Last updated on March 15th, 2021 at 10:25 pm
No matter what you buy for your home gym, you can always make it better. That’s where accessories come in.
The problem is that there are so many accessories out there; it’s easy to end up buying a ton of stuff that ends up sitting on a shelf collecting dust! I know this first hand as I have several shelves full of dusty, unused accessories.
For this page, I just want to list the “must-haves.” The things I use at least once a week. The things I would really miss if I didn’t have. The things I think all home gym owners should have.
My most used home gym accessories
These are ranked in order of the amount of use they get in my gym, not in any order of importance. To make it on this list, they had to be an accessory that I use at least weekly. They also had to be an accessory I would immediately replace if lost or worn out.
Every gym needs a quality set of bands. ‘Nuff said.
What you don’t need is a cheap set that snaps on you in the middle of doing face pulls and leaves a welt on your forehead that doesn’t go away for a week (no, no, that totally didn’t happen to me at all, why do you ask?).
I like the bands and sets of bands made by Rubberbanditz. I use these every day, and of the 3-4 different brands of bands I’ve had, they are the best by far.
Yoga Tune-Up Balls
I start every day with a mobility routine. The very first thing I do is roll out my feet. It’s been life-changing, and that’s no exaggeration.
I’ve tried lacrosse balls, baseballs, tennis balls, golf balls, Mobility WOD balls, rad rollers, and literally, every other device made that can be used for this purpose.
Nothing compares to Jill Miller’s yoga tune-up balls. They are the perfect firmness, grip, texture, and size. I’ve worn through 3 sets I use them so much.
I think I might currently own or have owned every single type of foam roller ever made. And most of them were a waste of my money!
For the last couple of years, though, I’ve reached daily for the Trigger Point roller you see in the picture above. I can’t start my day without it. At a minimum, I hit my hip flexors and back for just a minute or two each.
This is one of those things that might seem basic and unimportant at first, but once you have a really, really good foam roller, you’ll see the difference immediately!
I use these every morning in my mobility drills. I use them for almost all my single-leg movements where my knee comes down towards the floor. I use them for all kneeling exercises.
Such a simple and inexpensive thing, but it makes my life in the gym so much better!
So stop using a folded up towel for this and spend the few bucks it takes to get the right tool for the job!!!
My two favorite collars are the Lock-Jaw and the OSO collars. I even made a video about them on the GymCrafter YouTube channel. All along, I thought I’d like the OSO better. I used them exclusively for over a year.
But I’ve switched back to the Lock-Jaw, and I couldn’t be happier. They open a lot more smoothly (the OSO will “bite” you if you aren’t careful and…. ouch!!!) and have a wider lever for closure.
Do not buy the cheap knock-offs you see on sale for $15 and less!!!! Those do NOT work. They are NOT secure. Looks and reviews can be deceiving.
I like these so much I own all three sizes. I made a video about them on the GymCrafter YouTube channel. I have more videos planned to show just how many different things you can use them for.
There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t use these at least 1-2 times.
This is another one where you don’t want to buy the cheap knock off. If you do, you’ll end up getting a slippery, squishy, useless piece of rubber, and you won’t have saved any money at all.
A staple in every gym, the swiss ball is a multi-purpose implement that is as inexpensive as it is versatile.
You can find these anywhere; I’ve even seen them at my grocery store.
I use this one I got on Amazon, and it’s held up really well over the years.