TOP 5 sports equipment at home for your sessions

home sports equipment – When you want to buy sports equipment, you are sure to find many articles on the Internet. The problem is, you're looking for what's really going to help you slim down and build muscle or achieve other training goals.

Why ?

Because your objective is certainly not to invest thousands of euros for equipment that will encumber you more than it will be useful. What I propose to you is to choose the minimum material to achieve the maximum result.

Let's start with what you don't necessarily need, if at all.

Home sports equipment – The useless

To do your bodybuilding or fitness sessions at home, you often need little equipment. It is therefore important not to give in to the sirens of advertising before choosing what you really need.

So let's take a quick tour of what you don't necessarily need...

Expensive machinery and equipment

When I see that some sites offer in the essential equipment a elliptical or a treadmill, I'm speechless.

Knowing that this kind of equipment, if it is of good quality, costs at least 600 € for an elliptical and 1000 € for a treadmill, the minimum equipment is expensive… Of course, you will find cheaper ones. But in this case, avoid using them so as not to break them before the end of the month 😉

Let me be perfectly clear with you. I'm not saying one elliptical, a rower or a treadmill are useless. Far from there ! These are great pieces of equipment for warming up and even for doing real fitness or HIIT sessions. The elliptical is a machine that I like a lot to have an excellent physical condition.

However, this type of material is not part of the indispensable when you want to equip yourself at a lower cost to play sports at home. On the one hand it is quite expensive and on the other hand it is cumbersome.

Let's have a little fun with a shot of electrical stimulation

Some even add electrostimulation devices. Yes, if I saw it with my own eyes. There is enough to choke on laughter!

Drop…

I sincerely think that those who write this kind of article have no never played sports in their life. Or maybe on a game console… It must be simple editors paid to fill a blog. Especially since it is quite possible to play sports at home without any equipment.

And above all to obtain convincing results. Electrofitness has a certain interest, but it must be framed and be part of a sport technique, and not a device that you start in front of the TV, slumped on your sofa 🙂

Choose the right equipment at the right price

That's why I'm going to tell you about only 5 or 6 bodybuilding or fitness equipment that has the following advantages:

  1. They do not take up much space while allowing you to do a multitude of exercises
  2. Most are easily portable
  3. You can use them in your bedroom or in another room in the house (I practiced in the laundry room for a long time 😉 )
  4. If you make good use of them, they are enough to lose weight and build muscle at home. On the other hand, if you only look at them, they are ineffective 🙂
  5. They won't ruin you. Even if you buy all of what I recommend, you won't go over $200 or less. It's the equivalent of 6 months indoors.

Moreover, I only chose material presenting a unbeatable value for money. Some of the links take you to Amazon. If you buy material through these links, I earn a small commission, while it costs you nothing extra. I can't be more honest with you. This will be your way of helping me to keep this blog alive for a long time.

Come on, let's go friends.

#1: Resistance Bands

home sports equipment - elastic weight bands
Source : Bodylastics

Why recommend them first?

It took me a while to decide to buy it. Probably because I always had in mind the famous handles equipped with tensioners that were sold at one time. You know, the tensioners that loosened up or farted in your face right in the bicep curl.

THE HORROR !

And then I discovered the recent models in natural latex and I fell in love. Today I'm a fan of resistance bands as sports equipment at home or on the go. I use 2 kits daily. They will allow you to do more than with dumbbells, while being extremely easy to transport. A must for travellers.

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With this homemade sports equipment, you can do a complete bodybuilding session, just as well as with dumbbells. In short, resistance bands are the must have piece of equipment to build muscle anywhere.

