TOP 5 HOME FITNESS PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU STAY FIT AT HOME
Without a shadow of a doubt, 2020 has been the year of the home workout. More people than ever before are getting fit at home, using a whole variety of different equipment and methods. In this article we’ll be looking at 5 of the best home fitness products, giving you some quick overviews, reviews and recommendations.
1) Resistance Bands
The absolute classic home fitness product, resistance bands have been around for decades, and with good reason.
First, they’re incredibly versatile, allowing you to perform dozens of different exercises with only one piece of equipment.
Second, they’re lightweight, allowing for easy transportation and as well as easy storage. Perfect for busy homes.
And last but not least they’re cheap, with some simple sets starting at $10-15, making them a great option for the budget conscious.
The only real downsides to resistance bands is that they can occasionally be a little cumbersome to set up, and that they can only offer a limited amount of resistance.
2) At Home Spin Bikes
Although spin bikes have been around for a while, they’ve evolved a lot over that time. Today’s top-end bikes come with fantastic data tracking options so that you can record information such as rpm, heartrate, watts, distance and times.
At the cutting edge of this trend is Pelaton, a company who provide high-spec indoor bikes starting at around $2250, plus a compulsory $50 per month all access membership to live and pre-recorded spin classes.
If you’re looking for an intense, interactive workout backed up by a bunch of technology, then this is a great option for you. On the downside, the pricing is incredibly steep, making it one of the most expensive home fitness products around.
You can also find more mid-range indoor spin bikes costing between $300 and $600. They won’t come with Pelaton’s built in class memberships, but they’re easier on the wallet.
3) Adjustable Dumbbells
Another age-old classic, adjustable dumbbells are a fantastic option to get fit at home. A single set gives you the versatility to perform dozens of different exercises, and because of the popularity of weight training you’ll be able to find hundreds of incredibly detailed instructional videos for free online.
Adjustable dumbbells are also pretty easy to move and store, making them perfect for smaller or busier homes.
Price-wise a basic set will cost around $60, making them affordable even on a modest budget. There are some of newer, fancier looking types of adjustable dumbbell that can set you back up to $350, but realistically you’ll be paying five times the price just to get something that does exactly the same job.
4) Virtual Personal Trainer Technology
They’re brand new in the fitness space, but Apps like Kemtai could prove to be an incredibly viable option in the fitness product space, and can even be used in combination with other equipment such as dumbbells.
The app provides a ‘virtual personal trainer’ experience by tracking, analyzing and giving feedback on your exercise technique in real time, allowing you to improve your form and train more effectively.
Since the product works on your laptop it takes up no additional space, making it the best of all our home fitness options in terms of fitting into smaller and busier homes.
The product is also extremely competitive price-wise, offering both a free version, and a $20 per month subscription with access to advanced features and workouts. As far as budgets go, it’s hard to argue with free.
5) BUILT-IN HOME WORKOUT MACHINES
It might have sounded like a crazy idea 10 years ago, but companies such as Tonal have lead the way in providing resistance machine based workouts in the comfort of your own home. The product combines a huge built-in electronic display with multiple adjustable exercise handles, and we have to say it does look incredibly sleek.
What’s more, the product offers up to 200lb’s of resistance, enough for even fairly serious gym-goers to get a great workout in. Add in some sexy features like intelligent weight selection that can act as your own personal ‘safety spotter’ and you have one incredible piece of home fitness equipment, backed up by some solid industry reviews.
With all that said, these amazing features don’t come for cheap, in fact they come for an incredibly expensive premium. The equipment costs $3000, plus a compulsory $50 per month membership, making Tonal the most expensive home fitness product on our list, and probably one of the most expensive fitness products in the world.
And it goes without saying that any kind of built-in home workout machine, from any brand, is going to take up a considerable amount of space, making it a no-go for smaller or busier households.
Home Fitness Product Summary
All of the above products are fantastic options, and you can use any one of them to improve your fitness at home. Realistically choosing the right product for you comes down to a few factors such as…
Preference – Which product do you like the most?
Goals – Are you looking for more cardio or more strength training?
Budget – How much money do you have to spend on your fitness?
Space – What size of home do you have, and how much room do you have available?
If you’re on a smaller budget with limited space, then using an app like Kemtai or a resistance band set would be a great choice. On the other hand, if you’ve got a generous budget to play with, and plenty of space, then something like an at home workout machine or spin bike might be right for you.
Hopefully you’ve find this short guide useful, and best of luck with your fitness journey.