You don’t need a gym membership to get fit and healthy. You actually don’t even need any equipment! There are plenty of exercises you can do using your body weight only. Here are few body weight only workouts if you’re looking for ideas:

But it can be good to have a bit of equipment that you can use to add variety and make your workouts a little bit more challenging.

Here are some of my favourite pieces of gym equipment, that aren’t big, heavy or too expensive. I also travel with some of these too!

Resistance Band

Having a resistance band comes in handy for a lot of upper body exercises. There are only so many body weight exercises you can do for your upper body. Having a resistance band means you can do a lot more. Most of the time, I also prefer using a resistance band over dumbbells (and focusing on endurance) to give a more lean look.

There are a few different types of resistance bands you can get, but I like this style the best. They’re really cheap to buy on Amazon.

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Gliding Discs

I love these because they’re so small but they really help you get more out of your core workouts, and I love using them for leg workouts too. Check out my full body workout using these gliding discs.

You can use any gliding discs, but I prefer the dual sided ones so you can use them on both hard and carpeted surfaces. These are the ones I use.

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Yoga Mat

I think having a yoga mat is essential. It just makes all of the exercises that you need to do on the floor so much more comfortable. They can be a little bit more expensive but they are so worth it! You can get some cheaper ones, but if you use it a lot and sweat a lot (like me), the Lululemon ones are supposed to be awesome!home gym

Foam Ball And / Or Roller

As well as stretching after each workout, it’s a great idea to invest in a foam ball or roller to massage your muscles when they’re feeling sore and tight. I prefer the ball as it gets in deeper to your glutes and hip. This is the one I use. I also travel with it as it’s quite small and light.

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Solid Chair (Or A Bench)

Some exercise do require a bench. I do different types of butt exercises using a bench, and then there’s other ones such as tricep dips and bench hops. A solid chair will work, but if you have the space, it is worth investing in a bench. Before I was travelling, I managed to buy a really cheap one on Gumtree, so you could always look for second hand ones!

I think all of these 5 pieces of gym equipment are necessary for a home gym. I always travel with the resistance band, sliders and foam ball too!

These are some other products that I would recommend investing in, but aren’t 100% necessary.

Ankle Weights

I LOVE ankle weights for all of the butt workouts that I do, and you can also use them as hand weights when you need a little extra. I use them a lot for my skinny legs style workouts. These are the ones that I like to use. I use the 2 pound ones, but if you want more, you could use the 5 pounds.

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Swiss Ball

A swiss ball is one of my favourite things to use for ab exercises. They’re not necessary, but if you’re decking out a home gym, then they’re a great addition! There are lots of cool exercises you can do using a swiss ball (or a TRX). If you want me to do a workout video for some of them, let me know!

Skipping Rope

I personally don’t do much skipping, but it can be really handy when you want to do cardio and it’s raining or too hot / cold outside. And it’s also great to travel with!

Spiky Massage Ball

This one is good if you ever get plantar fasciitis. I get it when I do lots of running and my shoes are wearing thin. Rolling your foot on one of these really helps to relieve the pain! They’re really cheap and good to have just in case. This is the one I use.

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Rachael is an Australian born certified personal trainer and nutritionist who holds a Bachelor degree in Science.

After struggling for years to find an exercise and diet program that is tailored to women striving for lean and toned body with no bulk she designed her Lean Legs Program. This program is tailored to each body type and focused on helping women get toned but feminine bodies, without getting bulky.

Her mission is to empower women and help them stay in shape in a healthy and balanced way.

11 Responses

  1. Hello,

    I want to know what should be the weight of ankle weights and dumbbells?
    How much weight is good?

    1. Hey lovely,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      Rachael considers using bodyweight, resistance bands or ankle weights, and dumbbells less than 5kg “light” when it comes to exercising.
      With this in mind, the exercises she suggests can be practiced using the listed above. :)

      If you have any questions, feel free to email us at


    1. Hi lovely,

      thanks for reaching out! <3

      Rachael recommends these resistance bands and the 4-6LB ones. This will ensure that they don’t cause any bulkiness but still make the workouts challenging :)

      I hope this helps! xx


  2. Hi Rachael! I was looking through some articles online and there were a couple that warned against using ankle weights due to its impact on joints so I’m not really sure if I should get some ankle weights for myself or not :( Are there any exercises that I should avoid using ankle weights for? (jumping jacks for example?) Or does it differ from person to person?
    Thanks !

    1. Hi Sara, I think it differs from person to person. Ankle weights are safe, unless you already have a pre-existing issue with your ankles, or if you find that you constantly roll your ankles. If so, I would do exercises without them, or just use them for floor exercises such as donkey kicks and leg lifts. Otherwise you should be able to do any exercises using them xx

  3. Hello Rachael,

    thanks for this post – I really was missing something like that! A lot to put now on the wish list… :)
    I would love to see a swiss ball workout! It’s so much fun to work out with it.

    Have a lovely day!

  4. Thank you for this awesome post Rachael !
    I love all your articles <3
    I really want to invest in a bench or a sturdy chair but I don't have much place at home T_T
    But I'll definitely buy these massages balls you advise they look great !


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