Katie Hunt and Matt Drilias say, “This is the most useful HOME GYM gear.”

  • 1 or 2 dumbbells: Choose a weight that is challenging to row for 8-12 reps.
  • 1 or 2 kettlebells: Choose a weight that is challenging to swing for 15-20 reps.
  • Mat, mini bands, and a foam roller

Useful (stealth) exercise gear around your home: a sturdy chair (assistance for squats, lunges, single leg deadlifts, etc.), couches (elevated push-ups, rear foot elevated split squats, hip thrusts), gym bag or backpack that can be filled with heavy stuff (homemade sandbag training)

We love all the items below, but none of them are absolutely essential.

 

13″ long Foam Roller

We love our TriggerPoint GRID foam rollers.  Super durable.  Katie’s has lasted 10 years!  Extra benefit: pack stuff inside the hollow core!  Available in 13″ and 26″ lengths.

26″ long Foam Roller

 

Dumbbells

If you only have one piece of home gym equipment a single dumbbell is a great place to start. Choose a weight that is challenging to row for 8-12 reps.

Note: the last time we looked (March 24, 2020) these were sold out on Amazon.

Also try here:

https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Rubber-Encased-Hex-Dumbbells?custcol2=9    

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Everyday-Essentials-Rubber-Encased-Hex-Dumbbells-30-lbs-Pair/741350797?selected=true

 

Kettlebells 

If you only have one piece of home gym equipment a single kettlebell is a great place to start.  Select a weight that is challenging to swing for 15-20 reps.  Our clients (men and women) usually perform swings with anywhere from 20 to 60 lbs.

If Amazon is sold out, try here:

https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Gravity-Kettlebell?custcol24=12

https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-kettlebells

https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/ethos-16-kg-35-3-lb-kettlebell-17au6uths16klgrmkktt/17au6uths16klgrmkktt

Mats

A quality mat will improve your comfort level for floor exercises! Standard Gaiam yoga mat is 6mm.  At 15mm this one has extra cushioning.

 

Airex Balance Pads

Matt likes to use these as a kneepad for all the work we do from half-kneeling and tall-kneeling positions.  It’s also a convenient headrest when working in a side-lying position for things like the Bretzel stretch.

The Airex pad is a thick, square piece of foam originally developed for balance training.  The durable, dense, sponge-like material provides an unstable surface to stand on.

BOSU

This versatile tool can be used for strength, balance and cardio. In any of those scenarios, BOSU adds an extra element of instability, which requires you to engage more core muscles that help you control your body and stay balanced.  Matt tends to use these to develop shoulder and knee stability (push-ups, squats, lunges), and balance of course.

PERFORM BETTER MINI BANDS

Matt and Katie use these so much, they order them in bulk. This set includes four different levels of resistance.

Want a free 10 Minute Mini Band Workout with Katie? Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnxBadklP8Q

Massage Balls

Katie carries this ball everywhere! The little massage ball is great for the feet, forearms, upper back and glutes. Katie will teach you how to use it here: https://youtu.be/zdA7_YNddbY

TRX

The TRX is Katie’s favorite travel & home workout tool. There are hundreds of exercises you can do with it. This set includes the door anchor, which you’ll want!

If Amazon is sold out, try here: https://store.trxtraining.com/products/trx-sweat-system

 

SUPER BANDS

Another versatile travel tool, the superband is excellent for pull-up or chin-up assistance and hundreds of other exercises. See Katie’s Superband Instagram series here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd5we8yjnQL/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Bench

This bench is adjustable and versatile. Use it for step-ups, decline push-ups, chest presses and more!

 

DYNAMAX MEDICINE BALL

14″ diameter ball, with soft-shell construction. Available in weights, from 4 to 30 pounds.  We like to use these for rotational power throws (8-12 pounds), and for wall ball of course (8-20 pounds).

SLAM BALL

Katie likes the TRX brand ball she uses at SPIRE Fitness.  Matt prefers the SPRI brand he has bought for use at University Club Tower and Fit Pro MKE.  They are both durable, sand-filled durable, sand-filled, no-bounce balls that are ideal for tossing and slamming activities. Heavy-duty rubber shells provide maximum durability with a pliable, tacky surface, making it easy to grasp and throw.

Everything from here down = Katie’s (weird according to Matt😆) Lifestyle Products

EPSOM SALT

Epsom salt baths are one of my favorite hobbies! It’s also great for pain relief and soothing tired muscles. I love the light lavender scent of this one.

These CBD infused bath bombs are…well…the BOMB! Grab one of each kind!

 

 

Planner

Matt and Katie both use this planner!

SLAM BALL

 

 

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