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13 best home fitness equipment

I don’t think this review could’ve been timed any better, with many of us making a post-Christmas list to kick start a healthier 2018.

I’ve reviewed some of the best home fitness equipment below, selected from leading fitness brands and demonstrating the variety of products available on the market today. From vibrating plates to weights and hula hoops, I think we’ve got all bases covered.

I like to create circuits in the gym so it may be that two or three of the products could be used in conjunction with each other. All of the products below can be used by beginners and have advanced routine options, for when your fitness levels increase.

While testing the home fitness equipment, we kept a few things in mind: ease of use, versatility, price and durability. I think it’s also important to consider storage when purchasing home fitness equipment. If you buy something that’s big and bulky, you’re going to need somewhere to store it.

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Pro Box Heavy Weight Nylon Speed Rope: £6.99, Pro Box

Skipping can give you a full-body workout that uses your abdominals to stabilise the body, legs (calves, hamstrings, quadriceps) for jumping and upper body (forearms, deltoids) for turning the rope. Skipping ropes are generally low in cost and are a small piece of kit that can have a big impact on your exercise routine. This is a really easy-to-use version, providing a good balance between cost and quality. It’s aimed at boxers so is designed to help increase stamina, muscle tone and improve footwork. The foam handles rotate so the rope spins freely and it’s comfortable in the hand. We found this one excellent for fast skipping and increasing arm strength. It’s not adjustable, but it is available in several lengths.

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JumpGa 111 Rebounder: £299, Trimilin

Trampolining is a fantastic top-to-toe workout yet one of the most important features for me is the fact it’s low impact. If you’re injury prone, a rebounder may be right up your street because each manoeuvre is cushioned. Using it takes up to 80 per cent of the stress off your weight-bearing joints. We recently spent half an hour on a rebounder at high intensity and we were blowing! We were literally dripping with sweat. We added a small set of dumbbells into the workout too. Rebounders strengthen your legs as well as your whole body. Your core muscles are constantly engaged to keep you balanced, giving you a stronger stomach and lower back – something, which I suffer with now and then. I’d say this rebounder is one of the best around but if the price tag is an issue for you, there are other, cheaper options such as this one. Do consider the size and quality of springs if you plan to use it regularly.

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TRX Fit Suspension Trainer: £99, Argos

The TRX Suspension trainer was created by former Navy Seal, Randy Hetrick. It’s a bodyweight exercise that requires strength, balance, flexibility and core stability all at the same time. The TRX Fit is based on the original design and is slightly less expensive and lighter than the traditional version. This makes it ideal for beginners. There are hundreds of exercises you can do on it, using your own body weight just altering the intensity by changing the position of your feet. The kit comes with a portable drawstring bag and can be used outside with a strap extender or indoors using the door anchor. Just remember to put it on the side of the door that opens away from you, otherwise you’ll potentially open the door while exercising. Suspension training is pretty much unsupported – meaning your core really does get worked. This can be quite tricky for beginners. I’d recommend focusing on technique first with the correct breathing and then building up from there. The kit also comes with a technique poster and has workout downloads available.

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Opti Weighted Hula Hoop: from £15.99, Argos

It’s probably best for my wife, Mutha Fitness, to write this review as she’s been using one of these all year. It’s a very good aerobic exercise, in fact, experts claim it burns more calories than other anaerobic exercises. It helps with fat loss around your middle and is a great core workout. Amy says: “Firstly, a weighted hula hoop is fun. I’d say you need to hula hoop for at least 10 minutes to get all the benefits. To hula hoop effectively, spin the hoop around your waist and push it from side to side or front to back. Don’t be surprised to find slightly bruised hips after your first go but this will soon disappear and then not appear again – it is definitely one of those ‘it’s harder than it looks’ type exercises.” This one is pretty big but slim so it will fit behind a chair or something similar. It’s available in a range of weights and in different colours.

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Everflex Free Standing Punch Bag: £159.99, Argos

I’ve had one of these punch bags for a few years now and it’s really versatile. Boxing in general provides a number of fitness benefits such as increased muscle tone, improved aerobic fitness, coordination and core stability. It also provides great stress relief! The base can be filled with water or sand, (though bear in mind that if you use sand you will not be able to move it). I use water and it can be swung into the centre of my gym floor and then moved back out of the way. It will move a little with a few minutes of constant bashing but there are resistant bands available with this kit that can clip on. You can adjust the height very easily by twisting and lifting the outer bag. The height of the actual bag is great for body and head shots. Unlike traditional bags hanging from a wall mount where you get a few seconds hesitation between hits, the Everflex is constantly coming back at you so you really do work up a sweat in few minutes. By dancing around the Everflex and twisting into your shots, you work your body from head to toe. I use mine to warm up and cool down on after most sessions.

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3-in-1 Soft Plyo Box: £225, PhysioRoom

Plyometrics, also known as “jump training”, are boxes that are used as a platform to jump on and off. It involves exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, ultimately with the goal of increasing speed strength. This set from Physical is a 3-in-1 so you get 51cm, 61cm, and 76cm in one box – each side is basically a different height. These boxes are also available in wood but if money isn’t an issue, I’d always opt for the soft surface as it will be easier on your joints. The material is also made from non-skid vinyl so don’t worry about slipping. I’d recommend putting it up against a wall when using them for the first time, it can be handy to hold should you lose your balance. If storage isn’t an issue, we highly recommend adding one of these to your kit.

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Physical Company PBX Bag: from £59.72, Physioroom

I’ve just completed a personal trainer course and I noticed a few people using these bags so thought I’d investigate. PBX bags are shaped like a classic gym holdall. They are filled with sand and come in a variety of weights. These are highly durable and have three strong handles for exercise variation. PBX fitness bags are a great way to add intensity to your workout and build strength and endurance. I completed a circuit of five bodyweight style exercises the other day and I easily incorporated the PBX fitness bag into the routine. Exercises included squats, bent over rows, shoulder press and lateral drags. There is also an exercise video here. The bags come with an exercise guide, which is accessed with NFC technology. After a quick Google search, it means there’s a chip inside the bag and it sends information to your phone once scanned.

