With the pandemic shutting down gyms and fitness studios, stocking up on some at-home workout equipment for your home gym can make the transition to exercising in your home a little easier.
While some of us are still able to exercise outside safely—meaning we’re able to follow social distancing rules on our walks, runs, or bike rides—many live in areas where crowds make outdoor cardio a no-go. On the other hand, some people can go outside safely, but those kinds of activities simply aren’t their jam.
That means for many people, their living rooms (or bedrooms, basements, or tiny square of free space in their apartments) have become their temporary workout spots. And if that describes your situation, chances are pretty good that you don’t have a ton of room to play around with. So when you’re choosing at home workout equipment, you want to make sure you’re purchasing the best home exercise equipment for you.
We get it: Stocking a “gym” can be daunting. So we tapped trainers from across the country to share their picks for the best workout equipment for home use. From free weights to massagers, these at home workout equipment picks will help you get set up. (Just a note that everything on this list is in stock at the time of publication, but as you probably know, inventory is constantly changing, and home fitness equipment is among the kinds of products that tend to sell out fast.)
Whether you’ve found virtual fitness classes to tune into via Zoom, or you prefer to go at it solo, these items are sure to help you maintain a routine during quarantine, and hopefully keep some of the stress and anxiety you’ve been feeling at bay.
For Bodyweight Training: YogaAccessories Non-Slip Exercise Pilates and Yoga Mat
A yoga mat isn’t just for yoga: It can make bodyweight exercises like stretching and core work more comfortable, says Elizabeth Corkum, a certified personal trainer and running coach in New York City. (Plus, it can provide a good surface for strength training, too.) Most basic yoga mats are affordable and get the job done just fine without breaking the bank. This one, however, is longer than most other mats out there, which is a plus if you’re on the tall side.
For Resistance Training: Resistance Band Loop Set
“These resistance bands have become my go-to item for home and travel workouts,” says Jen Temperley, a certified personal trainer and owner of Climb Fitness in Los Angeles. The bands are portable, come in a range of sizes and tension levels, and work for all levels of athletic ability.
“I love resistance bands because they’re travel-friendly and you can easily switch between working your arms, core, and legs without changing equipment,” adds Sarah Periman, a certified personal trainer in Houston.
For Resistance Training: Resistance Bands Exercise Cords
These bands come in a variety of resistances and tend to hold up better than many other brands, says Art Sherry, a certified personal trainer in Houston. They can be used to work essentially every muscle group and provide even more exercise options when anchored to a door or wrapped around a post.