The Best Equipment For Your Home Workouts
Kristine Thomason is the health and fitness director at mindbodygreen.
Gyms and workout studios are incredible places to get stronger, meet knowledgeable trainers, and even discover new types of fitness you love. But if you can't make it to that local class or gym session for any reason, there are countless ways to stay healthy and fit at home. Of course, it helps if you have the right gear on hand to support your goals.
To create a stellar fitness space in your own home, we've curated some of the best home workout equipment, for any budget.
Home workout equipment under $20.
Resistance bands are a fantastic option for home workout equipment or a portable tool to use while traveling. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including classic resistance bands with a handle, long elastic bands, and looped mini bands. These looped resistance bands from TheraBand are a favorite among physical therapists, and they're ideal for Pilates, yoga, or strength training.
TheraBand Resistance Band Loop Set, Amazon ($15)
Add some resistance to your workouts with a pair of dumbbells. These neoprene weights come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose one, or a few, that will challenge your body to get stronger. (Hint: You'll probably want to go heavier for lower-body workouts, and lighter for upper body.)
4-lb. Dumbbell Pair, Amazon ($17)
Perfect for stretching or assisting with your practice, a yoga strap is a great addition to any home workout collection. This lovely option from FP Movement features a vibrant, graphic pattern that will add some extra pizzazz to your exercises.
Yoga Strap, Free People ($18)
To get a cardio workout at home, a jump rope can be a great tool to rev your heart rate. This one is tangle-free and has comfortable handles, making it perfect for your fitness needs.
Fitness Jump Rope, Amazon ($18)
Home workout equipment under $50.
Simple sliders may not look like much, but they can add a serious burn to your workouts. Like resistance bands, these little discs are also an ideal tool to take with you while traveling. These mint-colored sliders from p.volve are a great addition to your home workouts (check out their other fitness equipment, too).
Sliders, p.volve.com ($29)
One easy way to add a little extra challenge to your home bodyweight workout is via weights you can wear around your ankles or wrists. These bala bangles come in a number of colors and two size offerings—they almost feel like sporty jewelry.
Bala Bangles Wearable Weights, Bala ($49)
Home workout equipment over $50.
Whether you're flowing through a yoga sequence or cranking out a core workout, a yoga mat is an essential piece of gear to have in your home. This Lululemon mat offers ample support between your body and the floor. Plus, it's reversible—so you're basically getting two mats in one.
The Reversible Mat 5 mm, Lululemon ($68)
Suspension trainers are a fantastic total-body workout tool—ideal for any fitness level or ability. The TRX system, in particular, is like having an entire gym in your home. It uses your body weight and gravity to help improve your strength, mobility, flexibility, and core stability. All you need is a place to anchor it (think your doorway) and you're good to go.
TRX Go Suspension Training, Amazon ($129)
Having a number of recovery tools in your home workout equipment collection is arguably as important as any resistance gear. This compact version of the classic Theragun—a percussive therapy device—is ideal for home or travel, when you want to show your muscles a little extra love.
Theragun mini, Theragun ($199)
The kettlebell is a classic piece of workout equipment and makes a great addition to any home gym. You can go for singular-size kettlebells, or try this model from JaxJox, which can adjust the weight from 12 to 42 pounds with just the touch of a button.
Kettlebell Connect, JaxJox ($229)
Trampolines aren't just for kids. Mini trampolines are having a comeback in the fitness world, and for good reason. They can help rev your heart rate, build strength, and improve coordination. Plus, this one folds away for easy storage.
Mini Fitness Trampoline, Amazon ($521)
At-Home Gym Unit
There are a number of amazing all-in-one home gym stations available these days, including Mirror, Tonal, and Forme. Another one that just hit the market is Tempo, an A.I. home fitness system that leads you through workouts and even corrects your form in real time to help improve your performance. Plus, it's aesthetically pleasing enough to display in your living room.
Tempo, Tempo Fit ($1,995)
Rowing is a fantastic workout that challenges your entire body, not just your back and arms. If you love the rowing machines at the gym, consider investing in one for your home. Hydrow offers a great unit, which features classes led by athletes from the U.S. National Rowing Team, to ensure you get the best workout possible. Missing the outdoors? This machine gives you the option to virtually row through beautiful, scenic waters around the country.
Hydrow Connected Rower, Best Buy ($2,199)
If you're all about those spin classes, you may want to consider adding a stationary bike to your home workout equipment. The Peloton bike is a great choice—it offers live and on-demand classes with great instructors, plus it's compact enough to seamlessly fit into your home.
Peloton Bike, Peloton ($2,245)