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Vibration Plate Exerciser: £199.99, Argos

Vibration plates trigger the reflex muscles in your abdomen and legs. These subtly contract up to 50 times per second. The vibrations strengthen and tone muscles. As your heart rate doesn’t increase, you’re not going to burn enough calories to burn fat. However, if used in conjunction with the supplied resistance bands you can turn it into a good cardio workout. This vibration plate from Reviber is quite heavy and bulky so you’ll need a space for it. The one we’re testing is in our bedroom and we’re using it first thing on a morning and last thing at night for 10 minutes at a time. It takes some getting used to and it’s quite disheartening to feel all your wobbly bits shaking around. If you think this is a lazy, stand-and-do-nothing piece of kit, think again. There are resistance bands and handles that connect to each side so you can perform a range of exercises such as squatting, torso twist, arm curls and raises. It’s well built and the control panel reminds me of the DeLorean time display in Back to the Future. A quick Google search will bring up lots of questions as to whether vibration plates actually work but all I can go on is the evidence and my body feels a lot tighter than it usually does.

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Men’s Health Weighted Vest: £69.99, Argos

I can remember trying my first weighted vest on seven years ago and I went running. I wouldn’t advise this now! Particularly if you suffer with joint issues. A weighted vest has its place though, especially if you like doing bodyweight circuits like me. The vest can add resistance to your workouts as it makes your body work harder. Use this circuit as an example: 20 squats, 20 jumping jacks, 20 press-ups, 20 sit-ups, 20 lunges and 20 burpees. You can obviously do some of these holding a weight but you can also do them all while wearing a weighted vest. You’re not going to be able to just throw on the vest and train though, you’re going to need to build up to it so this is definitely more of an advanced piece of kit. The weights within the vest are removable so you can start light and build up. Again, I have one of these in my gym and they’re very comfortable once fitted.

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Bosu Home Balance Trainer: £109.99, Argos

The Bosu looks like your classic gym ball, just cut in half. It provides an all-in-one fast and fun workout. It offers cardiovascular, aerobic, endurance, strength and flexibility. It also really helps with balance, body awareness and coordination. The Bosu we tested was incredibly easy to set up – the hand pump was included as well as a handy exercise guide with QR codes to take you to video demonstrations. These will show you what role the Bosu plays in typical exercises such as crunches, push-ups, side squat push-aways and lunges. As Bosu creator David Weck says: “Balance is the foundation of all movement.” I have to agree. Even just standing on the Bosu for the first time to find your centre position took some getting used to. You could really feel your core muscles engaging. Now imagine doing a variation of exercises one after another and your core really goes into overdrive. The Bosu is a really good piece of equipment for beginners and advanced users too – just try balancing on it with one leg. I was all over the place at first but it didn’t take me long to find my balance.

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Marcy Barbell & Dumbbell Weight Set (50kg): £82.99, Marcy

You can’t go wrong with a classic dumbbell and barbell weights set, which are great for cardio and fat-burning, as well as building muscle. This one from Marcy is great and comes with: 5ft straight barbell, 2 x dumbell bars, 6 x locking collars and a variety of weight plates for multiple combinations. I have it in my gym right now along with a mix and match of other brands. If you’re looking to burn fat, use a low weight (20kg) and complete lots of reps (20+). If you’re looking to build muscle, go heavy (40kg) and reduce the number of repetitions (8-10). Weight is obviously different per person, so just go with what feels right and to how many repetitions you can complete. I always include the big compound lifts in my routines so deadlifts, military shoulder presses, squats, rows, bench press etc. Compound basically means it uses multiple muscles groups at the same time. These type of exercises can be performed by beginners and I’d recommend performing them using just the barbell first. This will help you to perfect your technique and then you can gradually add weight to what feels comfortable and challenging. You get more out of the exercise versus simply doing seated arm curls – which will only target the biceps. One thing to consider when choosing weights is the collars – the set-up that keeps the weights on the bar. Go for ones like in this set, which are called spring lock. Simply press the two prongs together and slide it over the bar. They don’t budge and are quicker to take on and off. Storage wise, you can stack unwanted weights and the bars can rest against a wall. I like to keep mine assembled at all times though so you may need to consider space if you’re also that way inclined.

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Opti Kettlebell (10kg): £25, JD Williams

There are lots of kettlebells on the market but I like this one from Opti that comes in a variety of weights. There are more than 50 exercises you can do with them and the results are impressive. From squats to push presses, a kettlebell workout can burn up to 20 calories per minute – about as much as running a 6-minute mile. A kettlebell uses muscles in your body from head to toe, it focuses a lot around your core and increases flexibility. Bear in mind though, treat these workouts with respect – poor form and lifting too heavy can put stress on your joints and result in injury. Pay particular attention to foot space and adopting a neutral spine position. If you get sweaty hands like me, you may opt to wear gym gloves so the kettlebell won’t go flying. Weight wise, you can go as low as 2kg which is perfect for beginners.

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STRETCH Yoga Mat: £199.99, HoMedics

Sometimes, fitness isn’t just about getting hot and sweaty. A clear state of mind can often lead to making better choices – especially when it comes to making food ones. Yoga is a great form of exercise to clear your mind. STRETCH is a mat that mimics yoga moves through precision-controlled air chambers. You get the benefits of yoga-inspired stretches and you also get to relax at the same time! Designed by a yoga pro, the mat has four sequences to help you stretch, release and relax. Ideal if you sit at a computer for long hours of the day! The mat is powered by mains and can be folded away when not in use. Yoga is great for increased flexibility and it can lessen chronic pain such as lower back pain, arthritis and headaches. If you like the idea of yoga and struggle (like me) to perform some of the poses, then the STRETCH mat could be the thing for you.

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The Verdict: Home fitness equipment

I’d recommend all the kit on this list and I believe any home gym should include a variety of equipment. It’s impossible to get everything from one piece of kit and think about keeping your mind active. We all get bored of doing the same thing and your body gets used to it. My own home gym has taken eight years to get right and I’m always adding and taking away certain pieces. Free weights are my foundation though so for that reason I recommend the Marcy set. I also highly recommend the Everflex punch bag, which guarantees to get the heart racing as well as relieving stress. If you struggle with aching joints, consider the JumpGa rebounder. For budget and a space saver, skipping ropes offer a great warm up. Last but not least, the 3-in-1 Plyo box from Physical needs a mention.

Paul Stainthorpe is a health and fitness writer and editor of the Father Fitness blog

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Gym equipment

Finding the motivation to go the gym is not always easy – it’s very rarely easy, to be honest – but what if you didn’t have to go anywhere to get your workout done? What if everything you needed was right there in your garage or spare room?

Creating a home gym might seem like a huge expense and a fair bit of work – lugging home heavy weights from a shop or putting together a treadmill is no walk in the park – but it can be a worthwhile investment. Consider how much time you’ll save travelling to and from the gym, and how much cash you’ll save on membership fees in the long run.

