If you want to take up exercising, having gym equipment at home is a smart move. First, it’s harder to skip a workout when everything you need is in your house. You might even save money over a gym membership — while putting together a home gym may involve some big costs up front, it will likely be cheaper in the long run.
So, now that you’ve decided to work out from home, what fitness equipment is worth buying for your home exercise setup? The options are seemingly endless:, , , cardio machines, squat racks, weight stacks, exercise balls, — not to mention other home gym equipment options like , , , , medicine balls, weight plates, dumbbells and .
TRX All-in-one Suspension Training System
Not only can this system attach to pretty much any door, but you can anchor it to rafters, trees or outdoor posts as well. No matter where you set it up, you can use it to practice and master TRX’s seven “foundational moves” (pushing, pulling, lunging, hinging, squatting, planking and rotating), all of which are meant to target core and resistance training.
The system’s accompanying exercise guide and online workout list help make it appealing to newcomers to TRX and seasoned practitioners alike. And, as CNET previously reported, this particular training system is fitness-trainer approved.
FitCord X-Over Resistance Band
These durable resistance bands from FitCord pack a one-two punch when it comes to longevity. Made of dipped latex — the most durable material for resistance bands — the FitCord X-Over resistance bands feature a scrunched nylon safety sleeve that protects the latex underneath from UV damage and harsh weather. The sleeve also protects you in the case that your band snaps during use, but that’s unlikely with a dipped latex resistance band.
Manduka Pro Yoga Mat
Grippy enough for fast-paced vinyasa flows and cushiony enough for floor-based stretching. That said, that aforementioned grippiness may have to come with some time and effort on your part.
CanDo Black Composite High-Density Roller
This simple foam roller may seem a little simple, but it’s actually perfect for the home gym. Praised by reviewers for its durability, this foam roll is durable enough to handle shoulder, leg, neck and back soreness. Use it before or after a low or high intensity workout. You can also easily use it with other home exercise equipment such as a stability ball or ankle weights.
A solid kettlebell set
Unlike cast iron kettlebells, they are designed to have a softer landing in terms of noise and impact, as well as the durability of the weight, as the coating protects the weight from scratches and damage during exercise.
Flybird Adjustable Bench
This folding bench is as personal as it gets, with six backrest positions, four seat positions, and the ability to lay flat while lifting weights. Reviewers praise the bench for being easy to adjust, for being foldable for storage, and for being durable (it has a 500-pound load capacity). In addition, the padded seat and footrests make even long workouts or workouts comfortable