Buying some new home gym equipment for your home? Read our ultimate guide below for some advice. We have been trying and testing fitness equipment in lockdown, and the verdict is in – owning even just one piece of gym equipment has kept us motivated more than ever, to get in a quick 15 minutes at lunch, get sweaty after work or even to get our heart rate rising first thing in the morning.
The world might have changed forever since gyms closed this time last year, as people have unsurprisingly been buying home gym equipment left right and centre. And it's easy to see why – the convenience of having a piece of gym equipment at home, whether that be an exercise bike, a treadmill or just some resistance bands, is something you can't really put a price on. No more queueing to use it or worrying about it being touched by others.
Whether you are planning to return to your gym or not, see below for our top-rated exercise equipment for getting fit and keeping fit, from home. Put that gym membership money into your savings account and get sweaty from your living room, garage or perhaps even your new home gym, with help from us.
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15 top home gym equipment buys
If you are searching for a budget-friendly and easy to use exercise bike for home use, then the Viavito Satori should be it. We've been using this exercise bike for quite some time now, five times a week, and we are impressed. Not only is it quite compact to store, but it also has a range of workout programmes so you can mix up your workout routine. That and it has four user settings so more than one person can use the bike in your home, while there are 32 resistance levels to offer a sweaty workout.
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On initial setup, you can set a user programme from one to four and input your gender, age, weight and height so it knows who is using the machine. We've used this bike in manual mode and tried every one of the programmes. We prefer the programmes as they give structure to our workout and keep us motivated, and it's even better that you can tailor them to suit your needs. By this we mean that you can input a time or distance, or the number of calories you'd like to burn, and the programme will run until you reach your goal. You can also set the 'load' which is the starting resistance, based on your fitness level or how hard you want to push yourself. This bike automatically ups the resistance for you, though you can change it at any time by turning the flat button on the console. After your workout is finished, the machine will beep to let you know. From here you can either finish or head to manual mode to cool down.
You can track your distance and calories, as well as heart rate, all through the machine. Though we have noticed that the calorie tracker isn't the most reliable – instead, we like to use our Fitbit to track our workouts, so this isn't a major issue.
This bike is completely adjustable – handles and seat. You can adjust the seat with ease, making it higher or lower, or move it to sit more forward or further back. The handlebars can be adjusted, but not with as much ease that you would hope. The bike has an impressive 9kg flywheel, with 32 resistance levels. This bike is on wheels for easy moving around your home, though it needs to be plugged in, in order to work. It has a conveniently placed water bottle holder, though there's no space for your tablet or phone to sit.
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Practising yoga at home? You can't go wrong with this Yogi-Bare mat: it features alignment markers so that you know where your hands and feet should be while posing. It's great for those who usually attend a yoga class and rely on help from their instructor when going from one position to another.
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This yoga mat, as mentioned above, features alignment markers for easy posing. The central line is guidance – place your hands and feet in the boxes at either end. With an extreme non-grip surface that has been praised by reviewers, it's also perfect for use while doing hot yoga or Bikram yoga. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a carry strap or bag (though these are available for purchase separately).
Eco-friendly and made from 100 per cent natural PU rubber, it's biodegradable and recyclable. After use, simply wipe clean with a lemon juice and water solution. In terms of size, it measures 180cm long by 66cm wide. It's 4mm thick, and it weighs 2.5kg.
For more of the best yoga mats, see our buying guide.
Choose the SHREDDY Resistance Bands if you are looking to tone with minimal equipment – whether that's due to space issues or because you want to be able to work out anywhere. You can take these bands to the gym with you once it reopens, or on holiday, to work out outside and more. You buy the bands based on your fitness level, and they come in a handy sustainable cotton drawstring pouch so you can pop them in your bag.
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Choose a resistance band based on your fitness level – the heavier they are, the harder they will make your workout. They have thick ones for use on your legs, and longer ones for your arms. These resistance bands stay firmly where you want them to be during your workout, and you'll get an eBook with each band for a little bit of help on how to use them. We prefer to use Instagram to find resistance band workouts – just an FYI.
Made from polyester, custom cotton and a rubber blend, these bands are latex-free, completely vegan. Due to their nature, these resistance bands really are suitable for all fitness levels. They come in five different strengths from light to XX heavy. The best part? They all look super cute – to make getting sweaty look good.
If it's a running machine you are after, then the JTX Sprint-7 is our top recommendation. Not only does it feature a cushioned deck for protecting your joints when jogging, sprinting or running, but it features a range of pre-set programmes and adjustable incline for simulating uphill running.
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Boasting easy to use buttons and a seven-inch display, this running machine allows you to adjust speed and incline settings safely, without the need to look down. You can also use this machine for heart rate training, as well as tracking time, pulse, speed, incline, distance and calories burnt. There are 43 workout programs at different intensities for you to enjoy, and a 15 per cent incline (at 15 levels) to really make you work up a sweat. Use the free tablet holder for watching Netflix while working out, or, Kinomap allows you to run stunning routes from all over the world, inside your home.
