15 Best Home Gym Equipment for Home Workout Equipment Reviews

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There’s nothing dumb about these weights that basically combines 15 sets of weights into a single piece of equipment. You can adjust the weight from 5 to 52.5 pounds without any additional components, and in 2.5-pound increments from 5-25 pounds.

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.

2Basic Dumbbells

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.

3Exercise Ball

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.

4Medicine Ball

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.

5Resistance Bands

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.

6Gliding Discs

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!

7Yoga Block

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.

9Foam Roller

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.

10Smart Bike

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.

11Fitness Tracker

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.

12Suspension Training

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.

13Fitness Step

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.

14Yoga Mat

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.

15Workout Leggings

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.

Chief Technologist & Director of Engineering
Rachel is the chief technologist and director of engineering at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she oversees testing methodology, implementation, and reporting for all labs.

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