The Best Home Gym Equipment of 2020

The Best Home Gym Equipment of 2020

Although the phrase “home gym” can still conjure images of a swanky, expensive fitness space, many people have found that creating a home workout area isn’t an out-of-reach dream. (Especially when so many of us are spending much more time at home!)

By choosing the best home gym equipment, you can build a versatile, functional space that’s ideal for any workout, even on a tight budget.

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Here are some equipment options to make it happen:


Top pick: ProsourceFit Puzzle Mat

Although carpet is fine for providing shock absorption, it’s not always the easiest to clean if you’re going to have major sweat sessions regularly, like with T-Minus 30 or 600 Secs. It’s also less than ideal for yoga and barre, too.

Consider upgrading to flooring that can cover the carpet, be installed in a basement or garage, or comes in pieces so you can move it around. Home gym floors are available in several materials, including cork, rubber, foam, bamboo, and artificial turf. Flooring with a “puzzle piece” format lets you install it easily, anywhere.


Chin-up or Pull-up Bar

Top pick: SIEBIRD Pull Up Bar for Doorway with Mount Hook

Pull-ups and chin-ups are two awesome moves for boosting your functional strength. They’re great for strengthening your core and upper body— but impossible to do without a bar. Look for one that’s sturdy (it needs to safely accommodate your body weight, after all) with multiple grips for more variations and strength-building options.


Weight Bench

Top pick: FLYBIRD Adjustable Weight Bench

If you’re getting serious about strength training, you’ll want to invest in a weight bench. An adjustable bench is highly versatile, allowing you to do tons of moves, from step-ups and hip thrusts to skull crusherstriceps extensions, and more.

You can also find a number of options in various price ranges, depending on their features. For more versatility, look for benches that incline and decline.



Top pick: Bowflex SelectTech 552 – Two Adjustable Dumbbells

Dumbbells and kettlebells let you work most muscle groups, and add weight to exercises like lunges, squats, and deadlifts. These come in a wide range of price points and sizes. If you love thrifting, check out secondhand gear stores to get some killer deals on gently used — or in some cases, never used — options.

No matter your budget, choose weights that are light (to you), along with some that are somewhat and very heavy to you so you’re prepared for any move, now and as your strength increases. If you’re short on space, consider a set of adjustable dumbbells or kettlebells.


Resistance Bands and Loops

Top pick: Tribe 11PC Premium Resistance Bands Set

Incredibly affordable and versatile, resistance bands and loops are like a gym-to-go that give you a great workout anywhere. You can increase resistance in bodyweight exercises like squats and bicep curls and even use them for assisted pull-ups.


Suspension Trainer

Top pick: TRX GO Suspension Training: Bodyweight Fitness Resistance Training

A simple system like a TRX attaches to an anchor point and has two adjustable straps that come down to a set of handles. Although it sounds basic, this system is so versatile. Use it in a wide range of ways that create instability — it’s a great way to work your core, while using bodyweight for strength training. You can also take it along when you travel.


More home gym equipment

As you keep expanding your home gym, there are plenty of other choices to add to help reach your goals. One strategy that tends to work well is to go with the basics first, and add on from there so that you’re only bringing in what you’ll really use. That way, you’ll have a customized home gym that works as hard as you do.

Budget-friendly gym equipment

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Elizabeth Millard


Elizabeth Millard has written for Men's Health, SELF, Prevention, Runner's World, and several other health and wellness publications. Based in Northern Minnesota (yes, it's just as cold as you've heard), she's also a rock climber, obstacle course enthusiast, and registered yoga teacher. Follow her on Twitter.