If you are not equipped, I recommend one of the 2 elastic band kits from the European brand SmartWorkout. Not only are they attractively priced, but you get free access to 3 workout programs and videos. In addition, you get 20 % discount with my links. Here's what's included in the Elite Pack:

  • 7 natural latex 100 % tubes, which can provide up to 120 kg of resistance;
  • 1 bar with integrated fasteners for attaching rubber bands;
  • 2 non-slip silicone handles for a better grip;
  • 2 neoprene padded ankle straps;
  • 1 thick easy to install door anchor;
  • 4 unbreakable stainless steel carabiners;
  • 1 compact bag to carry the kit anywhere;
  • 3 free weight training programs included (Express, SmartGains, Strong & Beautiful);
  • 1 user guide.
SW Elite Elastic Kit - EN

You can also purchase the SmartWorkout Pro package which includes exactly the same items except for the bar (click on the link to learn more).

Although less interesting, here are the only ones that I currently recommend on Amazon France: 

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TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
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TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
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TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
GJELEMENTS Resistance Bands - Set of Resistance Bands...
TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
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2,5/5
4/5
4/5
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35,99 €
49,99 €
33,99 €
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TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
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TheFitLife 150lbs Resistance Bands - Fitness Resistance Band...
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2,5/5
Current price
35,99 €
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GJELEMENTS Bodybuilding Elastics - Set of Resistance Bands...
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GJELEMENTS Bodybuilding Elastics - Set of Resistance Bands...
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4/5
Current price
49,99 €
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TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
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TOMSHOO Resistance Bands 5 Resistance Bands + 1...
Our rating
4/5
Current price
33,99 €
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#2: TRX Straps

Among the equipment perfectly suited to doing sports at home, suspension trainers are formidable to find the line and tone up. They almost only have advantages. Today, they are also considered an indispensable element in fitness and crossfit rooms.

If you have in addition the resistance bands listed in point No. 1, then you are the king of the world.

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LOEV weight training strap for home & on the go - sling...
TRX GO suspension strap - for fitness anywhere, even...
Suspension strap TRX PRO3 - for athletes...
TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Strap - for High End Fitness...
Description
LOEV weight training strap for home & on the go - sling...
TRX GO suspension strap - for fitness anywhere, even...
Suspension strap TRX PRO3 - for athletes...
TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Strap - for High End Fitness...
Our opinion
An inexpensive product to start with
TRX's eco model is already of excellent quality
The best compromise for heavy users
The must of the must for the pros, but it pays
Our rating
3,5/5
4,5/5
5/5
4,5/5
Current price
49,97 €
109,95 €
189,95 €
249,95 €
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LOEV weight training strap for home & on the go - sling...
Description
LOEV weight training strap for home & on the go - sling...
Our opinion
An inexpensive product to start with
Our rating
3,5/5
Current price
49,97 €
Click for more information
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TRX GO suspension strap - for fitness anywhere, even...
Description
TRX GO suspension strap - for fitness anywhere, even...
Our opinion
TRX's eco model is already of excellent quality
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
109,95 €
Click for more information
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Suspension strap TRX PRO3 - for athletes...
Description
Suspension strap TRX PRO3 - for athletes...
Our opinion
The best compromise for heavy users
Our rating
5/5
Current price
189,95 €
Click for more information
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TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Strap - for High End Fitness...
Description
TRX Tactical Gym Suspension Strap - for High End Fitness...
Our opinion
The must of the must for the pros, but it pays
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
249,95 €
Click for more information
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Advantages of suspension straps

doing sports at home - TRX straps

The TRX straps are sports equipment easily portable, while making it possible to achieve at least 150 different exercises. You can work any muscle group in optimal safety conditions. For my sessions, I use the TRX straps Go. It's excellent equipment for beginners in good conditions without breaking the bank.

You will find even cheaper, but pay attention to the quality of the nylon and the fasteners. In short, you will have understood, the hanging straps, is the material to buy first with resistance bands.

Important points for using TRX straps

Although terribly effective and easy to use, keep these 2 important details in mind if you are using hanging straps :

The anchor point

If the use of a door anchor suits you, then all is well. It's simple to install and you can use it almost anywhere. Indeed, they need a support strong enough to support your weight during the exercises.

On the other hand, if you want to have an anchor point higher than a door, it gets a little complicated. In this case, you will have to buy a TRX bracket for wall or ceiling. Don't forget to check if you have a strong enough wall or ceiling to attach this bracket to.

