10 Things You Absolutely Need for Home Fitness

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have traded in their gym membership for at-home fitness. While fitness studios and big box gyms generally have an extensive collection of fitness equipment, gadgets, and tools, setting up a home gym is a lot easier—and even less expensive—than you would think. “Creating a workout space in your home can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to $20,000,” Dan Bowen, certified personal trainer and owner of Hit Fitness explains to The Doctors

Felicia Shields, COO of Fitnessmith, a South Florida company that designs custom gym environments, explains that every home workout space should incorporate four key fitness pillars: cardio, strength, functional, and recovery. “Each element is key in a well-rounded wellness routine,” she explains. 

But you don't need to spend thousands on a Peloton or Mirror smart home gym to get a great home workout. Whether you have just a little bit of space and a small budget, or a dedicated workout room with limitless funds, there are a few home fitness essentials that will help you achieve all of your fitness goals.

Cushioned Flooring

Cushioned Flooring

Bowen suggests building your workout space from the floor up by investing in a floor mat. If you are outfitting an entire workout room or a larger space, these interlocking puzzle-style floor mats are a great option. Not only will they keep your floors protected, but also help you avoid discomfort and injury during a workout. 
ProsourceFit Exercise Mat (24 sqft)
$27 AT AMAZON
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A Virtual Workout Buddy

A Virtual Workout Buddy

Alexa, stream a HIIT workout! Whether you want to want to follow along with a guided workout on Amazon Prime, listen to motivating music, Zoom with your workout partner or simply stream a TV show while you do cardio, the Echo Show 10 will be your new favorite workout buddy. It features an automatically adjusting screen that will follow you wherever you go.
Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)
$250 $200 AT AMAZON
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A Slam Ball

A Slam Ball

Whether you are into CrossFit, HIIT or traditional strength training, a slam ball (also known as a medicine ball) can majorly up your workout game. Yes4All’s Slam Ball, available in weights from 10 to 40 pounds and a variety of colors, is perfect for slamming, tossing, lifting or holding—whatever you please!
Yes4All Slam Ball (15 lb)
$28 $26 AT AMAZON
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The Best-Selling Yoga Mat on Amazon

The Best-Selling Yoga Mat on Amazon

If you are creating a workout space in a smaller home or apartment, a cushioned gym mat is a must-have. The Manduka Pro Yoga Mat is the gold standard for yogis and workout enthusiasts from around the world (and an Amazon best-seller) due to the fact that it offers a thick, durable, sweat-wicking surface for exercise and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Manduka PRO Yoga Mat
$120 AT AMAZON
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A Set (Or Several!) of Dumbells

A Set (Or Several!) of Dumbells

Neoprene dumbbells are one of the most affordable and efficient workout essentials. These highly rated weights from CAP Barbell are available in multiple colors and weights ranging from two to 12 pounds, and are inexpensive enough that you can stock up on multiple weights.
Neoprene-Coated Dumbbell (pair, 5lb)
$30
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An Adjustable Weight Bench

An Adjustable Weight Bench

Weight training is one of the most efficient ways to build muscle and blast fat. While many moves can be executed in the vertical position, an incline-decline weight bench will majorly up your game when it comes to bench presses, shoulder presses and more. This steel bench by Flybird supports up to 600 pounds.
Flybird Adjustable Weight Bench
$269 $120 AT AMAZON
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The Best Suspension Training System

The Best Suspension Training System

Whether you're working out your living room, hotel room or office, you can reap the benefits of a suspension training system with TRX’s best-selling training kit. The five-star-rated set includes a suspension training strap, indoor/outdoor anchors and free access to the TRX app to get started with body weight workouts. 
TRX GO Suspension Trainer System
$130 AT AMAZON
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Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands

Bowen is a big fan of resistance bands, as they are an easy and inexpensive way to get in a low-impact, high-intensity workout wherever you may be. This small-but-mighty set of three from SKLZ offers varying tension: light (yellow), medium (red) and heavy (black).
3 SKLZ Mini Resistance Bands
$20 AT AMAZON
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The Original Balance Trainer

The Original Balance Trainer

The Bosu balance ball has been an essential at gyms around the world for decades. The original balance trainer is an easy to use fitness tool that provides a surface that forces you to challenge and engage all of your muscles. The price also includes two downloadable workout guides, outlining all the innovative workouts you can take advantage of with it.
Bosu Balance Trainer, 65cm
$130 $120 AT AMAZON
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All-Surface Sculpting Disks

All-Surface Sculpting Disks

These exercise sliders from Tone It Up, a fitness and lifestyle brand for women, will help you improve stability and balance while strengthening your core. An added bonus? You can use them on any flooring surface, carpet included!
Tone It Up Exercise Sliders
$13 $10 AT AMAZON
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