The Perfect Home Gym for 2019
Keep your fitness regimen in-house
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Can’t find enough time in the day to get to the gym? Too cold to run outside? With this equipment, you can get it done under your own roof, on your own time, with your own stuff, no excuses.
CycleOps M2 Smart Trainer ($600)
Made to work with both road and mountain bikes, the M2 offers quiet electromagnetic resistance and is compatible with nearly all virtual training programs. It folds up in seconds to stash in a closet or the garage.
Zwift Subscription ($45 for three months)
Zwift’s platform lets trainer-bound cyclists gamify their workouts and compete in real time against other riders. A new treadmill program gets runners in on the action.
Metolius Wood Grips Deluxe II Hang Board ($99)
All athletes can benefit from strong backs, shoulders, and arms, but at-home pull-up bars are ugly and can destroy your doorframe. The solution: the Deluxe II, which features a variety of holds designed for climbers and screws neatly into the wall.
Jade Yoga Harmony Mat ($80)
The U.S.-made Jade mat works just as well for stretching and core work as it does for yoga by improving grip, adding cushioning, and keeping sweat off the floor.
XYLsports Jump Rope ($7)
A jump rope is simply great for everything from warming up and full cardio sessions to HIIT and agility sets. This one from XYLsports is highly durable, shortens from ten feet to variable lengths, and has comfortable foam grips.
NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill ($2,793)
Running indoors doesn’t have to mean ditching hill drills. NordicTrack’s first-of-a-kind X22i rises to a whopping 40 percent grade and slopes down to negative 6.
Rep Fitness Kettlebells ($17 and up)
Kettlebells can be used for functional arm and leg workouts, big lifts, or adding resistance to bodyweight exercises. The bells in this set have wide, flat bottoms, which makes them exceptionally stable.
Perform Better First Place Mini Bands ($18 for four)
Resistance bands help runners and hikers stretch their all-important glutes and warm up their hip flexors. Perform Better’s bands come in a range of strengths, from light to extra heavy.