By: Ren McKnight of GQ
Now that you’ve carved out a time to exercise, the next question you have to answer is where. Ideally, you’ll be switching it up—doing circuits at the park, lifting weights at the gym, swimming laps in the pool. But sometimes you don’t have access to a gym. Sometimes you don’t have money for a membership. Sometimes you don’t have the willpower to drag your ass out of bed, get somewhat presentable, go to the gym, work out, then shower, then get to work. You need a spot to squeeze in a workout when everything’s working against you. The most bullshit-proof place? Right in your home.
Don’t worry—we’re not suggesting you install a full olympic training facility in your living room. Nor should you buy a Bowflex off TV. After all, you’re not setting up permanent work-out shop in your home forever—you’re just getting a few bare-bones tools that’ll help you get in, get out, and get on with your life. We asked our go-to trainer, Oscar “O-Diesel” Smith, to give us his list of essential equipment, and to keep it under 100 bucks. The brand isn’t that important (except for the Iron Gym pull-up bar, which Oscar says is the easiest to set up and take down and which can be used for dips and incline push-ups); the important thing is to find an equivalent that works for you and to fit in your workout in the morning, evening, or sometime in between.