Updated: Oct 11
For some, working out is just a hobby. For others, the iron can provide therapy. An opportunity too escape and forget about the stressors of daily life for a while. A place to challenge yourself and reap the benefits of your hard work.
Which is why when the world went into lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, people from all walks of life scrambled to build home gyms. With prices skyrocketing as people price gouged, line ups wrapped around the block at local equipment stores. It even became difficult to find resistance bands on Amazon or Craigslist.
Even post lockdown, we have noticed more and more people have chosen to continue training out of the comfort of their own home rather than signing up at their local gym. Regardless we believe everyone can benefit from having the basics accessible to them without breaking the bank. Which is why we made a list of the best options we could find including some of our personal favourites.
Our Top 3 Suggestions
With these three options you can easily create a variety of full body workouts. Of course, having a ton of equipment available to you would be great. But find whats in your budget and what works best for you with the space you have available at home.
Resistance Bands Tubes While barbells provide you with a heavy lift, and machines are stable and easy to use, neither has the versatility of the resistance bands.5 bands can be used alone or stacked in any combination of intensity from 10 lbs to 150 lbs. Each band is 48 inches in length and marked with its equivalent weight. With attachable soft handles, ankle straps, door anchor, you can choose different training method for building strength.
Versatile, perfect for any exercise and all fitness enthusiast: They can perform a variety of exercises, like assisted pull up, cross-training, powerlifting, yoga, pilates, also perfect for physical rehabilitation. Effective and durable home gym equipment that can help to improve your strength and range of motion across all major muscle groups.
Sculpt, lift and tone your booty with Peach Bands mini loop resistance bands! Peach Bands are perfect for leg and butt exercises, stretching, yoga, pilates, barre classes and more. Use multiple bands at once for more resistance! These are also great for athletes of all experience levels.
Patented foam roller design offers a superior, multi-density exterior constructed over a rigid, hollow core. Constructed from quality materials that won't break down or lose shape from repeated use.
This masterpiece of workout equipment can be used for pull ups, push ups, chin up, knee raise, dips, abdominal training and more.
Stimulate your muscles with full body workouts targeting your core, arms, back, chest, shoulders and leg muscles. Excellent square steel materials, high density, anti - pressure, thick and stable, our power tower can holds up to 330 pounds. Sturdy and durable, also it is easily to assembly.
The power tower is fit for entire family workout, convenient and safe for different age and experience levels.
Breathing versatility, this adjustable deck combines an adjustable workout bench with a pilates step. Compact and foldable design with storage and clips to attach resistance bands. With a slip-resistant surface for you to practice on with extra safety and comfort. Rubber grip feet provides a solid workout platform that stays stable during workout.
With just the turn of a dial you can automatically change your weight from 5- 55 pounds instantly. No more picking up 30 different dumbbells to get the results you want, these adjustable dumbbells replace 15 sets of weights!
Perfect for amateur and long-time fitness enthusiasts, this Bench allows you to perform a full-body workout so you can build and tone your physique however you want. This strong, stable and cost effective option lets you perform a large range of exercises to target specific muscle groups in a compact space.
This weighted vest features revolutionary control system and fabric described as the best weight vest on the market by Men’s Health Magazine. The innovative design of the Hyper Vest PRO holds high-density steel weights firmly and comfortably close to the core, even during vigorous, multi-plane movement. With adjustable, breathable and sweat wicking compression based fabric.
Kettlebells provide simple, unique exercises that build functional strength and range of motion. However, kettlebells are expensive and can take up a lot of room for a home gym.
Kettle Gryp is a portable dumbbell adapter that turns ordinary dumbbells into dynamic workouts. Perfectly compatible with Bowflex Adjustable or Powerblock Dumbbells.
Equipment that gives you the power to hit fitness goals at home and on the go. Use bodyweight movement based training to improve speed, strength, endurance, mobility and more with limitless exercise and stretching variations. TRX anchors to any door, rafter, beam, tree, pole or post in seconds that supports 350 pounds while only weighing a total of 1 pound which makes it perfect for travel as well.
Sturdy and durable roller design will work on most floor surfaces, including carpets Helps you get washboard abs, fast! Provides a tough but rewarding full body workout wherever you are! This Wheel's steel core design holds up to 200 kgs while maintaining a full range of motion which targets over 20 different muscles.
These workout sliding discs are double sided to use on both carpet floors and hard floors (wood/ceramic/tiles). This pack of sliding discs is a great overall muscle building and conditioning accessory for full body workouts.
Jab, cross, hook, cross! Get ready to feel a punch of adrenaline when you slip on these gloves. With synthetic leather, pro-style gloves with wrist support are ready for optimum training for heavy bag workouts, mitt work, and sparring. Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee in these Everlast Elite Pro Style Training Boxing Gloves.
Premium synthetic leather with reinforced webbing along with excellent heavy bag construction provides long lasting durability and functionality. Heavy duty nylon straps provide security and safety, while the double end loop provides increased functionality.
Light weight stand that is easy to assemble and move around a room. Sturdy and a much more convenient option than hanging from the ceiling.
The best jump rope for the price that can be used for MMA, Boxing, fitness, interval training, circuit training and great for mastering double-unders. The perfectly weighted cable allows for maximum speed. Come with a handy carry bag so you can take your skipping rope with you to use wherever and whenever you like.
You don't always have to use weights to tone, trim and tighten abdominal, lower back and leg muscles. Keep your entire body in shape by practicing stability exercises with Everlast 55cm Pro grip fitness ball. This burst-resistant fitness ball inflates up to 55 cm. Its textured surface allows you to have greater control over the simple to complex moves you execute on the ball.
This durable fitness mat is extra-thick (2/5 Inch) for the additional cushioning your joints need during any yoga or fitness routine. With a lightweight of 1.86 lbs(848g) is portable for gym or outdoor class. Come with a carrying strap, making storage very convenient.
Cambivo GymCope Exercise Mat is designed for home-based workouts; Great for apartments and condos, home gyms or living room workouts; It is the ideal mat for doing Aerobic exercise, Fitness Workouts like Plyometrics, MMA conditioning, Cardio, Strength Training, Dance, Zumba, Kettle Bell, Jumping Rope; Fit for use with workout DVD programs like TAM, HIIT, etc
Now, of course you do not need EVERYTHING on this list. But we hope that it helps you fine tune your search for the best equipment for the best price available to you. We apologize that with the unfortunate circumstances going on around the world at the moment we could not find any good deals on barbells or power racks. But, would be more than happy to offer our opinion on any options you find on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist or other. Feel free to send us an email at email@example.com with any questions you may have.
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