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Must Have Equipment for Your Home Gym

I have been working out at home for the last 7 years and have not had a gym membership in almost 10 years…even when I wasn’t working out!  Haha!

When I decided to begin my own Be a Size You journey and take care of myself, I knew that a gym membership would have been ideal, but with two young kids and not a ton of time, I really believed that I would have just set myself up for failure by trying to fit in the driving time to the gym. So my husband and I decided that creating a simple space for me to workout at home would be optimal. Plus, I could workout on my own time and not compete with others for machines etc.

I started out really simple: A yoga mat, a couple of weights ( 2 pounds, 3 pounds and 5 pounds!), one resistance band, a workout DVD (and some YouTube), and an old pair of shoes.  That’s it!

For those of you who are just beginning your journey and you are looking to begin creating your workout space at home, trust me when I say you don’t need all the bells and whistles.  You just need a good attitude, willing to spend a little bit of money for tools, and a tiny bit of space to store your tools (notice I didn’t say a ton of space…I will explain why in a bit.)

Here are some of my must haves for your home gym, and a few extras that I think would be great to have if you have additional room in your budget. Most of these can be found on my fitness shopping site, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. I am here to help!

Beachbody on Demand: Yes. This is necessary. It provides every single fitness program Beachbody has ever created, including the nutrition guides and tips for those programs.  Plus, if you do the annual membership (and get it as a bundle with Shakeology or Beachbody Performance) you save a ton of money.  I am all about having the right tools, but saving money!

Resistance Bands:

I love resistance bands because they offer a different kind of resistance than weights.  Generally, dumbbells are used primarily for upper body exercises and some lower body, but I love that resistance bands can help you build muscles and work on your entire body.  It is a versatile tool and I think it is a must have for those who are creating a home gym. Plus, they aren’t that expensive. Yes!!!!!

Balance Ball:

If you can’t afford a workout bench, and you are really wanting a gym like atmosphere as well as a way to do the strength training exercises that you are used to with gym equipment, a balance ball is a must have. It is great for core work, balance work, resistance work, and also makes a great chair to use while you are working (so you can still work on your core, and work on your posture!)

Yoga Mat:

A yoga mat is needed for Piyo or Yoga or any low impact exercises that require you to be on the floor the majority of the time.  I workout on carpet, but I still enjoy having that cushion barrier between my body and the floor (because, germs and bugs LOL!)

Weights in different pounds.  I don’t have a photo of these, but you can find any weights on Amazon, Target, sporting goods store.  Really, just buy a couple in different weight (one light and one heavy) and you can add as you build muscle.

Now I will share some bonus tools that, if you have some extra room in your budget or you are looking to add to your home gym, you should definitely grab them!

Bowflex Selecttech Weights:

This is on my wish list.  They are not cheap, but if you are looking to eliminate the amount of weights you have to just one adjustable system, these are a must have!!! Amazon always has a good deal running for these, so I highly recommend checking them out there.  I am trying to convince Dan to let me buy these for my birthday next month LOL.  Yes please!

Plyometrics Jump Mat:

A Jump mat would be really good to have, especially if you workout on a hard surface like your garage or you have hard wood floors.  Honestly, plyometrics are hard on the body and especially on your knees. Springy shoes and a springy mat helps a lot with the impact of plyometrics, and can protect you as well.  Obviously, you can always modify and not fully jump through your Plyo workouts, but if you are choosing to jump, this is a great workout tool.

Foam Roller:

I actually believe a Foam Roller should be a necessity in your home gym (think a really inexpensive massage that you can have all the time!) but a lot of people don’t realize the benefits of foam rolling at first. However, for those of us who have been working out our bodies for awhile, foam rolling hurts so good!!  Muscles get tight and sore and they need some TLC, so rolling over those places that you have worked hard helps to heal them and recover.

Strength Slides:

Strength Slides were created to add additional resistance to your Piyo workouts, but really, if you want to take your lower body workouts to the next level, then these are really fun to have! It won’t feel fun when you are doing them, but you will love the results when using them. Perfect for hard floor and carpet!

And that’s it for now!!!  Would love to hear about some of your favorite home gym tools that you have.  Do you have a large area for your workouts? Or is your space small? Mine is small. You don’t need a ton of place to store your equipment, but grabbing a few inexpensive baskets or buckets so they can be placed out of site (for your peace of mind) is useful as well.  I live in a small home right now, so I have a closet designated for my equipment, but when I lived in our trailer on the ranch, I used those big plastic bins and stored them underneath our trailer in one of the compartments. Totally possible. You just have to be willing to be creative.

As always, here to help!  Next week, I will be sharing some of my favorite items to have in the kitchen to cook your healthy meals!

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

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Mama, Take Charge & Don’t Be Afraid


After I had my son back in 2009, I definitely felt the pressure to get back into pre-pregnancy shape. 