Another advantage is that when assembling your own home workout area, you obviously only need to buy the equipment you’ll actually use. If you’re spending £100 a month on a gym membership and only using the exercise bike and a couple of dumbbells, getting those items for your house is going to save you money within months. Home gym equipment also doesn’t need as much room as you might think, with folding versions of cardio machines and weights systems available for those tight on space.

Below you’ll find our round-ups of equipment to consider for a home gym. Click through and you’ll find our top picks for the most common types of cardio machine and free weights.

Treadmills

Some people might scoff at the idea of buying a home treadmill (“Why not just go outside? It’s free!” they’ll smugly remark, before sitting back down on the sofa) but those people almost certainly haven’t tried to train through the bitter UK winter. Treadmills are expensive – expect to pay £500 to £1,500 for a machine capable of handling everything a regular runner would want, and £300 to £500 for a beginner machine – but if all you do is run, your own machine is a better investment than a gym membership in the medium term.

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Quick pick: JTX Sprint-7

With a top speed of 20km/h and a 15% gradient, the Sprint 7 is a fine mid-range machine which will both suit a beginner and keep up with them as they improve. There’s also an tablet holder and a built-in speaker, too.

Buy from JTX Fitness | £999

Exercise Bikes

You can pick up an excellent exercise bike for under £150 or bag an elite-standard bike for around £2,000, so if you’re currently spinning away at the gym it can make a lot of sense to move your training home. Cycling apps like Zwift and The Sufferfest provide all the motivation you’ll need during your sessions – or you can just stick on the TV.

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Quick pick: JLL IC300 Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

If you’re a spinning fan looking to cut down on £20-plus classes, this great-value bike offers a similar experience with an 18kg flywheel and friction resistance handle. Just set it up in front of a smart screen and search YouTube for free classes. Nine sessions later it will have paid for itself.

Buy on Amazon | £179.99

Rowing Machines

Another great option for a full-body cardio workout at home, rowers have the price edge on ellipticals. The very best machines – ones used by Olympians, no less – are around £1,000 and there are several options between £300 and £600 that will satisfy all non-Olympians. Most rowing machines also fold up so they can be tucked away in a cupboard.

RECOMMENDED: The Best Rowing Machines For Home

Quick pick: V-fit Tornado Air Rower

Air rowers match the resistance to the effort you put in, making them a good pick if multiple people of differing fitness levels will be using it – or if you plan to get really good really quickly. This entry-level model also folds up so it can be stored in a cupboard.

Buy on Amazon | £259.99

Turbo Trainers

If you’re a dedicated cyclist, then picking up a turbo for your winter training is a no-brainer. Most riders will find all they need in turbos that cost under £150 and the very best are still under £1,000. Besides, the kit takes up next to no space, and it allows you to ride your top-notch racing bike without exposing it or yourself to the elements.

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Quick pick: Elite Qubo Power Fluid

Cheaper turbo trainers use magnetic resistance, but fluid resistance is a superior tech that reduces noise and wear to your wheel – and it can now be found in kit that clocks in under £200. Kit like this.

Buy from Amazon | £181.76

Cross-Trainers

Cross-trainers, or ellipticals, have two major advantages over other cardio machines. The first is that they provide a full-body workout because you push with your hands while cycling your legs. The second is that they put your body under far less stress than running because your feet don’t leave the platforms while you move, which removes the impact on your joints. Cross-trainers are pricy – budget machines are £150 to £300, a sturdy home unit comes in somewhere between £300 and £700, and it’s well over £1,000 for a gym-standard machine – but you’ll need nothing else to get a good workout at home.

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Quick pick: Reebok ZR8 Cross-Trainer

You’re getting mid-range features for less with the ZR8, the most important one being the chunky 9kg flywheel which provides 32 different levels of resistance.

Buy on Amazon | £262.90

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are the obvious pick for your first free weight purchase. They’re cheap, they’re usually adjustable so you can change the weight, and they can be used for a huge variety of exercises. There are few key choices to make with your dumbbells, including what material, shape and weight range you want. You’ll find all the info you need to make those choices, plus our top picks, in our best dumbbells round-up.

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Quick pick: Bodypower Rubber Hex

This one’s a bit of a no-brainer. The hexagonal design provides a more stable platform when performing renegade rows and the like, and because the weight is fixed there’s zero chance of a nut coming loose and interrupting your flow. The rubber is also floor-friendly, otherwise known as security deposit-friendly.

Buy 12.5kg pair from Amazon | £50.99

Kettlebells

Plan your workout carefully and one good kettlebell is all you’ll need to work muscles all over the body and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Our buyer’s guide features advice from former British Kettlebell Sport champion Jamie Lloyd to help you pick out the very best bells.

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Quick pick: Bodymax Men’s Cast Iron Kettlebell

These cast-iron beauties aren’t as expensive as competition kettlebells, and every weight option has a wide handle, exceptionally useful if – like some of us at Coach – 16kg as the starting weight for men is frankly laughable (we’ll take something lighter, thanks).

Buy on Amazon | From £7.99

Pull-up bars

The pull-up is just about the toughest bodyweight exercise there is and if you want to improve your functional upper body strength, a pull-up bar should be the first bit of home gym kit you pick up. They’re cheap at around £20 for a basic bar they’re, plus they can be hooked over or fitted inside any doorway and then easily stored.

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Quick pick: Body Sculpture Body Gym

The sheer variety of moves you can do on this £20 piece of kit is nothing short of amazing. There’s the pull-up and the chin-up (plus variations) of course, but lock the Body Sculpture Body Gym to the lower part of your doorframe and you have a feet holder for sit-ups and crunches. Flip it over, rest it on the floor and it’ll accommodate a wide range of press-up variations as well, which will make the move gentler on your wrists.

Buy on Amazon | £18.57

Suspension Trainers

You’ll require a sturdy anchor point for the ropes, but if you do have a door, pole or ceiling that can take the weight, a suspension trainer is a terrific bit of home kit. Suspending one or more limbs in the handles of the trainer adds some instability to every exercise you do, so your core works overtime to keep you balanced. The TRX training system is the most well-known suspension trainer, but it’s not the only one and it’s by no means the cheapest – you can find suspensions trainers from as little as £15, with the priciest kits costing in the region of £150.

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Quick pick: TRX GO

As Tarmac is to asphalt, as Tannoy is to public address system, TRX is to suspension trainers. TRX is synonymous with the equipment for good reason: it makes reliable and safe kit, and the GO package has the advantage of being portable (duh) and about £50 cheaper (huh?) than TRX’s other home option.

