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For anyone converted to home workouts for the long haul.
Home gym equipment nowadays certainly doesn’t play second fiddle to the kit you find at the gym. In fact, providing you know what you’re buying, your home fitness set-up means you may never need a gym membership again (unless you want one, obvs).
From dumbbells to kettlebells, medicine balls, foam rollers, ankle weights, resistance bands and even a weighted vest or two, there’s a shedload up for grabs, and these are the best bits to buy now. Cribs-worthy home gym room, coming right up.
Dumbbells… in stock? Yep, you read that correctly. Xn8 have multiple weights from sets of 1kg dumbbells all the way up to sets of 10kg dumbbells – meaning you’re sure to find a weight to take those training sessions up a notch regardless of what level you’re at. Plus, with seven different colourways, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to your new home fitness equipment.
How much? £25.99
Pairs of 1kg, 2kg and 3kg weights – all with handy floor storage? Introducing the perfect dumbbell set for building arm muscle strength (and your confidence) as you work out at home. Start with simple reps or grab them to super-charge your yoga, pilates and power-walking sessions. That’s cross-training sorted, thanks to this home exercise equipment.
How much? Were £45.99, now £42.99
Not only are these soft strap-on weights the ideal way to spice up your low impact workouts like Barre, they’re also adjustable so that you can increase the challenge as you get stronger. Four removable weights in each will allow you to progress over time and only add to their already impressive versatility. Strap them to your wrists or ankles and get in a workout anytime and anywhere. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
How much? £17.99
Whether you buy one or buy many, York Fitness have your light and heavy functional home fitness equipment sorted. Kettlebells ranging from 2kg to 20kg (depending on your luck and how popular buying kettlebells is on the day), there’s something to suit everyone and every training day.
How much? £19.99
If this ain’t your first kettlebell swing and you’d class yourself as something of an expert when it comes to wielding the hefty weights, then you’ll love the extra intensity this 12kg number brings to your strength sessions. An anti-slip grip acts to protect any nearby housemates from your new home exercise equipment when things get sweaty while the rubber coated base will see to it your floors are just as safe when you start swinging.
How much? £34.00
Lightweight, portable and suitable for every level of exerciser, this suspension system may be more expensive than the average home fitness equipment but then again, there’s nothing average about it. All it takes is a couple of minutes to set it up and 15 more minutes of bodyweight exercises to target your upper body, your lower body or your core. Chock-a-block schedule? This one’s for you!
How much? £80
Not all hope is lost if you don’t feel ready to return to your favourite Pilates class just yet. There are more than enough YouTube workouts to satisfy your core-strengthening cravings and with this soft Pilates ball by your side, you’ll be adequately equipped to increase the burn from the safety of your living room.
How much? £5.94
£7.99 is a small price to pay for a core of steel, we think you’ll agree – adjustable stability on these is designed to continue to push you as your fitness increases. You’re only one roll away from a stronger you with this bit of home exercise equipment.
How much? £7.99
If you’ve ever done leg curls on a gym ball and heard your glutes screaming out simultaneously, you’ll know this piece of home workout equipment is not just one for the abs. However, core strength is one of the major benefits of a gym ball. You’ll also be able to use it for stretching and to improve your balance. Ah yes, versatility at its finest!
How much? £14.99
Is your at-home Pilates studio really an at-home Pilates studio without a beloved Pilates ring? Your inner thighs and arms may not thank you, but your purse will since it’s now less than half price, and you’ll be well on your way to professional-studio status once you’ve added it to the bag. Oh, if only your go-to instructor could see you now, they’d be so proud!
How much? Was £20, now £13.95
Want a one-way ticket to glute-town? If a firmer, stronger bum is your aim then resistance bands are an essential part of your home fitness equipment and one that should be within reach for every butt-focused living room session you do. They’re an easy, portable way to get a stellar lower-body workout in (and they’re easy to store, too). Snap up this set of 5 for just £8.49.
How much? £8.49
Sliders are not just extremely easy to store, they’re also the perfect way to get that little bit extra from your lower body workouts without having to invest in heavy weights or expensive home exercise equipment. Compact, versatile and cheap, you’ll be surprised at just how effective such a small piece of equipment can be.
How much? £7.99
This has to be the cheapest way to get in a good workout at home – a skipping rope, that is just £1.99. Trust us, it’s a small but mighty piece of home workout equipment that will ensure your cardio needs are met whether you’re in your own garden or have branched out and headed to the park.
