Home Fitness Kit

The Most Useful Fitness Kit to Have at Home |

If you love exercising at home, you need the best choice of home fitness kit. Here are our picks.

Home fitness kit needs to be small, compact, and cost-effective. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have a dedicated home-gym in your garage or purpose-built space, you still need to be a savvy shopper.

Even if you don’t want to get shredded or super-strong, you’re obviously passionate about working out and want to look good, feel great, and build your best body. Most people will need home fitness kit which covers four key areas: cardio training, building muscle, adding strength, and burning calories.

Here’s what we’d add to a home gym if we could. How many of these items have you got at home?


  • Rowing Machine – Often the most underused bit of cardio equipment in a commercial gym, because rowing is challenging – but it works!
  • Treadmill – But don’t just run on it. Crank the incline up as high as you can stand and walk quickly for a great cardio workout.
  • Cross Trainer – These give a very thorough, low-impact cardio workout, working arms and legs simultaneously, and can fit into a spare room or study.

Building Muscle

  • Dumbbells – Dumbbells give lots of scope to your home workouts, and you don’t need to go too heavy to build muscle.
  • Barbell and Plates – A barbell and a range of plates mean you can do traditional squats, deadlifts and overhead presses.
  • Bench – A bench with incline settings will add more scope to your barbell and dumbbell exercises.

Adding Strength

  • Functional Rigs – These are no longer limited to commercial gyms. Home functional training rigs allow you to train in a calisthenics style to build full-body strength.

Burning Calories

  • Kettlebells – Even the lightest kettlebell can be used in a circuit-style workout to add cardio and resistance to your home training.
  • Push/Pull Sled – If you’ve got access to outdoor space, a simple push/pull sled plus something to add weight gives you a great cardio option.
  • Skipping Rope – Perhaps the smallest piece of home fitness kit there is, but it creates a great cardio workout which burns plenty of calories.

How to Use Your Home Fitness Kit

If we had a little home gym setup up featuring all the kit we’ve just listed, here’s what we’d do with 30 minutes to spare for a full-body hypertrophy and fat burning workout.

Warm up

  • 5 minutes walking, pulling loaded sled
  • 5 minutes skipping
  • 5 x 10 kettllebell swings

Hypertrophy section

3-4 working sets of 10-12 reps of the following:

  • Squat (back squat or front squat) with barbell
  • Stiff legged deadlift with barbell or two dumbbells
  • Overhead press/military press with barbell or dumbbells
  • Flat bench press with barbell
  • Incline press with dumbbells


  • 5 minutes walking, pulling loaded sled


If we wanted to do some cardio, we’d do a separate 20-minute workout from the following:

  • 20 minutes of medium-intensity intervals on the rowing machine
  • 20 minutes hill walking on the treadmill
  • 20 minutes alternating intensity on the cross trainer

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