What Equipment Should I Get?
What do I need?
I decided to make this as my next post because I have gotten the question from a few people. Particularly in this pandemic era, home fitness equipment is very expensive. It is funny because we are constantly told that fitness is important but at the same time it can feel unaffordable as a lot of equipment is ridiculously overpriced. However I digress.
I hope to make things as cheap for you as I can. The picture above shows the equipment that my wife and I are using in our own workouts right now.
I love these. I used to think that they were overhyped but once I started using them I found that they are quite versatile. We bought all our equipment on Amazon. Especially during the pandemic this was an easy place to get what we needed.
We own two sets of kettlebells. FIrst, a pair of 4 kg - these are good for lighter exercises like lateral raises, and rear deltoid raises . I have included a link to a set that I found on Amazon (not the set we own).
MuscleSquad Cast Iron Kettlebells Single or Set- Value Kettlebell Weights from 2kg – 20kg - Kettlebell Weights Workout Equipment For Home Or Gym Use https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H6ZXSCZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_4B64QB2F4DVBKW2ZJB7B?psc=1
Then we also have a pair of 8 kg kettlebells.
MuscleSquad Cast Iron Kettlebells Single or Set- Value Kettlebell Weights from 2kg – 20kg - Kettlebell Weights Workout Equipment For Home Or Gym Use
On the full body day I use both kettlebells to do kettlebell swings and I find it a fantastic workout.
Kettlebells work very well for the full body day especially but are also quite useful for working out legs, shoulders and triceps. I find them useful because some exercises like the swings are effective for the entire body. It can be done with dumbbells but it is more difficult to have a secure grip on the dumbbells for swinging. This limits you in weight.
I am planning in the future to add a pair at 10 -12 kgs as my next challenge.
Dumbbells are a time honoured staple of home gym equipment. I use two sets of dumbbells in my current routine.
First I have an adjustable set ranging from 2 kg to 10 kg which are very useful for most upper body exercises across the shoulders, triceps and biceps. I have added a link to this on Amazon.
Anchor's Adjustable 20kg Dumbbells Weights set for Men Women, Dumbbell hand weight Barbell Perfect for Bodybuilding fitness weight lifting training home gym equipment free weights
For legs, chest and back I needed a heavier set of weights which I got from my son as an early Christmas present. This is what I use for my squats, deadlifts, chest press and rows. You need to find a set that is heavy enough but not so heavy that they are limited to deadlifts and squats only!
SSAN Hex Dumbbell Rubber Encased Dumbbells Weights Home Gym Fitness Pair Weight Lifting Mens Exercise 7.5 | 10 | 15 KG
That is everything I use when it comes to weights. I do also have exercise bands that I use sometimes as well, particularly for legs to add some additional resistance, but I enjoy using the dumbbells as my primary weights. I have included a link below.
Lively Life Long Resistance Band Pull Up [1 PACK], Heavy Fitness Exercise Band for Men Women, Home Workout Resistance Bands for Yoga, Pilates, Crossfit, Assisted Pull Ups, Stretching Strength