6 Affordable At-Home Gym Products I Used in College That I Still Use Today
Coming off of a decade-plus competitive gymnastics career, I didn't know how to approach fitness in college. My four-day-a-week practices were enough to keep me fit and stronger than most people my age and, for the most part, I'd never set foot in a gym. I had to find a way to put all of my athletic ability into the cardio machines and weights — what the hell was a StairMaster?! — and though the process was hard, I eventually found my footing and discovered balance (turns out, exercising for two-hour sessions, six days a week when you're a full-time college student wasn't sustainable or good for me, for that matter). And, as I discovered, many people were going through a similar transition.
After a rocky start of navigating the best equipment and workout schedule for my body, I found my rhythm and love for my gym time. It was physically challenging and mentally freeing. And, the best part? I was able to incorporate bodyweight moves I used to do during conditioning session at gymnastics practice (I still do this today). Plus, when I couldn't make it to the gym, I became a pro at working out in my dorm and, later, at my off-campus house. I'd put on a good playlist, roll out my yoga mat, and stream videos or follow along to apps on my phone. Oftentimes, I'd be at the gym pretty late and would have to leave around closing time, needing 15 more minutes or so for abs or a quick glute burn. So, I'd finish it up in my room.
Keep reading for some of the at-home products I used back then that I incorporate into my fitness routine today. I've replaced most of the equipment since my college years, though I still use a lot of the same products I utilised for home workouts then. Now, I have access to weights and a whole slew of cardio equipment in my current living situation, but ahead, you'll find the fitness products that were my tried and true in college that I continue to rely on. Plus, find more products I think will prove useful for home workouts here.