Struggling to Keep Fit Through Lockdown?

6 Essential Pieces of Exercise Equipment that’ll Help Keep You Fit Through Lockdown

a woman keeping fit in her home gym during a Coronavirus lockdown

When the gyms shut up shop that’s not an excuse to denigrate into a couch potato and forego your sweat sessions.


Even amidst a global pandemic, as plenty of people are proving, we can still keep up a training regime and retain a respectable level of fitness.


But how do you keep fit when the gyms are closed?


Easy! If you’re no longer allowed to go to the gym bring the gym to your house.


For a little over the price of a yearly gym membership (averaging at £250 – not including the cost of travel and other financial externalities) you could have yourself a descent set-up. And one that will more than suffice to help keep you in shape.


Really, to replicate a gym, for most people, would require only a few items of resistance equipment – as few gym goers stray further than the free weights. Cardio machines aren’t necessarily needed because most can substitute the treadmill for the tarmac and stationary bike for one which you can actually go places on.


In this article, I have identified 6 pieces of reasonably priced exercise equipment that will tie you over whilst the gyms are shut. The equipment selected mostly requires very little space to use – thus suitable for people who live in cosy abodes. In addition, they are highly functional and offer a diverse range of applications.



1: The Kettlebell (£59.99)

The kettlebell has got to be the single most versatile – not to mention durable – piece of exercise equipment in existence. I once tried to tally up all the different exercises you can do with them but, before I even got close to completing my list, I got bored and gave up. Not only are kettlebells mega versatile but they are damn near indestructible. In my opinion, anyone who is looking to build a home gym absolutely must start with a kettlebell. In fact, I’d go far as to say a gym ain’t complete without one.

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  • ATREQ Competition Kettlebells are manufactured from cast steel and available in sizes ranging from 8kg through to 36kg at 4kg increments. The kettlebells are all the same size and shape of across each size.

  • One of the most versatile tools for all-around strength, balance, power and core conditioning. All the benefits of dumbells with hundreds of new challenging exercises options.

Try these 10 killer kettlebell exercises!