Home gyms are the new boutique fitness studios. The key is to find the best home workout equipment for your space, budget and commitment level—and that’s where plenty of people get stuck. “It’s important to accept that you are building a home gym, not a commercial fitness center,” says Doug Sklar, a certified personal trainer and founder of PhilanthroFIT in New York City. In other words, you don’t have to clutter your home with tons of commercial-grade equipment. Just one high-quality cardio machine, like a treadmill or elliptical, can be the star of your workout space; if that’s not an option, a yoga mat or some resistance gear can still help you achieve a gym-quality workout without setting foot in a gym.

Narrow it down to the best home gym equipment for your space and exercise style, sticking to the items you’ll actually use on a consistent basis. (Otherwise, you run the risk of your investments becoming expensive laundry racks for your hang-dry-only sweaters.) So, we spoke to several fitness experts—and added a few of our own picks—to help you choose the best gear. From high-tech machines to anchor your home gym to portable accessories that pack a punch, these are the best pieces of home workout equipment for all fitness levels.

Best All-In-One Home Workout Equipment

A Compact Package That Rivals A Gym Weight Room


Best Home Workout Equipment For Total Body Training

An All-In-One System That Offers Dozens Of Exercises

As long as you have a solid interior door, a hook screwed into a stud or a sturdy tree branch, you can execute dozens of different exercises—every one of them tailored to suit your abilities in terms of strength and mobility—using TRX straps.

Danielle Hirt, an NASM-certified personal trainer and RRCA-certified running coach with Formula Running Center says: “TRX straps offer a total body workout for any level. They’re a great foundational piece of equipment because all workouts can be modified. TRX straps are also great for recovery and mobility training, allowing you to use your own body weight to stretch your muscles more than you can on the floor alone.” 

Jess Glazer, former celebrity personal trainer and physical education instructor adds that she “is also a huge fan of the TRX home suspension system because it allows you to focus on all body parts and a variety of workouts from cardio and plyometrics to strength and stability.”


Best Home Workout Equipment For Beginners

A Gym-Like Option That Doesn’t Take Up Too Much Space

Ellipticals are a great introductory option for beginners and “good for those with knee, ankle or back issues that find running uncomfortable or painful,” Sklar says. When it comes to choosing the right one, Albert Matheny, R.D., C.S.C.S., co-founder of SoHo Strength Lab, says: Think about what you’ve liked using at the gym, as well as what features you actually used on it. Then try to get the same one, or something as close to it as possible.

The ProForm Carbon E7 moves smoothly and is almost silent, making it ideal for shared spaces, early morning or late night workouts. It’s also foldable and has wheels for easy storage if you’re short on space. Featuring 24 resistance levels and inclines from 0 to 20 degrees, this machine is suitable for beginners but can still offer a challenge as you build strength and endurance. It comes equipped with a 7-inch screen and is compatible with iFit, a service that lets you stream thousands of workouts so you’ll never get bored. Just note that the iFit subscription costs an additional $15 per month for individuals or $39 per month for the family plan.


Best Home Workout Equipment For Running And Walking

A Bestselling Treadmill At A Great Price Point

If you have the space, a treadmill can be a great piece of cardio equipment to have at home. “Look for durability above all else,” Sklar advises. “Treadmills take a pounding, and they’re not cheap. Investing in something with strong reviews on longevity with minimal repair will give you a solid return on investment.” Another important thing to consider, if you like to go fast: Check the machine’s speed capacity. “Ability to incline and simulate hills is also a great perk, and fairly standard,” Sklar says.

The NordicTrack T Series is an Amazon bestseller featuring 10% OneTouch incline, belt speeds up to 10 mph and a foldable design for easy storage. Most notable, though, are its smart capabilities. It has a built-in 10-inch touch screen (there’s also the 5-inch screen model, if you want to save a couple hundred bucks) and is compatible with iFit, a service that lets you stream workouts. As mentioned above, an iFit subscription costs extra, but this package includes a free 30-day membership so you (and the fam) can try it out.


Best Home Gym Equipment For Rowers

A Smart Rower That Offers An Immersive Experience

Although rowing machines are known for giving an upper-body burn, they also offer total-body training. That makes them an excellent alternative for those seeking something besides the typical treadmill or elliptical. And in the overarching realm of cardio machines, the fan-favorite Hydrow Rower is giving Peloton a run (spin?) for its money.