Buy on Amazon | £79.95

Multi-Gyms

These are large and expensive, and can be a bit of a nightmare to set up if you don’t pay for assembly, but a multi-gym will allow you to take your domestic workouts to the next level. They combine the functions of several resistance machines in one unit, so you can challenge all your muscle groups with significant weight without the need for a spotter. The cheapest multi-gyms sit in the £250-£500 bracket but the price can rise above £5,000 depending on how many bells and whistles you want.

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Quick pick: Opti 70kg Home Multi Gym

Multi-gyms can easily run into the thousands of pounds, but most people can cover most of the exercise bases with a cheaper model. Take Opti’s multi-gym, which can handle more weight than the majority of people can and offer plenty of exercise variety, too. And at less than the cost of a year’s gym membership, it’s something of a steal.

Buy from Argos | £229.99

Resistance Bands

The first purchase you should make when kitting out your home workout space, because resistance bands are both very cheap and very effective at building strength, rehabbing injuries and improving your mobility. Plus they bundle up into a tiny package you can shove out of sight when you’re not using them. Generally you’ll pay £3-£8 for a single resistance band, and less than £20 for a set with several different levels of resistance.

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Quick pick: COREZONE Resistance Loop Bands

This set of sturdy bands come with six different levels of resistance which means that regardless of your ability, you’ll be able to add one to your workout to make it more effective.

Buy from COREZONE | £12.95

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How to Choose Equipment for Your At-Home Gym

Goals – Is it health? Weight? Do you just want to resemble the sex icon that you know is inside? Whatever your reason, it’s never bad or too late to decide to get into shape. We recommend you grab a goal, and hold onto it fiercely.

Workout Plan – You should have three workout categories in your mix, which we’ll talk about later in this guide. Your workout plan needs to be effective, and target muscle groups to bulk you up, and help you lose weight.

Quality – Quality seems rather relative; if it doesn’t have odors from plastic and rubber construction, doesn’t fall apart, and actually feels the way it’s supposed to, it’s a big plus. You don’t have to use an uncomfortable machine. Seats, ergonomic grips and similar comfort features don’t cut-out your workout quality.

Durability – Your health and body are both investments you’re making, and last time we checked, nobody invests in short-term garbage that’s bound to fall apart. Check for materials like cast iron, non-odorous rubber capping, titanium, anodized aluminum, and multiple layers of steel for larger machines.

Versatility – Can it be used for more than its initial intended purpose? Some take creativity, some tell you about hundreds of different options. If it’s versatile, it’s an automatic bump up the list.

How We Chose Our Selection of Gym Equipment

Most of us own or have owned these pieces of equipment before. This was a collaborative effort on behalf of the Gear Hungry team, with a few cooler, newer items we found and threw into the mix. We used the following criteria to figure out this list:

  • Item Size
  • Weight Limits
  • Cost
  • Materials
  • Expected Lifespan
  • Safety
  • Assembly Time and Difficulty
  • Three-Tiered Workout Plan Readiness
  • Reliability

Nothing is more important than your health, and nothing shows more command over your life than a toned body that you’ve slaved over. We want to ensure you have the best of the best, so we narrowed it all down to just twenty-two items to give you a rockin’ home gym.

Home Gym Equipment FAQ

Q: How to Set Up an Effective Home Gym

A: Guys, we’re going for the V-shaped body. It’s what drives your gender of preference wild, and it’s universally seen as taking care of your body, and silently commanding respect from others. For that, you’ve got to take a few elements into consideration, which we’ll talk about now.

First, you need an empty space. If you can’t set up multiple machines or mats with dumbbells, designated areas, etc., then that’s great for you. Just be sure your machines won’t be clanging against each other. Many of us, whether it’s due to apartment living or what, have a small amount of space we can dedicate to this. To understand what equipment you’ll need, let’s look at the three main workouts you want to be focusing on: cardio, strength, and full-body.

Cardio keeps the heart pumping; jump rope, a recumbent bike, or a treadmill will do the trick here. Strength training comes into play with dumbbells and squat racks, and finally, full-body includes machines or equipment that does more than cover a basic category. It works muscles you didn’t know you had, and focuses on toning everything to its sexiest point.

You can get resistance bands, a foam roller, jump rope, and a set of dumbbells to give you all these different workouts. They’re excellent, time-tested favorites, but then you get into treadmills, rowing machines, and benches, giving you a lot more stability and conformity to your workout. Setting up the gym is about effectively targeting each type of workout, and finding what’s going to work in your space. However, these are a few home gym tips to help you make it as efficient as possible:

  • Use mats for traction, especially when you’re doing planks, sit-ups, or push-ups
  • Have access to a water cooler (we have a guide on them here) for constant hydration
  • Grab a Bluetooth speaker or use built-in MP3 docks on specialized equipment; music gets you pumped up
  • Maintain distance between each mat setup or machine so you’re not scraping the paint off the walls, or having to squeeze in between machines to answer the door
  • Keep it well-ventilated with a large fan, wall AC unit, or a dehumidifier; the optimal atmosphere will help you breathing throughout your workout
  • Set aside specific time each day; interval training works, but too many breaks in between will nullify some effects

Q: What Are the Benefits of an At-Home Gym Workout?

A: There are quite a few, so to keep good on time, we’ll jot them down real quick:

  • No self-consciousness like you’d have at the gym
  • Depending on your equipment, it could pay for itself (as opposed to monthly gym memberships) within 1-3 years, and from then on, you’re just saving money
  • You’ll save time by not having to drive to and from the gym
  • You don’t get stuck with gym showers or atmosphere
  • Even if the weather outside is pretty shit, you’ll still be able to get a full workout in
  • Most workout machines retain upwards of 70% resale value
  • Pick up and put down whenever you want; you’re not living by anyone’s schedule but your own

Q: How Often Should You Workout?

A: Health and fitness are subjective topics, because everyone is different. Assuming you’re a normal male with no health restrictions, and you’re just trying to get in shape, we recommend exercising at least five days a week. Cardio is something you can do every single day, because it burns fat in the moments that you’re performing it. Strength training breaks down your body and rebuilds it, so you should limit strength training (more on that in a moment). If you’re doing both of those, full-body workouts should be added in twice a week.

You have three goals in mind: lose fat, build muscle, workout every part of your physique. Respectively, each of these three exercise categories do that for you, but you can’t overdo it. We’ll get into the nutrition aspect in a moment, as well as a little tidbit about your body temperature.

Cardio Workout – Cardio is all about keeping the heart rate going, the blood flowing, and burning fat. When the heart starts beating faster in a safe parameter, your body begins taking calories and minerals from your fat storage (that’s the toned-down version, but the science of it is in-depth). Essentially, in the middle of performing cardio right on down to the last step you take, you’re burning fat and cutting calories. Hydration is key afterwards.

