Going to the gym can be a hassle, and there’s no shame like paying for a monthly membership you never use, which makes the idea of setting up a home gym all the more appealing. Just think: no more squeezing in ineffective workouts on your lunch break. No more waiting turns to use a machine. And no more wasting precious time commuting back and forth.
But one hurdle to setting up a home gym (at least initially) is the cost; high-quality machines that won’t break down within a month can be expensive, and popular on-demand fitness videos still incur a monthly or yearly subscription charge. But with some savvy shopping on Amazon, as well as additional savings from Groupon Coupons, you can come out ahead while still committing to your fitness goals.
These heavy-duty loop bands provide varying levels of resistance to engage the muscles and increase flexibility.
This sturdy bench handles many different exericses, from weights to abdominal work, and is a mainstay of any home gym.
The WaterRower gets top marks for style and function. Its attractive oak construction absorbs sound and vibration, and the rower can be stored upright when not in use—a must for small spaces. While you can definitely find less expensive rowers, this one is built to last and may end up saving you money in the long run.
With 16,000 on-demand workouts included in your free 1-year iFit subscription, you won’t tire of running on the NordicTrack treadmill anytime soon. It uses Bluetooth connectivity to automatically adjust speed and incline to the trainers’ recommendations, as well as to mimic real-life terrain.
If you’re intrigued by the Peloton bike but repelled by its exorbitant price tag, you might consider the Flywheel Home Exercise Bike. It delivers a fun, challenging workout for the fraction of the cost. It also comes with a free 2-month subscription to on-demand classes and free expert assembly.
The SkiErg builds both strength and endurance with poling motions used in Nordic skiing, a challenging sport that targets muscles in the legs, arms, and core. You can either mount the system to the wall with included hardware to save on space or attach it to a floor stand for easy movability.
The Sole S95S Elliptical offers a quiet, no-fuss workout. Customize your speed, time, distance, and resistance amid 10 different programs, and alternate between forward and reverse motions to target different muscle groups. If the elliptical is your go-to of choice at the gym, this will give you a similar experience at home.
The Jacob’s Ladder burns calories by engaging the arms and legs in a climbing motion. The maple rungs run on a non-motorized, continuous treadmill, allowing you to set the pace and challenge yourself. It provides a full-body, cardio workout, and is ideal for high-intensity interval training.
Pilates is a highly effective in toning the body and increasing flexibility, but classes can be expensive. The AeroPilates Premier Reformer allows you to work out in the comfort of your own home. Its four-cord resistance is ideal for all skill levels, and the cardio rebounder helps minimize strain on the joints.
Can’t decide between Pilates or Barre? The Supreme Toning Tower combines the two with a Pilates Cadillac Trap Table, barre, and body trainer. An included DVD walks you through a variety of workouts, and the lightweight construction makes it easy to move and pack up.
BeyondBarre’s blend of ballet, core-strengthening exercises, and cardio helps you build strength, increase flexibility, and burn calories all in a single workout. It includes three DVDs that build on skills, as well as a wall chart to show you the proper techniques. The bar easily folds down to be packed away.