11 At-Home Workout Essentials for the Perfect Home Gym

Busy brides-to-be: Get your sweat-on in the living room


Newly engaged brides might find something else taking the place of their gym time—wedding planning! Between finding a venue, planning all your pre-wedding parties and finding that perfect dress, it’s totally fair if your focus shifts a little. But for brides who want to keep up with their regular routine, all hope is not lost.

While you might find it hard to squeeze in actual time at the gym you can still get your sweat on. Don’t worry about commuting time to and from your favorite studio, or unrealistic class times and gym hours—instead, work out on your own schedule right at home.

So you’re a yogi? Continue your practice from your living room. More of lifter? A set of weights can transform your living room into the weight room.

Whether you are looking for just a few small items to start a circuit routine or big purchases to create a real home gym, here are 11 at-home workout essentials to get you moving.

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Alo Warrior 2 Yoga Mat

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With all the digital resources for finding your flow, all you need is a mat to bring your yoga practice into the home. This Alo mat has just the right amount of cushion to support your bones and joints. The dry-wicking surface keeps moisture away so you don’t have to worry about slipping. A bonus: Alo products are 100 percent sweatshop free and eco-aware.

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C9 Champion Gliding Core Discs 2pk with Exercise Guide

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Core sliders are the hot new workout gadget you’ve probably seen all your favorite Instagramers using. These little discs add variety to your workout to engage and strengthen your core. Mountain climbers, side lunges and reverse pikes just got that much harder, but so much more rewarding. The discs have two sides, one suited for carpet and the other for hardwood, so you can take this workout anywhere you have room.

SHOP NOW: Target, $9.99

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Peloton Tread

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Turn your home gym into a private training studio with Peloton Tread. This at-home system provides a range of class lengths and types both on and off the treadmill, including total body, floor, running and walking workouts. In addition to on-demand classes, you can get the in-studio experience with at least 10 live classes every day.

SHOP NOW: Peloton, $3,995

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C9 Champion Exercise Round Resistance Band 3pk

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Tone up with these resistance bands! Incorporating these into your workout routine will make your already challenging moves even more tough to get the most out of every rep. This pack comes with three color-coated resistance levels—light, medium and heavy—so you can build up as you get stronger. If you’re just starting out, no worries. The included exercises guide will give you some classic band movements to start with.

SHOP NOW: Target, $12.49

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BalanceFrom Dumbbell Set with Stand

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Fitness pros know weightlifting is an essential part of your workout plan—regardless of gender. Weight training will build lean muscle and burn fat on the top layer of the muscle. You won’t necessarily see a change on the scale, but you will see it in the mirror where it counts. Develop a high-rep, low-weight routine with this compact set of dumbbells in three-pound, five-pound and eight-pound options.

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Courtesy of Mirror

If you’re looking to replicate the full gym experience in your home, Mirror can do it all. And we’re talking bringing Equinox into your living room. Mirror is exactly what it sounds like: When not in use, mounted on your wall, it acts just like a reflective surface, but when it's on, it brings you endless personalized workouts. Live and on-demand classes taught by expert instructors include cardio, strength, yoga, barre, Pilates, boxing and HIIT. The experience might be even more advanced than the standard hour at the gym! Mirror tracks your heart rate and optimizes in real-time based on your ability, goals, and preferences.

SHOP NOW: Mirror, $1,495

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Gaiam Restore 65 cm Strong Back Stability Ball Kit

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Try an exercise ball if you want to improve your balance and increase your strength. Incorporate it into your routine with everything from pushups to sit-ups—it adds an extra layer of difficulty so you can get the most out of your workout. When not exercising, people often use the ball instead of a chair while at their desk to improve posture and burn more calories. Use the DVD that comes in the kit to help develop the perfect routine.

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Titan Fitness 5-20 lb Adjustable Kettlebell Weight Lifting Swing Workout

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Get an entire kettlebell set all in one. No need to buy multiple pieces of equipment with this lifting system—it has adjustable weight levels between 5 and 20 pounds. A kettlebell workout is a dynamic exercise that can help you achieve your goals no matter your starting point. This weight, and a quick “kettlebell workout” search on Pinterest is all you need to get started.

SHOP NOW: Amazon, $69

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FlyWheel Fly On Demand

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The same in-studio bike that brings you the rides you love is now available for use in your home. Avid cyclists who know they want to commit to the workout can access thousands of live and on-demand classes. With class durations ranging from 10 to 60 minutes so you can always squeeze in a workout. In addition to rides, there are off-bike workouts to help switch up your routine.

SHOP NOW: FlyWheel, $1,699

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BOSU 65 cm Balance Trainer

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If those half medicine ball things at the gym ever freaked you out, don’t worry about it. Take this opportunity to test it out in the comfort of your own home, judgement free. This odd little device tests your flexibility and ability to balance, and tones and works your cardiovascular system all at the same time. A DVD comes along with the trainer so you can learn how to best use the ball to achieve your goals.

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TRX Fit System

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TRX is a total body workout that helps strengthen and tone the upper body, lower body and core. If space is a concern in your home gym, the TRX Fit System is the solution—the whole system can easily be set up and broken down in a matter of seconds. You can attach the suspension trainer to the door or any supportive surface inside or outside. The kit comes with a chart of simple moves to help guide your routine, and two complete workouts.

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