Home Workout Options

We’ve gotten a lot of questions from our community about how to set up a home gym so folx can keep strength training during times when gym access is unavailable or questionable at best – we want to provide some guidelines and ideas so you can start to visualize your workouts!

Here’s a few things to ponder before we get into some sample setups:

It can be hard to visualize what your space could look like – we had some of our coaches share their own home setups to give you some ideas! Look for them throughout the rest of this article, and make sure you stick around for the last one!

Bodyweight / No Specialized Equipment

I live in a fairly compact living space with a number of other people, so whenever I want to do a workout at home, I push the coffee table aside and roll out a mat. There’s so much you can do without weights, it really simplifies the whole operation!
– Coach Bert

This is the easiest space to set up because you just need room to move and no equipment! You might want to have a mat you can put down, or be able to lie on a squishy surface for some exercises to protect your spine, but you don’t need specialized equipment to stay active! 

Here’s a bodyweight workout you can do right now!

For this workout, you need a soft floor surface and a water bottle (optional)!
– 6/side Lateral Deadbug
– 6 In-and-Out Pushups
– 4/side SLDL to Balance
– 6/side Running Side Plank
– 8 Stand/Kneel
Repeat this circuit 3 times if you have time (run this video back if you need to see form)!

Resistance Bands – $5-60

I like this set-up because it lets me enjoy the spring sunshine in my backyard! For my home workouts, I like to do soft tissue and mobility, Mat Pilates work, and then I use bands for resistance exercises. 
– Coach Kira

You can get a lot done with just resistance bands! These come in a lot of variations that allow you to do different exercises. One of our Strive & Uplift community members sells bands on Amazon; if you purchase NeeBooFit bands, use the code SNUNBF15 for 15% off (and to send a little kickback our way!).

Here’s a workout using the band kit and door anchor!

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1-2 KBs – $30-90

My house is full of four people and even more animals, so every space has to be multi-functional right now! I keep all my workout things in a little group so I can use them in whichever space in the house is free!
– Coach Ren

You can get a lot done with just one or two kettlebells! We love using them because they’re such a versatile tool for training strength, power, endurance, and even mobility. If you’re in Seattle, we can’t recommend PR Lifting highly enough – they’re a local outfit with great customer service and equipment quality, with free in-town delivery!

Here’s a KB workout you can do with 1 or 2 bells!

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Home Gym Setup – $100-$5K

If you have space and funds to create your own full home gym setup, this is a great way to guarantee available workout space and equipment that will keep you engaged with your training! Deciding which equipment to purchase and how to design the space can be a fun creative exercise – you can also email us to set up a virtual consult with Ren (who has designed many gym layouts) to figure out the details! If you’re putting together a garage gym with heavier weights, you’ll want to make sure the flooring you put in is sufficient to protect you and your house, and there are other considerations as well, like how far away from the wall to safely store weights. Some Google searching will get you a lot of the way, but definitely use us as a resource if you have questions! 

Here’s a workout you can do in your home gym!

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