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Best home gym equipment: 9 perfect picks to turn your living room into your own personal gym

Real Homes logo Real Homes 14/01/2021 Annie Collyer
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Buying the best home gym equipment? Whether your gym is currently open with social distancing or it's closed until further notice, it's a smart idea to invest in some home gym equipment so you can stay fit from home. This means you can work up a sweat no matter your state rules. From the comfort of your living room, too. Whether you call home a lovely space-savvy city apartment or a large space in the suburbs with a dedicated home gym (lucky!) we can help you spend your money wisely.

From spin bikes to elliptical machines, or even a jump rope if you are really are tight on space, here are all of the best home gym equipment buys. 

Check out our favorites below and get your heart rate rising. From the best elliptical machines to top dumbbell sets, see our recommendations below.

The best home gym equipment

No at-home workout is complete without an exercise mat, specifically the best yoga mat. The Yogi Bare PAWS Yoga Exercise Mat ticks all our boxes. This mat comes in a range of colors and sizes, while it's made from 100 percent natural PU rubber which is both biodegradable and recyclable.

Color-wise, only natural plant-based dyes were used in the making process – no toxic inks. It's easy to clean using lemon juice and water, it measures 4mm thick, and it boasts body alignment guides to show you where your hands and feet need to go. Great for beginners or long-term yogis alike, this mat is extra firm and boasts incredible grip, no matter how much you sweat.

Want more yoga mat recommendations? Be sure to check out our best yoga mat buying guide here

This best running machine is a thoroughly professional-looking piece of equipment to have in your home gym and has the functionality to back it up. Enthusiastic runners concerned about missing out on gym-quality running machines needn’t worry, because this is just like something you’d find down your local health club, with a comfortably wide running belt and an easy-to-navigate console. 

While it’s admittedly on the pricier side, this is a clear case of getting what you pay for, and according to users, that’s reliability, usability, and a surprisingly quiet ride for such a bulky machine. 

You don’t need a gym or strength-building equipment to build muscles – resistance bands will do the trick. TheFitLife Exercise Resistance Bands are a great addition to your home gym as they offer workout versatility without taking up a lot of space.

These resistance bands are made with two layers of natural latex resulting in tubes that are more durable than most. The bands are identified by weight – 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 lbs – and you can use them alone or combine them together for the resistance of 150 lbs. Attachable handles, ankle straps, and a door anchor are included in the kit and with TheFitLife’s Exercise Guide, you’ll learn the best ways to use these tools to maximize your performance.

Looking for the best exercise bike to work those legs and tone your abdomen? If you’ve only got a small amount of space to work with, let this slimline exercise bike be your choice.

This is one of the best foldable exercise bikes on the market as it allows you to work out anywhere in the comfort of your own home. It features an LCD display and has 8 different programs for you to try. It boasts no other frills but it does the job nicely and it saves money on costly gym memberships.

It's almost impossible to find fault with the Sole E95 elliptical machine, which provides the best combination of robust features, solid construction, and enough workout options to keep you hopping. It also offers uniquely adjustable foot pedals for a comfortable ride — and it's priced as a good value. It's definitely the best elliptical machine money can buy.

The Sole E95 offers as many (or more) resistance levels (20), workout programs (10) and incline settings (20) as any exerciser will need, along with a 20" stride length that hits the sweet spot for most people. This machine is solid, and Sole's one-of-a-kind "worm drive," a system that lets you (literally) dial the foot pedals into exactly the right angle to avoid numb toes and knee pain. 

Other notable features include wireless heart rate monitoring (a chest strap heart rate monitor is included), and two heart-rate control workouts that automatically adjust the elliptical's resistance to keep you within a target heart rate range. The Sole E95 elliptical trainer is also Bluetooth capable, interacts with many popular fitness apps, and has thoughtful control buttons on the moving handlebars so you don't have to interrupt your workout to adjust resistance or incline. 