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However, using a high attachment point is only for those who already have an expert level of fitness.

Perspiration

If you sweat a lot during your sessions, it is better to buy a gym mat than to train on the tiles. Otherwise, you risk doing a figure skating session 😉 You will see later the models that I recommend.

Android app for your TRX training program

Training sessions with TRX straps are super enjoyable using the app Virtual Trainer Suspension. Like all apps in this series, it's really easy to use. It also has its equivalent for resistance bands under the name Virtual Trainer Resistance Band.

In addition, it only costs a few euros. Nothing to deprive yourself of. 

No. 3: Dumbbells and an incline bench

I put these 2 sports equipment at home together, because they are inseparable for a quality workout. Unlike resistance bands which are sufficient on their own, dumbbells require more equipment.

Dumbbells

Ativafit cheap adjustable dumbbells
Adjustable dumbbells 25 kg Ativafit

The dumbbell weights you should choose should match your abilities. Often, you will find kits that are very attractively priced. This is much cheaper than buying each item separately.

Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more difficult to find dumbbells at an affordable price. So much so that adjustable models are often cheaper than simple dumbbells with cast iron discs.

The major problem is that these accessories weigh heavy and cost an arm and a leg to transport. And doing bodybuilding with one arm less is difficult 😉

Luckily, prices have come down quite a bit lately and even Amazon now offers pairs of affordable adjustable dumbbells , like the Ativafit range:

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#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Set D'dumbbells Bodybuilding Adjustable 2...
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
ATIVAFIT Adjustable dumbbell for gym or home (one...
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
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#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Dumbbell Set Adjustable Bodybuilding 2...
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
ATIVAFIT Adjustable dumbbell for Gym or Home (a...
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Our opinion
Good quality 7.5-15kg per dumbbell kits
A very good adjustable dumbbell affordable from 2.5 to 25 kg
An unbeatable price for a pair of 2 times 2.5 to 25 kg
Attention, the price of the Bowflex 552i of 24kg is per unit
Expensive for a 22.5kg pair, but it's solid
Our rating
3/5
4,5/5
5/5
4,5/5
4/5
Current price
104,49 €
185,99 €
339,99 €
209,99 €
470,00 €
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#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Set D'dumbbells Bodybuilding Adjustable 2...
Description
#DoYourFitness Dumbbells Dumbbell Set Adjustable Bodybuilding 2...
Our opinion
Good quality 7.5-15kg per dumbbell kits
Our rating
3/5
Current price
104,49 €
Click for more information
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ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
Description
ATIVAFIT Adjustable Dumbbells for Men and Women Weight 25 kg
Our opinion
A very good affordable adjustable dumbbell from 2.5 to 25 kg
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
185,99 €
Click for more information
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ATIVAFIT Adjustable dumbbell for gym or home (one...
Description
ATIVAFIT Adjustable dumbbell for gym or home (one...
Our opinion
An unbeatable price for a pair of 2 times 2.5 to 25 kg
Our rating
5/5
Current price
339,99 €
Click for more information
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Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
Description
Bowflex SelectTech 552i Variable Load Compact Dumbbell (price per...
Our opinion
Attention, the price of the Bowflex 552i of 24kg is per unit
Our rating
4,5/5
Current price
209,99 €
Click for more information
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PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Description
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbells
Our opinion
Expensive for a 22.5kg pair, but it's solid
Our rating
4/5
Current price
470,00 €
Click for more information

There are also very interesting models at Avalon Gear with competitive prices in France. The kits start at 6 kilos per arm and go up to over 40 kilos, or 80 kilos per pair, because not all of you need this much weight for your workouts at home.

Here are the best-selling models on the site, but you will find others by clicking on the links:

MODELS (BowFlex type)Total weightPRICE
A pair of 2.5 to 24 kilos48kg369,90 €
A pair of 4 to 40 kilos80kg599,90 €

WARNING :

Avoid plastic dumbbell kits filled with sand or cement like the plague! It is true that they are sometimes less expensive and that they have the advantage of not damaging the tiles that you drop them. But they will systematically end up losing the sand that is inside.

