Achieve the perfect abs with a gym ball. Ideal for training, toning and strengthening core muscles, they also make sit-ups, press-ups and leg lifts more intense. You can even use weights with a gym ball to concentrate on specific areas of your body such as your shoulders, chest and arms. And they are fantastic for improving balance and coordination.
If you are keen to build muscle and sculpt your body, your core equipment should always include free weights. Dumbbells are easy to store and can be adapted for almost any exercise routine, whatever area you want to work on – arms, shoulders, abs, back or legs. And why not add a skipping rope? Skipping gives you an unrivalled cardiovascular workout, burns calories and is a lot less jarring than running. A fitness tracker will help you keep an eye on how you’re doing and motivate you towards your ultimate goals.
Getting a treadmill, exercise bike or stepper machine for the home means that you can forget about expensive gym membership and work out exactly when you want to. Whether you go for a non-motorised foldaway or a state-of-the-art machine with sophisticated user programmes and console feedback, these pieces of equipment are the perfect companions for training at home.