Advanced Home Gym Equipment for the Fitness Enthusiast
You’re not looking for beginner workout equipment anymore, but instead you are looking for some new, innovative home gym equipment ideas. This list of 33 home gym equipment ideas is for the advanced fitness enthusiast, men and women. Shop this list on Amazon.
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Are you looking to expand on your home gym with a few new pieces of equipment that maybe you haven’t seen before? You’re probably getting bored with what you already have and you’re not ready to join a gym, but you want to feel like you are in a gym (but in your home!)
There are many affordable pieces of equipment that are still small enough and easy to manage in your home gym. I’m a physical therapist, and I work with gym equipment all the time. I have a bunch of favorites that I highly recommend to fitness lovers to purchase so they can invest in their own home gym.
In this article you’ll get a list of everything that I recommend for you to include in your home gym, specifically for those who are at the intermediate level (not beginner and not elite but somewhere in between).
Advanced Exercise Equipment for An Upgraded Home Gym
I’m not sure how long you have had a gym in your home, but it’s probably been longer than 3 months. I’m just guessing. You probably have all the basic home gym essentials like a yoga mat, dumbbells, physio ball and maybe some resistance bands and exercise tubing. But you’re ready to advance to the next level. You’re getting serious now about your workout routine and ready to commit, wholeheartedly to this fitness lifestyle. I’m proud of you. Don’t stop, but instead keep advancing.
In order to advance to the next level and reach your fitness goals, I highly recommend investing in some more advanced gym equipment for your home. I’m not talking body builder advanced, but healthy lifestyle fitness-lover advanced.
Let’s check out this amazing list of home gym essentials for the fitness enthusiast (someone at the intermediate level, again this is not beginner and this is not elite).
For someone with little space in the home gym, a yoga mat is a great choice. It helps with comfort and stability during your workouts at home especially on hard floors. This yoga mat is easy to clean, rolls up quickly and even has a carrying strap to easily take along with you.
This flooring is great for larger spaces. The interlocking design allows you to shape the floor to your room set up. It’s customizable and has great support and padding that helps protect the floors beneath it.
If you are looking to step it up with gym flooring in your home, this is a great option for your space. No assembly, no separation between interlocking squares and a nice smooth finished look for your home gym space. The thickness of the mat is comfortable for high intensity workouts and the non-slip texture prevents it from slipping. It has the perfect balance between squishy comfort and stable support.
Strength Training Equipment
Included is a pair of 5-pound, 10-pound, 15-pound, 20-pound and 25-pound rubber hex dumbbells with an A-frame dumbbell rack for space saving storage. This durable set of dumbbells with thick rubber coating will not only protect your floors but will also last to withstand your workouts for years.
This set of resistance bands is great for upper body and lower body strengthening with a handheld attachment and an ankle strap. There is also a door anchor included. Stacking the bands can total up to 75 lbs. of resistance.
Kettle bells are a great addition to your strength training program. This is made of high-quality cast iron with a durable vinyl coated finish to reduce the impact upon landing. The handles are smooth and comfortable on your hands.
From olympic lifting to power lifting to body building, this high-grade steel and cerakote composition barbell can withstand up to 1500 lbs of additional weight. This barbell can carry heavy loads with a loadable sleeve length of 16.4 inches. It has various colors to choose from to fit your workout style.
These stylish barbell clamps fit 2 inch olympic size barbells. This is a must when doing crossfit workouts, olympic lifts, overhead presses, deadlifts, bench presses and any other workout you do with your 2 inch barbell. These are easy to use and install with one hand.
Stack up the weight with these olympic grip plates made of solid cast iron. The grip holes provide a secure grip during use with a coating that is durable and reliable. The raised number design helps you to easily see the amount of weight on each plate. They come in sets of various sizes and are a great way to bump up any workout.
Give yourself a break or change up the angle of your workout with this adjustable weight bench. With it’s 800 lbs capacity, you can power up your workout to the max. Change the bench to 12 different positions for a variety of exercise options. Easy folding for simple storage.
Russian twists just got a whole lot harder. Add a medicine ball into your workout and your body will be on fire! There are a variety of weight sizes to choose from and with an easy-to-grip surface, this ball will not be slipping from your sweaty hands any time soon. This is a great tool to use to boost your aerobic capacity and build muscle mass.
Hate doing push ups because of the kink in your wrist and pain in your elbows? This piece of equipment is designed to create the most ergonomically correct position for your wrist to perform the standard push-up perfectly without pain in the hands and wrists. The grips help to distribute weight evenly, reducing pressure points and joint strain.
Get chizzled abs with this ultra wide ab roller with built-in resistance. The ergonomic handles help to maximize your results during your core training. It even comes with high density foam knee pads for added comfort.
If you have never heard of TRX suspension training, then you’ve gotta check it out and watch this TRX video. It will transform your body and work muscles that you have never even heard of before. This body weight training system is lightweight, portable and intense. Use it for strengthening, cardio, balance and agility training. It’s an all-inclusive piece of equipment that all fitness enthusiasts should invest in.
Firm and tighten your arms, back, legs, butt and more with this pilates ring. This lightweight and portable pilates ring is a better version of a thigh master and is more versatile.
Looking to get sculpted arms quickly? Then the Body blade is the way to do it. It offers a smooth and variable resistance workout that challenges every major muscle group of the upper extremity. It’s lightweight and portable and a great tool for all around functional training.
