When it comes to fitness, personal trainers like us understand that not everyone has access to a full gym with all the latest equipment. If you’re looking to build strength and stay in shape there are 5 top pieces of equipment most personal trainers will recommend. In this blog, we will dive into the benefits of each of these pieces of equipment, how to use them effectively, and why they are essential to have in your home gym. 

If you’re looking for guidance on how to use these pieces of equipment or need additional motivation to stick to your fitness routine, consider signing up for virtual training classes with The Quad every Monday to Friday at 3pm. First class is free, sign up through our get started page to schedule a time on Calendly and we’ll have one of our personal trainers contact you to get you all set up! Our experienced personal trainers will help you get the most out of your home gym and achieve your fitness goals from the comfort of your own home.

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What are the benefits to having your own home gym?

Starting your own home gym can have numerous benefits (Nordictrack) to help you achieve your fitness goals. First, you can workout on your own time when you want and how you want. It provides the convenience of being able to exercise at any time without having to worry about gym hours or waiting for equipment. Secondly, it eliminates the need to commute, saving you time and money. Thirdly, a home gym allows you to customize your equipment to fit your specific needs and preferences, which can lead to a more effective workout. Additionally, a home gym provides privacy, which can help you feel more comfortable and confident while exercising.

Having the right home gym workout equipment allows you to perform a wide range of exercises that can target different muscle groups at the comfort of your own home. For example, dumbbells and kettlebells are great for strength training exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and lunges. Resistance bands are versatile and can be used for a variety of exercises, including bicep curls, shoulder presses, and leg extensions. Jump ropes and step-up boxes are great for cardiovascular exercises and can help you burn calories, improve your endurance, and increase your overall cardiovascular health.

By having the right equipment, it is easier than ever to create a well-rounded workout routine (Mayo Clinic) that includes a variety of exercises that can help you build muscle, improve your flexibility, and increase your overall fitness level. Staying healthy is all about staying consistent, a home gym not only eliminates the commute but also allows you to workout outside of regular gym hours.

Our personal trainers often recommend that our clients set up a home gym because it provides a dedicated space for fitness, allowing for more flexibility in scheduling workouts and the opportunity to have a better experience for our virtual classes. It also allows us to help our clients design personalized workout plans that cater to their specific fitness goals and equipment availability, making for an effective and more consistent workout experience.

The 5 Best Pieces Of Equipment For Home Workouts.


1. Dumbbells

Dumbbells are versatile, effective, and accessible pieces of fitness equipment that offer numerous benefits (Street Parking) for individuals at any fitness level. They are easy to use anywhere at any time, which is why we highly recommend them for home workout equipment. 

One of the key benefits of using dumbbells is their ability to activate more muscle fibers compared to using machines or barbells. Due to their independent nature, dumbbells require you to engage stabilizing muscles to maintain balance and control during an exercise. This increased muscle activation leads to more efficient workouts, as you recruit a wider range of muscle groups simultaneously.

Using dumbbells can also significantly contribute to improving joint stability and balance. By performing exercises with dumbbells, you force your body to recruit smaller stabilizing muscles that might not be targeted when using machines or barbells. This can lead to better joint stability, improved balance, and a reduced risk of injury in daily activities


Dumbbells are great for working out at home or taking virtual training classes with personal trainers. Since they’re versatile, they allow you to work out different muscles in your body from arm curls to shoulder press and weighted squats. Plus, they’re easy to store and come in different weights, so you can choose what’s best for your fitness level and workout goals. Paired along with virtual training classes with a personal trainer, we can help guide you through exercises using dumbbells and make sure you’re doing them safely and effectively. It’s like having a gym buddy who’s always there for you.


2. Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are an excellent addition to your workout routine, especially if you’re recovering from an injury and it becomes more important as we age. They are a more affordable alternative to traditional gym equipment like kettlebells and dumbbells that are also on this list and can still help you build lean muscle mass and improve your mobility and flexibility. Resistance bands work by creating tension in your muscles, which can help to increase strength and endurance. They can be used to target different muscle groups in your body and are also great for stretching and mobility exercises. That’s why we’ve included them in our round-up of the best home gym equipment.

Resistance bands (8 Fit) can be used to perform a wide range of exercises, targeting various muscle groups and mimicking many gym-based workouts. Their adaptability means you can easily modify exercises to suit your fitness level or accommodate any physical limitations. This versatility makes resistance bands an ideal tool for both beginners and experienced exercisers.


One of the main benefits of resistance bands is their portability. They are lightweight and can be easily stored, making them perfect for at-home workouts or for taking with you while traveling. This means you can maintain your fitness routine no matter where you are, without the need for bulky gym equipment.

Bands come in various resistance levels and thickness, allowing you to increase the difficulty of your workouts as you grow stronger. By choosing bands with different resistance levels or combining multiple bands, you can progressively challenge your muscles, ensuring continuous improvement in strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Resistance bands provide a lower-impact alternative to traditional weights, making them gentler on your joints and reducing the risk of injury. They also allow for more controlled movements, which can lead to better form and improved exercise execution. This is particularly beneficial (Biddulph) for individuals who are rehabilitating from injuries or those who may have joint issues.

With resistance bands we can get more variety throughout our exercises at home. From more traditional strength training exercises to more high intensity interval training exercises (HIIT) to improving our mobility and flexibility. At the Quad we highly recommend purchasing some resistance bands for your own at home workouts and our virtual training classes.