In terms of size, the running deck of this machine measures 145cm long by 51cm wide. It measures 179cm in length by 88cm wide and 159cm high when in use. This machine folds to be only 120cm long and it has wheels for easy moving. It has a maximum speed of 20kph, and it's powered by a 3 horsepower motor. With a black diamond running belt, it's super durable, even if you are planning on using it every single day – black diamond belts are designed to last up to 50 per cent longer than standard options.
See our best treadmills buying guide for more recommendations.
The JLL R200 is a great piece of kit when bearing in mind features and price. This rowing machine is perfect for beginners or occasional use, and it's foldable. It's also a bargain at under £250.
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This magnetic resistance JLL rowing machine offers 10 different levels of resistance so that you can tailor it to your strength– use the dial at the front of the machine to do this. Boasting a smooth sliding mechanism for a seamless workout, it's not as loud as you'd expect while in operation. It also has a padded seat and ergonomic handlebars which are padded and non-slip. Secure footplates make your workout safe, and a seven-function LCD monitor means you can track time, calories, distance and more.
Measuring 180cm long, 52cm wide and 49cm high, this rowing machine has wheels on the underside of the seat, and it folds upright for easy storing after use. When folded, it's 127cm high and 71cm in length. In total, this rowing machine weighs 23kg.
Experienced rower? See our best rowing machines guide for more top options.
A cross trainer is one piece of home gym equipment that will work your entire body – something we can definitely get on board with. And, the JTX Strider-X7 is no different. It's also affordable (under £500) and compact yet packed with all the features you need to get in a great workout. Spending just 30 minutes on a cross trainer should burn around 200 calories.
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Easy to use no matter your fitness level, this cross trainer offers 21 pre-set workout programs, with four personalised training programmes that can be designed by you. Use the touchscreen to do this and more – track distance, calories, body fat, pulse. Similar to the JLL running machine we listed above, you can use this cross trainer for heart rate training. With a 16-inch stride length, we recommend this cross trainer to beginners or intermediate users – the longer this length the more intense your workout will be. With a 12.5kg flywheel – the heavier the better quality the machine – and 16 resistance levels, it's great for a smooth and stable workout. Use the lower levels for warming up and cooling down.
Measuring 130cm in length, 70cm wide and 170cm high, this cross trainer is compact in comparison to others and it has transport wheels. It also has adjustable floor pads in case you have an uneven floor. It also has a maximum user weight of 130kg – that's just over 20 stone.
See our best cross trainer guide for more products.
Missing your spin class? Buy a suitable spin bike for home use and join in virtually. This one from Echelon is great since it connects with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, to turn it into a console, to watch qualified spin instructors perform classes – and to follow along with them.
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We tested this spin bike at home during lockdown and we loved it, to say the least. While it is admittedly large – the majority of spin bikes are – we did note that it's feature-packed and very easy to use. You will need to download the Echelon app and buy a subscription to take part in classes, but you won't regret it. There's a class for everyone from beginners to pros. There are also live classes, should those be more up your street. It has comfortable handles for sitting and standing riding, and these handles are non-slip and very easy to grip. The bike is completely silent when in use, so you can use it while watching TV or when the kids are in bed.
You can sync the Echelon app with your Fitbit to track your results, alternatively, you can find all of your results from previous classes in the profile section of the app. While cycling, you can view your results on screen – there is an Echelon leaderboard if you like to get competitive, too.
With a 7kg flywheel and 32 resistance levels, this bike can prove to be a tough feat. It's also fully adjustable so you can use it no matter your height, and it's pretty sturdy with floor-levelling feet. It is on wheels but it's quite heavy to move and large to manoeuvre, so we suggest finding it a permanent space in your home – or home gym. We didn't find the water bottle holder to be the best we've tried, but it does do the job.
The Everlast punch bags comes with gloves, and though small in size, it weighs 12kg. It's really best for beginner users, and it doesn't come with a bracket – you will need to buy one separately to hang in your home. Other than this, it's great for home use as it's small, measuring 2 foot.
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This punch bag comes with pre-formed padded gloves for shock absorption for a safe experience. Simply buy a bracket, hang it up and get punching. You'll need to ensure you have enough space wherever you are hanging it, of course – we think it's perfect for a garage.
This punch bag is made from faux leather for durability purposes. It measures 61cm high and 30cm round.
See more best punch bags in our guide.
If you don't have enough room in your home for a home gym (same same) then consider a pull up bar. All you need is a door frame and you're set. This Men's Health one is under £30, too.
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Use this sturdy bar for pull ups, chin ups and push ups, and then pop it away underneath your bed or sofa after use.
Measuring 34cm in height, 38cm in width and 103cm in depth, it's plenty small enough to store away in a cupboard or under furniture. With a maximum user weight of 100kg (15 stone 10 pounds), it's brilliant. It also weighs just 3.5kg.
