I have been doing bodyweight training for about three years now, and I have almost all the calisthenics equipment I need to have complete workouts at home.
Before that, I visited the local gym. The fact is that it was a pain in the butt to travel there and wait for the machines. My training was not as intensive as I would have liked to be. Not to mention that I used only the pull-up bar in most of the cases. It was a waste of money and time.
So I decided to build my calisthenics home gym. I started with a wall mounted chin up bar. I was happy with it for a long time since I was able to do the most important calisthenics back exercises, and hanging leg raise variations that I think are the best for abs.
As I became better at calisthenics, I bought more and more pieces of bodyweight training equipment that support my progression, and now I have everything I need. I workout whenever I want, and I decide the intensity of my routine.
How much have I spent on the calisthenics equipment I have?
You will not believe but not more than $500! And I have a pull-up and dip station, gymnastics rings and many others (even a punching bag). For that amount of money, I would not have been able to buy a home gym machine that serves my needs and do not allow me to do as many types of exercises I can do now!
Below I have collected almost all the equipment for calisthenics. Of course, you do not need all of them since calisthenics workouts can be done without any equipment at all, but they help to get better results for sure.
The Most Useful Equipment for Calisthenics
Under the chart your can read the detailed guides to each of the calisthenics equipment.
Power TowerIn my opinion power tower is the most useful workout equipment for home since we can do the most important bodyweight exercises with it such as pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, leg raises, etc. Although, you will need space to use it comfortably.
Gymnastic RingsNot a must have, but the gymnastic rings can really add and extra boost to your calisthenics routine. There are many bodyweight moves that can only be done by using rings, but they are extremely efficient for strength development. They are recommended for intermediate and advanced levels.
Weighted VestAre you a pro? Do you feel bodyweight exercises are not enough? Want to boost your strength? An adjustable weighted vest is the best you can get.
Pull-Up BarA pull-up bar is rather cheap, and it does not need much space, but you cannot do so many exercises with it. There are models you can mount on the wall or using the doorframe.
Dip StandIf you have a possibility to do chin ups and pull ups, a simple dip stand is a great equipment. The dip works the entire upper body entirely, but you can do knee raising exercises for abs as well.
Push up BarsThese inexpensive tools are great to enhance your push-up workouts. You can go deeper and do push-up variations to stimulate your chest muscles and other upper body muscles.
Ab WheelAnother cheap fitness equipment that does magic to the core muscles. The rolling in and out moves using your own weight will boost your core, and even your chest, shoulders, and arms.
Jump RopeOne of the best cardio workouts besides running is jump roping. It boosts your cardiovascular system and endurance. And even a professional rope costs just a few bucks.
Fitness BallA fitness ball seems to be a girls equipment, but it is excellent for enhancing regular exercises such as push ups. Also, it is ideal for core workouts.
Workout GlovesThey protect not only your hands from injuries but also provide better grip, so you will be able to perform the exercises safely and correctly.
Power Tower - Buyer's Guide
I think, a power tower is the best and most versatile workout equipment for having training at home. There are several versions, but typically each of them comes with a pull and a dip section. Others come with extras like a push-up station and other accessories.
- A tower itself is enough to perform a complete calisthenics training at home.
- You can do chin ups and pull ups for your back, shoulders and biceps.
- It allows to do dips for chest and triceps.
- And you can do hanging leg raise variations to build a solid core.
- There are compact models, so you can use them in small apartments.
What to pay attention to when you buy?
- It must have a stable and sturdy structure.
- If customers complain about wobbling, forget it! You will not be able to focus on your workout, plus it is dangerous.
- Always check the specifications to know if you have enough space to use and store.
- Check how much weight it can handle and do not forget you may use a weight vest in the future.
- Check the width of the bar and the dip section. If you are taller (with longer arms), you may find it too narrow.
How much does it cost?
You can buy basic models for about $100-150, but the really good ones providing more functions, longer warranty, and sturdier structure costs about $150-300.
|1||Body Champ Power Tower||87 Reviews||$137.98||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|2||Stamina 1690 Power Tower||1113 Reviews||$89.45||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|3||Weider Power Tower||1127 Reviews||from $130.00||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
A ring is not the most important pieces of equipment for bodyweight training, but with the help of them you can boost your bodyweight training to the next level. Just think about gymnasts, how perfect body they have.
Since the rings are not stable, the various movements need more power, and different muscle groups should work together to keep the position, balance and so on. For example, there is a significant difference in resistance between doing a chin-up, dip, or muscle up on a bar or with rings.
In addition, you will be able to do powerful several other additional bodyweight exercises such as various holds, hangs, crosses. etc.
What you need to keep in mind if you want to buy a gymnastic ring is that it needs space to use and a high ceiling to install to use it comfortably and efficiently.
Pretty cheap! $20-50 you can buy a high-quality set.
|1||Nayoya Gymnastic Rings for Full Body Strength and Muscular Bodyweight Training||1711 Reviews||$33.97||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|2||8" Diameter Wood Gymnastics Rings with Cam Buckle Straps||397 Reviews||$28.90||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|3||PROCIRCLE Wood Gymnastic Rings - DIA 1.25" - Workout For Home Gym & Fitness - Great for Your Muscle...||57 Reviews||$38.99||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
As you get stronger and familiar with the various calisthenics moves, the time comes when you want to give an extra boost to your bodyweight workouts (or better your own weight is not enough anymore).
