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The Best Home Gym Equipment for (Almost) Any Space or Workout

woman working out at home

Gym memberships are expensive, but even worse than that, they require you to actually leave the house, which I think we can all agree is awful. That’s why so many people opt to work out at home, and why knowing what the best home gym equipment is so important. There’s no feeling embarrassed about your 5-pound weights while someone does curls with 50-pound weights, no waiting in line for your favorite machines, and best of all, no commute. But if you think the only people building a home gym are rich, that’s where you’re wrong.

That’s why we put together this list of some of the best home gym equipment to inspire you to build your own. All you need is a little extra room or some storage space to squirrel it all away when you’re done sweating it out and boom—bye-bye gym membership.

Dumbbell with adjustable weights

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Dumbbells

A standard necessity, what makes these special is how compact they are. Adjust the weights in 5-pound increments up to 25 pounds. Just make sure to buy two.

barbell

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Barbell

Barbells are great, even if you aren’t perfecting your strongman routine. Adjustable weights make this easy to use for beginners, too.

workout bench

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Workout Bench

If you’ve got the space (say in a garage, spare room, or basement), then we definitely recommend getting one of these to make rows, curls, and all kinds of exercises a little easier.

kettlebell set

4

Kettlebells

Do you need hand weights and kettlebells and a barbell? No! But if you prefer more explosive movements, kettlebells provide better grip.

medicine ball

5

Medicine Ball

Sometimes you just need to slam things to the ground and have it be socially acceptable.

yoga mats

6

Yoga Mat

Even if you don’t practice yoga, it’s still a great thing to have for home gym stretches and exercises that require you to get down on the floor.

set of plyo boxes

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Plyo Boxes

Wanna do box jumps, split squats, step ups, and more? You need plyo boxes if you want to stay safe. Most household furniture won’t withstand the  strain of these workout moves.

Fitbit Versa

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Fitbit Versa

If you’re going to work out at home, you’ll want to track your progress, and that’s how Fitbit can help. The Versa has 15+ exercise modes, heart rate tracking, and bluetooth capabilities.

Bluetooth speaker

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Bluetooth Speaker

Every home gym needs a speaker so you can blast “Let’s Get Physical” on an endless loop. Duh.

Online workout video showing people in fitness class

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Daily Burn Membership

If you want the motivation you’d get from fitness classes or a personal trainer, then this workout website is your friend. Choose from more than 800 workouts.

Blue microfiber towel with carrying bag

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Microfiber Towel

If you’re workin’ up a sweat, you’re not going to want to use your nice, fluffy bath towels to sop up the mess. Grab one of these super absorbent microfiber towels and store it with your gym gear.

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