Just twist the knob on the end to easily alternate weight for, say, lunges with higher weight and curls with lighter weight. This set is great for keeping designated home gym space organized and clutter-free.
If you’re looking to do some resistance training at home, it will be tough to find a better value than these neoprene dumbbells from AmazonBasics. You can opt for a set of 2 from 1-20 pounds, or opt for a set with 2-, 3-, and 5-lb weights. Check out the workout Jillian Michaels prepped for us to give you some inspiration if you’re not sure how to get started with them.
TheraBand Exercise and Stability Ball
This versatile exercise ball can be used for working on posture, balance, core stability, and more. As a certified Pilates instructor, I’ve personally used this ball through pregnancies and post-pregnancy workouts to help with core strength and flexibility, and have seen children (with consent from physicians and physical therapists) use for therapeutic exercises.
Go toss-, bounce-, and even slam-happy with these durable balls designed to resist impact with nearly any surface you’d encounter. The textured surface allows for comfortable gripping even during strenuous activities. It brings me back to my days as a game of avid soccer, lacrosse, and basketball player when I used medicine balls for building up muscular strength and stability during training season.
Perform Better Exercise Bands
This much-loved set of resistance bands includes four bands of varying intensities (yellow = light, green = medium, blue = heavy, black = extra heavy), so you can use different ones for different exercises (or keep extras for group workouts). They’re super portable to pop into your suitcase when traveling, and can be used for upper and lower body training exercises.
Gliding Discs Individual Kit
Make workouts more interesting with gliding discs, which create a smooth sliding surface for all your upper- and lower-body workouts. This style has two sides: one that slides on the carpet, the other on hardwood, so it’ll fit every space of your home gym. If you’re a newbie to gliders, check out the moves famed trainer Lateral Mitchell whipped up, especially for GH readers!
Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block
Lots of foam blocks can be too squishy, but this lightweight pick is able to provide support thanks to its high-density foam construction. The rounded edges allow for greater comfort while helping maintain stability or alignment. We found them to be the perfect balance of strength and comfort in a cute package!
NordicTrack Commercial 1750
This treadmill includes a 1-year membership to the coaching platform iFit, which offers an expansive library (12,000+!) of empowering workouts and includes the ability to live-stream workouts onto the 7″ touchscreen monitor. You can set up to 4 profiles to track performance to help keep you accountable and motivated during your workout journey.
TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller
The go-to brand for foam rollers, this roller is able to provide muscle recovery, pain relief, and improved flexibility. Its durable construction is comprised of a foam exterior over a rigid, hollow core that maintains its shape and integrity after prolonged usage.
Peloton Stationary Bike
Our Engineering Lab fell in love with this Peloton bike when it first debuted in 2014 thanks to its ingeniously tech-y yet simple concept: a large touchscreen mounted on a high-performance bike enabling you to Livestream classes from studio classes. The bike monitors calories burned, power output, distance traveled, and cadence (pedaling rate). You can also opt to take a pre-recorded class whenever you’d like.
Fitbit Charge 3
The Good Housekeeping Wellness Lab regularly tests the best fitness trackers, and Charge 3 is an all-around great pick. It can last a week on a single charge, is designed for use while swimming, and has an integrated heart rate monitor.
It’s not the smartest tracker (though you can get notifications) or the best for the true fitness buff (no onboard GPS), but it’s a great, everyday pick for those looking to track fitness progress in a sleek form factor.
TRX All-In-One Home Gym Bundle
This kit includes everything you need for full-body workouts, even if you are tight on space — the all-in-one set can be used so long as you have access to a door, tree, or wall studs. And because you are using your own weight resistance, workouts can easily be customized to your fitness level. Our tests proved it was super-quick to set up and offered a full-body workout in minutes.
The Step Original Aerobic Platform
Great for aerobic exercise and strength training, The Step is a staple in gyms around the country. Why not yours? Vary the workout intensity by adjusting the risers on this versatile platform. It comes 4″ off the ground, but bump it up to 6″ with two of the risers, or all the way up to 8″ by using all four risers. Check out Women’s Health Step Workout to get started.
Gaiam Yoga Mat
Our testers logged over 150 yoga sessions to help us find the best yoga mats. This top-rated pick was our best value, great for those who are starting out their at-home (or in-studio) practice. We love that there are lots of reversible designs to choose from and that it provides a particularly cushy surface that is friendly on the joints.
Athleta Stealth Capri
Our GHI Textiles Lab tested to find the best workout leggings on performance attributes like moisture management, pilling resistance, colorfastness, perceived fit, comfort and more. These Athleta leggings rose to the top thanks to their flattering fit and high-performance marks nearly across the board.