Home workouts are very attractive! Not having to pay a gym membership is one thing, but there are a whole host of other benefits that are appealing to would be home workout enthusiasts.
- No travel time needed to get to a gym
- If you are new to training, you wont have to be daunted by the gym culture
- Free gym membership
- You can get great fitness results from your own living room
Recently, I bumped into another home workout fanatic, also called James.
James has put together a great guide for anyone who is looking to get into home workouts. He has found some great home workout equipment that can be used to create a full home gym that can be taken out of a cupboard and used for total fitness!
So, over to James…..
About the author: James Farmer is a contributor at WeGravy, a product curation site that hand selects the top-rated, best products on Amazon. James is also obsessed with trying to create the best possible environment for home workouts in his (very) limited Chicago apartment. He’s found that the following products have helped him do just that.
Note: This list only features products with at least 4.3/5 stars, and most have 25+ reviews on Amazon. All featured reviews were written by verified purchasers.
Who needs overpriced gyms these days? They’re crowded. Sweaty. And the locker rooms…we won’t even go there. With these highly rated and critically acclaimed products, you can get just as good a workout – if not better – in the comfort of your own living room. Even if your living room is the size of a closet (like mine).
1. Do more than 100 exercises with the TRX Suspension Kit
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (180+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I’ve dumped an insane amount of money into fitness products over the years. Nothing has worked as well or consistently as TRX. Unlike weights you don’t need to buy more and more weights as you gain strength. With TRX you simple change the angle you stand or move.”
2. A workout bench that folds up easily when you’re done using it
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (150+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I bought this to do dumbbell workouts in my apartment. It stores easily in my closet. It is perfect for use in a small space with dumbbells.”
3. Combine 15 sets of weights into 1 with adjustable dumbbells
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (3,300+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “They’re nicely designed and well-manufactured. The weight-changing mechanism is clever and not overly-complicated. I work out at home and don’t have space for many pairs of dumbbells. The ability to quickly switch between light and heavy weights is allowing me to do a lot of exercises that I haven’t been able to do before with my one pair of heavy dumbbells.”
4. Put your core to the test with an ab wheel
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (1,000+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This product will destroy your abs. It will break them down and leave you a quivering mess unable to lift your torso out of bed in the morning. Which is perfect for anyone who actually wants to build up their core strength.”
5. Work your back and biceps with a sturdy doorway pullup bar
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (270+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This bar is definitely the best one, I researched everywhere before buying. Reasons: it extends from both ends, and has perfectly-placed padding that covers almost the entire bar. And it stays wherever you put it.”
6. Don’t want to use weights? Use resistance bands instead
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (10+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This exercise band set is a sweet deal! The bands and links are super sturdy. The handles and door stop are high quality straps with good foam padding. The ankle straps are comfortable, too. I love how more than one band can be attached to the handles to increase the resistance for different exercises.”
7. Put on the pounds (temporarily) with a weighted vest
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (100+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I grabbed the RUNmax 60 pound vest and it’s freaking heavy duty. It is well made as I never worry about it coming apart at the seams and crushing my feet. It makes every chore harder and helps build my lower back and abs. It also makes me much more aware of my posture and helps me improve my lifting habits.I wear mine for about an hour everyday in 30 minute intervals and I can certainly feel it throughout my body.”
8. Try to last just 10 minutes on this space-efficient MaxiClimber
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (30+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This equipment is no joke…it’s hard to go beyond 1 minute straight. 5 minutes my body heats up…then 10 minutes on the MaxiClimber and I am drenched with sweat. I do 20 minutes and I am done and looks like I jumped in a pool.”
9. Ab crunch comfortably with a thick exercise mat
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (60+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “Love this Thick Exercise Yoga Floor Mat! It has extra thick cushioning which is perfect for on my hard wood floors and grips easily to keep from sliding. It is a great length and gives me plenty of space for all of my yoga poses.”
10. Try some Russian twists with a soft medicine ball
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (80+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I use this for wall balls and ab exercises. It takes a lot of beating from hitting the wall to dropping on the ground when I throw it in the air but I’m too tired to catch it. I use it indoor and outdoor. It doesn’t mark up my walls. The material it is well made. This is a great addition to a killer workout. The quality is amazing! I love this ball.”
