New Year, New You. In other words, how will you stay on course and keep your New Year's Resolution?
Every year, countless people make fitness and health a primary New Year’s resolution. After a couple months, the number of people still working on their goals start to dwindle. Fortunately for you, this is YOUR year! Fitness and health can mean different things to different people; there are some mainstays such as building muscle mass, strengthening cardiovascular health, and other forms such as flexibility and movement. We have compiled some of the best fitness equipment on Amazon to help you reach your goals for 2020. Whether it is weight training, stability, yoga, or overall cardiovascular health, we have something for everyone on this list.
Best Fitness Accessories
Before beginning your fitness journey, make sure you have some essential accessories. Staying hydrated is a must, and for most people, music helps get in that extra rep or run that extra mile. A fitness tracker is a great way to keep you motivated throughout the day to move around and track your steps.
The Hydro Flask is a ubiquitous fixture and a common sight in everyday life, and the same reason why so many happy owners use them in office spaces, outdoors, and everything in between is why it’s such a great gym water bottle. They’re not the cheapest option around, but they’re well-known for their ability to maintain temperatures for hours whether hot or cold. The 18/8 stainless steel construction and powder-coated exterior is as tough as it is distinctive, and the company backs its product with a lifetime warranty that covers any kind of manufacturer defect.
If a Hydro Flask is too fancy and you don’t want to spend that much money, the Contigo Autospout Water Bottle is another great gym water bottle without the price tag. No need to unscrew a lid - just push a button when you need to take a sip. When it’s closed, it’s leak-proof when you throw it in your gym bag. It won’t keep your drinks hot or cold for many hours, but if you’re looking for a no-nonsense water bottle, you can’t go wrong here.
If you’re considering a smartwatch and you own an iPhone, this is a no-brainer. Although Android users can use the Apple Watch, not all functions will work as Apple intended. You can use the Apple Watch to help track steps and sleeping patterns. Additionally, there’s a neat ECG app for monitoring your body’s responses while working out. It’s waterproof enough to go swimming with, and the built-in GPS makes it easy to track where your runs happen without taking your phone with you.
There are many Android-friendly smartwatch options out there, but we think the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 is the best fitness tracker for most people. Many of the same features that come with the Apple Watch can be found here, but it’s paired with a longer battery life and a slightly more discreet round design. This is a great smartwatch for Android users beyond its fitness tracking abilities, so it’ll remain useful when you’re not working out.
Even if you’ve never personally researched what fitness trackers are, you’ve probably heard of the Fitbit. Essentially, this is THE fitness tracker - Fitbit has basically dominated this category for years, and the latest Charge 3 is their best fitness tracker yet. It’s equipped with a smaller, lower-profile screen than the smartwatches above, and you can access calories burned, steps, heart rate, and sleep tracking from either the watch or the app. You can take your Charge 3 for a swim or in the shower without worrying about water damage. Unfortunately, there’s no GPS functionality, so you’ll have to take your phone with you on your runs if you like to keep track of where you’ve gone. Because this is a dedicated fitness tracker and not a multi-purpose smartwatch, it should prove more durable than the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch Active 2 when used as intended.
To many people, a little motivation can go a long way. For many, music is the best motivator. When going for a run or lifting weights, the right song can help you finish strong. That said, not any old headphones will do; the best gym headphones need to not only sound great but stay snug in your ear and be sweat resistant. The Jabra Elite 65t checks all those boxes and is compatible with both Android and Apple devices. These wireless earbuds should last 15 hours total (counting the charging case) to keep you motivated throughout your whole workout.
No matter what you think of the name, there’s no doubt that Apple’s latest AirPods Pro are a significant improvement over the original meme-worthy AirPods. The customizable fit makes the AirPods Pro far less likely to fall out during a workout, and they’re particularly well-suited to be a great pair of truly wireless gym headphones because they’re officially water (and sweat) resistant. The AirPods Pro cost nearly twice as much as the standard AirPods, but they come with a wireless charging case. Besides, the standard AirPods can get expensive quickly if you keep losing them during workouts. If you own an Apple iPhone, these are the best wireless earbuds you can buy.
