The Ultimate 2017 Buyers Guide to Home Exercise Equipment

The Ultimate 2017 Buyers Guide to Home Exercise Equipment

If you’re looking for the ultimate comprehensive review of the hottest home exercise equipment in 2017, look no further. Your home fitness experts and founders of Workout Anywhere have compiled the ultimate buyers guide and list of essentials for home training. There, may be a couple non-essentials in the list, but we’ll let you be the judge.

The Best Home Exercise Equipment Revealed

Who’s writing this?

First off, if you’re new to our site, you may be wondering what our expertise level is with home exercise equipment.  To sum this up, it’s immense. For the better part of a decade, we’ve worked with a magnitude of client fitness goals in Spokane, Washington. We’ve worked with military, servicemen, athletes (high school, collegiate, and even a few professional athletes). However, for the most part, our team is composed of busy parents trying to get the most effective training, squeezed into their hectic daily schedule.

Ultimately, spending extra time commuting and simply being at a gym is not always realistic. That is why we’ve programmed our adult training to be more home workout and travel fitness friendly and this all started when the focus for most was still on gym type routines.

We noticed a major flaw with the fitness industry. The misconception for most is, that a gym full of expensive equipment will simply yield results. However, for most fitness goals (which revolve around weight and fat loss), learning how to use the body correctly can produce better results, and this can literally be done anywhere with just bodyweight (and maybe a few choice devices).

The basic rationale and science behind home fitness training…

Just look at it from this perspective. If you’re sitting at a stationary machine, how many muscle groups and systems are actually taxed?  For most, a gym is a great place for using a treadmill, stepper, stationary bike, elliptical or recumbent bike. However, if this is your whole program, it’s less taxing and requires less energy (a.k.a. calories), to complete an aerobic (cardio type workout) in comparison to an anaerobic workout (think weight/strength training, HIIT workouts, TABATA circuits and metabolic conditioning workouts).

On the flip side, certain parts of the body can be difficult to train without equipment. It’s easier to train the middle to upper back and shoulders with home fitness equipment. Plus, thanks to this small investment, a wide variety of exercises can be performed with the home exercise equipment recommendations below. Keyword there is home. All of our favorite exercises can be performed at home, or even while traveling.

Is home fitness training limited?

With the right guidance, home fitness gear can provide a wide variety in exercises, scalable training protocols and plateau busting results. It boils down to knowing how to unlock the full array of bodyweight exercises that can be enhanced with a few pieces of home fitness equipment.

What home exercise equipment made the cut?

If you’re anxiously awaiting our overall review, here it is. We’re not going to make a direct product comparison, but rather, fill in the categories that you should add to your minimal home gym. The criteria for these items are:

  • Cost
  • Quality and durability
  • Does this truly enhance your home fitness training
  • Scalability and ease of use for beginners to advanced fitness levels

Also, this list will start with the most essential and affordable category, and then move into the ultimate home gym setup. Read on to learn more about your RundleFit approved gear!

 

Resistance Bands

The first addition to any bodyweight training program should be resistance bands. They’re lightweight, affordable and even transportable in luggage. Best of all, they can provide a wide array of use and resistance for your home training needs.

When it comes to bands, there are several key types. Traditional resistance tubing with handles (great for almost any exercise). Super bands, best known for helping all fitness levels achieve strict pull-ups and mini-bands, designed for lower body and lateral movement drills.

 

Suspension

 

Medicine Balls

 

Weights

 

Cardio Equipment

About The Author

Coach Justin

Justin and Jessica Rundle are Spokane natives and the founders of Workout Anywhere (a Northwest fitness training app for busy parents, by busy parents). In addition, the two are the official strength & conditioning coaches for Mt. Spokane High School. To Learn more about Jessica and Justin Rundle, click here: Meet Team RundleFit.

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