When it comes to working out, at home has always been my preference of place over a crowded gym so I have a pretty good collection of equipment. I'm really lusting after a Concept rower to add for when I get back into Crossfit, but it's a nice chunk of change and we have no room for it now. So I give you my favorite at home equipment. Doesn't take up much space but you can still get an awesome workout.
Bosu Ball Balance Trainer~ These are awesome for working on your core strength, especially post-baby. You can adjust all kinds of exercises to make them more challenging by incorporating this ball (it's called a ball, but the underside is flat; both sides can be utilized). Stand on it to squats, lunges, crunches, or even do your upper body exercises while standing on the unstable side of the ball to work your stabilizer muscles.
Rubber Hex Dumbbells~ The To get that toned look, you have to add some weights! And contrary to popular belief, lifting heavy will not make you look like a bodybuilder, unless you're hitting the steroids!
Stability Ball~ Another great tool for working the stabilizer muscles, there are so many exercise variations you can do with the stability ball, not to mention some wicked ab exercises. It's worth noting that you should buy a ball suited to your height. Most will come with an inflation pump and you can usually find these at Wal-Mart or Target.
Resistance Band~ These are a great option to dumbbells and they travel much easier and lighter when you have to hit the road but still want to get a workout in.
Pure Barre Starter Pack~ I know that if you've read any previous entries here, you know I'm sort of obsessed with Pure Barre. The studio classes are so amazing, but since my nearest one is an hour away, the DVD's have to suffice most of the time, but there is a big selection