The Powerbeats Pro retain the design of the original Powerbeats with their distinctly identifiable over-the-ear hook. The Pro headphones offer up to 9 hours of battery life on a single charge, and up to 24 hours using the charging case. For the runner or gym junkie, these wireless earbuds offer sweat and water resistance, so you never have to worry about damaging them during your most intense workouts. Beyond their durability, they offer great sound quality and fast charging, making these a great choice for the fitness minded.
What more can we say? It’s a great gym bag that holds whatever you want to put in it. Packed with a large zip pocket and mesh pockets for your shoes or dirty clothes, you can’t go wrong with the UA Undeniable 3.0 Duffel Gym Bag. It also includes UA’s Storm technology which repels water, which should come in handy if you happen to find yourself in the middle of a sudden rainstorm. If you want the best gym bag, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Best Strength Training Equipment
For effective weight training, progression is essential. To keep improving, you’ll need to know what you have been able to lift during your previous session. There are apps for that, but there is also something more personally motivating to having to physically write out your progress and goals. This workout/food logbook combines what you need to help keep you on track.
Bowflex is a household name in the home fitness industry. One of their best products has to be their SelectTech Adjustable Weights. Thanks to their ingeniously compact design, they’re one of the most popular choices for fitness enthusiasts who like to lift weights at home, but don’t quite have the space to store a bulky rack. The dumbbells adjust in 2.5-pound increments for the first 25 pounds, and will max out at 52.5 pounds all in. Switching out for a different weight is as easy as turning a dial. The weights are coated in a durable molding and come with a two-year warranty on the plates and parts.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of AmazonBasics products around here. Between their no-nonsense presentation, excellent quality, and Amazon’s confidence in backing them with a 1-year warranty, they’re great value-priced alternatives to brand name products. These rubber-encased hex dumbbells range in weight from 10 pounds to 50 (in 5-pound increments) and are substantially less expensive than many direct competitors. The handle is contoured to eliminate fatigue and features a non-slip texture to ensure they stay put while being used.
As much as we like the AmazonBasics Rubber-Encased Hex Dumbbells, the lightest weight they’re offered in is 10 pounds. For more flexibility when it comes to resistance training, we suggest picking up a set of these AmazonBasics Neoprene dumbbells. They’re color-coded for easy identification, and are available in the most popular lighter weights (1-10 pounds) for varied workouts. These neoprene weights also have a hexagonal head shape to prevent rolling. Each is sold as a set of 2, and the whole lineup carries an outstanding 4.6 star rating.
Whether you are doing kettlebell swings, goblet squats, lunges, or Russian twists, kettlebells are just as versatile as dumbbells. Due to their unique handle, you can get in an intense workout with just these awesome pieces of equipment. As mentioned previously, AmazonBasics products offer no frills, great quality products at an affordable price. Pick up a few different weights to take your workout to the next level with these AmazonBasics Cast Iron Kettlebells.
If you have your dumbbells, you almost certainly need a weight bench. The Fitness Reality 1000 Super Max Weight Bench has the ability to lay flat, recline, and even decline. This bench also goes the extra mile by folding up so it is easy to store up and out of the way.
Suspension training is a popular way to work out muscle groups and gain core strength, but it often requires specialized equipment. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a bulky exercise machine that will inevitably end up gathering dust, this kit requires just a single anchor and weighs a single pound. The straps will work effectively on any surface that will adequately support the anchor, but make sure it can fully support your weight before you begin your workout.
Ah, the classic ab roller – an exercise staple that seemingly everyone owns but few rarely use. Here’s one that has an outstanding 4.8-star rating on Amazon from over 1,500 users, thanks to the sturdy construction that belies its affordable pricing. The handles are padded with dense foam to prevent strain or injury, and the wheel itself is stainless steel for extra durability. This one will work reliably for years without exhibiting any of the wobble, sag, or looseness that seems to affect cheaper alternatives found on random shelves in discount stores.
Exercise mats are invaluable pieces of workout equipment when they’re needed, but they’re also a huge pain to store when not being used. One solution is to use a yoga mat, but those are often not as well suited for non-yoga exercises because they’re typically designed to accommodate yoga-specific movements. BalanceFrom offers a great solution in the shape of interlocking tiles – they’re stackable for easy storage, and you can join together as many as you need to create the padded surface area you need for your workout. The dense EVA foam is made to take a beating, and is fully waterproof for easy care.
