Real Talk — These Are the Only 4 Items I've Actually Needed For My Home Gym
As a fitness editor, I've been incredibly privileged to have a pretty well-stocked home gym for a few years now. Bands, weights, a jump rope that counts every step I take, trackers galore, a fancy weight that doubles as sculpture art (true story): you name it, and I've hoarded it. And up until very recently, most of it gathered dust in the back of my closet 99 percent of the time. However, like many, I've recently found myself clearing space and powering up my laptop for some at-home streaming sweat sessions.
At first, I brought out all of my gear from hiding, assuming this would be its time to shine. But after a few months of indoor training and nearly a week of virtual HIIT workouts through Barry's #SocialFitnessing challenge, I've come to realize I really only need four things to get me through even my most intense workout.
Although it's amazing to have a fully stocked weight set and equipment for days, I've realized I can manage just fine with nothing but a few key pieces, my own bodyweight, and some classic motivation. In fact, going forward, I'll be donating — from a safe distance — all the gear that previously accumulated dust to friends who are looking to outfit their own workouts.
In the meantime, check out my pared-down but highly effective must-have list for a realistic at-home gym.