People love the Hydrow because it offers an immersive and realistic rowing experience. Between the motion of the rowing, the machine’s built-in HD screen and the challenging but scenic Hydrow workouts (membership sold separately for $38 a month), outdoor enthusiasts can get a taste of nature while working out indoors.


Best Home Workout Equipment For Ballistic Training

Vinyl-Wrapped Kettlebells That Won’t Ruin Your Floors

Plenty of people love ballistic and strength training with kettlebells thanks to their versatility. While you can use them as free weights, kettlebells can also be easily swung or handled during jumping and explosive exercises. “If you do a lot of movements like planes and snatches, and train with kettlebells more often, you’ll want to look at buying three or four weights of standard,” says Matheny.

Another thing to consider: your floors. Kettlebells are often made of cast iron which, while incredibly durable, can damage floors if handled roughly. Kettlebells from Yes4All run from 5 to 50 pounds and feature vinyl coating to help protect your flooring.


Best Home Gym Equipment For Low-Impact HIIT

A Mini Trampoline For A Fun Workout That’s Easy On Joints

Rebounding, or jumping on a trampoline designed exclusively for exercise, not only burns calories, it may also provide a better workout than running, in terms of muscular involvement and oxygen consumption and impact on your joints. It’s excellent for cardio and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts, especially. Plus, it’s fun.

JumpSport 350 PRO is an ideal mid-level rebounder for beginner or intermediate bouncers. While the brand has both lower- and higher-end models, the 350 PRO has a sturdy alloy steal frame, ample surface area and seven adjustable tension settings for switching up the resistance. JumpSport rebounders are made with (nearly) soundless bungees instead of squeaky springs so you can easily hear your bounce class instructor—or current Netflix binge—as you jump.


Best Home Gym Equipment For Strength Training

One Piece Of Equipment That Takes The Place Of Five

Glazer calls adjustable dumbbells “great at home equipment because they don’t take up a lot of space and can be used for almost any type of strength workout.”

Flybird’s adjustable dumbbell effectively eliminates the need for five sets of dumbbells, saving you space and actually saving money overall. You can adjust each weight to as little as 5 pounds or as much as 25 pounds, with myriad incremental options between the minimum and maximum. If you need more weight, there’s also a 55-pound option.


Best Home Gym Equipment For Core Training

Simple Accessories That Help With Core, Strength And Balance

You can use gliding discs on carpeted or hard surfaces to help with core training, strength training and/or balance training, which enhances core and muscle strength in and of itself. Hirt advises gliding disc users to “activate your core by incorporating these lightweight discs into your routine. By adding a balance challenge you can increase the intensity of your workout without adding impact.”

Inexpensive and compact, gliding discs are worth consideration even for occasional use, and you can tuck them away pretty much anywhere. They’re also super portable so you can continue your core training when you’re on the road.


Best Home Workout Equipment For Beginner Yogis

A Yoga Kit With Everything You Need (And Nothing You Don’t)

This yoga set from HemingWeigh is great if you’re just starting to practice yoga or you want a few extra accessories without getting too complicated. The HemingWeigh Starter Kit comes with a mat (of course), two blocks, a strap and two absorbent towels to keep things slip-free.

In addition to elevating your at-home practice, it’s everything you need to succeed in an in-person class, plus the mat’s built-in handles make it especially portable.


Best Home Workout Equipment For Advanced Yogis

A Yoga Mat That Stands Up To Sweat

With nothing more than your body and a yoga mat, you can execute hundreds of exercises, from planks to lunges and crunches to yoga poses, safely and comfortably. Glazer encourages exercise using your own body as the gear, saying: “I personally believe that you can have incredibly effective workouts at home with your own body weight. Being a competitive gymnast my entire life, I know the importance, power and function our bodies have on their own.”

This yoga mat from lululemon has a moisture-absorbing top layer, a rubber base that prevents slipping and an antimicrobial additive that protects it from mold and mildew. Note: It’s made with latex, so people with natural rubber or latex allergies should avoid use.


Best Home Gym Equipment For Lower Body Training

Resistance Bands That Let You Control The Intensity

Resistance bands let you challenge yourself as much (or as little) as you want. For an easier workout, go with less resistance. For a harder workout, switch to a heavier-duty band. To take it up even more, double the bands.

“Resistance bands, sometimes referred to as ‘booty bands,’ are great for targeting the muscles in the glutes and hips that are underdeveloped from sitting at a desk all day,” says Hirt, adding that “they can also be used to strengthen the upper body when anchored to another point of contact such as a door or under your foot.”

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