I took Porter along to play with the girl's dogs...he was a little worn out when we got home!
Honestly, I would probably be fine with just some cardio and doing body weight exercises for my strength, but Bobby needs more weight to get a good strength workout. I bought him the Bowflex adjustable dumbbells as a present. They go from 2.5 pounds each to 52.5 pounds each. They are perfect for our varying strength levels and needs. Plus, they don't take up a ton of room. We also have resistance bands to add some additional options for workouts.
Instead of spending over $1000 for a treadmill, I purchased a bike trainer for around $75. It offers varying levels of resistance and attaches to your bike. It is a great and cheaper option to have a cardio option at home. My only suggestion is to buy a tire specifically for the trainer because it wears down the tread on the back tire.
I went to a warehouse sale and found mats for the floor for $5 per mat. It was a steal! (They are normally $20 each.) They give us an area for doing floor work-pushups, burpees, abs, etc. Speaking of abs-I also found a really nice medicine ball at the warehouse sale. It is 12 pounds and will be perfect for russian twists and even slam ball work. Bobby bought a big ball to sit on for core work while we do strength training too.
The little home gym area covers most of our needs without breaking the bank. I still really want a treadmill for winter...so that will probably be our next purchase.
What are your home gym essentials?