One of the best attributes of bodyweight fitness is that you really don’t need much in the way of workout equipment. At the same time, you still need the right gear if you’re going to ditch the gym and dive into calisthenics and functional fitness.
There are two main reasons for this. First, you can’t use the body’s weight in all planes without help. For example, you can’t raise your weight up via a pull motion without something like pullup bars to hang from. Second, there are a number of ways to amplify that weight with simple equipment like an ab wheel.
This list includes most of the equipment you’ll need to available in order to do the widest variety of calisthenics and functional fitness moves. Ideas for equipment you might want to consider include.
- Pullup bars
- Dip stations
- Suspension trainers
- Dip belt
- Yoga mat
- Ab wheel
- Resistance bands
- Power towers
- Foam roller
If you’re just starting, the first thing you should consider is a Pullup Tower (free standing pull up bar with a dip station). These are particularly useful if you don’t want to have a pullup bar destroying your door frame; and make no mistake, you do want to be doing pullups. That’s an elementary piece of equipment for your home gym.
When you’re ready to get a little more sophisticated, it may be time to think about suspension training. Take a look at the TRX Suspension Training Home Kit–this is a highly recommended piece of home gym workout equipment for when the simple exercises are no longer enough.
For functional fitness, I strongly advise kettlebells. This is because kettlebells allow you to perform a great number of moves primarily with your bodyweight that augment your unweighted movements in a simple, primitive and effective way without overdoing it and risking injury with heavy barbells.
More suggestions to come soon!