* Avoid traffic, sweaty people and high prices at the gym
* At-home equipment is cheap and more effective than ever
* Easy, portable devices for a great workout – all under $30
For many people, half the battle of getting that daily workout in is enduring the gym. Let’s be honest: unless you’re a true fitness geek, the gym isn’t a fun place. Sweaty, grunting (often intimidating) people, high prices, and the wait in traffic just to get there make motivating yourself to workout that much harder.
Luckily there’s an easy, inexpensive alternative: at-home workouts. There are dozens of simple devices you can keep in your closet and pull out in the morning or after getting home, for a quick, effective workout. Below are 10 inexpensive devices to help build a great at-home gym.
1. Insonder Resistance Bands
The resistance band is another simple exercise device with a ton of uses, but they’re widely known for their glute and leg toning abilities. This 5 pack by Insonder is highly reviewed and costs less than $10.[caption id="attachment_73481" align="aligncenter" width="380"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
2. Survival and Cross Jump Rope
The jump rope is a fitness staple that people often forget about until they re-watch Rocky. It provides an excellent cardio workout without the need for much space, and can build fast-twitch muscles for improved athleticism. This one by Survival and Cross is just $10, and has over 5,000 positive reviews.
3. King Athletic Ab Roller Wheel
The ab rollout is widely used by fitness professionals because it strengthens and tones the core and shoulders with one motion. We recommend this ab roller from King Athletic because it’s well made (won’t wobble under pressure), well priced, and includes an ebook to get you started.
4. TheraBand Resistance Bar
This simple foot-long resistance bar by TheraBand improves grip strength, helps prevent tendinitis, and relieves golfer and tennis elbow pain. Keep it next to the couch and pick it up while you binge-watch TV before bed.[caption id="attachment_73479" align="aligncenter" width="352"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
5. Tone Fitness Kettlebell
Kettlebells have been around a very long time, but fitness gurus have recently brought them back and praised them for their cardio and strengthening abilities. It’s easy to find entire full body workout routines online using exclusively a kettlebell, so we suggest having one around the house.
6. Yes4All Wooden Balance Board
Go from beginner balance-improving exercises to advanced strength training with this wooden balance board. It measures less than 16” across for easy storage, and can support up to 300lbs.[caption id="attachment_73482" align="aligncenter" width="386"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
7. AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set
The tried-and-true dumbbell shouldn’t be forgotten in your home gym. This set comes with a pair of 2-pound, 3-pound, and 5-pound dumbbells, and being from AmazonBasics, the price is unbeatable.
8. Iron Gym Upper Body Workout Bar
Replace your weight training routine and build a toned upper body with this workout bar from Iron Gym. Its great for pull-ups, pushups, dips, and sit-ups, and it costs less that $25.
9. AmazonBasics Medicine Ball
The medicine ball is another super simple exercise accessory that can improve strength, balance, and coordination. This one from AmazonBasics is made of rubber, and features a textured finish for grip.[caption id="attachment_73487" align="aligncenter" width="352"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
10. Perfect Fitness Perfect Pushup Elite
The pushup is one of the most effective workouts ever, and by adding a slight rotation, it’s made even better and engages more muscles. The device, called the Perfect Pushup, was invented by a Navy Seal, and has become a best selling hit because it’s made well and works.[caption id="attachment_73488" align="aligncenter" width="397"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
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