Recently, a few of our clients were setting up home gyms, and since a couple of us here at Umlauf Properties Group have already gone through that process (and all the research that entails), we offered up some purchasing tips. Kim and Amy put together this post, compiling the guidance we gave, in case this could be useful to you as well. We hope it helps to make your life “Happier at Home”.
Already have your favorite home workout equipment? Let us know in the comments if you have any recommendations to add. Happy exercising!
These rubber hexagon dumbbells are perfect for home workouts. They come in a wide variety of weights and are very durable. Use them for both upper and lower body workouts, like squats.
Recommended sizes for women:
TRX straps are so versatile and enable a full body workout with just one compact device. You can attach them to the ceiling or over a door (which makes them great for travel – when we travel again). This linked package also comes with rubber resistance “bands”. Bonus!
A weighted slamball can be used for multiple exercises. It is great for abdominal work, lunges with weight, and full body ball slams – to take out all your aggressions. : )
Kettlebells are also great to mix up your workouts. There are many moves you can do for the upper, lower, and full body. These are perfect for that quickie 30 minute workout you need on busy days!
Recommend 20-25 lbs for women/25-45 lbs for men
Awesome for additional glute toning. You can put one on and add extra resistance to many leg workouts or for warming up the arms and stretching shoulders, before and/or after your workout.
This bench is ideal for step ups, chest presses, shoulder presses, etc. Or, just for sitting when you’re tired. Great to use with dumbbell (see above) workouts. It has 2 height levels and an adjustable reclining chair back.
Don’t forget a yoga mat and a good ROLLER for stretching out those muscles.
Of course everyone knows Peleton, but if you don’t want to spend over $2,000 on a bike, you don’t need to! These two bikes below come highly recommended and can be used to ride at home with Peloton, Soul Cycle, Apple Fitness+ or just on their own.
Displays resistance levels and cadence on the Echelon app. Reviewers found it sturdy and well built.
See how one user set up the Joroto X2 to work with Peloton classes.
Overall, you want to make sure any bike you purchase has a belt-drive and magnetic resistance – they require less maintenance and provide a quieter ride. A flywheel of at least 30lbs also makes for a better ride. Ideally, you’ll also clip in with SPD cleats/bike shoes so you may need to switch out the pedals, which can be purchased easily on Amazon.
The main difference between Peloton and Soul Cycle at home is that Peloton bikes measure your cadence and power output and the classes reference those metrics and track them so you can see how you compare to other riders in the class. Soul Cycle is more like a nightclub on a bike, with choreography and riding to match a beat – no tracking of cadence/speed/output like Peloton.
If you buy a non-Peloton bike and want to take Peloton classes, you can buy a power meter and attach it to the bike or use the Walmart Echelon bike which has that built in. Then, use the Peloton app to view the classes ($12.99/month).
For Soul Cycle, you can use any indoor bike and take classes via their Variis app on a tablet or phone. The app also includes other workout options such as HIIT, yoga, and running ($40/month)
Lastly, another option for multiple well-produced classes – including indoor cycling – is the newly released Apple Fitness+ App. ($9.99/month)
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