The DEGOL Skipping Rope has over 20,000 positive Amazon reviews, so it gets a big thumbs up from us. Made from PVC embedded wire rope and coated with PVC, it's durable and comfortable to hold, yet lightweight. Not just that but this jump rope is adjustable in length – it can extend to be nine foot long – so that both children and adults can use it. 

The best dumbbells can help you bulk up and slim down. We’re partial to the Adjustable Dumbbell Set by AtivaFit, available in 12.5, 27.5, 55, or 71.5 lbs. This ingenious design provides users with two dumbbells that have a soft-grip handle. But here’s the kicker: these dumbbells are adjustable, so it's like having five sets of dumbbells in one. For example, with the 12.5 dumbells, you can adjust it to be 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, or 12.5 lbs at any given time. 

The dumbbells sit in special racks and when you want to adjust the weight up or down, you just pull up on the adjuster and slide it to the weight you’d like. When you pick up the dumbbell, it’ll leave behind some weight discs or none at all -- depending on the weight you choose. 

After you’re done with a set, place the dumbbell back in the rack, adjust the lever, and use a different weight! These dumbbells are a perfect addition to your home gym because they allow you to utilize different weights for HIIT workouts or heavy strength training without taking up a lot of space in your apartment or home.

If you’re looking for a fitness tool that hits your glutes, legs, abs, shoulders, pecs, and lats, then a kettlebell will do the trick. More specifically, you'll want the Yes4All Vinyl Coated Kettlebell.

Yes4All’s Kettlebells are made of cast iron and covered in a vinyl coat to not only prevent corrosion of the cast iron but to provide a soft cushion to your floors (though you'll definitely need a mat to ultimately protect your floors!). The handles are wide and slightly textured to prevent slippage and the bottom is flat so they won’t fall over when set on the ground. The flat bottom also allows for more intense workouts like handstands and pistol squats.

Choose between a set of four kettlebells or pick and choose single kettlebells that range between 5 lbs and 50 lbs. 

Working out doesn’t have to be boring – at least not with the Stealth Core Trainer. This tool is designed to work your core and body as you plank and play video games.

Here’s how it works: Download the Stealth Fitness app (which is free) and place it in the designated area on the multi-directional foam board. Then put your forearms on the pad and move into a plank position. The app provides two free games (a premium subscription offers more!) that direct you to move your core in various ways to complete the game. 

The board has 360-degree maneuverability so it will move with you while you maintain the plank. It’s by no means an easier way to work out, but the interactive element could make core exercises more fun when you’re tired of crunches, sit-ups, and push-ups. Stealth claims that three minutes a day on this core machine will result in losing body fat and gaining muscle.

Things to consider before investing in the best home gym equipment:

Excited about working out? That’s great – but don’t rush to your computer with a credit card in hand just yet. Here are some things to think about when building your home gym. 

Fitness goals

Which gym equipment you choose will be based primarily on the type of fitness goals you have. If you want to increase your stamina, cardio machines are the way to go, just as weights and resistance bands are the best option for those who want to slim up or bulk up. Decide what type of fitness goals you have and build your home gym around that.

Durable products

Choose durable products when building your home gym. Exercise routines can put some wear on gym equipment but if you read reviews and search for high-quality, long-lasting products, it’ll be worth your time and money.

Take your gym on the road

If you like to work out when you travel or want to take your fitness routines outside on a nice day, you’ll want to purchase gym equipment that’s not heavy to lift or can be easily transported in your car.

How big is your space?

Sure, some home gym equipment can take up a lot of space, but there are plenty of items that are apartments – and small home-friendly, like resistance bands and adjustable dumbbells. 

If you do live in an apartment, you may want to keep in mind the noise level of certain gym equipment. Dropping weights on floors that aren't padded or running on your at-home treadmill at 6 a.m. could upset your downstairs neighbors.

Protect your home and floor

If you have to use your gym equipment indoors, make sure that you protect your home and floor from the hazards of workout equipment. Purchase padding to place under your cardio machines and always use weights on a workout mat. If those weights fall, you don’t want them to crack your tile or put a dent in your hardwood floor.


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