The Vancouver Province has an article on what tools are best for home exercising. the list consists of medicine ball, stretching tubing, heart rate monitor and a couple more.
I do not have much at home. I have the following exercise equipment
Some weights – to put on my bars. 5 and 10 pound weights and quite a few of them. My short bars are stacked with weights and long bar has about 60 pounds on it at all times without having to change weights.
A couple of short bars – for curls and one armed bench and stuff. Mostly for heavier weights
A long bar – for curls, I do not think it is very safe for me to do bench press with a long bar in case I get caught using too much weight.
Some dumbells – light from 10-25 pounds just that can be picked up so I don’t have to mess around with changing weight so much with the short barbells.
A bench – for incline bench, also for sitting on for tricep extensions
A yoga mat – so that I do not have a hard floor to do crunches and leg raises on and for stretching.
I had a big blue Yoga ball – I think that is what they are called but it got a hole in it. I stopped using it so we have not replaced it yet.
I find that my biggest pain is that I have to switch the on the bars so I am glad to have quite a bit of preloaded weights and use about the same for one armed rows as I do for incline dumbell benchpresses.
The real advantage to belonging to a gym is that the weights are all preset, 10 pound to 150 pound dumbells with is really nice.