20 Essential Home Gym Equipment Pieces You Need to Have

by | Aug 4, 2023 | Gear-Tech

You don’t need to join an expensive gym to keep your fitness resolutions.

If you have a few square feet to play with, you don’t even need to leave your home. Whether you’re working with an expansive basement or a converted cupboard, with the fitness equipment on this list you can get in great shape on your own turf.

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 1. Boxing Kit

If outdoor cardio isn’t your thing, this heavy punching bag is a great alternative for incinerating fat while building explosive power and speed. With the gloves to go with it, you’ll be ready to rumble right away.

2. Medicine Ball

This classic medicine ball features a durable, textured rubber shell for improved grip. It also has a modest bounce for ball workouts that require it.

3. Resistance Band

Made from durable, high-strength latex, you won’t find a more reliable product for your band-based exercises. Get it now here.

 4. TRX Suspension Training Kit

There’s a reason more gyms in South Africa are now stocking some version of this suspension training system: It’s the ultimate body-weight workout. You’ll also save a ton of valuable floor space.

5. Elliptical Machine

If you’re not willing to give up your evening tube time, this machine will allow you to stay fit even as you power through your Netflix queue.

6. Power Reels

A cross between resistance bands and dumbbells, Power Reels provide constant resistance, forcing your muscles to spend more time under tension—a central tenant of muscle building.

7. Pull-Up Bar

Wedge this bar into the top of your doorframe, and you’re ready for pull-ups, chin-ups, and a variety of other back and bicep exercises. Lay it on the floor for tricep dips and easy-on-your-wrists pushups.

8. Balance Trainer

Turbocharge almost any exercise by incorporating a balance trainer into your routine. You’ll better activate your core while firing up all those in-between stabilisation muscles most workouts neglect.

9. Rowing Machine

Warm up your body before a workout with this whole-body rowing machine. Or max out the resistance to bulk up your back, shoulders, and arms.

10. Push-Up Stands

The pushup is still one of the best upper-body exercises you can do with no equipment. Make them even more effective with push-up stands: They’ll protect your wrists and help you better engage your chest, shoulders, arms, and core.

11. Jump Rope

Whether you use it for CrossFit, MMA training, or just to stay in shape, this adjustable speed rope will challenge athletes of all shapes and sizes.

12. Foam Tiles

Protect your floors—not to mention your joints—with these non-toxic foam tiles. Whether you’re throwing around weights or a judo partner, they’ll provide a safe surface for your home workouts.

13. Treadmill

Featuring 20 custom-designed workouts, this gym quality treadmill is your ticket to a trimmer, healthier physique. Build a session into your morning routine.

14. Stationary Bike

Log miles even when the weather (or the game) keeps you cooped up indoors. This sturdy, no-frills spin bike provides plenty of lower-body resistance, even for seasoned cyclists.

 15. Foam Roller

Whether you’re using it for exercise or to smooth out sore muscles, this 3-in-1 roller won’t collapse or lose its shape—no matter how much you abuse each other.

16. Adjustable Dumbbells

This set of dumbbells provides all the weight you need in a smart, ultra-compact form that won’t occupy half your house.

17. Ab Wheel

An ultra-wide wheel with extra stability allows you to perform ab rollouts with better form. It also features a carbon-steel spring for a more intense burn at the top of each rep.

 18. Step Platform

Whether you’re using it for cardio or plyo workouts, or as a bench for dumbbell chest presses, this sturdy but lightweight platform will allow you to crank up the intensity of your next training session.

19. Adjustable Bench

This adjustable bench has three configurations to hit your muscles across a spectrum of angles.

20. Bowflex Max Trainer

With more than 50 different exercises on the menu, this is the ultimate home strength system. Using rods instead of weights (which also makes it easier to manoeuvre), the Bowflex can provide up to 95 kilograms of resistance.

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