As the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic comes and goes, one thing has become clear: You can still reach your fitness goals, even without going to the gym. You might be jonesing to get back, but with a little creativity (plus a few pieces of top-rated home gym equipment) you can get the best workout of your life from the comfort and safety of your living room.
There are plenty of reasons to dig deep for workout motivation; research shows that getting moderate, regular exercise is associated with a stronger immune system and may reduce your risk of getting sick with upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold. Sweating it out also boosts your mental health, helping to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression and increase energy. In short: Physical activity might be more important than ever, and home gyms have never looked better.
Whether it’s rainy, windy, or sweltering outside, the best home gym gear can offer the pros of a fitness studio (or the great outdoors) with none of the drawbacks of, you know, venturing outside. And we’ve got good news: Tons of equipment, including free weights, rowing machines, and exercise bikes, is available online for pretty reasonable prices. Bonus: You’ll never have to worry about waiting in line for your favorite machine at the gym again.
So if you’ve been wavering back and forth between building a home fitness studio or waiting it out, this is your sign. Invest in a few pieces of gear—considering the use you’ll get out of them, they’re more than worth the price tag. Ready to start investing in your at-home workouts? Here are the absolute best pieces of home gym equipment available online, according to reviewers.
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Best Exercise Bike
Schwinn IC4 Exercise Bike
“I chose this bike as a cheaper alternative to Peloton,” one buyer explains. “For the price, I would purchase this bike again.” It doesn’t come with a monitor, meaning you can use your own tablet for classes, no membership required.
Best Value Exercise Bike
Yosuda Stationary Bike
$336.99 (16% off)
With a flywheel, cage pedals, and an LCD monitor, this exercise bike seems way more expensive than it actually is. Reviewers give it 4.4 stars on Amazon, raving about how quiet and sturdy it is.
Nautilus E616 Elliptical
Splurging on home gym equipment? You probably won’t find a better elliptical than this Nautilus model, which boasts 25 resistance levels, a backlit LCD display, and 4.5 out of 5 stars at Best Buy.
Best Value Elliptical
Gazelle Edge Machine
Ellipticals on the cheaper end don’t get great reviews, making the Gazelle’s 4.4-star Amazon rating all the more impressive. Buyers like the fact that it’s quiet, easy to assemble, and ideal for low-impact workouts, especially for people with injuries.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
If you really want to feel like you’re back at the gym, invest in this commercial-quality treadmill from trusted brand NordicTrack. You’ll get trainer-designed workouts, an HD touchscreen, a quiet design, and live incline control.
Best Water Rowing Machine
MaxKare Water Rowing Machine
$399.99 (20% off)
Water rowers are even smoother than their magnetic counterparts, and this one is both top-rated (with 4.5 stars on Amazon) and much cheaper than the competition.
Best Magnetic Rowing Machine
Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine
$240.31 (40% off)
No more waiting in line for the rowing machine at the gym. “This rowing machine is the bee’s knees of home exercise equipment,” raves one user, who calls it “incredibly quiet” and perfect for a “serious workout.”
Best Cable Machine
LFJ Pulley System
It’s hard to recreate a cable machine at home—unless you have a pulley of your own, that is. Complete your bicep curls, tricep pull-downs, and cable rows with this top-rated, relatively cheap system.
Best Resistance Tubes
Tribe Resistance Bands Set
Best Resistance Bands
Letsfit Resistance Bands
This set of five bands has earned a reliable 4.5 stars on Amazon from tens of thousands of ratings, making them some of the most-reviewed resistance gear available. The pack ranges from light to heavy resistance, perfect for athletes of any experience level.
Best Weight Set
CAP Barbell Dumbbell Set with Rack
With 4.7 stars from thousands of Amazon reviews, this is one of the most trusted weight sets available online. The set comes with five pairs of dumbbells and either a vertical or horizontal rack.
Best Value Weight Set
Sporzon Dumbbell Set with Stand
You probably won’t find anything cheaper—or better rated—than this colorful set of six weights with a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. “The weights are great, it arrived quickly with everything in it and not broken,” one reviewer says. “The stand does its job fine. I would definitely recommend.”
Best Hand Weights
Portzon Dumbbells, 2-Pack
“These little things are very good for home fitness,” one Amazon reviewer raves. “The grip feels amazingly comfortable. Color is nice. Balance is perfect.”
Best Adjustable Dumbbells
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
An incredible 87% of Amazon shoppers give Bowflex’s 552 dumbbells a full 5-star rating—and you’ll probably love them just as much. Ranging from 5 to 52.5 pounds each, these sturdy, truly adjustable hand weights are well worth the investment.
Best Desk Treadmill
Umay Under Desk Treadmill
This tiny treadmill is perfect for small spaces and home offices, helping you get more exercise without having to face bad weather. “It’s small enough to put anywhere,” one buyer says. “Best purchase ever.”
Best Jump Rope
V.I.P. Weighted Jumping Rope
We bet you’ve never seen a smart jump rope before. This one comes with a timer and counter, but even if you don’t need the tech, it’s just an all-around good weighted jump rope with 4.6 out of 5 stars at Walmart.
Best Recumbent Exercise Bike
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike
If you have a bit more experience cycling, this upgraded option is right for you. It’s got Bluetooth connectivity and dozens of programs and resistance settings—plus it’s earned 4.5 out of 5 stars at Amazon.
