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We're about eight months into quarantine life, which means that we're about eight months into working-out-at-home life, too. Maybe you have your fitness routine all set by now—you have your favorite at-home workouts, a strict schedule, and a spot to do your thing. Or you might have some kind of noncommittal exercise setup. There are moments when you keep to your routine and other times when you're spending more time on your couch. Or there's also the chance that you haven't been getting as much movement in during quarantine, and that's okay, too.
Whatever your fitness level or motivation, if you are wanting to take it to the next level or get started, it helps to have a few things on hand to get you moving. While you don't need a treadmill or Peloton bike or a very fancy at-home gym setup to get a good workout in, a pair of weights, a mat, resistance bands, and sliders can make a difference. The good news is there are so many good deals right now to help you complete your home gym or equip yourself with the basics. Here are some of the sales you don't want to miss.
Give your home gym a serious upgrade with this indoor cycling bike. It has magnetic resistance for a smooth yet challenging ride. It's equipped with an LCD screen and three-pound weights, so you don't have to worry about adding on accessories. And it's designed to work with the Peloton and Zwift apps.
P.volve is a streaming and in-person workout that involves resistance-based, high-intensity, and low-impact movements, which will tone and strengthen your muscles and body. I've taken a class before, and let me tell you, you'll feel the burn. The proprietary P.ball is an essential part of the workout, and it targets your glutes, thighs, and core.
You might be used to your normal exercise routine by now, but to avoid plateauing, you can add these weighted bangles to challenge yourself. Each one weighs one pound.
An essential for your at-home yoga practice, this yoga block will provide support when you're working on various poses and is great for stretching.
Alo Yoga's mat has enough cushion and a no-slip grip, so you can go through your poses without worrying about your joints or sliding off. If you prefer a larger mat, you'll like this one—it's 6.2ft x 2.2ft x 4.2mm.
Another investment for your home gym, this treadmill folds up for simple storage, so you don't have to worry about it taking up too much space 24/7. It comes with one month of iFit, so you can take live or recorded classes.
Use this exercise ball for all sorts of exercises, from Pilates to yoga to core workouts. And if you find yourself sitting most of the day, make it a point to stretch out on the ball and relieve any back pain a couple times throughout the day.
With a TRX system, you don't really need that many other pieces of fitness gear or accessories to get a full-body workout in. It uses your body weight to strengthen and tone your muscles.
Resistance bands help you build muscle and deepen your stretches. This set comes with three bands of various resistance levels: light, medium, and heavy. You'll also get a downloadable exercise guide for some workout ideas.
Jumping rope is one of the easiest ways to get some cardio in. Plus, if a jump rope was one of your favorite playground accessories, you'll find that this just brings some nostalgic fun.
Add some sliders to your set of at-home gym gear. They'll work out your legs, glutes, biceps, triceps, and core, depending on the movements.
The 10-pound Power Ring can be used for a number of full-body workouts. You can use it to press, swing, and squat.
No home gym is complete without some weights. This set has weights in different sizes: three pounds, five pounds, and eight pounds.
You can't forget about recovery when working out. This foam roller can be used for stretching, strengthening, and balance exercise.
Other Fitness Accessories
It's so easy to monitor your progress with a Fitbit since it tracks your heart rate and calories burned. The built-in GPS helps you look at your pace and distance during outdoor runs.
If you're serious about your post-workout recovery, the Theragun will be your go-to device. It provides deep massages and treats your muscles to a release of stress and tension.
Even though I live alone and can blast music during my at-home workouts, I like to put in my AirPods to help me focus and get in the zone. The AirPods Pro are sweat resistant and noise canceling.
It's helpful to keep a towel at hand for every workout. Who wants to worry about sweat getting in their eyes or in the way when you're working hard?
The Apple Watch SE is water-resistant, so you can even swim laps in it. It tracks your heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, and so much more. It's a must-have for people obsessed with tracking their metrics and goals.
And of course, you need to stay hydrated during your workouts, so make sure you have a durable water bottle. The Hydro Flask keeps beverages hot or cold for a long period of time and is easy to take anywhere. This one comes with a straw lid so you can easily grab a sip during an intense workout.