What you need to exercise at home

Equipping and setting up your home workout space.

As things start to look more promising for getting back to (a new) normal later this year, more and more of my clients have let me know that exercising from home will be a permanent part of their wellness strategy.

For some, home will be the only place they exercise, for others it will be the primary place. Only a few have indicated that having a brick and mortar gym to go to is important.


  1. It’s WAY more convenient to exercise at home
  2. It’s equally or more effective

The convenience of working out at home is easy to see. No travel, no parking, no new outfits… In fact, most people rate convenience as the most important factor in selecting a gym or studio to workout at.

But is exercising at home safe and effective? The answer is (a qualified) yes!!

Why qualified? Because if you have specific goals or activities that require specialized equipment then you will need access to that equipment. For example: power lifters usually need 500+ lbs of weights, swimmers require a pool and basketball players need a court. Or if you have specific medical considerations you may need to work in person with a qualified trainer or therapist.

So, if your goal is to gain strength, develop endurance and promote mobility then working out at home works great.

To enhance the experience even more you may choose to work with a remote trainer via an internet connection for safety, education and accountability. But that is not necessary, especially for experienced exercisers who know what they want to accomplish and how to accomplish it.

What do you need? A place to move your body.

A small patch of floor space, maybe 8×8, can get you started. In that space you can use your own body weight for countless exercises. For example: jog or jump in place, do push ups, squats, various mobility drills and stretches. You can get full body strength, endurance and flexibility workout anytime without having to leave your home.

If you add a mat (or even a folded blanket) you cant start to be comfortable doing exercises like abdominal crunches, back extensions and kneeling drills.

If you add dumbbells you can use weight lifting exercises to strengthen and tone every part of your body.

If you add resistance bands you can expand your exercise options dramatically and increase the variety of exercises available to you.

In fact, exercising at home can be even more effective than going to the gym. This is because consistency is the most important factor in determining the success of your program. When you stick to a well developed exercise program over the long haul you succeed. By choosing to exercise at home you can be more consistent and thus more successful.

Additionally, If you don’t need a gym to exercise in you can just take the program on the road when you travel. Throw your bands in your bag and go.

So, a shot list of basic equipment I recommend to get started:

  1. Exercise mat
  2. 2 sets of dumbbells: light & heavy (for example 5 lbs & 20 lbs)
  3. 3 resistance bands: light: medium and heavy + door anchor
  4. Foam roller

And a few things that are nice to have but not needed:

  1. BOSU balance trainer
  2. pull up bar
  3. adjustable step platform

That’s it!

If you want some help developing a home exercise program or have any questions about exercise or wellness generally, please get in touch: george@zoeticcoaching.com

Thanks for taking the time to read!


George Curtis

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