The gym isn’t for everybody. It’s expensive, crowded, and sometimes smelly. Even worse, you have to travel to get there — making it ten times harder just to convince yourself to go.
But, if you’re lucky enough to have the space, you have another option that doesn’t involve commuting vast distances only to exert yourself in front of strangers: Just bring the gym home to you.
Yeah, it can cost you a pretty penny, but when you take into account how much gym membership fees add up over the years, buying your own workout equipment and decking out a home gym pays for itself in the long run. (This is all assuming you’ll use it frequently — that part will depend completely on you. Sorry, you can’t quite buy motivation). Plus, not having to travel back home after an intense workout is just a beautiful thing. You can literally plop down onto the couch after you’re done. Maybe take a shower first, though. Read more…
BEST STATIONARY BIKE
A vast library of workout classes, engaging instructors, Bluetooth support, and compact design makes the Peloton worth every penny.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750
The treadmill is the most classic piece of home gym machinery, and the NordicTrack hits every mark with the Commercial 1750.
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Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical
If keeping your cardio workout low impact and comfortable are paramount to your equipment choice, the Sole Fitness E95 is one of the best elliptical machines out there.
BEST YOGA MAT
Gaiam Performance Dry-Grip Yoga Mat
The Gaiam yoga mat perfects the essential qualities of a great yoga mat.
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BEST ROWING MACHINE
Hydrow Connected Rower
Rowing machines aren't always the most popular home gym choice, but if you're going to get one, Hydrow is the way to go.
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Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
The Bowflex SelectTech 552s will save you a massive amount of space, packing close to a set of 30 free weights into one pair of dumbbells.
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BEST RESISTANCE BANDS
Fitness Gear Pro Level 3 Resistance Tube Kit
This resistance band set contains everything you need start toning and building muscle at a fair price, with some additional quality of life perks.
BEST BALANCE BALL
Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball Kit
A balance ball is a great addition to your workout routines, and this one from Gaiam is built to last