intimidated by the weight machines in the gym, purchasing a dumbbell set to use at home is great for lazy, rainy days when you don’t want to leave the house and to still get some strength training done.

Fitness Band

I initially went wild over my Jawbone Up 24 years ago, but I LOVE Fitbit Flex 2. It tracks my steps, my sleep, my workouts and is waterproof for up to 50 m. Using this fitness band is beneficial since I occasionally go swimming and take part in water activities when traveling.

Foam Rollers

Use foam rollers to give leverage for floor exercises like crunches or massaging when you have a case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).

Medicine Ball

Medicine ball training is one of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning used by the ancient Greeks. They’re portable and easy to use working out with a partner.


My new favorite for at home strength training. Kettlebells are great for building strength and endurance in the lower back, legs, and shoulders.

Workout Videos

Not comfortable with group fitness classes? You can purchase or stream workout videos right from home. My favorite right now is CIZE. It’s simple dance moves and doesn’t even feel like you’re working out.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

If workout DVDs aren’t your thing, stream some music from your phone through a Bluetooth speaker. According to my Instagram followers, I need to add more Beyoncé, Soca, and Trap Music to my gym playlist.

Jump Rope

One of the cheapest ways to get fit is by jumping rope. Take it back to elementary school and use it as an easy form of cardio. Jumping rope is also great if you want to get the kids involved in your fitness journey.

What are some other home workout equipment for beginners you suggest?

11 thoughts on “Best Gym Essentials for Beginners

  1. Michelle Malone says:

    Great post! Many people start and stop fitness programs without fully embracing that this is a lifestyle– not a fad. I have a few of these tools at home that I use. I use the Fitbit Alta to track my steps, and I love my Pirates dvd.

  2. Danika says:

    Medicine balls? I’ve never heard of those, but they look interesting. As for my yoga mat, I need to dust off that sucker and get back to it and add more equipment, as suggested.

  3. Ramona says:

    These workout equipment recommendations are great. I definitely need to get back into my fitness regimen. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Elle (CleverlyChanging) says:

    I never heard of medicine balls, I am curious to see how they work. I need to do a better job of actively exercising. Now, there are great deals on exercise equipment.

  5. Tryphena Wade says:

    Well i’m definitely a sucker for kettle bell!! These are great suggestions for an at home workout. I haven’t tried CIZE but I’m a big fan of Insanity and P90X (especially their ab workout! WHEW!)

  6. Kemkem says:

    I love my Yoga mat for sit-ups. The only problem is my dogs think of it as an invitation to cuddle :-). I really need to step up my game when it comes to exercise . It seems to me you already have a gym, l couldn’t think of anything to add 🙂

  7. Thirty30Courtney says:

    I LOVE lifting weights lol. I used to be cardio obsessed but I discovered some leg machines / deadlifts and became a weights girl lol. My bestie, however, is obsessed with kettleballs. I will say that I need to get some at home equipment because I rely solely on LA Fitness.

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