two new home-gym loves

February 21, 2012 · 16 comments

in healthy living, workouts

first of all, when i say home-gym, i mean big crate full of workout gear that we keep hidden away in our closet because it’s not the prettiest thing to look at.

now that we have that clear, i wanted to share two new-to-me pieces of equipment that i added to our home-fitness collection recently.

first up is this ab-roller.

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it’s old school, but killer.

every time i do it, my core is on fire for the next couple days. it’s ridiculous. plus, it hits some ab muscles that don’t usually feel sore after other ab workouts. woop!

second thing is a jump rope!

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when i’m working at home, i love to take a quick jumping break to get my heart rate up. i’ve also done a couple jumping interval workouts. jump for 3-5 minutes at a moderate pace to warm up. then alternate jumping as fast as possible for a minute and then a 30-60 seconds of whatever moves i’m feeling like. push-ups, various crunches, burpees, lunges, planks, etc. are great ones to put in there.

i’m loving that i’ve got a couple new things to pull into my workouts to change things up.

i got both of them at marshalls about a month ago on clearance. i think i paid $6 for the ab roller and $9 for the weighted jump rope. can’t beat that!

anyway, i’ve been having gym aversions lately, so i’m really enjoying amping up my at-home workouts! the jump rope & ab roller help!

other equipment in my at-home gym: yoga mats, light hand weights, an exercise ball, a chin-up bar, perfect push-ups, some resistance bands, a foam roller (for after my workouts), yoga dvd’s, insanity, and the 30 day shred. it’s not very much, but it works!


do you work out at home or in a gym?

what’s your favorite piece of exercise equipment?

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Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf February 21, 2012 at 6:24 am

REB and I work out at home mostly. We do the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred which is all about circuit/interval training. I like it best since it keeps things moving and it’s different (not just running on a treadmill for an hour or whatever). That’s not to say we don’t utilize our apartment complex gym, because we do :) We sometimes go there to do cardio for 30 minutes and then we do weights there for another 30 minutes.
I think the key thing for me is that he works out with me. Otherwise I wouldn’t have enough motivation. Sad, but true :\
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

i wish i didn’t have to go to the gym to use cardio equipment… on gross days when i can’t get outside to run, it would be great to hop on the elliptical while i watched a little tv or something.


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 21, 2012 at 6:50 am

jumpropes are great for at home workouts. i don’t actually have one, but i just pretend. it works well. i even move my wrists around like i’m actually twirling one! imagination is everything, right :)
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

haha, yes! i’ve definitely done the pretend jump rope before. it works! it’s definitely harder for me with a real jumprope though. this way i actually have to make sure i don’t jump on the rope or tangle up my feet!


Mellissa February 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

I have to go to the gym or I won’t work out, I need that time away for myself.
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm

that’s why i’ve been loving my runs lately. the weather is gorgeous and it’s so much easier to think clearly when i’m outside!


Michelle {lively kitchen} February 21, 2012 at 11:34 am

I work out a a gym for a few reasons, the most important being that they watch my kid. :) I also really like a variety of classes so I can keep it fresh.

But, when my kids were younger, I did a lot of home workouts.

My favorite piece of equipment is probably my yoga mat.
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:46 pm

my gym doesn’t really have classes, but when this membership is up, we’re definitely going to join one with classes. when i used to belong to the y, sometimes i’d do 3 classes in a row just because they all sounded interesting!!


Julie at Burnt Carrots February 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

I love using my own body weight for exercising. Oh or dragging a tire…. That is really really hard (especially if you put a dumb bell in it) but I always feel like I could take on the world after I do it!
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

dragging a tire?!? wow, that’s hardcore.


Angie @ Pint of Goals February 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I work out at the gym or run outside. For whatever reason, I am extremely motivated when it comes to working out anywhere but my house :( My husband did P90X for a while last year and I only joined him for a few of the yoga sessions. Not sure why this is… However, I think if I bought a treadmill and had it set up in front of the TV, I would definitely use it. Way to squeeze in little burts of exercise throughout the day at home!
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

someday i want to have a treadmill or elliptical (or both!) in my house in front of a tv. when i actually go to the gym for my workouts, i can spend way longer on a machine if it’s got a tv on it!

i really like working out at home lately…i think it’s because i’ve been dreading going to the gym for whatever reason…


Kimberly (Badger Girl) February 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

I didn’t know you did Insanity. I am a BeachBody coach. We should chat about it sometime. :)


Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

i’ve never done the entire insanity program, but i bought i on craigslist at a great price a couple years ago and now i like to do workouts here & there to change things up at home. i definitely want to do the whole 60 day program at some point…not sure when though!

i didn’t know you were a beachbody coach! that’s cool. have you done the whole insanity program? i’m a little intimidated to try the whole thing…


Melanie Flinn February 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Love that ab roller. I don’t have one, but I have used one before. I need to look into buying one! I love going to the gym, but with 3 kiddos often squeeze my workout in at home- treadmill and good ol’ body weight is what I do most. :)
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Sarah February 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

check marshalls or tj maxx for an ab roller! like i said, this one was $6. you can’t really beat that price! :) plus it’s killer. my abs burn like crazy when i use it.


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