Strength Training Exercise – Less is more; seriously. With strength training, you create thousands of micro tears across your activates muscles. That soreness you feel the next day is directly related to your workout. Your muscles lactate when they’re used, they tear, and they have to essentially heal and rebuild themselves. When they rebuild, they’re stronger, and slowly getting larger. You shouldn’t exceed strength training three times per week, unless you’re a total bodybuilder.

Strength training also has something called the afterburn effect. We just talked about cardio a moment ago, which only burns calories and shreds down fat while you’re performing the workout. If you get in a proper strength exercise, then feed your muscles protein and minerals afterwards, your afterburn keeps fat cells burning for up to thirty-six hours after your workout, thanks to increasdd hormone production that targets stored fat cells.

Full-Body Workout – This is a little bit of everything, blanketing your body in an even workout across the board. You can get away with these two times a week plus cardio if you’re switching out strength training. Our recommendation is to get in three days of cardio, one of strength, and at least one of full-body. That gives your broken-down muscles time to heal and form a couple of days a week, while still reaping the rewards of your determination, and your new home gym.

Proper Nutrition After a Workout

There’s no one magic cure-all to rebuilding your body after a workout. You’re wise enough to know what food is garbage, and what is actually healthy for you. Even if you don’t want to admit it, you’re going to have to stick to lean proteins, fresh or frozen vegetables, and immense hydration with nothing but pure spring water.

Your body needs iron, magnesium, potassium, and other key vitamins and minerals after a workout, for way too many reasons to get into right now. Having cruciferous veggies, lean protein, and enough water to flood your system, are all key to building your body up, and keeping fat out.

Important Warning: Your Body Temperature After a Workout

We talked about the afterburn effect in a previous section, so we know that our body can still work for more than a full day on its own, even after the workout has stopped. You need to plan your workouts accordingly, and if you end up going iron man and doing two per day (not recommended), you’re going to need to space them out, as well as put a gap between your workout, and any physically demanding activities with friends.

Your body temperature is raised for four hours. That means that from the moment you stop a workout, you have four hours until your body temperature is back to normal. During this period, it’s very simple to throw yourself into heatstroke, or underestimate your body’s current condition. Pay attention, especially if you’re going for high intensity workouts.

Whether it’s the cold temperatures or a pricey gym membership, leaving the house for a workout can be tougher than originally anticipated.

Luckily, there’s a huge trend in the fitness industry: the home gym. And although brands like Peloton and Mirror are drawing attention to the home fitness movement, you can create your own home gym for a fraction of the price.

Heath and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour stopped by TODAY to show us a few products that can turn your living room into a workout oasis. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or tone up muscles, you’ll find a few helpful items that will help you reach your goals.

Check out her favorites and leave the gym behind!

The best home gym equipment on TODAY

1. SPRI 3-in-1 Resistance Band Kit

Resistance bands are great for strength training because they allow you to build muscle without the use of gym machines or dumbbells. Use this kit to target your back, chest and arms.

2. SPRI Mini Bands (3-Pack)

Upgrade your regular strength training routine with these mini elastic bands. With proper use, they help to maintain proper alignment while working out and continuously stabilize muscles with movement.

3. TB12 Medicine Ball

Make your basic exercises more difficult with a weighted ball. Depending on the exercise, you can target every part of your body with the use of this product — and it’s easy to store in a smaller living area.

4. SPRI Wobble Board

The SPRI wobble board will help you challenge your body’s balance in just a few minutes. Not only does it work with your overall coordination, but it also targets your joints and core at the same time.

5. P.volve Premium Kit

This at-home workout kit includes a P.ball and a P.band for total-body toning. The P.ball is ideal for lower body and core activation, while the P.band helps to strengthen your upper body.

6. P.volve P.Ball Workout Ball

If you’d rather stick with one P.Volve product, try the P.ball that will help to tone your glutes, thighs and abs. It comes with a pump so you can inflate the ball to your liking.

7. P.Volve P.Band

Slip your hands into these bands to target muscles throughout your arms. For fitness guidance, you can purchase streaming access or a starter pack from the P.Volve site.

8. Non-Slip Yoga Mat

This all-purpose yoga mat is a bestseller on Amazon with over 6,200 reviews and a 4.5-star rating. It also comes with a convenient carrying strap and is available in seven colors.

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9. CITYROW Go Rower

If you’re looking for a great workout investment, check out the Go Rower from CITYROW. Rowing works your entire body and will strengthen your arms, core, back, and legs and boost endurance.

10. Kait Hurley Classes

This mindful app will guide you through yoga, stretching and strengthening exercises. Each class is modified for all levels of experience and the movements target muscles throughout the entire body.

You can visit the site for a free 14-day trial and pay as little as $9.99 per month when trial comes to an end.

11. Obe Fitness Classes

Obe delivers over 2,500 live and on-demand classes for every mood, level and goal. Steaming is easy — you can take classes from your phone, tablet smart TV or laptop, and the service starts at just $27 a month.

12. 21-Day Challenge with Stephanie Mansour

Looking for some instruction for no money out of your pocket? Check out Stephanie Mansour’s program — Step it Up with Steph.

The best home gym equipment for 2020

1. Perform Better Mini XL Band

These resistance bands give you a big fitness bang for your buck. Use them to enhance mobility, strengthen your upper and lower body, and work your core, said Kira Stokes, personal trainer and creator of the Stoked Method.

This set of four bands ranges in resistance from light to heavy and also comes with an exercise manual.

2. Lifeline Stretch Bands

You can use these bands to tone your arms, abs and glutes! We love them because they come in different levels, depending on your strength and fitness goals. You can choose to get different sets of resistance bands, or you can double up on them if you need more resistance. You can also get a set of three for $20 at Target.

3. Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Another must-have for your home gym, this high-quality mat is one favored by yoga instructor Heidi Kristoffer, creator of CrossFlowX.

It has nice grip and just the right amount of padding for smooth, seamless flows. And it’s not just for yoga — use it for any type of home workout or stretching routine.

4. Manduka Cork Yoga Block

For supported restorative poses and better balance, yoga blocks are essential for at-home practices. “They’ll help ensure you won’t fall or strain any muscles trying to be more flexible than you are,” Kristoffer said.

This cork version is the way to go since cork is sturdier and steadier than foam.

5. Dumbbell Set With Stand

Bodyweight exercises are an effective way to build strength and burn calories.