When I reached that level, I hung weight plates on my belt, but it was a pain in the butt to workout like that. It was uncomfortable, and I could not focus on the training.
A weight vest is far better than that. You just put it on, set the amount of weight you want to use and that is all. It is comfortable and allows to do the moves without anything annoying.
Plus they are not very expensive.
The Top Rated Weighted Vests
|1||CAP Barbell (HHWV-CB020C) Adjustable Weighted Vest, 20-Pound||68 Reviews||$43.45||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|2||RUNFast Pro Weighted Vest, 20 lb.||178 Reviews||$37.65||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|3||RUNmax 12lb-140lb Weighted Vest (with Shoulder Pads, 40lb)||108 Reviews||$57.38||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
Pull Up Bar - Buyer's Guide
If you do not have enough money for a tower yet, then a simple pull up bar is the solution for you. There are two versions.
The doorway chin up bar that you can fix between the frames. They are pretty cheap, and quality products are safe as well. But I do not recommend for heavy users and extreme usage. For beginners and for those who do not have space, it is a good solution, though.
The other version is the wall mounted ones that are safer to use and can handle more weight (if they are installed correctly.) Buy one that stand out further from the wall, this way you will have enough space for the movements.
No matter which you choose, you can do the vital calisthenics exercises mentioned in the tower section.
The doorway bars are pretty cheap $10-30, the mounted ones are bit more expensive but sturdier.
|1||Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar||3287 Reviews||$23.49||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|2||ProSource Multi-Grip Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar, Heavy Duty Doorway Trainer for Home Gym||1695 Reviews||$26.18||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|3||ProSource Heavy Duty Easy Gym Lite Doorway Chin-up Pull-Up Bar||149 Reviews||$11.72||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
In case you have already had a bar but you cannot do dips, then this equipment is for you. As you know, dipping is one of the most beneficial exercises for upper body strength, so it must be included in an efficient calisthenics workout routine.
There are two types of parallel bars, fixed and not fixed ones. Both of them have advantages and disadvantages.
Fixed ones are typically more stable and safe, but they come with a fixed width. Hence, depending on your height, you may find it too wide or narrow. Plus, they are not portable and needs more space to store.
The other version comes with two separated bars so you can set it for your needs, but there is a chance that they may wobble. (However, the users of the premium quality products, do not usually complain about this problem). Plus, they are more versatile since you can use them for more types of exercises.
You can buy dip bars from $50.
|1||Black Mountain Products Heavy Duty Stand 3000-Pound Rated Dip Station||331 Reviews||$31.31||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|2||Sunny Health & Fitness SF-BH6507 Dip Station with Safety Connector||49 Reviews||$29.65||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|3||Ultimate Body Press Dip Bar Fitness Station||355 Reviews||$89.95||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
Push Up Bars
While there are a lot of push up variations out there, push-ups bars make this exercise even better. With the help of them you will be able to go down deeper, and that stimulates the chest muscles better. Plus, these tools are pretty cheap.
Recommended: Review of the Best Push up Equipment
While there a lot of calisthenics exercises you can do to strengthen and tone your entire midsection, there is one abdominal exercise equipment I recommend, the ab wheel. This simple tool trains the abdominals completely (plus your lower back, shoulders, legs and back).
During the rolling in and out you use your bodyweight, and this complex movement stimulate all the muscles of the core.
Plus, an ab wheel does not cost an arm and leg, for some bucks you can buy one.
|1||Valeo Ab Roller Wheel, Exercise And Fitness Wheel With Easy Grip Handles For Core Training And...||1997 Reviews||$15.86||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|2||Fitness Master Ab Wheel Roller with Knee Mat - Easy Assembly||252 Reviews||$9.97||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
|3||Wacces AB Power Wheel Roller, Red||456 Reviews||$9.95||SEE IT ON AMAZON|
Strength training is just one part of building a solid and lean body; cardio is vital as well. It helps to burn extra calories for weight loss, develop your endurance and improve your cardiovascular system.
There are a lot of activities you can do for cardio training running, jogging, swimming, etc. There is no need to use any equipment.
However, I only use one, the good old jumping rope. This fitness equipment is a killer for boosting your heart rate. There is a reason fighters use it for conditional training.
I have weighted jumping rope that allows me to increase the speed, but any types do well.
You may think now stability balls are for ladies. NO! I believe it is the most beneficial fitness equipment that help to boost common exercises such as push-ups perfectly. ( A study has proved that doing push ups with stability ball is as almost as efficient as barbell bench press).
Since the ball moves here and there, you need to keep your balance and for that a lot of muscles are engaged, especially the core ones.
It is a versatile equipment that can be used for several ways for calisthenics training.
Personally, I rarely use gloves, but in the summer when my palms are sweaty, or there is a wound I have to put on them. They are surely beneficial for better grip and to avoid injuries.
Benefits of Calisthenics Equipment
- They are affordable (the complex ones such the power tower or the dip station are a bit more expensive).
- They do not need so much space so you can workout even in a small room.
- They are versatile. For example, with a pull-up bar you can do a wide range of bodyweight exercises.
- You can workout whenever you want.
While the other name of calisthenics is street workout, you can do it home with the help of these tools. The most beneficial calisthenics equipment is definitely the power tower, so if you can afford buy that firstly, then you can develop your home gym buying other secondary items.
Note: The product prices may differ since the lists are updated once a day!
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