What home exercise equipment should a beginner buy?

Jonathan Penney
Jonathan Penney on behalf of National Academy of Sports Medicine

A beginner should buy 5 pieces of equipment. Not all are needed at once but if you are able to afford all of them and know you will use them then go for it!

  • Dumbbells - find a few sets of weights that you know will challenge you
  • Stability Ball – make sure the ball is the correct size for your height
  • Resistance band – find a resistance that you are able to work with but one that will challenge you
  • Bosu ball – great balance tool
  • Foam roller – a great tool to stretch with!

Many more options are available but these are some of the best for beginners and cheap too!

National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine

Dependent on your budget you can vary the equipment that you need to get you started at your home. 

If you want to start with the basics and work on a budget I recommend getting a stability or "core" ball, a set of dumbbells, and some resistance tubing. Those pieces along with your own body weight and some imagination around the house are more than enough to get you started.

If your budget is larger you and you want to re-create a mini-home gym the items mentioned above can be complimented with cardio equipment such as a treadmill or elliptical trainer as well as an adjustable bench, medicine ball or kettle bell and a jump rope.

As you get started your exercise routine should not be limited by the equipment you have available but should be tailored to your goals, the time you can commit, and the things that will keep you interested and motivated to enjoy your life transformation. 

If you need assistance in developing the program that best suits you or advice as to what to do to reach your goal contact an NASM Certified Personal Trainer.

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