12 At-Home Workout Essentials for the Perfect Home Gym

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Whether you're working from home, consumed by wedding planning or don't even have a gym membership, it is still important to get your daily dose of physical activity in. Enter: the at-home gym!

Despite what you may think, you don't need fancy weight machines or group fitness classes to stay active and meet your health goals. Exercise can truly be done anywhere—and what better place than your home? Make your bedroom your yoga studio and your living room your weight room. And when you're done getting your sweat on, simply store your fitness items away.

If you feel intimated by exercising sans trainer (sometimes we all need professional guidance!), there are plenty of apps and streaming services to guide you through your workout. While some virtual classes don't require any equipment, most of the time a few weights and resistance bands can increase the intensity of the workout.

Whether you live in the suburbs or a studio apartment in the city, here are 12 at-home workout essentials to get you moving.

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AmazonBasics 1/2-Inch Extra Thick Yoga Mat

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Even if you aren't a yogi, a yoga mat is an essential item for every home gym! Whether you're saying namaste or pushing yourself through an intense core workout, this mat is extra thick and comfortable.

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Gaiam Restore 65 cm Strong Back Stability Ball Kit

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Stability balls are actually perfect for a full-body workout. They challenge the entire body and help your muscles focus on strength and stretching. This kit by Gaiam even includes a pump and a DVD to guide you through various movements.

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PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells

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If you aren't familiar with PowerBlocks already, prepare to have your mind blown. This set of dumbbells can adjust between 5 and 50 pounds (at 2.5-pound increments)—making it the only set of weights you need!

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Gaiam Yoga Block

yoga block

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A yoga block is key to mastering all your yoga moves at home. This lightweight block comes in multiple colors and has beveled edges for easy gripping. It can be used to deepen stretches and poses and ensures proper posture.

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Yes4All Cast Iron Kettlebell Weights


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Kettlebells are another at-home staple we love. This set of three cast-iron weights contains a 5, 10 and 15-pound weight. Kettlebells are also so versatile—swing them to build your back and arm muscles, hold them while squatting to strengthen your legs or mix them into your core routine.

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C9 Champion Exercise Round Resistance Band 3pk

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Resistance bands are an easy tool to build upper and lower body strength—and they barely take up any space in your home! This set includes three bands with varying tension so as your strength increases you can use a different level band.

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Lululemon Double Mini Foam Roller

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No workout is complete without proper stretching before and after your activity. Foam rollers are perfect for relaxing tight muscles and aiding soreness. Plus, with it's petite size, the mini foam roller is perfect for traveling and storing in small spaces!

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Stephanie Gottlieb Wearable Ring Pouch

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Even if you aren't going to the gym anymore, this wearable ring pouch is exactly what you need to keep your engagement ring and wedding band safe. It wears like a sweatband and features a zipper pouch to store your jewelry securely no matter what activity you are doing. Besides, who wants to get their diamond all sweaty?

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CHICMODA Gliding Core Discs

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Core sliders have the power to make any hard surface a gym floor. These little discs can really transform any workout by engaging and strengthening your core. Step up your mountain climbers, side lunges and reverse pikes with this little, budget-friendly gadget.

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Hyperice Vibrating Fitness Foam Roller

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While a bit of a splurge, this foam roller is a high-tech home gym essential. With three different vibration settings, this gadget will reduce soreness and improve circulation—perfect for pre and post-workout!

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BOSU 45 cm Ballast Stability Ball

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Are push-ups or burpees too easy for you? Try doing them with a stability ball next! This half medicine ball helps with flexibility, balance and core strength.

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Bose Bluetooth Speaker


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Exercise just feels incomplete without music so blast your favorite tunes with this powerful speaker by Bose. It's water-resistant, portable and has Bluetooth capabilities so you can listen to music all day long.

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