Forking out for an at-home rowing machine may at first seem quite the commitment. Costing more than £1,000, it certainly is an investment, but we were blown away by just how much we loved this machine. A £38 monthly membership gives you access to more than 40,000 on-demand workouts, weekly challenges and stat tracking, and a high-tech computer screen transports you to rivers all over the world, led by an instructor to help push you to keep up your practice no matter if you’re a beginner or a regular rower. As part of the membership, there are even pilates, yoga, strength and conditioning classes available, giving you a full body workout for those days when you don’t want to row.
Choosing a fresh set of gym equipment can either be a bit of a bore or an exciting online shopping spree, depending on who you ask. But whether you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative to going the gym or you simply want to get your blood pumping without leaving your living room, selecting the stuff really worth your money is rarely straightforward.
There’s a wealth of brilliant essentials out there but not all are made equal, and you may come across slippery yoga mats, resistance bands that are too weak, and weights that end up working their way into the back of the wardrobe, never to be seen again.
So, if you’re set on spending money, best make sure it’s on a select few bits of gym equipment that will truly help, rather than hinder, your home gym routine. And, of course, we’re here to help with our trusty reviews of the very best home gym bits to buy.
A treadmill from Peloton, a Domyos skipping rope, Gymshark resistance bands and a Mirafit weight bench are all on the list of home gym equipment essentials we love. Prices start from as little as £10.99, and a whole host of these fit kit essentials can be easily stored under your bed or sofa, so don’t start to fret if you haven’t got your own dedicated gym room – oh, how we can dream.
Keep reading below to find out which workout essentials truly are the best to buy, no matter how much you want to spend or how much space you have to work with. Just be sure to select the bits you know will work best for you, whether that be a rowing machine or a weight set that doesn’t break the bank.
How we tested
To put these pieces of equipment to the test, we really did have to break a sweat. We jumped with the skipping rope, lifted the weights, ran on the treadmill and gave it our all on the rowing machine, resulting in the best fitness routine we’ve possibly ever had, and all from the comfort of our home.
As every piece of equipment is different, no two can be directly compared. But we have reviewed each one as a piece of individual kit, noting its pros and cons, cost and the amount of space it will take up in your home. So, whether you’re a rower, runner, jumper or lifter, we’ve found something to suit everyone and every budget.