Versatility is key with home gym equipment and a Terra-Core® is a great example of how one purchase can equip you do do a lot right out of the box, yet grow into its full use for many, many year.
In fact, the organization I am certified through, the National Academy of Sports Science (NASM), is using the Terra-Core in its upcoming next textbook and video editions. The Terra-Core replaces the longtime favorite BOSU Ball as the next best equipment for personal trainers to use with their clients.
I use my Terra-Core for at least 3 workouts per week, mostly with HIIT workouts, and I continue to learn new exercises by following the #terracore hashtag on Instagram.
When it comes to resistance, should you get dumbbells or kettlebells? I recommend kettlebells, and start off with just one weight that you can move around but will be challenging. I know, that’s a hard guess, so I recommend trying a few kettlebells at a gym or just go to Target and try some out.
Then, when ready to buy, Amazon has good deals, but so does Facebook Marketplace from local sellers looking to shed equipment they’ve given up on.
I recommend these specific bands because of the hook system they use to quickly and easily add a combo of resistance to the handles, and that each band has its resistance weight stitched on it.
What’s more, the door anchor allows for extra versatility and the ankle wraps are super nice for hamstring and glute work.
Add in the fact that they include a cloth strip to protect bands when they’re stretched around poles or whatnot, and this is – by far – the best value for exercise bands.
A quality slam ball is going to come in handy because it can be used by itself, as well as in tandem with the Terra-Core and exercise bands. If you just bought these 3 items, you would have a lot of variety to use individually and together for different types of exercises at various levels of resistance.
I need to emphasize quality slam ball here because, well, you’re going to slam the shit out of this thing, so you don’t want it lasting only a year. I’m linking to a TRX ball that is very well built and can take a beating, then ask for more!
I am going to move into equipment now that are nice to have items, not must have items. These are not mission-critical.
A good mat for core work simply allows you to set up shop anywhere and not have the surface be a barrier. Tile? Hardwoods? Carpet? Grass? Dirt? A mat is the great equalizer and on harder surfaces, helps make the movements less painful at the beginning when your joints and muscles are newly challenged.
Note: I do not refer to this as a yoga mat because Body Shepherd does not endorse yoga. “There is no yoga without Hinduism, and there is no Hinduism without yoga” is a mantra taught to millions upon millions of people, starting when they are children…except in the USA, where yoga is treated as “exercise.” It is not. It is, at best, recreation. But really, it is a sacred element of a religion and Body Shepherd does not teach Hinduism. So here, it’s a core mat, as it should be.
I get that look from gym bros for wearing gloves. I get some teasing on social media too. But I don’t care. Why? Because my 2 young daughters and my wife hate when I have hard calloused hands. They won’t hold my hand when I have callouses. So I wear gloves because 2 out of those 3 ladies are sensory sensitive.
Other than that, gloves can be very handy for Body Shepherd workouts because I enjoy making myself and my clients sweat…a lot. Sweaty hands don’t grip kettlebells and exercise bands too well, so gloves are very handy and create a layers of safety.
eufy P1 Smart Scale
Last, but certainly not least, is a smart scale. I am new to the smart scale herd, and I’m glad I waited because incredible tech is finally affordable and integrated.
You already know (or should) that I’m a big fan of tech for fitness. Whether it’s a fitness tracker watch or a food tracking app like LoseIt, I’m all about data-driven decisions.
A smart scale is just another tool to extract data. What I love about the eufy P1 is that it uses the same tech that a hand-held body fat reader uses to capture body fat, total body weight, lean mass, fat mass, skeletal mass and much more.
The app that comes with it could not be easier to set up and use within minutes, and it all integrates with Apple Health, LoseIt, and more.
Do not live and die by the scale, but rather by the data. Smart scales provide us the data needed to work smarter.
NOTE: eufy smart scales should never be used by people with a pacemaker, or other conditions they list on their website. Google it before you buy it.
All the rest…
The rest is up to how you train and what you like to do.
For instance, I love me some saddle time, so I invested in a stationery spin bike for my home. It’s perfect and will last me many years.
I also love the ab roll-out exercise, so I bought a heavy duty ab roll-out thingy from Amazon.
The LeBert Equalizer is a fantastic set of versatile parallel bars for at-home workouts.
But all of that stuff is for my specific training, and since I am helping folks who are overweight or obese, they are not pieces of equipment I recommend starting out. What I have listed is simply stuff that would make for a great starter home gym.
Whatever your home gym looks like, just make sure it propels you ONWARD 👊