The best home gym equipment for 2020

These picks are affordable and expert approved.
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By Megan Foster and Locke Hughes

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Whether it's the cold temperatures or a pricey gym membership, leaving the house for a workout can be tougher than originally anticipated. Most of us are trying to spend more time indoors these days, which adds another obstacle to getting a good workout in.

Luckily, there's a huge trend in the fitness industry: the home gym. And although brands like Peloton and Mirror are drawing attention to the home fitness movement, you can create your own home gym for a fraction of the price.

Heath and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour stopped by TODAY on Jan. 23 to show us a few products that can turn your living room into a workout oasis. Whether you're looking to lose weight or tone up muscles, you'll find a few helpful items that will help you reach your goals.

Check out her favorites and leave the gym behind!

The best home gym equipment on TODAY

1. SPRI 3-in-1 Resistance Band Kit

Resistance bands are great for strength training because they allow you to build muscle without the use of gym machines or dumbbells. Use this kit to target your back, chest and arms.

2. SPRI Mini Bands (3-Pack)

Upgrade your regular strength training routine with these mini elastic bands. With proper use, they help to maintain proper alignment while working out and continuously stabilize muscles with movement.

3. TB12 Medicine Ball

Make your basic exercises more difficult with a weighted ball. Depending on the exercise, you can target every part of your body with the use of this product — and it's easy to store in a smaller living area.

4. SPRI Wobble Board

The SPRI wobble board will help you challenge your body's balance in just a few minutes. Not only does it work with your overall coordination, but it also targets your joints and core at the same time.

5. P.volve Premium Kit

This at-home workout kit includes a P.ball and a for total-body toning. The P.ball is ideal for lower body and core activation, while the helps to strengthen your upper body.

6. P.volve P.Ball Workout Ball

If you'd rather stick with one P.Volve product, try the P.ball that will help to tone your glutes, thighs and abs. It comes with a pump so you can inflate the ball to your liking.

7. P.Volve P.Band

Slip your hands into these bands to target muscles throughout your arms. For fitness guidance, you can purchase streaming access or a starter pack from the P.Volve site.

8. Non-Slip Yoga Mat

This all-purpose yoga mat is a bestseller on Amazon with over 3,500 verified five-star reviews. It also comes with a convenient carrying strap and is available in seven colors.

9. CITYROW Go Rower

If you're looking for a great workout investment, check out the Go Rower from CITYROW. Rowing works your entire body and will strengthen your arms, core, back, and legs and boost endurance.

10. Kait Hurley Classes

This mindful app will guide you through yoga, stretching and strengthening exercises. Each class is modified for all levels of experience and the movements target muscles throughout the entire body.

You can visit the site for a free 14-day trial and pay as little as $9.99 per month when the trial comes to an end.

11. Obe Fitness Classes

Obe delivers over 2,500 live and on-demand classes for every mood, level and goal. Steaming is easy — you can take classes from your phone, tablet smart TV or laptop, and the service starts at just $27 a month.

12. 21-Day Challenge with Stephanie Mansour

Looking for some instruction that won't break the bank? Check out Stephanie Mansour's program — Step it Up with Steph.

The best home gym equipment for 2020

1. Perform Better Mini XL Band

These resistance bands give you a big fitness bang for your buck. Personal trainer and creator of the Stoked Method Kira Stokes says they're perfect to enhance mobility, strengthen your upper and lower body, and work your core.

This set of four bands ranges in resistance from light to heavy and also comes with an exercise manual.

2. Lifeline Stretch Bands

You can use these bands to tone your arms, abs and glutes! We love them because they come in different levels, depending on your strength and fitness goals. You can choose to get different sets of resistance bands, or you can double up on them if you need more resistance. You can also get a set of three for $20 at Target.

3. Jade Harmony Yoga Mat

Another must-have for your home gym, this high-quality mat is one favored by yoga instructor Heidi Kristoffer, creator of CrossFlowX.

It has a nice grip and just the right amount of padding for smooth, seamless flows. And it’s not just for yoga — use it for any type of home workout or stretching routine.

4. Manduka Cork Yoga Block

For supported restorative poses and better balance, yoga blocks are essential for at-home practices. “They’ll help ensure you won't fall or strain any muscles trying to be more flexible than you are,” Kristoffer said.

This cork version is the way to go since cork is sturdier and steadier than foam.

5. Dumbbell Set With Stand

Bodyweight exercises are an effective way to build strength and burn calories.

This colorful set comes with a stand to keep them from rolling around, and their neoprene covering makes them durable and easy to grip.

6. AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller

A long foam roller is another home gym essential for post-workout soreness (and, let’s be real, everyday life). This versatile roller helps relieve tight muscles, increase blood flow and work out the kinks all over your body.

7. Moji Heated Foam Roller

If you're looking for a foam roller with even more impressive features, this heated option might be the way to go. Simply pop it in the microwave to warm it up, and the heat will help break down scar tissue and loosen knots, according to the website.

8. Hyperwear Sandbell

This portable training tool provides a slew of benefits for your body, from metabolic conditioning to total-body strengthening, said Jessica Matthews, fitness instructor and senior adviser for American Council on Exercise.

“Since it’s filled with sand, it adds a challenging new dimension to strength and power exercises, such as slams, swings, squats and more," Matthews told us. And with a soft neoprene cover, you don’t have to worry about damage to your floor.

9. Perfect Multi-Gym Bar

This isn't your regular pull-up bar. It can be used on the ground for exercises that target the triceps and biceps.

10. TRX Training GO Suspension Trainer Kit

These suspension straps essentially turn any part of your home into a workout machine. Attach them pretty much anywhere — over a door, a tree, a lamppost — to work your entire body and improve strength, stabilization, flexibility and cardio.

11. Survival & Cross Jump Rope

No room (or budget) for a treadmill? No problem. Jumping rope is a great form of cardiovascular exercise and an efficient way to sprinkle some cardio into your strength training routine, celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson said. Stokes is also a huge fan. “Not a day goes by that I don't use mine,” she said.

12. Hero Battle Rope

Battle ropes like this one are popular for CrossFit workouts. They engage your entire body for a quick yet impactful workout.

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