Wouldn’t it be great if the gym could just come home with us? All set up and ready for us to use at our leisure.
With many people still working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak and stricter lockdown rules in place across the UK, many non-essential retailers, gyms and leisure facilities are closed.
So most of us will have to make do with a home gym set up.
While it may initially seem like the perfect excuse to not work out at all, home exercise can be a great way to let off steam and keep fit. If you’re eager to stay healthy at home there are loads of affordable items out there, including affordable choices like the Crystals Battle Power Rope from Amazon or the Opti Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike from Argos.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best home fitness equipment to help you reach your fitness goals in no time.
Best home fitness equipment
If you’re ready to start your fitness journey from home, this 5-in-1 gym set is a perfect all round contender for head to toe fitness.
The set comes complete with an ab roller wheel, a protective knee mat, one pair of push up stands and an adjustable skipping rope.
It’s the ultimate kit that will allow you to work your core, strengthen and tone different parts of your body and do a little bit of cardio too.
Price: £29.99, eBay – buy here now
You may have seen this heavy duty ropes laying around the gym, you’ve probably tried to avoid them at all costs too.
This style of battle rope from Crystals come in different lengths and diameter sizes, allowing you to choose the best one for your abilities and the amount of room you have at home. If you’re pushed for space inside, you could always try them out in the garden or an outdoor space.
The simple tool lets you work out various areas of your body, whilst giving you an intense conditioning body workout.
Price: From: £25.99, Amazon – buy here now
If cardio is more your kind of workout, this treadmill from Nero Pro has some super advanced features, including integrated bluetooth so you can easily track your progress.
Download the free app which is compatible with iPhone, iPad & Android devices, you’ll be able to control your new machine from your device too.
There’s 12 auto programmes on the treadmill, as well as three level manual incline and pulse sensors. The easy to read LCD display keeps you in the know about your distance, calories, speed and many more.
Price: £349.99, Amazon – buy here now
If you’re keen to train your upper body, this multi-use pull up bar is a good option with an equally desirable price. Use the bar to complete push ups, sit ups and chin ups.
It comes already assembled for your convenience, all you have to do is find the perfect spot at home to install it. It’s also nice and easy to remove it from your door frame when it’s not in use.
Price: £19.99, Argos – buy here now
Smash your New Year resolutions and fitness goals with Aldi’s Slam Balls available in 9kg (£17.99) and 12kg (£19.99) for extra impact.
The balls have an ergonomic design, making the perfect for gripping hold of and smashing down onto the ground.
Price: £17.99, Aldi – buy here now
This rower uses a chain drive air resistance system, that adapts to your abilities – making it a top contender for getting fit at home, in your own time.
The faster you row on this machine, the stronger the resistance will become. This is a great feature that allows you to push yourself and work according to what you can manage.
There’s three screens that will let you know the calories lost, distance, speed and many other important stats to bear in mind for your future progress.
The machine is easily folded down for convenient storing and can hold up to 115kgs in weight.
Price: £389.99, Amazon – buy here now
Whether you’re boxing training, strengthening your core or just warming up with some cardio, this strike bag from Lonsdale will make a great accent to any home gym.
Use it practically anywhere there’s space in the home, or it’s suitable for use outside if you’re pushed for space – it is over 6ft tall after all.
The heavy duty base can be filled with water or sand to keep it firmly in place.
Price: £54.99, Sports Direct – buy here now
This exercise bike from Opti is a top contender for at home workouts, it folds nice and flat for storing away after use.
The bike features a magnetic resistance system, ideal for a smooth and fairly quiet session.
There’s variable tension control, which will help you to get the most out of your workouts or to take it a little bit easier when you need to. A pulse sensor is integrated in the grip handles that will give you an accurate reading of your vital stats.
Price: £79.99, Argos – buy here now
If you aren’t into big, fancy machines or you simply don’t have the space for them at home, this solution from Bluefin Fitness is one to consider.
The vibrating plate has a large anti slip surface, making it safe and simple for you to undertake a range of workouts; including squats, resistance work, balance work, strengthening your core and much more.
Enjoy 80 levels of vibration speed, five built-in programmes and integrated bluetooth speakers, which will not only keep your muscles guessing, but your workouts far more interesting.
Price: £149.99, Amazon – buy here now
Looking for the full gym experience at home? This folding bench and preacher will give you that gym feeling – just without the membership fees.
If space is scarce at home this might not be the best option for you, although it does fold away to be quite compact, whilst it’s extended to full form it does hog quite a bit of room.
It comes equipped with a detachable preacher curl and leg curl station as well as 50kg weight sets to build up your strength.
Price: £129.99, Argos – buy here now