The home can be a sanctuary, standing strong through life’s struggles and challenges, so creating a space for your personal health and fitness within that place can be a valuable tool for the betterment of your life.
That, and you’ll probably wind up saving a ton of money on expensive membership dues and all of the fees that pop up when you belong to a fitness club. And why spend your valuable time schlepping your workout gear to and from the studio when you could just take a quick walk down your own hallway? You’d never have to deal with bad exercise music again (unless you’re into that type of thing0.
Whether you have a full-on Iron Paradise packed with state of the art equipment or just a corner with a yoga mat in your one-bedroom apartment, keeping exercise gear around the house can help you stay consistent with your exercise routine. This gear will help you turn your boring at-home bodyweight circuit into fully-fledged strength and conditioning plans, depending on your set-up.
Cancel your fancy gym membership and snag some of this stuff so you never have to leave your brand new home gym. Here are 30 can’t-miss pieces, with picks for just about every type of space.
If you want an implement for an all-around workout, you’re going to want at least one kettlebell. From goblet squats to swings, you can get a ton of work within a limited amount of space. Check out this Primal set from Onnit to make your workout extra savage.
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You don’t have to be into vinyasa slow flow to make a yoga mat useful at home. Use this solid option for abs and basic stretching, too—it even unrolls itself.
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If you have enough room one of these bad boys, get it. Your home gym should be based around the classic power cage, which allows you to do the three pillars of strength and conditioning workouts: Bench press, barbell squat, and deadlift.
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If you don’t have room for a full-on power rack, you can pick up a more compact option for pullups, chinups, dips, and all the other exercises you can pull off from a hanging position.
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If you don’t have quite enough room for a full-sized Olympic barbell, check out this smaller option. It’s 6 feet long and weighs 15 kg (33 lbs.), so it won’t take up as much room as the standard sizing — but it can hold up to 700 lbs. so your work won’t be limited by its stature.
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Challenge yourself to make your cardio even tougher at home with these battle ropes. Perform slams, waves, and more—but you’ll need a strong anchor and plenty of space.
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If outdoor cardio isn’t your thing, this heavy punching bag is a great alternative for incinerating fat while building explosive power and speed. With the included gloves and wraps, you’ll be ready to rumble right away.
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Hang all day from these gymnastic rings, which can be used for old-school workouts or suspension training exercises. Add a twist to pull-ups, nail kips, and more.
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TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING KIT
There’s a reason half the gyms in America now stock some version of this suspension training system: It’s the ultimate body-weight workout. You’ll also save a ton of valuable floor space.
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This bands and bow set provides variable resistance for a twist on a surprising number of exercises, forcing your muscles to spend more time under tension—a central tenant of muscle building.
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Turbocharge almost any exercise by incorporating this balance-challenging machine into your routine. You’ll better activate your core while firing up all those in-between stabilization muscles most workouts neglect.
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Add an extra challenge to your bodyweight workouts with this 20-lb. vest. The slim profile is less bulky than other options, and you can adjust the load easily by 1-lb. increments.
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Warm up your body before a workout with this whole-body rowing machine. Or max out the resistance to bulk up your back, shoulders, and arms.
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MEDICINE BALL SET
This classic medicine ball set features a durable, textured rubber shell for improved grip. It also has modest bounce for ball workouts that require it.
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The pushup is still one of the best upper-body exercises you can do with no equipment. Make them even more effective with these incline grip stands: They’ll protect your wrists and help you better engage your chest, shoulders, arms, and core.
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Whether you use it for CrossFit, MMA training, or just to stay in shape, this adjustable speed rope will challenge athletes of all shapes and sizes.
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Protect your floors — not to mention your joints — with these non-toxic foam tiles. Whether you’re throwing around weights or a judo partner, they’ll provide a safe surface for your home workouts.
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This treadmill gives you access to a full range of workout options, from streaming group fitness classes to guided runs recorded all over the world. You’ll be in your home gym, but you’ll feel like you’re anywhere you want to be.
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Log miles even when weather (or the game) keeps you cooped up indoors. This sturdy, no-frills spin bike provides plenty of lower-body resistance, even for seasoned cyclists.
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SMART SPIN BIKE
Do more than just pedal aimlessly with this connected spin bike from Peloton. You’ll have access to streaming content for live or on-demand workout classes from master trainers from Peloton HQ in New York City.
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Whether you’re using it for exercise or to smooth out sore muscles, this sturdy roller won’t collapse or lose its shape—no matter how much you abuse each other.
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Wedge this bar into the top of your doorframe, and you’re ready for pullups, chinups, and a variety of other back and bicep exercises. Lay it on the floor for tricep dips and easy-on-your-wrists pushups.
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$899.00 (31% off)
If you’re not willing to give up your evening tube time, this machine will allow you to stay fit even as you power through your Netflix queue.
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$649.00 (35% off)
Get your arms involved in your cardio workout with this fan bike. Add it to your routine for intervals, or use the built-in computer for pre-programmed splits.
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This set of dumbbells provides all the weight you need in a smart, ultra-compact form that won’t occupy half your house. Each of these weights can be adjusted between five and 52.5 pounds.
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This ultra-wide wheel is more stable than traditional ab wheels, allowing you to perform ab rollouts with better form. It also features a carbon-steel spring for a more intense burn at the top of each rep.
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BOWFLEX HOME GYM
With more than 50 different exercises on the menu, this is the ultimate small-footprint home strength system. Using rods instead of weights (which also makes it far easier to maneuver), the Bowflex can provide up to 210 pounds of resistance.
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Made from durable, high-strength latex, you won’t find a more reliable product for your band-based exercises.
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Whether you’re using it for cardio or plyo workouts, or as a bench for dumbbell chest presses, these sturdy but lightweight platforms will allow you to crank up the intensity of your next training session.
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Universal by Nautilus
This adjustable bench has five configurations to hit your muscles across a spectrum of angles. The shin pads come in handy for ab work.