Made entirely from cork, this yoga block is sustainable and environmentally friendly. It'll add a little something more to your yoga class, and you can buy in singles or as a pair. Not just that but it's portable, too, meaning you can take it to the gym, use it outside and more.
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It's also non-slip and easy grip. Use it to help your body settle into a pose, or to support your back, head and hips. It features rounded edges and it can easily be cleaned, too.
This yoga block measures 22.5cm x 12cm x 7.5cm in size and weighs around 1.3 pounds.
A multi-gym, should you have space for one, may just be the best piece of home gym equipment you can buy. Ideal for beginners and frequent gym-goers alike, this multi gym from Argos' fitness range features a range of exercise options all at a very affordable price.
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The Opti 50kg Home Multi Gym lets users do everything from front press and butterfly to low rowing, triceps press, ab crunches, leg extension and much more. Its weight stacks are filled with 50kg of cement providing 65kg maximum resistance.
With a maximum user weight of 120kg – that's 18 stone 13 pounds – this multi gym can be used by almost anyone. Once fully assembled, it measures 202cm high, 98cm wide and 168cm in depth. Oh, and it weighs 88kg. Not only is this machine easy to assemble once it arrives at your front door, but it's also less bulky than other machines making it an ideal piece of kit to have in your spare room.
See our best multi-gym guide for more recommendations.
If you’re just wanting to focus on your abdominal area while working out, or you are looking for something to really help you tone up alongside your cardio workouts, then the Wondercore 2 is designed for you.
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This device is designed to work your upper, middle and lower abs, obliques and the rest of your muscles including arms and legs, so you can use it to get a full-body workout (almost); the dual resistance ensures that your core is always engaged for maximum results. It has a 9kg maximum resistance, as well as 180 extended range of motion. It comes with a nutrition guide, a seven-day meal plan, a training and exercise guide and a workout DVD.
This ab machine has a maximum user weight of 120kg (18 stone 13 pounds). It can be self-assembled, and it weighs 10.8kg. In terms of size, once built, it's 25cm high, 85cm wide and 33cm in depth. It's also foldable after use.
If you’re looking to improve your balance and your core strength, buying an exercise ball is a no-brainer. Especially, this professional-grade one from Black Mountain.
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This exercise ball can be used anywhere from your garden to your living room or your home gym. Easy to move around and great at working your core, you can sit on this ball, lay on it and more.
It comes in a range of sizes from 45cm to 85cm – some are better suited to certain exercises – starting with the standard one for your height is always a good thing to do. It also comes with a pump included and a starter brochure, so you can get to grips with some of the more basic exercises or throw yourself straight into your usual gym routine.
An easy (read: fun) way to get your heart rate up, the Opti Trampoline is our pick of the best fitness trampolines you can buy. Fitness trampolines are smaller versions of your classic outdoor trampoline and are otherwise known as a trampette.
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This piece of fitness equipment has been popular for quite a while now, and it's easy to see why: jumping on a fitness trampoline is considered a moderate to vigorous-intensity exercise. This Opti option is easy to assemble as you only need to attach the non-slip feet on, it has a solid and stable construction that's ideal for aerobic use AND it's super affordable. Just start bouncing!
In terms of size, this fitness trampoline measures 22cm high and it has a diameter of 91.5cm. With a maximum user weight of 100kg (that's 15 stone 10 pounds) it can be used by almost anyone.
If you’ve never worked out with the help of a medicine ball before, it might be about time you did: they're great at developing core strength, balance, and coordination. An alternative to a kettlebell, this AmazonBasics one is affordable, sturdy and non-slip.
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A relatively compact way to challenge a range of muscle groups and improve stamina, a medicine ball really earns a space in any home gym since they are super versatile. Great for all different fitness levels, this one has a durable rubberised plastic outer makes it easy to grip, even with sweaty hands.
This medicine ball comes in 3kg or 5kg – buy based on your fitness level and don't go too heavy too soon.
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If you're not sure where to start when it comes to choosing the best home gym equipment, you've come to the right place. We'll talk you through the best solutions based on the results you want to achieve from your training.
If you’re happy with your running schedule but want a room where you can focus on toning your muscles, some dumbbells will allow you to up the resistance when it comes to lunges, balancing or bench pressing. You could also try resistance bands, an ab machine for focussing on your abdominals, or, a kettlebell or medicine ball.
Aerobic exercise is important not only for calorie burning and weight loss, but more importantly for maintaining good heart health. Choose a treadmill, rowing machine, cross trainer, trampoline or exercise bike for a great cardio workout at home. Exercise bikes are perfect for those after something low impact, so consider these if you have been told to watch your joints.
Strength training can be done using your own body weight so you don't really need equipment at all, but for a better and more varied workout, you might want to consider adding in some gym favourites. An exercise ball, step block or yoga mat are great for training using your own weight. Upgrade this with the use of weights (dumbbells, medicine balls or bar weights), or go all out with a multigym that helps you work our safely can effectively if you have the budget.