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7 Workout Essentials for at-home fitness sessions
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7 Workout essentials for at-home fitness sessions

Stay fit at home with the help of these exercise accessories

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Now that most of us are staying at home, it’s easy to slip into a routine of lounging around and becoming a couch potato, but it’s never been more important to remain active and healthy. Not only is exercise essential for our physical health, but it can also do wonders for our mental wellbeing. A quick home workout can break up the monotony of being at home and help us recharge and refresh during the day. The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week, and with gyms around the city still closed, it’s a good time to get into the habit of exercising at home. Whether you’re just starting, or you’re expanding your home gym, here are some great workout essentials to help you sweat out at home. By Tiffany Tsoi

RECOMMENDED: Use these types of equipment together with our recommended Hong Kong-based home workout programmes that you can follow remotely from home

Workout Essentials for at-home fitness sessions

OYO Personal Gym
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OYO Personal Gym

If you have limited space at home but want to invest in a piece of equipment for general full-body strength training, this is the product for you. The OYO Personal Gym total body package is light, folds up easily for portability and storage, and can be used at home, in the office, and even while travelling. The selling point of this equipment is its SpiraFlex patented technology which is used for over 10 years on NASA for the International Space Station to keep astronauts fit. The technology is utilised to place less stress on joints than regular free weights and produces up to 25lbs of smooth resistance, yet weighs only 2lbs. It is an all-in-one portable gym that does whatever free weights can do, and it can help you burn fat, build muscle, increase flexibility, and strengthen parts of your body like the chest, back, arms, core, abs and legs. 

Available for $1080 at fortress.com.hk 

Domyos MS120 Stepper
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Domyos MS120 Stepper

Steppers are a home gym classic, and super intuitive to use. This one is both affordable and space-friendly, and designed with adjustable handlebars to support your back and keep it straight. It’s also complete with a counter function that can record down your reps, time, frequency, and the calories burnt. You can use it for cardio training, as well as to strengthen your lower body muscles like your thighs, glutes, and calves. 

Available for $399 at decathlon.com.hk 

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2KG bone shape dumbbell
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2KG bone shape dumbbell

With limited space in our shoebox apartments, dumbbells are a perfect home workout essential. They’re compact but extremely versatile and can be used to strengthen your arms, abs, and back. These weights are coated with neoprene and features a bone-shaped ergonomic design that provides a much more comfortable and soft grip than the standard dumbbell. 

Available for $69 at viviestasport.com

NutroOne gym bench
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NutroOne gym bench

If you have extra space at home and want to invest in a piece of professional gym equipment, the NutroOne gym bench fits the bill. It has a nine-segment adjustable bench angle and stabilising steel frame that can support all angles of your exercise. You can use it to work out your lower body muscles with sit-ups, leg lifts, and bird dog training. 

Available for $2690 at nutroone.com

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Lululemon reversible mat
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Lululemon reversible mat

This exercise mat from Lululemon is perfect for those looking to incorporate yoga into their exercise regimen. If you don’t have the proper equipment, yoga can hurt your joints and your back- so it’s necessary to invest in a proper mat. The top layer of this mat absorbs moisture to make sure you get a great grip even during sweaty practices, and for all sweaty reasons, this mat was made with an antimicrobial additive that prevents mould and mildew. It also has a natural rubber base that provides cushion and grip to help you during hip and knee floor poses. So, whether you’re just starting or you’re already a yoga enthusiast, consider this an essential.

Available for $580 at lululemon.com

Decathlon hex dumbbell
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Decathlon hex dumbbell

These dumbbells were designed specifically for cross-training. If you already have classic dumbbells and are looking to take your workouts one step further, they are a great addition to your equipment. Their hexagonal shape confers stability and stops them from rolling, which allows them to be used for functional movements. The dumbbells are also coated with impact-proof durable rubber, which means you don’t have to worry about damaging them or your floor when working out.

Available for $64 at decathlon.com.hk

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Adidas training band set
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Adidas training band set

Resistance bands are extremely popular nowadays and for a good reason. They’re light, easily stored, and portable. These rubbery and elastic bands from Adidas includes two bands with medium and high resistance. Integrated these bands with every any of your workout program, including yoga, pilates, and more. 

Available for $269 at adidas.com.hk

 

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