Best Value Recumbent Exercise Bike
Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike
This top-rated recumbent bike is meant specifically for beginners. “Does this bike have all the bells and whistles of the ones you’d find at a gym? Of course not,” one reviewer notes. “Does it get the job done? You bet.”
Best Folding Exercise Bike
XTERRA Fitness Folding Exercise Bike
This bike fits in tiny spaces, meaning even apartment-dwellers can go for a spin. “I’m SO GLAD this was my choice,” one reviewer writes. “I’m a 72-year-young woman who was able to assemble it by myself.”
Best Bodyweight Set
TRX Suspension Training Kit
TRX’s resistance set has everything you need for a high-impact workout powered simply by your own bodyweight pretty much anywhere. “It provides amazing workouts and doesn’t take up any space,” one reviewer writes. Plus, 89% of Amazon shoppers give it a full 5 stars.
Best Pull-Up Bar
Iron Gym Workout Bar
If quarantine hasn’t turned you into someone with a pull-up bar in a doorway, it’s time to convert. This bar has 4.5 stars from over 14,000 ratings, meaning it’s worth the investment.
Best Dip Station
Relife Dip Station
Best Power Tower
Sportsroyals Power Tower
To get your pull-ups and dips done in one place, treat yourself to this gym-style station. “Assembly was quite easy,” one reviewer writes, noting that it’s simple to adjust the height for multiple users, too.
Best Ab Roller
Auoplus Ab Roller
Best Push-Up Handles
These handles protect your wrists when you’re doing push-ups, making the exercise much smoother and more comfortable. Bonus: They also work wonders for planks, burpees, and mountain climbers.
Best Core Sliders
Synergee Core Sliders
These under-$10 pieces of plastic will help you slide around on carpet, just like when you’re moving furniture. Unlike those sliders, though, these help target your abs. They’ve also earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Best Medicine Ball
AmazonBasics Medicine Ball
This medicine ball is a great dupe for the one at the gym. It’s got 4.8 stars, and reviewers rave “it is the EXACT quality of medicine balls you’ll find in commercial gyms.”
Best Indoor Trampoline
Toncur Mini Trampoline
Trampolines can keep you active and upbeat even on the worst days. Reviewers particularly like that this one is noiseless and portable, and both kids and adults can use it with no issues.
Best Yoga Ball
Trideer Exercise Ball
You’ll love using this top-rated yoga ball as a desk chair and balancing on it during your workouts. One reviewer even says it’s “one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.”
Best Yoga Mat
Spoga Extra Thick Yoga Mat
Yoga mats obviously work wonders for yoga, but they can double as cheap, portable exercise mats for everything from aerobic workouts to sit-ups. This thick option has 4.5 stars and comes in a variety of eye-catching colors.
Manduka Cork Yoga Block
This sustainable yoga block has earned a full 5 stars at REI, meaning it’ll probably help improve your practice. One buyer calls it “sturdy and the perfect height,” while another says, “I love the weight of these.”
Best Ankle Weights
Henkelion Adjustable Ankle Weights
Introduce some resistance to your routine with these ankle weights. All you have to do is strap them to your ankles or wrists for an extra challenge—plus, they have 4.6 stars on Amazon.
Rage Fitness Olympic Barbell
Both top-rated and reasonably priced, this 15-pound barbell should be able to handle pretty much any training routine. Buyers love that it’s long enough to fit pretty much any lifting rack.
Best Curl Bar
Elevens Olympic Curl Bar
At less than $100 and with 4.7 stars on Amazon, there’s no catch here: This is just a great curl bar. “Zero complaints at all,” a buyer writes. “I would recommend this bar to anyone.”
Best Barbell Plate
Everyday Essentials Olympic Bumper Plate Weight
It’s not often that weightlifting gear is easy on the eyes. Even better, this plate weight has earned 4.7 out of 5 stars at Walmart. (It’s also cheaper just to buy two of these than to buy a set of two at most other places.)
Best Folding Weight Bench
Flybird Adjustable Weight Bench
$149.79 (44% off)
This top-rated weight bench is perfect for small spaces. “I recommend getting these over its competitors,” one reviewer writes. It’s “much better overall and great for its price!”
Best Olympic Weight Bench
Body Champ Olympic Weight Bench
$189.99 (24% off)
This 4.5-star weight bench is bulkier than others, but that’s because it comes with all the bells and whistles you’d want, including accessories for leg and ab exercises.
Best Pilates Reformer
Stamina AeroPilates Pro XP 556
$829.00 (31% off)
This Pilates reformer is dependable and sturdy, and it’s a steal at under $1,000. “It was not an easy decision, because of the other, less expensive models available,” one reviewer says, “and I am so happy with my decision!”
Best Battle Rope
Power Guidance Battle Rope
This is the highest-rated battle rope set on Amazon—and pretty much anywhere on the internet, for that matter—with 4.8 stars from 2,000 reviews. You know you’ve always wanted one.
Best Jumping Box
BalanceFrom Jumping Box
No more unsafe jumps onto a chair or sofa—you can finally recreate the gym with this jumping box, which has earned 4.8 stars on Amazon. (It’s an even better investment if you’re trying out CrossFit.)
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