© Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC With the right gear, you can get stronger, fitter, and healthier in the comfort of your own living room. Here's how to hack a home gym.
Going to the gym may be a good thing, but it also means you have to pack a bag, drive there, and deal with people vying for the same equipment (and showers).
Home workouts, on the other hand, eliminate all those pesky excuses. With the right gear, you can get stronger, fitter and healthier in the comfort of your own living room.
But first you have to create a dedicated space to get your sweat on. To find the best gear for a home gym, TODAY asked a few of the country's top fitness professionals for their recommendations. Their picks suit any type of workout style, from functional strength training tools to yoga essentials.
Choose the tools that make sense for you, and you'll be able to hit the ground running — or downward-dogging.
© Amazon Titan Fitness Adjustable Kettlebell This is the all-in-one fitness tool you didn't know you needed. "The kettlebell is a foundational piece of equipment that you can use to elevate your cardiovascular system, practice coordination and focus, and for strength training," says Jen Widerstrom, trainer and author of "Diet Right for Your Personality Type." "As a fitness professional, it's one of the most versatile tools I have access to."
As a bonus, this version comes with adjustable weights, so you can increase the weight the stronger you get.
© Amazon Perform Better Mini XL Band These resistance bands give you a big fitness bang for your buck. Use them to enhance mobility, strengthen your upper and lower body, and work your core, says Kira Stokes, personal trainer and creator of the Stoked Method.
This set of four bands range in resistance from light to heavy and also come with an exercise manual.
© Amazon Jade Harmony Yoga Mat Another must-have for your home gym, this high-quality mat is one favored by yoga instructor Heidi Kristoffer, creator of CrossFlowX.
It's has nice grip and just the right amount of padding for smooth, seamless flows. And it's not just for yoga — use it for any type of home workout or stretching routine.
© Amazon Hugger Mugger Cork Yoga Block For supported restorative poses and better balance, yoga blocks are essential for at-home practices. "They'll help ensure you won't fall, or strain any muscles trying to be more flexible than you are," Kristoffer says.
This cork version is the way to go, since cork is sturdier and steadier than foam.
This colorful set comes with a stand to keep them from rolling around, and their neoprene covering makes them durable and easy to grip.
© Amazon Hyperwear Sandbag This portable training tool provides a slew of benefits for your body, from metabolic conditioning to total-body strengthening, says Jessica Matthews, fitness instructor and senior adviser for American Council on Exercise.
"Since it's filled with sand, it adds a challenging new dimension to strength and power exercises, such as slams, swings, squats and more." And with a soft neoprene cover, you don't have to worry about damage to your floor.