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Whether it's the cold temperatures or your crowded neighborhood, leaving the house for a workout can be tougher than originally anticipated. We're also still spending most of our time indoors these days, which adds another big obstacle to getting a good workout in.
Luckily, there's a huge trend in the fitness industry: the home gym. 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.
Whether you're looking to lose weight or tone up muscles, we put together a list of items that will help you reach your goals from home.
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Bestselling home gym equipment
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.
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.
This isn't your regular pull-up bar. It can be used on the ground for exercises that target the triceps and biceps.
The best home gym equipment for 2021
Bodyweight exercises are an effective way to build strength and burn calories. These colorful dumbbells feature a neoprene covering which makes them durable and easy to grip. They come in a variety of weights from 1 to 8 pounds — get one to use every day or grab a few to mix up your intensity.
Not ready to splurge on an expensive stationary bike, but want to try your hand at cycling? This bike is a great budget option. It features eight levels of resistance and an easy-to-read display that tracks your time, speed, calories burned and heart rate. The best part? You can fold it up after your ride to store in a closet or corner.
Whether you regularly do full-body workouts or are trying to build a specific muscle group, you'll want to have a kettlebell in your arsenal. This quality option comes in a variety of weights and sizes to fit your goals.
Ankle weights are having a moment right now, thanks to the popularity of the super chic Bala Bangles. If you're searching for a more affordable option, look no further than these bestselling weights. Wear them on your wrists or ankles for walks, jogs, cross-training and more to boost the intensity of your workout.
With dumbbells, ankle bands, ankle weights, gliders and more, this set will provide you with everything you need to master your home workouts.
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.
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.
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 $14.99 per month when the trial comes to an end.
Obé 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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