This colorful set comes with a stand to keep them from rolling around, and their neoprene covering makes them durable and easy to grip.

6. AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller

A long foam roller is another home gym essential for post-workout soreness (and, let’s be real, everyday life). This versatile roller helps relieve tight muscles, increase blood flow and work out the kinks all over your body.

7. Moji Heated Foam Roller

If you’re looking for a foam roller with even more impressive features, this heated option might be the way to go. Simply pop it in the microwave to warm it up, and the heat will help break down scar tissue and loosen knots, according to the website.

8. Hyperwear Sandbell

This portable training tool provides a slew of benefits for your body, from metabolic conditioning to total-body strengthening, said Jessica Matthews, fitness instructor and senior adviser for American Council on Exercise.

“Since it’s filled with sand, it adds a challenging new dimension to strength and power exercises, such as slams, swings, squats and more.” And with a soft neoprene cover, you don’t have to worry about damage to your floor.

9. Perfect Multi-Gym Bar

This isn’t your regular pull-up bar. It can be used on the ground for exercises that target the triceps and biceps or anchor feet for situps.

10. TRX Training GO Suspension Trainer Kit

These suspension straps essentially turn any part of your home into a workout machine. Attach them pretty much anywhere — over a door, a tree, a lamppost — to work your entire body and improve strength, stabilization, flexibility and cardio.

11. Survival & Cross Jump Rope

No room (or budget) for a treadmill? No problem. Jumping rope is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and an efficient way to sprinkle some cardio into your strength training routine, celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson said. Stokes is also a huge fan: “Not a day goes by that I don’t use mine,” she said.

12. 3-in-1 Wood Plyo Box

A plyometric box is a versatile addition to any home gym and it’s fairly easy to put together.

13. Hero Battle Rope

Battle ropes like this one are popular for CrossFit workouts. They engage your entire body for a quick yet impactful workout.

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The 25 Top-Rated Home Workout Essentials for a Fitter, Healthier Body

One of the best things you can do for your body is to exercise with gym equipment. Yet, many people balk at heading to the gym out of personal fears such as embarrassment in addition to some gym memberships being quite expensive. Moreover, it’s not always fun working out and sweating in front of strangers. Not to mention, it can be a struggle to find time to get ready and then drive to a gym every day, let alone fit a workout in.

Instead, it is much more convenient to have and use your own home workout equipment. In contrast to paying for a membership, you have everything available at your convenience. Plus, you don’t have to drive to the fitness center, and you get to work out in the privacy of your own home.

To help you find the best home workout equipment, we’ve curated a list of 25 top-rated essentials, from chin-up bars to exercise balls, complete home workout gyms, and more. Ratings information is based on Amazon reviews and is current at the time of publication.

1. Ab Roller By DiBoBo

Current Rating: 4.3

The ab roller is one of the most popular forms of gym equipment because it is affordable, portable, and it works. Who doesn’t love the look of tight, lean abs? Now, you can finally get rid of that muffin top. Yet, standard ab crunches can quickly hurt your back. With this ab roller, you can ensure perfect form while whittling away that tummy butter.

Key Features:

  • Good for all fitness levels
  • Portable
  • Lightweight

2. Odoland 3-In-1 Ab Wheel Roller Kit

Current Rating: 4.4

The Odoland Ab Wheel Roller has 3 wheels that let you roll in any direction, on any floor surface. In addition, it comes with a resistance band to heighten the level of training. Once you feel you’ve moved up a level, just add a resistance band to improve your results. Moreover, it’s so portable, you can travel with it. With this ab roller, you’ll be ready for the summer in no time.

Key Features:

  • Includes a knee pad
  • No-slip comfort grip
  • Comes with travel bag

3. Balance Ball Chair

Current Rating: 3.7

Having proper balance is essential to good health. When you have bad posture, it affects your internal organs since they feel the pressure as well. Plus, you need core strength to improve posture, too. Well, this alternative desk chair helps you do just that by simply sitting down. The Gaiam balance ball chair fits most chairs from desk chairs to dining chairs. When sitting, this balance ball helps to relieve back pain, boost energy, and align the spine. If you’re suffering from back issues, you should add this to your pain management routine.

Key Features:

  • Build a healthier back
  • Removable balance ball
  • Comes with air pump

4. Best Choice Tri-fold Gym Mat

Current Rating: 4.5

When working out, it is essential to have a comfortable mat. No one wants to lie on a potentially dirty floor. Plus, the mat helps to take the pressure off the impact of cardio exercise. And, it offers soft support when performing exercises while lying down. What’s nice about this mat is it folds for portability. And, it has carrying handles for easy transport.

Key Features:

  • Puncture-resistant
  • Carrying handles
  • Portable

5. Best Fitness Functional Trainer

Current Rating: 3.7

One of the most efficient methods for losing weight and building muscle mass is through weight lifting. In fact, you need to lift weights to increase your metabolism. Well, now you can easily do so with this functional trainer. It comes with 19 vertical pulley adjustments and a 190-lb weight stack. Yet, surprisingly, it won’t take up a lot of space. In addition, it is easy to set up.

Key Features:

  • Integrated straight chinning bar
  • Three-year frame warranty
  • Adjustable pulleys

6. Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym

Current Rating: 4.4

When it comes to home workout equipment, who hasn’t heard of the Bowflex? Well, the PR1000 version is the perfect model to get newbies back to exercising. For this type of equipment, it has an affordable price point that offers over 30 strength exercises. Plus, you get up to 210 pounds of resistance. Once you start using this machine, you may be surprised how quickly your body starts to shape up.

Key Features:

  • Horizontal bench
  • Lat pull down
  • Rowing machine rail

7. Bowflex Xtreme

Current Rating: 4.3

Now that you are aware of the power of the Bowflex, it is time for an upgrade. If you’re ready to take your fitness to the next level, then the Bowflex Xtreme 2SE is for you. In fact, you can add up to 410 pounds of resistance. You might not need that much weight to keep your body toned and tight, but it’s nice to know you have the option. Still, it is compact enough to fit in a room or the garage. And, it features over 70 exercises to ensure you have a rockin’ body.

Key Features:

  • Compact
  • Integrated lat tower
  • Patented power rods

8. Doorway Chin Up Bar

Current Rating: 3.9

If you’ve been looking for something portable that will give you a great workout, then this doorway chin up bar is the way to go. Put it on your bedroom door and get some chin ups in before breakfast. It’s fun to use, and the solid steel construction ensures it is durable. In fact, it can safely support up to 300 pounds. And, it is a great workout for your back, abs, shoulders, chest, arms, lats, triceps, and biceps.

