The Best Home Gym Equipment in 2022

Jennifer E. Engen

Staff, Courtesy of Bowflex

Even if you’re an avid cyclist, hopping on your bike for a daily ride simply isn’t always a possibility, whether it’s rain, snow, or a long day at work standing between you and hitting the road or trail. Having a well-rounded home gym ensures that you can keep up your training even when a ride isn’t in the cards. Having non-cycling home gym equipment at home also means you aren’t just training the same muscles as you do on the bike, which makes you a stronger rider and increases your overall strength and cardiovascular fitness.

Best Home Gym Equipment

    What to Consider

    The most important thing to consider when thinking about home gym equipment is: “What will I actually use?” You don’t want to drop hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars on something that’s just going to gather dust in the corner of a bedroom or the garage, making it little more than an expensive paperweight.

    Space

    Consider how much space you can dedicate to working out. If you have a full room or garage to work out in, you can get equipment that you don’t have to stow away after each use. However, if you’re in a smaller home or apartment, you’re going to need equipment that can be stored easily.

    Connectivity

    It’s important to consider whether you want workout equipment that offers classes. Plenty of popular pieces of equipment come with apps, screens, and guided workouts or exercises. However, these often have ongoing subscription costs, which can add expense to your home gym equipment.

    Variety

    A well-rounded home gym shouldn’t just focus on one thing. You should have equipment for all facets of exercise, and while we included a couple spinners for those rainy or cold winter days, we also considered equipment for stretching and weight or resistance training.

    How We Selected

    We selected a wide range of our favorite equipment to keep you interested and engaged in training, lifting, and stretching at home to keep you primed for riding all year long. We also made selections that fit practically any space and budget and prioritized equipment with glowing customer and expert reviews.

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1

The Cadillac of Home Gyms

Tonal

  • Adaptive
  • Digital weight system
  • Thousands of workouts
  • Expensive
  • Requires electricity
  • Monthly membership costs $49
  • Smart accessories add $495 to the cost

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Resistance, digital weight training
  • Features: Interactive, guided workouts
  • Connected or App Supported: Connected
  • Size (HxW): 39 x 17.5 inches
  • Weight: N/A
  • Power Needs: AC outlet

If you’re looking for a gym that adapts to your needs and workout style, then check out the Tonal home gym. It’s a compact, interactive unit that learns by testing your capabilities in four key exercises: the bench press, seated lat pulldown, seated overhead press, and a neutral-grip deadlift.

The digital weight machine scores your abilities based on how you move through the exercises. The machine then sets initial resistance based on your performance and has smart features including sports-based programs and on-demand classes, and it can adjust resistance up to 200 pounds over time.

Unlike most cable machines, it can even adjust resistance while you’re doing an exercise.

  • More than 10,000 classes
  • Bluetooth connectivity to smart devices
  • Guided classes
  • Interactivity with trainers
  • Expensive
  • Monthly membership is extra
  • Base package doesn’t come with any accessories

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Guided workouts
  • Features: Live workouts, personal classes, over 10,000 on-demand classes across 50 categories of workouts
  • Connected or App Supported: Connected
  • Size (HxW): 56 x 22.4 inches
  • Weight: 70 pounds
  • Power Needs: AC outlet

The Mirror offers its users a variety of workout types, from personal training to live classes to guided workouts on demand. Users can see their reflection in the Mirror at the same time as they see the guided workouts and stats.

To up the fun, a 5MP camera allows users to workout virtually with others as well, whether they want to compete or just share a class. Trainers can see the users and their stats during workouts. To get the most out of its capabilities, users can also use Bluetooth-connected smart devices, like heart monitors and weights, during their Mirror-based exercise routines.

3

Best Smart Trainer for Bikes

KICKR Core Smart Bike Trainer

  • Great connectivity with apps and devices
  • Compact
  • Incline simulation
  • 1,800 watts of resistance
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t come with a cassette

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Cycling
  • Features: Smart trainer, ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity, flywheel technology, 16 percent grade simulation
  • Connected or App Supported: App supported
  • Size (LxWxH) : 20 x 23 x 19 inches
  • Weight: 40 pounds
  • Power Needs: AC outlet

The Wahoo KICKR Core Smart Bike Trainer is a great way to keep up with your cycling training even on days when you can’t get out for a ride. The KICKR Core is a user-friendly trainer that works with KICKR Trainer Accessories, including its grade simulator and the Wahoo fitness app.

The device can also connect to multiple Bluetooth and ANT+ devices, like heart rate monitors and power sensors. It also measures up to 1,800 watts of resistance and can simulate climbs up to 16 percent. The trainer doesn’t come with a cassette but it can accept 8-11 speed Shimano and SRAM cassettes.

