If You're Going to Buy One Thing for Your Home Gym, Make Sure It's This Gear


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While you don't have to have a high-tech home gym with all the equipment, if you do work out from home sometimes, it's good to have the basics on hand. A mat is a must-have—even if you don't do yoga—because you can use it for a bunch of different exercises and when you're stretching before and after a workout. (It's very important to do!) As for the rest of your gear, it really depends on the types of workouts you plan on doing, but I'd say the second most important essential is a dumbbell set.

You can use these sets for strength training, of course, but they can also be used for other exercises. And you can work out a number of muscle groups with them, not just your upper body and back but also your core and lower body. It can be a full-body workout if you use them accordingly.


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The best part of a dumbbell set is that it really doesn't take up too much space, which is a bonus if you're living in a studio apartment or don't have very much free square footage in your home.

As for finding the perfect set for you, you can choose one pair of weights in a size that is challenging enough to you but not too heavy so that you won't ever touch them. Or you can go for a set that contains multiple weights or that is adjustable so you can vary your weights depending on the workout. The good news is that there are so many options at different price points, so there's a perfect one for you no matter your budget or fitness goals.

Take a look at some options below.

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This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.