The Best At-Home Workout Equipment in 2020, According to Trainers


With the pandemic shutting down gyms and fitness studios, stocking up on some at-home workout equipment for your home gym can make the transition to exercising in your home a little easier.

While some of us are still able to exercise outside safely—meaning we’re able to follow social distancing rules on our walks, runs, or bike rides—many live in areas where crowds make outdoor cardio a no-go. On the other hand, some people can go outside safely, but those kinds of activities simply aren’t their jam.

That means for many people, their living rooms (or bedrooms, basements, or tiny square of free space in their apartments) have become their temporary workout spots. And if that describes your situation, chances are pretty good that you don’t have a ton of room to play around with. So when you’re choosing at home workout equipment, you want to make sure you’re purchasing the best home exercise equipment for you.

We get it: Stocking a “gym” can be daunting. So we tapped trainers from across the country to share their picks for the best workout equipment for home use. From free weights to massagers, these at home workout equipment picks will help you get set up. (Just a note that everything on this list is in stock at the time of publication, but as you probably know, inventory is constantly changing, and home fitness equipment is among the kinds of products that tend to sell out fast.)

Whether you’ve found virtual fitness classes to tune into via Zoom, or you prefer to go at it solo, these items are sure to help you maintain a routine during quarantine, and hopefully keep some of the stress and anxiety you’ve been feeling at bay.

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    For Bodyweight Training: TRX Suspension Trainer

    The TRX suspension training system allows you to work both your upper and lower body, while helping you develop core stability. If you don’t have access to a trainer to walk you through it, TRX’s website has instructional videos, as well as 30-minute video workouts that are updated daily. (Or you can try this TRX workout from SELF, too.)

    “Although it’s a bit more expensive than other pieces of equipment, if used correctly, the TRX system can be the only piece of equipment that you need,” says Victoria Nolan, a certified personal trainer at Suite Time Fitness in Houston. “It’s easy to set up, as it can be hooked up over a door or even a good backyard tree.”

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    For Bodyweight Training: YogaAccessories Non-Slip Exercise Pilates and Yoga Mat

    A yoga mat isn’t just for yoga: It can make bodyweight exercises like stretching and core work more comfortable, says Elizabeth Corkum, a certified personal trainer and running coach in New York City. (Plus, it can provide a good surface for strength training, too.) Most basic yoga mats are affordable and get the job done just fine without breaking the bank. This one, however, is longer than most other mats out there, which is a plus if you’re on the tall side.

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    For Bodyweight Training: FEIERDUN Doorway Pull-Up and Chin-Up Bar

    “Doorway pull-up bars are my go-to piece of equipment to help maintain and gain upper body strength, all without any added weight,” says Elizabeth Murphy, a certified personal trainer in Boston. Pull-ups recruit muscles in your back, shoulders, chest, and arms, and you can easily isolate muscle groups by changing your hand position on the bar. (If you want to hammer your biceps, the chin-up variation—palms toward your body—just might be the variation for you.) Plus, you can also use resistance bands for a pull-up assist.

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