4

Best Resistance Trainer

Machine Control

  • Works with multiple devices and apps
  • Inexpensive compared to other smart trainers
  • Excellent resistance
  • Louder than some other trainers
  • Resistance only controlled through apps

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Cycling
  • Features: Integrates with apps, Bluetooth and ANT+ devices, 12-pound flywheel
  • Connected or App Supported: App
  • Size (LxWxH): 27 x 27 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 36 pounds
  • Power Needs: AC outlet

The Kinetic Road Machine is a compact, more affordable smart trainer for cyclists that features plenty of connectivity—and users don’t have to take their back wheel off to use it. The Road Machine works with the majority of wheels from 22 to 29 inches and folds easily for storage when you’re not using it.

5

Best Adjustable Dumbbells

SelectTech 552 Dumbbells

  • Space-saving
  • Great range of weights
  • Easy to select weight

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Free weights
  • Features: Two adjustable dumbbells
  • Connected or App Supported: App
  • Size (LxWxH): 26.8 x 22.1 x 27.8 inches (with stand)
  • Weight: 111 pounds
  • Power Needs: None

No good home gym is complete without a great set of dumbbells. At $399, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells aren’t cheap, but if you consider that you’re actually replacing 15 sets of dumbbells with two that switch from 5 to 52.5 pounds each with the turn of a dial, their value is clear.Two or three sets of heavier dumbbells alone can cost more than this pair of adjustable SelectTech dumbbells, and a full set of dumbbells can cost upwards of $600. Likewise, the SelectTech dumbbells take up considerably less space than a full set of dumbbells and the accompanying rack or case.

6

Best for Stretching

eKO Lite Mat

  • Natural rubber
  • Great balance between support and cushion
  • Good grip
  • Not best suited for hot yoga
  • Heavier than some other mats

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Yoga, stretching
  • Features: Natural rubber-based yoga mat
  • Connected or App Supported: N/A
  • Size (WxLxH): 24 x 71 x 1/8 inches
  • Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Power Needs: None

Just like every home gym should have weight or resistance equipment, it should also have a yoga mat to stretch out on. Manuka’s eKO line of mats are made with natural, sustainably harvested tree rubber, which should set your mind a little more at ease when you’re in corpse pose. With 4 millimeters of support, this eKO mat can handle all your stretching needs from faster vinyasa practices to the slow hum of yin poses.

7

Best Compact All-in-One

Xtreme 2 SE

  • Compact
  • Easy to adjust weights
  • Upgradable

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Weight/resistance
  • Features: 210 pounds of resistance, 70+ exercises
  • Connected or App Supported: App
  • Size (LxWxH): 96 x 78 x 83.25 inches
  • Weight: 185 pounds
  • Power Needs: none

If you want a more traditional take on a home gym that still doesn’t take up much space, check out the Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE. Bowflex debuted this unique resistance trainer 20 years ago and keeps refining it, making it a long-standing favorite of home gym users.

By using rods for resistance rather than plates or weights, Bowflex has made this gym both relatively light and compact, so it can fit in a corner and is easier to move than similar models. It comes with up to 210 pounds of resistance but you can upgrade it to 310 pounds of resistance.

8

Best Adjustable Kettlebell

SelectTech 840 Kettlebell

  • 6 different weight settings
  • Easily switchable
  • Space saving
  • Handle not as spacious as traditional kettlebells
  • Expensive

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Weight
  • Features: Adjustable weight
  • Connected or app supported: App
  • Size (LxWxH): 8.8 x 7 x 12.5 inches
  • Weight: 40.5 pounds
  • Power Needs: None

Kettlebells are great for dynamic exercises like swings and rotational movements. However, figuring out the right weight for your needs—and how quickly you’ll need a heavier kettlebell—can be daunting. That’s why we like Bowflex’s SelectTech 840 Kettlebell so much. It allows users to easily switch from 8 pounds to 40 pounds, and like many other pieces of equipment on our list, it reduces the amount of space needed for your home gym area.

9

Best Modern Jump Rope

Get Lean Medium Weighted Jump Rope

  • Interchangeable weights
  • Comes in multiple lengths
  • Ball-bearings make it smooth
  • Expensive for a jump rope

Key Specs

  • Workout Type: Cardio
  • Features: Weighted jump rope
  • Connected or app supported: App
  • Size: XS-XL
  • Weight: 4 or 6 ounces
  • Power Needs: None

Home gym equipment doesn’t need to be super expensive or high-tech to get the job done. Case in point: the humble jump rope, which is great for warm-ups and boosting your stamina. The Crossrope system is a lightly weighted jump rope that helps with fat-burning and building lean muscle. The system comes with two different weighted ropes, which are easy to change out for more or less intense workouts.

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