5 steps to creating your own home gym


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Maybe a big gym with sweaty guys pumping iron while grunting isn’t your scene. Or maybe you need a place to work out quickly before getting the kids up and off to school. Either way, you can get an effective workout right at home, if you have the right tools.

Here’s a few suggestions, and a roundup of a few key pieces of equipment, to help you build those muscles and burn those calories, in the comfort of your home.


1. Find a dedicated spot to work out and store your tools.

You don’t want to move large pieces of furniture or your kids’ toys every time you want to work out. So find a spot in your living room, basement, even your bedroom where you can get your sweat on.


2. Get a yoga mat.

Even if you don’t do yoga, you may not want to lie down on certain surfaces at home (thanks for that coating of dog hair, Rocky!). But yoga mats are also great for stability.


3. Get some strength-training equipment.

Strength-training equipment, such as dumbbells and kettlebells, are easy-to-own and easy-to-use pieces that don’t cost a lot of money. As Melanie Fields at SkinnyMom.com says, they come in a variety of weights so you can use those that meet your abilities. Dumbbells and kettlebells can be used for so many different types of exercises, you won’t miss the larger weight machines at your gym. Look for great at-home exercises on our Sweat page, or search for exercises by body part on the Nike Training Club app.


4. Get some stability equipment.

Using stability equipment is a great way to engage your core. A stability ball is a great tool to have (make sure to buy one based on your height), and a Bosu ball (basically a stability ball cut in half with a flat base on one side) can come in handy when trying to incorporate strength training while tightening those abs.


5. Don't forget electronics!

Finally, have your audio/visual equipment nearby so you can try workout videos — Jillian Michaels' videos are very popular — or podcasts of yoga sessions (YogaDownload.com is a great source). Or simply blast all those great heart-pumping songs that you love!