Tools to help you get those home workouts in gear

Just because you don’t have or want to share access to your usual equipment right now, doesn’t mean you have to skip your routine. It just means it’s time to consider a new one. With props like resistance bands and loops, ankle and hand weights, yoga balls, mats, sliders and more, you can create your own gym in the comfort of your own home. Check out these space-saving props and all the fitness moves you can do with them.

INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.
INDULGE Fitness Editor Ginger Harris.

Mat About You

It’s probably the most important prop you’ll need for your home gym. The one that will happily let you walk all over it. It’s your mat. While most mats are long and thin, often you’ll find yourself spending more time on the floor than the mat, should you move in any direction that isn’t horizontal. Enter Babe + Co’s uniquely shaped mat, which is great for upper body workouts that take up a bit more space. Plus, it’s extra cushiony. And cute, too. Find it locally at for $85.

Sock It To Me

Looking to get a grip? Grippy socks are a great way to make sure you don’t slip and slide while you’re doing shoeless fitness regimes. The grip on the bottom provides that little extra stick to help you lounge like a pro, bridge like a master and plank like a champ. Find them online at Shashi, starting at $5.

Weight a Minute

These cute and colorful wrist and ankle weights sets by Bala Bangles come in one or two-pound options. Add them to wrists for arm workouts, ankles for glute and leg workouts, or kick your legs up and prepare for these bangles to give your core a killer sweat sesh. Find them online at for $49-$65 or locally at

I’m With the Band

Want to feel that fire burn even hotter on your squats? Turn up the temp on your workout with resistance bands from Peach Band. They come in cute colors (each representing a different level of stretch) to help distract you while your booty burns. But arms and abs can get in on the action, too. Simply wear bands from wrist to wrist and feel those biceps and shoulders burn. Or, put them across the blades of your feet and give bicycle crunches a few sets to see just how multi-functional these bands truly are. Find them online at for $30.

Block party.
Block party.

New Kid on the Block

Yoga blocks are just for yoga, right? Nope. Not only do they help with stretching, but if you’re doing bridgework and want to elevate to give your hamstrings a serious kick, place feet on your blocks and feel the fire. Blocks for belly burn? Trying balancing opposite knees and palms on the blocks while raising opposite limbs in the air. Then crunch. And you thought yoga blocks were just for stretching. Find these by Gaiam on for $12 each.

Right By My Slide

If you’re the type who enjoys working out on the Pilates reformer, meet sliders. These little disks are amazing for helping you get everything from abs to hammies in shape. Sliding Lounges, sliding planks, sliding bridges—you get the picture and so will every muscle using these sliders to hold them up. Find them at Glimpse Miami for $22.

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