11. Do your best Rocky impression with a jump rope
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (1,900+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “One of the best speed ropes I have ever used! Great for single unders, double unders, and even triple unders. The rope is smooth and very fast and has enough weight to give you momentum on your swings. It is super nice that it comes with a spare rope and all replacement hardware. In all it is a fantastic product!”
12. Save even more space with an adjustable kettle bell
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (35+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I purchased this for my wife who has been using kettlebells for 2 years. She says it feels like a normal kettlebell at each of the weights available. The burr from die-casting has been finished enough that it causes no discomfort when using. The weights are quickly and easily changed. The locking mechanism is easy to use and has not failed after 30 uses.”
13. Slide your way to a 6-pack with core sliders
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (850+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “These particular slides are great in that they worked beautifully on all surfaces. Light and easy to pack, they can be easily thrown into a suitcase if you don’t want to let your abs get weak while away. AND they are just perfect to use at home, when you aren’t going to the gym.”
14. Level up and do your exercises on a balance ball
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (40+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I am so glad that I purchased this balance ball versus the other more expensive balls. It’s construction is excellent and the service from the company is outstanding! I am thoroughly enjoying my purchase and would highly recommend it.”
15. Drop down and give me 20 Perfect Pushups
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (1,200+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This is an extremely solid, sturdy product. The handles are well rounded, but wide enough to be comfortable. The base has a rubberized surface, to prevent slipping, and the internal bearing, give these a smooth turning action. If you haven’t tried these, or any like them, you’ll find them to be much more productive than regular push-ups.”
16. Get some help striking the perfect pose with yoga blocks
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (390+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “Excellent yoga blocks. Perfect firmness and grippiness. A good accessory to those of us who are less flexible and cannot achieve all the postures. A yoga block or two under the hands, tailbone or even forehead at times can improve your practice immensely.”
17. Isolate your oft-neglected hands and forearms with a grip strengthener
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (270+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This is just what I have needed; I have had hand grip strengtheners before but never one that I could adjust the resistance. The grips I have used in the past simply had one resistance and most of the time I would stop using it. This grip I can adjust the resistance easily ranging from 22lbs to 88lbs.”
18. Make things a little tougher with ankle weights
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (480+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “I have been a “gym” rat for many, many years and use all types of equipment and free weights, leg weights etc. These are by far the best weights I have ever used. I am re-habing from a knee replacement and needed these for leg lifts. They are fantastic. Cannot say enough about them.”
19. Improve your balance, flexibility, and strength with a weighted bar
Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “Perfect for my needs! Was looking for something to boost my workout and couldn’t have found anything better. Comfortable grip making this easy to hold throughout each exercise.”
20. How about a foldable stationary bike that can fit in your hall closet?
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (4,100+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “It took 30 minutes to put together. The enclosed instructions were intimidating. Don’t be scared. It was REALLY easy. Very smooth, sturdy and whisper quiet. I rode it for 10 minutes on level 2 to test it out (out of 8) and worked up a sweat. I am looking forward to using it. I live in a tiny San Francisco apartment and it fold up to take up very little space. Yaaay!”
21. After your workout, don’t forget to treat your muscles to some foam rolling
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (2,900+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This is the perfect roller to help with sore muscles. I sometimes have a sore back from sitting in my home office for hours at a time, and being able to roll out my back or sore muscles with this product is excellent! The high density foam is high quality, does not have an odor like other products, and is quite firm, but comfortable and feels great on the muscle.”
22. And finally, massage away that lactic acid with a roller stick
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (2,000+ reviews)
Reviewers say: “This is a well-made and very user-friendly tool for reaching trigger points, fascial adhesions and tight, aching muscles. I’m a massage therapist and a Yoga instructor, and while I am a big fan of the large on-the-floor foam rollers, having a roller stick like this can be especially helpful if using a foam roller isn’t convenient or possible.”
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I like how you said how suspension kits are helpful because they can help you with strength training. Thanks for mentioning how dumbbell weights can allow you to do lots of exercises with light and heavyweights. My husband is considering looking into used gym equipment to exercise at home.