The best home gym equipment to buy this season
From skipping ropes to wall bars, new kit will boost motivation, mood and energy levels in these dark, lockdown days. Here’s what to buy this season…
Effective for all levels of fitness, the wall bar is very versatile and can set you up for a killer all-round body workout. Work your thighs with ballet barre exercises, develop core and back strength, improve your flexibility, and literally hang from up high to correct postural problems. This chic multi-rung example is made from solid wood and sourced from sustainably managed forests in the US and Germany.
The Cubii Elliptical Trainer allows you to pound your way through your daily steps, while still seated at your desk. Otherwise, make the most of lockdown and kick back on the sofa, watch a movie and start pedalling. Perfect for all levels of fitness, this elliptical trainer has eight levels of resistance and helps to tone your quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes and even your core. It’s also very low impact on the joints.
The built-in LCD monitor tracks steps, distance, time elapsed, rpm and calories. It’s neat, sturdy and operates silently, allowing you to pedal away with no need for special footwear.
Skipping ropes have come a long way since playground days. The Tangram skipping rope comes with 23 LEDs and sensors that monitor your calorie burn and track your workout. You can literally see your data while in the air mid-jump.
Pair the Tangram Smart Skipping Rope with Smart Gym on your Apple iPhone or Apple Watch for interval training recommendations and motivational support.
This eye-catching and highly functional set of barbell and adjustable rubber disc weights is ideal for home body-pump classes and strength training. It comes with a hollow bar and three sets of weights (two x 5kg, two x 2.5kg and two x 1.25kg) and is best used as a barbell (with the weights attached at both ends) or as free weights, which feature three ergonomically placed handles. Use while squatting for extra burn.
Apple’s Activ5 Fitness System is a compact portable device that synchs to your iPhone and offers over 100 strength-based workouts (isometric workouts). The low-impact, high-resistance training sessions are customised in a ‘fun games-style exercise experience’ and are tailored to your own fitness programme, allowing you to tone, strengthen and progress your workouts on your own terms.
Part bike, part desk worktop, this is a versatile answer to indoor cardio during lockdown 3. The bike has eight resistance levels and operates silently, enabling you to focus on your work (there is ample space for books, laptop and tablet on the robust and fully adjustable desk), while burning the calories. Now there’s no excuse – even during your busiest of work schedules.
Ironing out tension in the muscles after exercise is every bit as important as the exercise itself. Pulseroll Plus is a lightweight, easy-to-use foam roller that vibrates as it eases and facilitates muscular and myofascial release, preventing the build-up of knots in muscle and connective tissue. Used on a regular basis after exercise, it helps to condition and strengthen the body’s soft tissue. It is a must-have in any home gym.
This state-of-the art, non-motorised wooden treadmill is powered exclusively by the runner. It is designed to adapt to the runner’s style and strength, with the wooden slats moving seamlessly to create a low-impact experience. Users can track their performance data and select from a panel of workout options. This model is easy to clean and maintain, and also claims to burn 30% more calories than an electronic device during your workout.
This fully adjustable kettlebell ranges in weight from 5.4kg to 19kg, making it a real space saver. The new 2.0 version can be synched to the JAXJOX App to track reps, volume, sets and full workout details. It also monitors your heart rate, peak and average power, steps as well as overall fitness level. This a great standalone piece of cardio/resistance equipment.
Get the full range of hoops, rings and ropes for the total Auster suspension experience. Take the ‘main anchor’ outside or throw the ‘bone anchor’ over a door frame indoors. A range of power straps, dynamic bands and power rings can be attached to heighten the strength challenge.
Investing in a new pair of trainers never goes amiss. With optimum support from heel to forefoot, these fresh foam tempo indoor/outdoor running shoes are designed for maximum comfort and a low impact ride. Jumping jacks have never been so easy.
Halo 2 Sport headphones are designed to enhance your training performance by improving your brain’s natural plasticity. By applying a mild electric field to the brain, they speed up the learning process and improve movement efficiency, helping to maximise your overall training experience.
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