If you are a mama, I am sure you have felt it.

We are surrounded by articles and tips on how to bounce back in 10 weeks after pushing out a kid or having our bodies cut open to give life. We see celebrities who do it and they say “make no excuses! I work out for two hours everyday!” While they have their nannies or staff watch their children.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a nanny. And even though I don’t work outside the home, I still don’t have two hours to kill it at the gym. I make it work with what I have. Which is why I really love having something like Beachbody on Demand (basically the Netflix for fitness) to help me stay in shape without the added stress of child care or driving to the gym. I like the gym. I like fitness classes, but I can’t always get there. My home is my consistent gym. 

Mamas, what if I could simplify all of this for you? What if, especially on the days that were really hard and busy, all you had to do was push play.

What if, for simply one meal a day, you could have something that would nutritionally fill in the gaps so you didn’t have to succumb to the drive thru….and it made you feel good.

What if, we worked out together virtually. We high-fived each other virtually. We connected and shared together as we worked towards our goals and it came without deadlines. Without stress. Without added pressure.

You can have goals without trying to compete with everyone else. What if you could do you?!


I created my virtual fitness groups to be a place where we can achieve our goals together, and become friends in the process. Where we feel supported and not pressured.

Where our worth isn’t measured by the scale, but by Him who created us. 

My next group that begins on Monday, April 23rd will be that place.

We will workout virtually together.

We will share new recipes and learn together.

We will lift each other up.

We will have at least one meal a day that fills in the gaps nutritionally and gives us a quick win for the day. 

We will have fun. We will see transformation. It will be beautiful. Just like you.

I only have 5 spots open for this next group, so if you would like to be a part of it, you will need to comment below or email me at coachtiffanyharper@gmail.com.

I am so excited to workout with you.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany Harper 

Want to Become a Be A Size You VIP?


Each month, I run online health and fitness accountability groups for those who are looking to work towards their health and fitness goals with the best fitness programs on the planet, and while drinking Shakeology, and eating healthier.  I give them support, encouragement, I share transformation stories, recipes, motivation, hope.

That is my job as a coach.  I want to inspire people to see that a healthy lifestyle is possible no matter where they are starting from.  They can do it, they just have to be willing to put in the work.   They get to do it from the comfort of their own home, but they won’t be alone.

They get me for the 30 day group to help them from start to finish.

But something better is coming.

I love my monthly groups, but truthfully, once the 30 days end, they either choose to continue in a new group with me, or they go off to do something else, or they quit.  I don’t want my groups to just be a 30 day group. I want those who choose to do my groups continue because this is truly a lifestyle. It is not a quick fix. In order to get and maintain your results, you must continue after the group is over.

But most people need support and accountability.  You aren’t meant to do this alone.

Become a Be a Size You VIP member.

What if you had all access to every fitness program ever produced by Beachbody, right in your living room?

What if you got brand new fitness programs as soon as they are released without having to do anything other than log in to your account?

What if you had all access for the entire year?

What if you had support from your coach for an entire year and access to their online accountability groups all year, as a VIP?

Oh yes!!! That is what is available to you, beginning December 27th….PERFECT for those New Year REVOLUTIONS you are creating.

So what does this mean?

You will be a Be A Size You VIB member, which means that you will get:

*All Access to Beachbody on Demand for a special price.  That means you get access to all of Beachbody’s programs ever produced, including automatic digital unlocks of new fitness program releases. All year long! ($120 value for quarterly membership)

This includes Core De Force, 21 Day Fix Extreme, Insanity Max 30, 22 Minute Hard Corps, just to name a few.

*You will receive your first 30 days of Shakeology in your choice flavor so you can get all of your superfoods in a glass and it still tastes like a dessert. ($129.95/per month)

*You will get the Portion Fix containers to follow our balanced and simplified nutrition plan.  ($40 value)

*You will get me as your personal coach for the entire year, as well as instant access to all of my Be a Size You online accountability groups, just for being a VIP! That means you get support for your entire journey for the rest of the year. It doesn’t end in one group. It continues because YOU will choose to make this a part of your life.

If you were to add all of this up individually, you would be paying close to $300 for this.

But you won’t.

Instead, for a very limited time, You can grab the All Access Beachbody On Demand Pack (and therefore become one of my Be a SIZE YOU VIP members) for $199.

This is a very exclusive offer, so I encourage you, actually I BEG you to consider this as an option to help you reach your goals. If you want real solutions and real results, and you have had enough of the quick fixes and potions that you have been sold, this is for you. This offer will only last until late February.

Are you ready to take your Be a Size You journey to the ultimate level?  I am so excited about this.

If you want to know more about Beachbody All Access, leave your information below and I will connect with you right away!