Getting to the gym is half the battle won, but on days you can’t bring yourself to make the journey, consider starting a routine you can work on at home. While your own body weight is good enough for a complete workout, and you can always rely on the usual planks, sit-ups and burpees to whip yourself into shape, sometimes you might need a little extra help in the form of home exercise equipment to spice things up a bit.

We’re not talking about bringing in a huge treadmill, tricep bar or rowing machine — unless, of course, you’re planning on starting your own personal mini gym at home. The home equipment we’re focusing on are much more portable and less clunky; think resistance bands and balance balls, which can go a long way in helping you nail your workout routine. Some of these pieces of exercise equipment even incorporate strength and conditioning training, while working on flexibility and core stabilisation. And with swimsuit season around the corner (or perpetually, in Singapore), you don’t have a lot of time to get cracking.

Which is why we’ve picked out 5 effective types of exercise equipment to supplement your routine at home — and they don’t take up unnecessary space too. From speed ropes to suspension trainers and the popular BOSU ball, it’s time to start rethinking your routine at home.