One of the best things about high intensity interval training is that you can do it anywhere! But, while you don’t need anything but your bodyweight, having some gym equipment on hand adds variety to your workouts so you can have more fun and get results faster. Setting up a home gym doesn’t have to be expensive either. So, here’s how to get fit and save money with this budget-friendly HIIT home gym essentials list.
Sweating on the carpet is never fun so start your home-gym off with a good quality yoga mat.
The eco-friendly, non-toxic Clever Yoga Mat is perfect to give your feet some grip and protect your back when working on the floor. It’s cheap, multi-functional and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Dumbbells are one of the most versatile pieces of budget-friendly HIIT home gym essentials you can buy. Some of my favorite dumbbell exercises are weighted lunges, plyometric squats, overhead press, dumbbell cleans, weighted skaters, pushups, rows and tricep kick-backs.
I find the standard, rubber coated hex dumbbells by far the best. They’re easy to hold on to, have straight edges for pushups and stack well. The weight you need depends on your strength and the exercises you’re doing. 5 or 10 pound are usually good starter weights and are plenty for higher rep, plyometric training. I’d recommend starting with a set of those and adding more weights as your strength progresses. However, if you want the variety to start with Amazon Basics offers an inexpensive 20lbs dumbbell set with a stand.
Skipping is one of the most underrated cardio exercises. It’s a great alternative to going out for a run in the rain and is the perfect, lightweight piece of traveling fitness equipment. Use your speed rope to warm up or skip as hard as you can for a minute during a HIIT workout.
The Survival and Cross Jump Rope is perfect for CrossFitters, MMA or anyone wanting to get fit fast. It’s strong, lightweight and fully adjustable too.
The kettlebell is one of my most used pieces of home gym equipment. Kettlebell swings (American, Russian or one-handed) are perfect for HIIT training and/or circuits. It’s also great for overhead press, rows, high pulls, goblet squats and weighted lunges. Buy two and do farmers carries to work on your core and grip strength.
I love the Rep Fitness Kettlebells because the slightly rough handles mean you don’t need chalk. They’re also color coded by weight and have both pounds and kilograms printed on them so you don’t need to convert. A 16kg kettlebell is a good all-round weight for women, however, an 8kg is good for beginners or shoulder training.
Foam rolling is the best way to stretch out sore and tired muscles to speed up recovery. It’s also a relaxing thing to do at the end of a long day.
Complete your home gym with the TriggerPoint GRID foam roller. It’s one of the most trusted foam rollers by physical and massage therapists, coaches, athletes and trainers. It also comes with free online instructional videos so you can make sure you’re doing it right.
No home gym is complete without an awesome sound system to amp up your workouts and take your fitness to the next level!
Although it’s at the pricier end of your HIIT-style home gym on a budget, the UE MEGABOOM is a worthwhile investment to make your workouts more fun. With 360° sound, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and 20 hours of battery life you can pump your favorite tunes through your new home gym. It’s also waterproof, shockproof and lightweight in case you ever want to take your workout outdoors.
Enjoying Your HIIT Home Gym
Once you’ve kitted out your gym with these budget-friendly HIIT home gym essentials, get in there and enjoy it! Make your workout space a refuge that allows you to escape your hectic home and work life so exercising becomes an hour that’s just about looking after you.