Many customers complain that the sand emptied out in the package before delivery. Moreover, they are bulkier. Do you remember your classes at school? Sand is less dense than cast iron.

In addition to dumbbells, buy weight lifting gloves so as not to hurt your hands, especially if you are carrying somewhat heavy loads.

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An Android app for your dumbbell program

To guide you through the exercises, I advise you to download the Android application Dumbbell Virtual Trainer. As you have already understood, I am a fan of this series of applications that I have used a lot.

I find them really useful for increasing motivation. They allow you to establish and follow your bodybuilding or fitness program.

A reclining bench or a multifunction bench

Among the sports equipment at home, a bench is a real ally for many exercises with dumbbells or bars. If you opted for resistance bands or TRX straps, you won't need them.

For example, you can use it to do handstands with dumbbells for the pecs, or work your biceps and triceps. I strongly advise you to buy a reclining bench rather than a flat bench. Otherwise, there are plenty of exercises you won't be able to do, including the incline press or certain bicep curls.

No. 4: A floor mat

You will need a mat for make your floor exercises easier, whether for a bodybuilding, yoga, stretching or other session. Unless you are a fakir. In that case, buy or make a nail board 😉 

Also, a mat will protect your tile or hardwood floor if you use dumbbells. Well, I won't dwell on this subject. Weight training or yoga mats come in different thicknesses corresponding to different degrees of comfort. They should also be wide enough and easy to wash.

After years of looking for a good one, I settled on 2 models that suit me perfectly. These are the best I have found. I specify that I have these sports mat :

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SquareFit - Extra Large Yoga Mat | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
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SquareFit- yoga mat Extra Large | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Our opinion
Warning: this is best for yoga, but not for strength training
He's my favorite because he supports everything
Our rating
5/5
5/5
Current price
89,00 €
94,00 €
Click for more information
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SquareFit - Extra Large Yoga Mat | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
Description
SquareFit- yoga mat Extra Large | 122x183cm thickness 8mm |...
Our opinion
Warning: this is best for yoga, but not for strength training
Our rating
5/5
Current price
89,00 €
Click for more information
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SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Description
SquareFit - Extra Large Fitness Floor Mat | 122x183cm thickness...
Our opinion
He's my favorite because he supports everything
Our rating
5/5
Current price
94,00 €
Click for more information

No. 5: Suitable sports shoes

Why buy shoes?

This is More comfortable to perform the exercises where you need to jump for example. Your cushioning will be better. This will be particularly the case for burpees or jumping jacks. You will also need it for your stability if you use suspension straps.

Another advantage, in my opinion, is that we are more motivated to do sports at home when we put on fitness shoes. From around thirty euros, you will find shoes for men or women.

If you already have running shoes, they can also do the trick.

Additional note on the different accessories

To summarize my thinking, I would say that TRX straps promote exercises for weight loss, therefore fitness. Resistance bands are more practical for muscle gain.

This is why they easily replace weights and dumbbells for many athletes. Others combine loose weights and latex bands to get the best of both worlds or reduce the risk of injury.

Last rec on home sports equipment

That's it, you're ready to play sports at home to build muscle and find the line ?

You may be surprised not to find a sit-up board on this list. In reality, it is a choice that I assume. I have done tens of thousands of movements on this kind of equipment without obtaining the expected results. While exercises on the ground or with suspension straps allowed me to have a flat stomach and to lose weight much faster.

There you have it, I believe you have everything you need for your fitness training at home.

In reality, I should have added point N°6 to the list of essential equipment for exercising at home. But this one you can't buy: It's motivation!

But since appetite comes with eating, motivation comes by training and measuring the results. If you miss any, read my articles in the “Motivation” section.

Come on, hoist the flag, sailors!

If you have a question or want to share your experience, leave a comment below. THANK YOU 😉

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