As nice as it is to take a class at the gym or go for a run, sometimes you just want to squeeze in a quick workout in the comfort of your own home. With the right tools—ones that take up as little space as possible and do double duty—you can re-create (almost) all of your favorite gym equipment using very little real estate.
Check out these 10 home gym equipment pieces that save on space—even the slightly pricier ones are way cheaper than a gym membership you never use. Just remember: It’s hard to shrug off a workout when you’ve got everything you need right at your fingertips!
These select-a-weight dumbbells replace 15 sets of weights—or an entire rack with 30 dumbbells—making them ideal for small spaces like an apartment. Just twist the dials to lock in a weight from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds in 2.5-pound increments. With such a wide range, you can bet you’ll be challenged by these dumbbells for a long time, no matter your #gainz.
This is a new-age version of an old-school workout tool—a classic pull-up bar. It fits in most doorways and has six foam grips that allow you to hold the bar in eight different grip positons. Use it for variations on pull-ups, hanging crunches, triceps dips, sit-ups, and push-ups. Chances are, you'll find yourself getting creative with this one.
TRX is your best friend (and one of our all-time faves) when it comes to getting a killer total-body workout at home. This best-seller package includes the suspension trainer, two anchors (you can use on a door or hang from bars, poles, or hooks), plus six digital workouts you can download, so you’ll know exactly how to use the system. Just adding the straps to basic moves such as planks, pistol squats, and mountain climbers can take your fitness game to the next level.
Most cardio machines take up a ton of space (and take a chunk out of your wallet), but Excy solves this problem. It’s a light, compact cycling machine that’s easy to transport to different rooms, store in a closet, and afford (compared to other typical cardio machines). The two-pedal system offers resistance in both directions, from zero pounds for fast pedaling to 30 pounds to simulate hill climbing. And it's not just limited to a lower-body workout. Pedal while you lift hand weights, or use your arms, chest, and core to pedal with your hands.
It's no secret we're fans of resistance bands, and this set comes with five, varying from light to heavy resistance. If you’re super strong, you can combine multiple bands for extra resistance. Use these for arms or legs; the package comes with an ankle strap, soft handles, and a door anchor.
No gym is complete without some recovery tools. These trigger point massage balls are super easy to use. One side is flat with a tacky texture to keep it in place on the floor or wall as you lean into it to massage out knots. Plus they do double duty as exercise equipment. Turn them over and grip the flat side to create a stability tool for push-ups and planks. Genius.
Small but mighty, these discs can make nearly any exercise move way harder. Use your hands to push them out and pull them in like an ab roller, or place them under your feet for mountain climbers, pikes, or sliding lunges. They give you a killer cardio payoff in very little space.