How much? £1.99
With a smart skipping rope you’ll be able to take your skipping to the next level, and with Tangram Factory’s accompanying app that records each complete revolution and has interval training recommendations, as well as awards, you’ll feel more motivated than ever.
How much? £39.99
There’s nothing you can’t do with an aerobics step, and Phoenix Fitness’ buy comes with two heights: 10cm and 15cm, so you can adjust it according to your chosen exercise or ability. It’s designed with a non-slip platform, is compact and lightweight, and you can currently get yours with a discount of 30%. Need we say more?
How much? Was £40, now £24
WH fashion assistant Courtney Smith can’t get enough of this piece of home exercise equipment. The simple prop can help you to relax into positions, deepen the stretch and improve your alignment. Just because you can reach the floor doesn’t mean you always should, and often backing off and using a block is more beneficial for your practice.
How much? £14.99
Clip yourself into this baby to add extra resistance to your cardio, whether that be running or just a walk around the block. Even weight distribution, reflective details and a back pocket will make for one happy lopper or leisurely stroller regardless of the added weight you’ll be carrying.
How much? £23.99
Weighted vests are former WH cover star Gemma Atkinson’s fave piece of home fitness equipment – with good reason. Removable weights mean you can switch up the resistance and yet add something extra to your usual workout. Your squats will never be the same with this baby on.
How much? £79.95
Surprise! Balance boards are often recommended for when you’re recovering from an injury and looking to strengthen certain muscles around your ankles or to improve your balance, but their benefits aren’t solely related to recovery. With the right exercises, a balance board can help to improve your proprioception, lower body strength and core strength as well as to prevent injuries. Wobbling is all part of the process.
How much? £71.45
You’ve probably seen this bit of equipment gracing many a gym so why not add it to your home exercise equipment? If you’re looking to improve your balance, it’ll get the job done and if you’re tired of the usual planks, push-ups, mountain climbers, squats and glute bridges, to name a few (hey, we were tempted to go on), this piece of kit will provide just the variety and added heat you’re looking for. Burpees included…although we’re not sure who’s looking to intensify those.
How much? £43.99
Recovery is an essential part of any fitness journey but if you’ve ever attempted to roll out your quads when they’re particularly tight, you’ll know it can be rather uncomfortable. Despite this, the welcome muscle release and swifter recovery make foam rollers an indispensable piece of home workout equipment. This little number is textured which means it will be no easy roll but will help you to get deeper into the muscle. Here’s hoping the bright colour offers ample distraction!
How much? £9.99
If you’re new to foam rolling or looking for a gentler approach to myofascial release, this smooth foam roller is the one for you. It’ll help relieve tension but will also come in handy pre-workout by helping to increase mobility and flexibility as well as decrease the risk of injury.
How much? £35.45
This set of trigger point massage balls is another piece of home fitness equipment WH fashion assistant Courtney Smith swears by. ‘My housemate’s physio recommended she get a trigger point ball so when she bought these, I got to benefit too,’ she says. ‘Whenever my legs feel tight or slightly off, I pick the hardness I think will work best and spend a few minutes releasing various spots of tension in my glutes and around my hips. It’s like a heavenly targeted massage that doesn’t cost a fortune.’
How much? £9.99
Yes, it’s expensive, but no round-up of the best home workout equipment for recovery and mobility would be complete without Theragun – the powerful ‘personal percussive device’ that has a cult-following among athletes, sports teams and the recovery-obsessed alike.
How much? £375.00
Bala Bangles don’t only fall into the home workout equipment category, but they’ve also become a fashion accessory in their own right. They’re not only upping the resistance on any workout you do, but they’re easily the best-looking wrist and ankle weights out there too and come in a range of soft and dreamy tones to compliment your workout wardrobe. If you’re planning on using your ankle and wrist weights for a virtual Pilates class or to intensify your daily walk, these are the ones to be seen in.
How much? £49.95
Struggling to choose between a barbell or a set of dumbbells for your home workout equipment? Why pick one when you can get both, with a £50 discount? You’ll get 12 different weight plates to adjust your dumbbells to your muscles’ content and a steel connector to convert your dumbbells into a barbell with PROIRON’s set. What can we say? Making your life easier is what we do best.
How much? Was £129.99, now £79.99
If there’s one thing we’d highly recommend investing in ahead of the new year, it’s free weights, and this Reebok kettlebell is the ideal middle ground weight at 8kg. It’s also designed with a wide handle for a double-handed grip, and a flat bottom to prevent it from rolling around. Discount-wise, it’s down 11%.
How much? Was £42.99, now £37.99