3. Kettlebells

Kettlebells are a highly effective tool (Bixby) for building strength, endurance, and power, making them a must-have. While they may look simple, kettlebells can provide a challenging workout that rivals traditional at home gym equipment like dumbbells. Kettlebells are particularly well-suited for high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which can help to increase heart rate and burn calories.

One of the key benefits (Results Fitness) of kettlebells is their ability to provide full-body workouts that engage multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Kettlebell exercises often involve compound movements, which can improve overall strength, endurance, and functional fitness. This makes kettlebells an efficient tool for those looking to maximize their workouts in a limited space or time.

Kettlebell exercises require significant core engagement to maintain proper form and balance. This leads to improved core strength, stability, and better posture. By incorporating kettlebell workouts into your at-home routine, you can build a stronger foundation and support for other exercises and daily activities.

Kettlebells are particularly well-suited for functional fitness, which focuses on movements that mimic everyday activities. Functional fitness can improve overall strength, balance, and coordination, making daily tasks easier and reducing the risk of injury. Kettlebell exercises often involve multi-joint movements and require balance and stability, further promoting functional fitness.

Despite their many benefits, kettlebells are often underused in the fitness community. However, this is changing as more people discover the benefits of kettlebell training. If you are thinking of adding a kettlebell to your regular routine or home gym here are 18 kettlebell exercises by Men’s Health (Cooper) that we would also recommend. Kettlebells are compact, adaptable, and versatile, making them an ideal piece of equipment for home workouts.


4. Jump Rope

Jumps ropes are simple workout tools that pack a powerful punch when it comes to fitness benefits. An article called “Skipping Rope Doesn’t Skip Workout” from WebMD suggests, “Jumping rope is a great calorie-burner. You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you’d burn jumping rope.” (Skarnulis). When it comes to burning calories, jumping rope is an amazing workout that is very underutilized even though it is very inexpensive.

One of the primary benefits of jump rope workouts is their ability to improve cardiovascular fitness. Jumping rope raises your heart rate, helping to increase endurance and overall cardiovascular health. This can be especially beneficial for individuals looking to improve their heart health or incorporate more cardio into their fitness routines.


As we have mentioned, jumping rope is an efficient calorie-burning exercise, making it an excellent option for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. In fact, jumping rope can burn approximately 10-16 calories per minute, depending on the intensity of the workout.

Jumping rope requires precise timing, balance, and coordination, which can lead to improvements in overall motor skills and body awareness. Regularly incorporating jump rope workouts into your routine can enhance your coordination and agility, providing benefits that extend beyond the workout itself.

In our virtual training classes, our personal trainers love to incorporate jump rope workouts into their sessions. Jump ropes are a fantastic tool for achieving a great workout from the comfort of your own home tied along as an efficient calorie burner makes them great for workouts that require minimal space.


5. Step-Up Box

Just like the other great pieces of workout equipment on this list, step-up boxes are a versatile and effective workout tool that can be modified to fit anyone’s fitness level. It offers both cardio and strength benefits (Valle) with a low risk of injury. The step-up exercise is a great replacement for plyometric exercises and squats, as it is easier to do correctly and poses a lower risk of injury. By strengthening each leg individually, the step-up exercise helps ensure that you’re building strength equally on each side, improving balance and stabilization. Step-up boxes are primarily used for lower body exercises, targeting the glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. Incorporating step-up box exercises into your routine can help improve lower body strength, power, and overall muscle tone.


In addition to strengthening the lower body, step-up box workouts can also provide a cardiovascular workout. By incorporating higher-intensity exercises, such as step-up box intervals or circuit training, you can increase your heart rate and improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Performing exercises on a step-up box requires balance and stability, which can help improve proprioception or more commonly known as the “mind and muscle” connection and overall body awareness. Regularly incorporating step-up box workouts into your routine can lead to better balance and a reduced risk of injury during daily activities.

Step-up boxes offer numerous benefits for at-home workouts, from improving lower body strength and cardiovascular fitness to enhancing balance and stability. They are a key piece that our personal trainers use when coaching our clients. Their adaptability and ease of use make them an excellent choice for exercise equipment to add to your home gym.

Experiment and Decide for Yourself.  

In conclusion, We at The Quad and other personal trainers around the world recommend creating a home gym with these top 5 pieces of equipment to significantly improve your fitness and health. Having a well-equipped home gym allows for greater flexibility in scheduling workouts, customizing your fitness routine, and staying consistent with your goals. By investing in dumbbells, resistance bands, kettlebells, jump ropes, and step-up boxes, you can enjoy the benefits of strength training, cardiovascular fitness, improved balance, and flexibility – all in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced exerciser, having the right equipment and support from a personal trainer can make all the difference in achieving your fitness goals.


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The Quad Virtual Training Classes

Our virtual training classes are held via Zoom and the first class is always free. We encourage you to take a class if you are interested, simply sign up through our small group training page then we will have one of our personal trainers contact you to get you all set up for class. Before arriving at our online class we highly recommend picking up the 5 pieces of equipment mentioned below and have provided links to where you can find each piece from Rogue Fitness. 

  1. Dumbbells
  2. Resistance Bands
  3. Kettlebells
  4. Jump Ropes
  5. Step Up Box

If you would like more information on our virtual training classes, please contact us. We are more than happy to answer any of your personal questions!

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