1. Exercise bands.
These fabulous things come in a variety of styles. With the addition of a door attachment you have the ability to perform hundreds of exercises and target just about every body part. Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to the style of band they use. I've included three different styles so you can choose which is best for you.
~Standard Bands: These are the most commonly used exercise bands that come with handles in a variety of thicknesses. Some brands allow you to switch the bands between the handles, while others have permanently attached handles.
~ Flat bands: These bands come in a variety of thicknesses and are very light, portable, and versatile. By wrapping these around your hands you can control the length and tension for the exercises. They can also be tied and used around the legs for inner and outer thigh and glute exercises.
~ Large loops: Popular with the Crossfit community, these bands are great for more advanced strength training as they tend to be much thicker than the standard or flat bands. The continuous loop design make them easy to use with squats and lunges. They are also great when used as a pullup assist.
~ Mini loops: Great for lower body and glute exercises, as well as training or improving proper form.
2. Exercise ball/Balance ball/Swiss ball
If you're looking to take your core and stability workout up a notch, this is the tool for you! The Swiss ball is available in a variety of sizes for different heights, so be sure to choose the right ball for your height. If you are going to be using your ball for strength/weight training as well it is recommended that you choose a ball one size larger to accommodate the added weight.
45 cm for under 5'
55 cm for 5'-5'6"
65 cm for 5'6"-6'
75 cm for 6'-6'8"
85 cm for 6'8" and above
3. Jump Rope
I can remember jumping rope for hours as a kid! I had all but forgotten about the humble jump rope. Take a cue from the boxing community and add this into your workouts for an unbeatable cardio workout. Adding in 30-60 second intervals of jumping rope between strength exercises will take your workout to the next level!
4. Pull-up Bar
Without a doubt, the pullup/chin up is one of the best back exercises. When paired with a chair, or band assist, the pull up can be performed by almost anyone! The pull-up bar can also be used for some pretty amazing hanging core exercises as well. The new doorway pullup design bar allows you to get in a good workout anywhere you've got a door without the commitment of permanent installation! I personally love the challenge of pull-ups!
5. Suspension Trainer
The all in one gym! A suspension trainer is SUPER portable! Use this in your home, or take this with you on vacation, business trips, to your local park and get an amazing total body workout with just one piece of equipment. This will challenge your core, and give you a full body workout that is easy on your joints... not to mention it's REALLY fun!
And there you have it! That’s all it takes to create a wide variety of home workouts! No expensive Nautilus needed! No more excuses! Build your own home gym and take your fitness to the next level!