Apart from your cat chewing on your topknot when you’re in downward dog or your partner buzzing their smoothie while you’re supine in shavasana (just me?), working out at home isn’t all bad. No more cursing transit as you rush to a class lugging your laptop and lunch bag. Just slide over the coffee table and roll out your mat.
It’s looking like a lot of us will be doing just that for the foreseeable future. With gyms closing back up in many places and the weather starting to turn, breaking a sweat at home is pretty much the only option. So to help you make the most of your living room workouts, we rounded up the best home gym equipment for every fitness personality.
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The consummate yogi
Bring a little joy to your practice with a beautiful, non-boring mat. Bonus: It won’t disturb your decor if you’re too lazy to put it away.
Whether you’re perfecting your half-moon or need a little boost in lotus, a block is a must.
A strap like this one, made of strong bamboo fabric, helps you get a deeper stretch and safely explore binds and other tricky poses.
The HIIT aficionado
A trio of kettlebells lets you customize the intensity of each move so you can tone and sculpt your entire body.
Get your heart rate up with this jump box. Word to the wise: To avoid injury, always make sure to land on something solid when doing plyometrics at home.
Designed to engage your core, these gliding discs work on any surface. The softer side can be used on tile or hardwood floors (it’s non-marking, so you don’t have to worry about scratches) while the hard side is meant for carpet.
The pilates pro
These one-pound weights can be worn around your wrists or ankles for a little added challenge. Plus, they come in an assortment of cute colours.
Offering a range or resistance, these bands bring the burn to side-kicks, squats and bridges.
Target your inner-thighs with a handy pilates ring. You can also squeeze it with your arms for an upper-body workout.
The boxing champ
The simple act of slipping these on will make you feel like a badass and that’s something we can all use sometimes.
It doesn’t get more classic than a wood-handled leather jump rope. Even if you’re not into boxing, this is a stellar way to get your cardio in at home.
Got some pent up pandemic anger? Take it out on this speed bag while fine-tuning your reflexes.
The new-age ballerina
Channel your inner Jody Sawyer (Center Stage) or Alex Owens (Flashdance) with a pair of real-deal ballet slippers. It makes the whole thing way more fun.
To get some extra definition in your arms, hold these toning balls while you do your ports de bras.
Sure, you can use a counter or chair back for balance, but if you have the space and want to kick things up a notch, this portable barre lets you plié like a pro.