Nothing beats an old school jump rope. But there’s nothing old school about this one. This tangle free, ball bearing jump rope has foam handles for comfort so you can maximize your workout. Plus the rope is adjustable to your height.
What home gym isn’t complete without a cardio step? Take your aerobic workout to the next level with this two tiered stepper. This offers a secure, non slip surface for your workout routine and is adjustable to 4 inches and 6 inches.
You’ll be able to enjoy the quietness of your cardio workout in your home when using this state of the art treadmill by NordicTrack. It has features such as interactive Personal Training at Home powered by iFit, bluetooth connection, tablet holder, OneTouch speed control and the easy lift design for space saving lift assist.
Get your cardio workout done and out of the way with this easy to fold and stow-away exercise bike from Xterra. The solid x-frame design makes it simple and sleek to close. This bike has 8 levels of manual resistance that will surely get your heart rate up in no time.
Adding a balance disc to your workout not only will recruit more muscles and help you get toned faster, but it will also help your overall fitness levels to be improved by incorporating balance into your routine. Promote core stability and posture when working out with this piece of equipment.
This is by far one of my favorite pieces of equipment. It’s so versatile. The bosu ball can be used for upper body, lower body and core training. Stand on it, lie down on it and lift it. The possibilities are endless. This dynamic surface challenges you to move with control thus making for a highly effective workout.
There are a variety of different core, upper body and lower body exercises that can be performed while using a physio ball. This physio ball comes with a pump and a printed workout guide to give you a jumpstart on your workout.
This may become your most widely used piece of home gym equipment. This premium foam roller is ideal for trigger points, massage, stretching and for everyday use. There is a wide array of ways to use the foam roller on every major muscle group.
Whether you are into yoga or not, a yoga block can assist you in your stretching program. This tool can help extend, support and deepen your stretches while also work on increasing your range of motion.
The ultimate hamstring and calf stretcher that you can do yourself. No need for a manual stretch by your workout partner, this device does it all. The design helps you to stretch your hamstring and other areas in the most optimal position that is safe for your spine, which is lying flat on your back. No longer do you need to bend over, but instead simply thread your leg through the stretcher and lift up.
If you have that stubborn trigger point that just needs to be worked out, this tool will get it out for good. This full-body self massager is simple, light weight and provides fast relief when you need it. Use it on hard to reach places when you have muscle spasms, trigger points, need tension relief and for workout recovery.
This 14 DVD set comes with an additional book, chart and nutrition guide. Shaun T, the personal trainer, will push you past your limits. Each workout keeps you constantly challenged as you alternate between aerobic and anaerobic intervals performed at your max. No exercise equipment is needed.
This 10 DVD set will transform you in 60 days. This progressive workout program consists of 8 SHRED Method workouts and 2 Cardio workouts created and instructed by Jillian Michaels.
Keep track of your progress with this digital weight scale that gives you 13 different measurements including Weight, BMI, Body Fat, Visceral Fat, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, Body Water and more. The data will sync to the app you install on your phone so you can easily monitor your progress.
Protect your hands from the harsh wear and tear of the dumbbells and every other exericse that requires a strong grip. Wearing these workout gloves not only will keep your skin smooth but also allows for improved workout quality due to the padding and the non slip grip will help you to perform at your optimal level.
Having a fitness tracker on your watch, such as a Fitbit, will amp up your workouts and, ultimately, help you monitor your fitness progress. Utilize 24/7 heart rate to more accurately track calorie burn, resting heart rate & heart rate zones during workouts. You can also track all day activity, including steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes and calories burned.
All workouts require a bottle by your side. Drinking plenty of fluids is a must and having a water bottle that stays chilled no matter the temperature is crucial. Cool down quickly with this stainless steel hydroflask water bottle. Lifetime gaurantee.
Home Gym Equipment Ideas for The Fitness Enthusiast
If you are ready to get serious about working out in your home and looking to advance upon your basic home gym, this list is exactly what you were looking for. Some newer items on the list that you probably don’t have are the Dual Hamstring-Calf Stretcher, TRX straps, Bosu Ball and a Body Blade just to name a few.
Be sure you have at least two items in each of the following categories listed above for your home gym: Flooring, Cardio, Strengthening, Balance, Stretching, Workout DVD’s and Accessories.
Have fun working out with your new equipment. I’m always excited to help those who are fitness enthusiasts. If you are really enthusiastic about your workouts and your home gym, than maybe you might enjoy this list of Best Luxury Home Gym Equipment (coming soon!) Maybe you have a large space dedicated to your home gym and a larger budget. This list of luxury home gym equipment might be more to your liking.
What is one piece of equipment that you can’t live without in your home gym? Comment below with your home gym must haves.
Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT
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About Dr. Jena Bradley
Jena is a mom of 4 darling little girls, a physical therapist and founder of Live Core Strong, a blog focusing on motivating moms to live a life that incorporates fitness and fun throughout their motherhood journey. She aims to be the friend you always wanted to have who could guide you through the “fog” when faced with an “I don’t know what to do” mommy moment. At the most inconvenient time of her life, she embarked on a journey of sharing her story and expertise to inspire the next generation of healthy moms. You can learn more about Jena by visitng her ABOUT page.