• At-home gym essentials

    Posted by ally on August 12, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I’m not sure about where you live, but in Ontario, a fourth wave of COVID is looming on the horizon, and I’m nervous the government will shut down gyms again. Thankfully, this time, I’m prepared. My partner and I invested in a bunch of at-home gym equipment last fall/winter. We have a bench, adjustable weights, yoga mats, a kettle bell, a jump rope and some stretchy bands. (We also have a foam roller that sadly spends most of its time collecting dust.)

    Do you have a home gym? What do you consider essential for your home gym to be functional, equipment-wise? Do you have any advice for purchasing equipment that is affordable and doesn’t take up too much space?

    Ric replied 3 days, 19 hours ago 12 Members · 16 Replies
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  • heidi

    August 12, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve collected a lot of minor equipment over the past year and a half.  Except for the walking poles, most of the items were fairly inexpensive and purchased over time.  I already had hand weights in several sizes plus a big exercise ball,  I added resistance bands and tubing,  balls for the Power for Parkinson’s Youtube classes, Urban Walking Poles, boxing gloves for Rock Steady Boxing classes, a balance foam dome, jump rope, pool noodle (cut in half, used for Rock Steady Boxing), yoga mat, exercise mat, and an 8 lb medicine ball.

    • ally

      August 31, 2022 at 3:07 pm

      Sounds like you have a lot of great equipment on hand, Heidi. Do you think you’ll ever return to a conventional gym?

  • sandy-harnagel

    August 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    I have a stationary bicycle and an elliptical, w2hich are great machines. We have a mounted TV to watch. NOW comes the news: making yourself exercise. We do every once in a while.We go to a exercise — EOS. If you haven’t tried it __DO.

  • cass

    December 7, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Bought a good stationary bike Schwinn IC4 which sadly is on sale now, $200 less than what I paid.  The whole family is using it and the footprint isn’t bad.  Still feels like a good purchase.  I haven’t been to the gym since March 2020 🙁

    • ally

      August 31, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Cass, have you decided to return to the gym since you wrote this reply? Do you prefer exercising at home?

  • krukar

    August 31, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Ally,

    Fraya and I use our  Ipads with the different work-out programs. I use the Blessings Health Care website they have several LSVT programs that are specific for Parkinson’s. Fraya does a program called Grow Young almost daily. We  purchased an exercise bike which I try and use often. We also have several hand weights which are useful. Our cats love it on our decks. It is so important to just keep moving. Good question. Blessings, Mike




  • dave-green

    September 1, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I have a garage gym–a product of the pandemic. We have some flexible free weights, lots of bands, a stationary bike stand for our road bikes, and a rowing machine. The last is my favorite, but I’ve had a rowing machine for decades. It is a great exercise for the whole body.


  • marknicholson

    September 9, 2022 at 2:30 am

    I dont think it matters what you have or where it is. I have no equipment.

    What matters is that we keep fit: I walk the dogs, swim 2km daily,box, run, cycle. Combine that with Tai Chi and yoga where possible. I hope this slows degeneration.

    Mark in Kenya

  • Jailorsurf

    January 22, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    I have some of the things others have listed. What I have and use that hasn’t been mentioned is a vibration platform that I picked up on Amazon. I stand on it while I do exercises including weights, stretching cords, squats, and boxing movements with resistance cords anchored to a doorframe behind me. The vibration platform has various speeds that help me not get used to the same shake rate. It’s nice if you don’t feel like doing anything, as once you get on it for a few minutes it gets the blood moving and then you usually keep going with the workout

    • ally

      February 20, 2024 at 1:25 pm

      That’s really cool, Jailorsurf. How did you find out about this device? Was it recommended to you by a doctor or PT?

      • Jailorsurf

        February 20, 2024 at 9:10 pm

        Hi ally,

        That is a tough question as I can’t actually recall the source. Then around the same time I heard about the yet to materialize “magic vibrating gloves” devised by Dr. Peter Tass at Stanford. The story told was that sometime way in the past a French neurologist who was famous enough that folks would travel great distances in bumpy jostling conveyances of the era, noticed something peculiar. Many of his patients claimed that after the long arduous trip, they actually felt better. Apparently the doc put two and two together and postulated that rigorous vibrations helped Parkinson’s patients.

        Did to the fact that Dr Tass’s magic gloves are presently unobtainium, I figured that maybe this vibration plate that I had heard about in a different circle, could be a help. Apparently there are certified therapists who give training courses to their devotees. For less than $250 I decided to take a chance and pick up a mid level model on Amazon and I have been using it daily ever since.

        I hope this info helps!


  • kevinon

    January 23, 2024 at 2:47 pm

    I have a treadmill and pull-up bar.

  • DaveM

    February 20, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    We have an exercise bike, a rowing machine, and an elliptical. I just use the bike and have for many decades. I like being able to exercise in my house so I don’t have to worry about the weather or whether it’s light or dark outside. Also, the bike is a Schwinn Airdyne where the handlebars are connected to the fan flywheel, so they move back and forth with resistance contributing to the exercise. So I believe it is a great upper and lower body exercise for Parkinson’s.

    I used to also use the rower, but once I had a pacemaker put in my cardiology team nixed my using it – they were concerned the repetitive arm movement would, over time, loosen the pacemaker leads.

  • bruce-closser

    February 20, 2024 at 8:07 pm

    I have a squat rack, an adjustable bench and a pretty complete set of barbells and dumbbells along with a few kettle bells. I also have a trainer for my road bike which I prefer to an exercise bike. With the squat rack I can safely do lifts where the weights are above my body, such as squats and bench press.

    • Jailorsurf

      February 20, 2024 at 9:22 pm

      I like what you’ve done with the place. Wish I had space for all that stuff!

  • Ric

    February 23, 2024 at 11:28 am

    I live near a Parkinsons center of excellence in Lake Forest, il. They have many classes which help me get incentive .

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