So you’ve got the barbells, you’ve weights, now what? Well you may need some accessories for your home gym to make it complete. There are a lot of bells and whistles you can add to your own home gym, or bring with you to a public one. While none of these home gym accessories are really necessary, many of them will help you get a better workout and some of them make it a little easier. If you don’t already have the proper equipment for a home gym, check out our older articles on cheap home gym equipment or this one on home gym machines!
Yoga Mat: Sivan Yoga Mat
Doing exercises where you have to be sitting on the ground, like most core work and stretching, can be kinda painful on your knees or butt. It is also handy to stand on one of these when handling weights. In case you drop a weight it could land on this mat and not put a chip or dent in your floor. You could also set weights on this instead of the floor on it to prevent scratching. Sivan makes a nice mat for a good price that you can get on Amazon.
Stability Ball: Black Mountain Stability Ball
Stability balls are becoming one of the go to ways of training your core. From doing crunches, push-ups, or just sitting on them, this stability ball will enhance any core exercise by making it harder. Black Mountain has one which is rated up to 2000 lbs and has gotten great reviews. It even comes with a mini pump for you to blow it up with.
Balance Trainer: Best Choice Products Balance Trainer
Alright, so another newly popular product to strengthen your core are these balance trainers, or Bosu Balls some people call them, which is a brand name. Just like stability balls, you can use these to add a enhance the core element to regular exercises like push-ups and crunches. The difference is you can stand on a balance trainer and do exercises like squats or step-ups. I mean I guess you could stand on a stability ball but it would be extremely dangerous. Best Choice Products has a good balance trainer for a lot less than the brand name Bosu Ball.
Jump Rope: Fitness Master Jump Rope
Pretty sure you know what these are for. Jumping rope is a great way to warm up by getting your heart rate up and is used by a number of different sports like MMA or Boxing. If you really wanted to you could have jumping rope be a whole cardio workout. Personally I suck at jumping rope so I’ll pass. Buy a Fitness Master one that is durable and has adjustable cables on it so you can put it at whatever length you want.
Resistance Bands: Phantom Fit Resistance Bands
Resistance bands can be used for a variety of things. Some people like to use them to add a little resistance at certain points on their lift. Others like to use them by themselves to get a workout. They can even be used in the opposite way: to assist you to do a lift like pull-ups or dips. They are also popular for rehabbing muscles. Personally I like to use them to help stretch and warm up. Phantom Fit sells a set of four with varying resistance levels you can buy on Amazon. With a set you can stack different ones together to get unique levels of resistance.
Barbell Clamps: Clout Fitness Barbell Clamps
Gone are the days of those metal clips for keeping the weights from moving on the barbell. The new and most popular way now is to use clamps. These are nicer as you don’t have to slide the clamp the whole way to the weight like you would a clip, if you’ve used clips before I’m sure you have come across a bad one where it’s a pain to get it on. These slide easily over the bar when they are expanded, and lock down tight when you press it together. Clamps are great because instead of having to focus on keeping the bar perfectly level, you can focus on just moving it. Clout Fitness has some nice ones that should last you a long time.
Foam Roller: LuxFit Foam Roller
Foam rolling is a neat way to give yourself a massage. They have become increasingly popular in gyms because people like to warm up with them to loosen up the muscles, or use them after to help relax. Either way they have been proven to help with recovery. LuxFit sells a popular foam roller on Amazon for a good price.
Ab Roller: Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro
Using an ab wheel is one of the best exercises you can do for your core. Trust me, the morning after you do these for the first time your entire midsection will be sore. If you want to get I would suggest getting one like the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro. There are cheaper ones out there but they are made of a hard plastic that will get warped or break easily with continuous use. Buy one with better quality and save money in the long run.
Body Weights: Valeo Ankle/Wrist Weights
Ankle and wrist weights are a great way to take exercises where you do a lot of reps and make them more challenging. Exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and leg lifts are good ones for ankle weights. Some people even like to wear them when they go running for added resistance. Valeo sells a quality pair of weights on Amazon where you can adjust the weight at 1/2 lb at a time.
Fitness Tracker: Fitbit Charge HR
Fitbits have been all the range as a workout accessory for the past few years. If you are not familiar with them, there are a type of watch that monitors your heart rate, steps, distance, floors climbed, and other exercise statistics. It can be synced to your computer or smartphone to make graphs to further look analyze your exercise routines. They can also be set as alarm clocks to wake you up, and then you can monitor your sleep cycles. If you want to monitor your heart rate and other metrics, check one out and start graphing away!
Exercise Rope: NexPRO Battle Rope
An increasingly popular exercise that a lot of HIIT gyms use are exercise rope. Pretty much you pick up a heavy rope and you swing it at different intensities for varying amounts of time. Makes a great cardio/strength training workout. If any of that interests you, check out one by NexPro.
If you are looking to add a few odds and ends be sure to check out one of these home gym accessories which can add a new perspective on your workouts.