Best home gym workout equipment for under $100

by fitness journalist

To help you gear up, we asked personal trainers from across the city to share their favorite equipment — all under $100, priced from lowest to highest. We’ve also got details on how you can sign up for virtual personal training, in case you need some extra motivation and can fit it into your budget.

Remember: The most important thing is to build in the time for self-care. Set daily calendar reminders and stick to it. And as always, you can supplement workouts using equipment with methods that are free, like bodyweight exercises and those using your own two feet.

You can hit nearly every muscle using resistance bands, and they’re among the most affordable and portable pieces of equipment available. “Your imagination is about as far as it goes with resistance bands. You can stack them for more resistance, attach them to staircases or doors to do pulling motions, and incorporate them into all sorts of moves,” says Osayi Osunde of Fit Academy.

“Your feet, if not cared for properly, can break down and cause serious problems that affect the feet themselves, forcing the body to compensate in other areas up the body,” says Pete Mattis of ZAKTi. “We use these to increase mobility, improve foot function, and prevent and alleviate foot pain.”

The value of a yoga mat goes way beyond yoga. For starters, you can use it to prevent your sweat from saturating your carpet when engaging in floor exercises, like planks, pushups, and donkey kicks. And if you’re working out atop a harder surface, the mat “is important to support your knees and spine,” says Amandah Povilitus of The Shift Wellness.

While you can purchase a yoga mat for as little as $15, Povilitus recommends investing in something that’ll last long-term. A quality mat generally offers better support, provides better grip, and can withstand more wear and tear. “I love the Manduka eKo series because they are not only high-quality, but also eco-friendly, biodegradable, and sustainably made,” says Povilitus.

These bouncy, dome-shaped devices can be incorporated into cardio and core workouts, balance and coordination challenges, and all sorts of plyometric drills. “I use it in almost every single workout,” says Jason Supowitz of Studio North. “I love doing a lot of HIIT cardio, and so one of my favorite exercises is a lateral Bosu shuffle.”

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