The art of the home workout is a topic of hot debate online, as rival fitness experts push their version of the best home workout (opens in new tab) that you can possibly do. The problem is, a lot of them also require the best home gym equipment – and much of that has sold out.
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Can't buy weights online (opens in new tab)? Haven't got the dosh to invest in a decent treadmill (opens in new tab)? Don't worry, you can use much simpler gear that is less expensive, available to buy, and easy for beginners whilst being useful to more advanced home workout practitioners. Especially if you are planning on building functional muscles, the recommendations below from Burn Boot Camp (opens in new tab) cofounder and CEO Devan Kline (opens in new tab) will be right up in your street. He shares his knowledge on simpler but no less effective home workouts. Even if you can’t get your hands on the best kettlebells or best dumbbells (opens in new tab), you can stay in shape.
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As Devan puts it: "sliders have a lot of versatility and work incredibly well on carpet, which makes it the perfect at-home piece of equipment. Place them under your hands or feet to allow your arms and legs to slide front to back in a plank position or plank on your knees. If sliders are sold out, use paper plates."
We are sure everyone has some disposable paper plates at home, but just in case you would like to buy sliders (they are cheap), have a look on Amazon (opens in new tab). Other cheap home gym equipment we can wholeheartedly recommend are the best ab rollers (opens in new tab). If they look a touch intimidating, we can also show you how to use an ab roller (opens in new tab). Nice and easy.
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Devan explains: "Jump ropes are a simple and effective piece of workout equipment that should be in everyone’s home. Get your heart rate up either as a warm up to get the blood flowing before you move on to other things or to keep your heart rate up and those calories burning throughout your entire workout. If jump ropes are sold out, head to your local hardware store and buy some utility rope."
We recommend using jump ropes outside the house, not only there are more space for the rope but your neighbours will also appreciate the lack of vibration from you jumping around in your flat.
Devan explains: "The best resistance bands (opens in new tab) are the perfect at-home piece of equipment because not only can it be used in a million different ways, it can help you build strength without the need for weights. Use them around our ankles or just right above the knee to get in a good leg burn. If resistance bands are sold out, you can use a bungee cord."