7 Home Gym Essentials For Small Spaces

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Not ready to head back to the gym or too tired after work to make the trip? Bring your workouts home with these 7 home gym essentials.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need sophisticated gym equipment or even a large space to get a good workout for washboard abs or toned arms. Here are 7 home gym essentials that will fire up your muscles and put you on the path to fitness glory — no matter your fitness level or how much storage space you can spare. 

Exercise mat

They don’t get enough recognition, but a good exercise mat can make or break (quite literally) a workout. I say this because I’ve gone through a few mats and realise that the cheaper ones you find at drug stores don’t provide cushioning well, wear out quickly and don’t provide good grip (trust me, the last thing you want to worry about is slipping in the middle of a burpee). So, if you’re looking for a good exercise mat that will last, here are a few that you’ll want to add to your shopping cart. 

ShopType of exercise matsPrice
Xiaomi Yunmai Mat61cm x 183cm
Double-sided anti-slip mat, 6mm thick
$34.90
Nike Training Mat 2.061cm x 183cm
Anti-slip mat, 8mm thick
$109.90
Manduka PRO Mat66cm x 180cm
Anti-slip mat, 6mm thick
$199

Dumbbells

The quintessential gym equipment that most exercises will use in one way or another, it comes in various shapes, sizes, colours and even materials. If your fitness goal is to build strength, consider getting dumbbells that come with adjustable weighted plates. This is so that when you ‘graduate’ to the next weight, you only have to purchase weighted plates and not an entirely new set of dumbbells that will most likely cost more and take up more storage space.

ShopType of dumbbellsWeight of dumbbellsPrice
DecathlonSingle weight rubber and adjustable cast iron0.5kg to 10kgFrom $5.50 for a pair of rubber 0.5kg dumbbells
Gymsportz FitnessSingle weight rubber and adjustable cast iron1kg to 40kgFrom $8 for a pair of rubber 1kg dumbbells
Movement FirstSingle weight plastic and rubber, and adjustable plastic1kg to 40kgFrom $2 for a plastic 1kg dumbbell

Kettlebells 

Similar, but no, they are not the same as dumbbells. Dumbbells are used to help you gain strength through slower repetitions with heavyweights. Kettlebells-specific movements on the other hand, train endurance and strength through faster repetitions over a short period of time. For those who have picked up exercising during Circuit Breaker or if you’re looking to jazz up your fitness regime, then you’ll definitely need at least one kettlebell in your home gym arsenal. 

ShopType of kettlebellsWeight of kettlebellsPrice
Gymsportz FitnessCast iron, PVC, competition grade and Bowflex SelectTech (weight adjustable)2kg to 92kgFrom $10 for a 2kg PVC coated kettlebell
Movement FirstCast iron powder coated, PVC and competition grade4kg to 32kgFrom $14 for a 4kg PVC coated kettlebell
DecathlonCast iron6kg to 20kgFrom $22 for a 6kg kettlebell

Pro-tip: Head down to a physical exercise store like Decathlon to test the kettlebell or dumbbell out before purchasing them online. Not only are more prices competitive online, but you will also get to skip the hassle of lugging them home — the thought of transporting a 16kg kettlebell is already making me feel tired. 

Resistance bands

Do not be fooled by these seemingly harmless bands, with the right exercise and resistance, they can inflict muscle aches at areas which you didn’t even know existed! Lightweight, portable and most importantly compact enough to be stashed away into any drawer or cupboard, resistance bands are great alternatives if you’re on a budget or don’t have the space for dumbbells or kettlebells. 

ShopType of resistance bandsPrice
Fitness ActivistRubber, adjustable and non-adjustable resistance bandsFrom $2.90 for a mini resistance loop that provides 2kg to 6kg of resistance
DecathlonRubber, non-adjustable resistance bandsFrom $7 for a resistance band that provides 5kg of resistance
Gym HeroAdjustable resistance bands with changeable handlesFrom $32.90 for a hip resistance band that provides 4.5kg of resistance

Smartwatch or fitness tracker

Worried that you don’t have a trainer or coach tracking your progress when exercising from home? No problem. Tap on technology, and track your workouts with a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Just a quick search online and you can find anything from a $20 OEM fitness tracker, to luxury branded ones that will set you back a few thousand dollars (the Tag Heuer Connected is one of them). 

While designs and interface are important, what really matters are the capabilities that these smartwatches or fitness trackers are able to provide. Ultimately, you want a gadget that is able to recognise your favourite exercise activity and be able to track it accurately without hassle. Here are a few that meet those conditions and not to mention, make for a great wrist accessory. 

Brand and model of smartwatch or fitness trackerFeaturesPrice
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5Colour display (1.1”), waterproof, 11 sports modes, heart rate and sleep monitor, female health tracking, 14 day battery life and mobile notifications  From $39.90 on Shopee Mall
Apple Watch Series 3Retina display (42mm or 32mm), waterproof, 16 sports modes, heart rate and sleep monitor, female health tracking, mobile notifications, send texts, Siri enabled, plays music, mobile payment and GPS From $299 on Apple Store
Fitbit Versa 3AMOLED display (1.58”), waterproof, 20+ sports modes, heart rate and sleep monitor, female health tracking, mobile notifications, 6 day battery life, fast charging, Google Assist enabled and GPSFrom $379 on Lazada Mall

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Fitness app

Can’t find a YouTube exercise video to exercise with? Then you might want to give mobile fitness apps a try. Yoga, high intensity, pilates, running, calisthenics, stretching and whatever else your heart or body requires that day, these fitness apps offer thousands of easy-to-follow videos for all fitness levels. If you’ve at least 2 fitness apps, I am pretty confident that you’ll never have to worry about a dull workout session ever again. 

Name of fitness appType of exercisesPrice
FitOnCardio, HIIT, strength-training, yoga, pilates, dance, barre, prenatal and postnatal Free
Nike Training ClubCardio, HIIT, mobility, strength and yogaFree
CentrHIIT, MMA, yoga, strength training and body-weightFrom $27 a month (annual subscription)Free 7 day trial

Muscle relief accessories

On off-days from the gym or even after a particularly gruelling session, it’s wise to take the time to release muscle tension or cool down properly. This can be easily achieved with some help from foam rollers, massage balls, contoured massage sticks, or even a massage gun. Best part of it all, they are affordable and don’t take up too much storage space.   

ShopType of muscle relief accessoriesPrice
DecathlonFoam rollers, massage balls and vibrating massage ballFrom $5 for a massage ball
Fitness ActivistFoam rollers, massage balls, contoured massage sticks, From $7.90 for a massage ball
The Quality StoreMassage gun170 x 240 mm30-gear speed, 2,500mAh, 4 hours on a single charge, 6 interchangeable massage heads$59.80 on Shopee

Equipping your home with these gym essentials? Then don’t forget to charge it on the right card so that you earn points, cashback or air miles that can be spent on your next fitness app subscription or shopping adventure. Apply for one through our comparison tool below and you could get rewarded* with attractive prizes and cash welcome gifts! 

*Rewards may change at any time. Terms and conditions apply. 

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By Geralyne Ong
A lover of gin and all things Nigella Lawson, Geralyne’s a big believer of #Adulting. She spends her leisure time serving fur-babies and doing as many mountain climbers and kettlebell swings as she possibly can.