Sure, you could pay a few hundred bucks in gym fees every year, but if you prefer exercising at home, hold onto your money. These days, you can find pretty awesome equipment without breaking the bank.
Here are some of our favorite affordable home gym products, along with some tips for using them effectively.
1. Borchent Gliding Discs
This multi-pack of exercise equipment gives you everything you need for a full body workout. You’ll also receive three resistance bands, a carrying pouch, and an exercise guide. They’re functional for working your core, arms, legs—really, whatever you want to target.
Positive Review: “Great workout kit! Easy to use and doesn’t make me feel like a loser for not knowing how to use it! I felt pretty great about myself after using it! You will too!”- Lucy Morrison
2. Ignite Stability Ball
Stability balls are ideal for improving flexibility and working your core. Ignite provides a high-quality option for less than 20 bucks.
Positive Review: “It’s wonderful – just what my physical therapist ordered!”- Joanie
3. LifeLine Plus Variable Resistance Kit
Resistance bands are great for well-rounded, low-impact workouts. This kit comes with three cables for a total of 120 pounds of resistance. You also get handles, door attachment, and a carrying bag, which makes this an exceptional kit for traveling.
4. Ziyue Jump Rope
If you’ve got the room, jumping rope is an amazing aerobic exercise. Try learning a few different techniques to vary your workouts.
Positive Review: “I bought this jump rope for exercise between weight lifting sets as a way to keep my heart rate up. The handles have nice cushion to them and the rope itself has a decent amount of weight. The product seems well made and I’m glad I bought it.”- Linda Wells
5. ProForm Adjustable Weights
Don’t settle for using bulky, obtrusive dumbbells. This compact weight set adjusts for your workout, and its convenient storage rack stores easily.
Positive Review: “Compact, Convenient, Easy to use. Sure beats my clumsy set of dumbbells that take up so much space. I just put them on a plant caddy and roll under the sofa or into the closet. The discs are easy to change…no tools required.”- Patricia
6. Perfect Fitness Ab Carver
Built-in resistance provides a challenging ab workout. Sure, you could just do crunches, but if you want serious results, you want the Ab Carver.
Positive Review: “Awesome product, will really blast your abs, not just for fine tuning the muscles, although it will do that. The full motion is an intense gut busting work out. We love it.”- William McHenry
7. ProFitness Wooden Balance Board
This balance board forces you to engage your core and helps improve balance and coordination. Plus, you can pretend you’re surfing (our favorite part).
Positive Review: “We love it! My husband uses it in his office both for standing at his standing desk and while sitting at his drafting table. Really engages the core, keeps you more awake/focused and offers many workout options as well. Highly recommend getting one!”- lmmort17
8. Gaiam Backless Balance Ball Chair
You could use any balance ball as a chair, but the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair setup is a little more practical in a home office.
Positive Review: “As an engineering professor I put in many hours sitting in my chair, and I bought this chair to combat backache since my old office chair back encouraged slouching. This ball chair has been terrific for the first month I’ve used it.” – Jim Squire