Friday favs: Home workout equipment

If the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders taught us anything, it’s how to get creative with our home workouts. Sure, we may not all have exquisite home gyms but you can’t deny the intensity of workouts like HIIT [high intensity interval training] that use minimal to no equipment! So, the next time you’re looking to fill a home workout space, consider incorporating these three simple pieces of equipment: 

Resistance Bands
Booty bands and resistance bands with handles are the perfect substitute for weights! My favorite booty band’s are Mari Llewellyn’s heavy duty bands. If you’re used to using plastic or silicone bands, I highly recommend investing in a set of fabric ones instead. I haven’t had to deal with the oh-so-annoying battle against my bands rolling or moving out of place since I made the switch! Plus, the thicker material guarantees your bands will be less likely to snap and will therefore last much longer.

Yoga Mat
Yes, a yoga mat can be used to practice yoga, but it can also be used for a variety of other workouts as well! My yoga mat from Blogilates is a go-to whenever I’m doing bodyweight HIIT and ab workouts and total body pilates sessions. Plus, having a designated area [aka your yoga mat set up in a specific area of the house] to dedicate to your sweat seshes will almost feel like you’re going to a gym or studio and will separate your home life from your training life!

Training Shoes
This may be obvious, but the importance of having a good pair of training shoes can’t be disputed! When you’re working out from home, it can be easy to feel unmotivated to do your workouts because you’re not actually going to a gym. However, if you prepare for your workout the same way you would if you were at a gym [i.e. wearing your best activewear instead of pajamas and lacing up your sneakers], you won’t lose the routine of “going” to workout. Plus, having a great pair of shoes also allows you to up the impact andt intensity of your sessions in a way that couldn’t be done if you were barefoot!

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