Key Features:

  • Multiple foam grip positions
  • Flat design
  • Easy to install

9. OYO PERSONAL GYM 25

Current Rating: 4.0

What’s nice about this piece of gym equipment is the fact that it is so portable. All you do is snap on flex packs for extra resistance. With the leg and door attachments, you can get a full body workout. Plus, it comes with a guide that includes workouts and nutritional guidance.

Key Features:

  • Two-year warranty
  • SpiraFlex resistance
  • Comes with exercise DVD

10. DynaPro Exercise Ball

Current Rating: 4.5

All home gyms need a stability ball. The DynaPro exercise ball provides 2,000 pounds of stability. Use it for balance, to gain core strength, and for yoga. It also comes with an anti-burst feature to ensure many comfortable uses. Plus, you can inflate it quickly with its accompanying hand pump. Not to mention, at under $20, you just can’t beat the price.

Key Features:

  • Work out anywhere
  • Use for all forms of exercise
  • Portable

11. Full Body Vibration Platform

Current Rating: 4.5

If you’re ready to amp up your fitness regimen, then this full body vibration platform is essential. The vibration provides a resistance that is unmatched on any other type of equipment. In fact, all you have to do is stand and hold on, and you will get a workout. But, if you want to increase the resistance, you can squat, lean, or even perform push ups. Not only does it increase muscle strength, but it also improves circulation. Many med spas have a vibration platform and charge up to $50 per use. By having your own platform, you save money while trimming inches from your waistline.

Key Features:

  • Fights cellulite
  • Improves bone density
  • Simple controls

12. Indoor Cycle Trainer

Current Rating: 3.4

It seems that everyone owns a bike these days, but it can be dangerous if your city doesn’t have too many bike lanes constructed yet. Still, riding a bike provides great exercise. So, why not train at home with the Xtremepower indoor cycle trainer? For starters, you’ll be impressed by its sleek and contemporary design. But, you’ll also like the fact that it feels like a real bike. And, it comes with an easy-to-read LED display that monitors your heart rate, speed, calories, distance, and time. It’s also comfortable with a fully adjustable seat.

Key Features:

  • Chain drive mechanism
  • Adjustable height
  • Quiet workouts

13. Chest Expander

Current Rating: 4.5

Working on your chest helps to improve your overall body tone and structure. Yet, the Kansoon chest expander also works your arms to get rid of that flappy bulge. You won’t have any issues since it has a non-slip plastic handle. And, it is perfect for home since it is portable and compact.

Key Features:

  • One-year warranty
  • Portable
  • Lightweight

14. Marcy Home Gym

Current Rating: 4.1

Working out at a gym station helps you to get a total body workout in one place. Yet, if you use one at the gym, you have to worry about waiting in line and all the germs and sweat collected on the seats and bars. It’s so much better to have your own, such as this Marcy, 150-lb multifunctional home workout station. It is solid because it is made of premium steel construction. You can also customize the weights depending on your skill and fitness level. When not in use, it comes with a safety lock to prevent unauthorized access. Also, it combines arm and leg stations to help you create your ultimate body.

Key Features:

  • Weight stack lock
  • Dual action press arms
  • Over 30 strength training exercises

15. Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike

Current Rating: 4.1

Many of us love riding a bike, but sometimes, we have back issues that prevent us from doing so. Well, now you can workout while supporting your back with the Marcy recumbent exercise bike. Place it in front of your flat screen TV and work out while enjoying your favorite shows. It comes with a magnetic resistance mechanism that provides eight levels of resistance. It also has an LCD screen with an odometer and calories burned reading. And, the pedals are weighted for the ultimate in foot support.

Key Features:

  • Step-through design
  • Padded seat
  • Adjustable resistance

16. MaxiClimber Vertical Climber

Current Rating: 3.9

You’ve got to climb your way to the top, and you can do so with the Maxi Climber Vertical Climber. Don’t risk your life scaling a mountain; just use this ergonomically-designed climber. And, you don’t have to stress yourself out because it comes with a workout timer that starts and stops when you do. Plus, despite its numerous features, it folds for easy storage. You get an intense work out that uses your body weight. Watch that fat melt off.

Key Features:

  • Total body workout
  • Pre-assembled delivery
  • Easy storage

17. Power Twister Bar

Current Rating: 4.1

The Peyond power twister bar proves how a simple piece of equipment can produce dramatic results. All you have to do is motivate yourself to workout. This power twister offers up to 88 pounds of force. And, you’ll have years of use since it is made of carbon steel springs. Plus, you won’t even need gloves since it comes with a non-slip plastic handle. Once you use this consistently, you’ll notice an increase in your upper body strength. Since it is so well-designed, it is safe for all fitness levels, body types, and ages.

Key Features:

  • Improves grip strength
  • Portable
  • Lightweight

18. Simply Fit Board

Current Rating: 3.9

If you’ve ever watched the popular TV show, Shark Tank, then you might have seen the Simply Fit board before it became a household name. It’s amazing to see how far this brand has come. The Simply Fit board is a lightweight piece of equipment that engages the entire body through a unique twisting motion. As you balance on the board, you provide resistance to your body. It can strengthen your legs, abs and more. If you need some help getting started, it comes with a workout DVD and user guide.

Key Features:

  • Fun
  • Portable
  • Supports up to 400 pounds

19. Stamina Body Trac Glider

Current Rating: 4.0

Rowing machines are a lot of fun because they are user-friendly and don’t stress your joints. The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is no exception. Strengthen your arms and legs quickly with a comfortable rowing motion. It’s also nice that you can easily store this machine in a closet since it folds. In addition, it comes with a monitor to track your calories burned, time, and stroke count. And, the steel frame construction will provide years of use.

Key Features:

  • Build a strong back
  • Full range of motion
  • Adjustable shock resistance

20. TheraBand CLX Resistance Band

Current Rating: 3.3

When you want a boost to your normal workout, all it takes are powerful resistance bands. The TheraBand CLX Resistance Band with Loops is a heavy, five-foot band that can be used for all fitness levels. But, this isn’t your average resistance band – it is quite strong. It even comes with several grip options. You can also use it for both upper and lower body exercises. With this band, you can start with 7.3 pounds of resistance, up to 10.2 pounds of resistance – so you don’t have to worry about carrying weights around. Add it to your workouts to take you out of your plateau.

