If you have wood floors or any other completely smooth surface in your home, grab a dishrag or washcloth and get gliding with lunges, dynamic planks, and hamstring curls.
They say great abs are made in the kitchen, but cribbing some basic Pilates floor exercises doesn’t hurt either. This is the first thing I reached for when I got the green light to exercise after having a C-section, and it’s served me (and my clients) extremely well.
Loop bands add resistance to tricep extensions, monster walks, lateral leg raises, bridges...and the list goes on. Having truly portable workout gear leaves little room for excuses - keep one at home and one in your desk, purse, or suitcase.
Full confession: I used to be the captain of team “Ankle Weights are Stupid Unless You’re Jane Fonda.” When used with proper form, they’re a great addition to your home gym arsenal.
You can use this extra-thick foam pad for squats (duh), but where it really comes in handy is protecting your hips during bridges and hip thrusts. I’ve cycled through my fair share of lesser-quality nylon and foam pads and NOTHING compares to the Squat Sponge.