Key Features:

  • Downloadable exercise app
  • Seven resistance levels
  • Works as well as barbells

21. Total Gym 1400

Current Rating: 4.4

Like many people who watch TV, you’ve probably seen and heard of the Total Gym through its tempting infomercials. If you’ve always wanted to try it for yourself, now is the time. As the name implies, it really is a total gym. It also comes with a workout DVD to ensure you work out every body part strategically and efficiently. There is no greater feeling than to have optimum health for your age. Plus, it is wonderful to look great in clothes. It doesn’t hurt to get a few compliments either. In as little as 10 to 20 minutes, you can get a full body workout. In fact, you can tone multiple muscle groups all at once. And the multi-functional attachments are easy to use for the ultimate in personalized workouts.

Key Features:

  • Versatile
  • Over 60 different exercises
  • Easy storage

22. TRX Basic Suspension Trainer Kit

Current Rating: 4.7

A home gym doesn’t have to be bulky to get results. The TRX training suspension system is quite effective for bringing out your full fitness potential. Plus, it’s so portable, you can take it with you anywhere. Just anchor it to a door or secured location, and you can get a good workout in pretty much anywhere. It also comes with a 35-page workout guide to ensure you have plenty of variety and never get bored.

Key Features:

  • Delivers proven results
  • Build strength and mobility
  • Safety-tested for up to 350 pounds

23. TRX Medicine Ball

Current Rating: 4.2

The TRX 10-inch medicine ball is suitable for all fitness levels. Yet, it also has a moisture- and scuff-resistant vinyl cover. Plus, don’t worry about sweating because it has easy-to-grip construction. You can get the ball in multiple weight options from four to 12 pounds. It helps to elevate your sit-ups, squats, and presses.

Key Features:

  • Heavy-duty use
  • Improve core strength
  • Keeps its shape

24. Under Desk Elliptical

Current Rating: 4.3

Sitting at a desk all day can quickly ruin your health and body shape. You need to get up and move around. Yet, with a heavy workload, that can be difficult to accomplish. Well, change your trajectory with the Cubii Under Desk Elliptical. While your working on your next presentation or calling a prospect, go ahead and step away. It is Bluetooth-enabled and syncs with both FitBit and HealthKit. Plus, it offers adjustable resistance for all fitness levels. And, it is easy to assemble. Multi-tasking has never been so healthy or easy. It’s also ergonomically designed for comfort and ease of use. Want to increase the intensity? It offers eight levels of resistance to do just that.

Key Features:

  • Configured for comfort
  • Get out of a sedentary lifestyle
  • Low impact

25. Wonder Core Smart Fitness Equipment

Current Rating: 4.3

There are so many uses for this Wonder Core machine, there is a reason it is called “Smart.” You can get a total body workout with this simple system. Whether it is your abs or your triceps. you can target all major muscle groups. Moreover, it comes fully assembled so you can work out immediately. If you need some guidance, it does include an exercise DVD and fitness guide. In fact, you get laser focus on every muscle group. Whether it is ski season or bikini season, your health and your body will be ready.

Key Features:

  • Focus on your entire core
  • Easy to store
  • Adjustable resistance

You know you have to exercise, but it’s also easy to make excuses for skipping out on the gym. You might think it’s too expensive, too far, too crowded or all of the above. Well, with a home gym, you can throw all of those excuses out the window. Plus, you can exercise whenever and however you like. What could be better?

You don’t need a gym membership to work out effectively every day. As long as you have a few versatile tools, you can do countless types of workouts right at home. And most of these items (think resistance bands and kettlebells) cost far less than a gym membership. They make working out at home easier, more accessible and more effective.

A great place to start if you’re building your at-home gym from scratch is these six items. They all can be used to create intense workout routines, sans any fancy (and expensive) equipment.

Resistance bands

It doesn’t matter if you’re at beginner level or training like a pro — a resistance band can really come in handy during your workouts. This workout tool can help challenge different muscle groups, since your body has to work even harder to stabilize itself. You’ll feel the effects of a resistance band right away. Leg bands typically are the cheapest — this set of five from Limm ($9.91; amazon.com) is just shy of 10 bucks — while more comprehensive sets are a little more. A solid set to invest in is Tribe’s 11-Piece Resistance Band Set ($20.98; amazon.com), which comes with a door anchor, ankle straps and handles, and a variety of different resistance weights so you can work out with more versatility and target multiple areas of your body.

Kettlebell

We’ve touted the benefits of kettlebell workouts before. Kettlebell swings in particular are a great way to increase your heart rate and burn calories fast — a study from the American Council on Exercise found that this can burn up to 20 calories a minute. They can even help improve your motor skills and balance. All these benefits make adding kettlebells into your at-home workout routine a pretty simple decision. One 5-star rated product you can shop right now is AmazonBasics’ Cast Iron Kettlebell (starting at $19.99; amazon.com), which also happens to be a best-seller on the site.

Adjustable dumbbells

Maybe you don’t have space in your home for multiple sets of dumbbells, or maybe you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg in order to strengthen your arms and legs. Whatever your reason, it shouldn’t stop you from keeping a pair of dumbbells in your home, especially since these feel like the cornerstone of many workouts. An adjustable pair — like Yes4All Cast Iron Adjustable Dumbbells ($98.48; walmart.com) — will let you add on weight to challenge yourself while you work out. You can do weighted squats, bicep and tricep curls and chest presses at home sans any cluttering, unnecessary equipment.

Foam roller

Muscle soreness and tension are inevitable when you work out. A foam roller is a professional-approved way to help increase blood flow, release knots and help you feel more comfortable post workout. You can use it to target very specific areas of your body like your hamstrings, calves or back. The best part? Many solid foam rollers out there are pretty cheap. A favorite of ours, and of customers, is TriggerPoint’s GRID Foam Roller ($34.98; amazon.com).

Jump rope

Do you have only a spare 10 minutes to work out? Try a jump rope. This simple and highly effective workout can have you burning over 10 calories a minute, while strengthening your legs and butt and burning serious fat. A simple 10-minute workout can help you burn a potential 100 calories in a single session, and that really adds up if you do it on a regular basis. A best-selling standard jump rope from Amazon is Survival and Cross’s Jump Rope ($10; amazon.com). If you’re looking to up the ante, consider a weighted jump rope like MountainKing’s Crossfit Weighted Jump Rope ($12.88; amazon.com) for an extra challenge.

Step platform

Aerobic step platforms are a well-known tool that can help you get an intense cardiovascular workout. With one of these, you can practice moves that will improve your coordination, agility and endurance. A greater height can increase the challenges of your workout even more. For that type of flexibility, you’ll want a step platform that features a customizable riser. The Step’s Original Aerobic Platform (starting at $29.99; amazon.com) does just that.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed price at the time of publication.

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