It may seem like a child’s toy, but an exercise ball is one of the most versatile tools for balance training. This one from URBNFit has an anti-burst rating of 2,000 pounds, so you can feel safe to jump on it as frequently as you want, or combine it with other balance equipment if you want to get creative. The kit comes with a pump and a quick reference guide for some of the most popular exercises, and URBNFit also offers a custom-fit stand to keep the ball in place. When you’re done with your workout routine, you can always use the exercise ball as a makeshift chair that will also encourage proper posture.
A balance board is a great way to improve core strength and balance, and a 360-degree wobble board adds another dimension to the workout. Yes4All’s offering has a solid 4.5-star rating on Amazon, and features sturdy construction for both safety and longevity. This particular model comes with a non-slip surface on top, and the balance stand at the bottom is made of robust plastic designed to withstand strain and impacts. Beyond the 360-degree rotation, the board is designed with a safe 15-degree tilt to avoid sprained ankles or unintentional tumbles.
Best Cardio Training Equipment
This odd-looking contraption is referred to as a “slam ball” colloquially, and is specifically built to take abuse. The tire tread surface offers great grip and control, and the rubber shell absorbs the hardest impacts from being thrown around. Keep in mind that this ball is not designed to bounce, as that would present a safety hazard when thrown straight down. It’s a high intensity workout for building muscle strength in a way that standard exercise machines can’t match.
MaxiClimber Vertical Climbing Fitness System is a machine that will up your cardio without the usual boring treadmill or elliptical. This type of machine is rapidly gaining popularity, and there are even classes for it similar to a spin class. If you are looking to switch it up beyond the stereotypical treadmill, you’ll get a great full-body workout. If you prefer or need a low impact workout, the Vertical Climber is a great fit.
You may have seen these exercise bikes on TV; typically, NFL players use them to warm up for a game. We love this machine since it incorporates many muscle groups into a great cardio workout that adds some resistance. Take it from a bicycle maker like Schwinn to produce an indoor bicycle for a workout. As you pedal, the fan generates a steady flow of air that keeps you cool. The faster you cycle, the resistance will consistently challenge you, helping you burn more calories. The built-in LCD panel gives you all the necessary information such as speed, RPM, distance, time, and calories. Give this one a shot and you won’t be disappointed.
As you can probably tell by now, there are no treadmills or ellipticals that we’ll recommend. That’s because everyone knows what they are and what they can do for you; additionally, they also happen to be some of the most commonly abandoned fitness equipment as motivation fades away. The cardio equipment we are recommending will shake up your workout to challenge yourself even further. These AmazonBasics Battle Exercise Training Ropes are a perfect way to activate multiple muscle groups in order to burn more calories and tone up quicker. The training ropes come in different lengths; as you go higher up, there’s more weight added to the rope for extra resistance. Throw these in as a workout finisher or in between workouts to keep your heart rate up.
The jump rope is an indispensable training tool, as it helps with balance, endurance, agility, and just about any aspect of working out. Survival and Cross offers a speed-adjustable jump rope with ball bearing handles, and the rope itself can be shortened or extended as needed. The braided steel construction of the rope section eliminates tangling and accumulated damage from ground impacts; that said, try not to miss a jump, as it’s not exactly pleasant when it hits your legs.
Best Yoga Equipment
It’s tempting to pick up the cheapest Yoga mat available (or forgo one altogether) from your local discount store, but a little bit of savvy shopping goes a long way. You’d have a hard time believing there’s such a thing as a bad yoga mat until you’ve experienced one for yourself. This BalanceFrom GoYoga mat carries a 4.3-star average on Amazon (from over 14,000 users, no less), and features high density foam to provide comfort and cushioning from unyielding hard floors. The carrying strap also helps with storage, as there’s no chance that the mat will unfurl on its own.
Rather than using random pieces of furniture for Yoga exercises, do yourself a favor and try out some dedicated foam blocks instead. Our favorite is the Gaiam Essentials Foam Block; this set of 2 has a 4.7-star average rating, comes in four different colors, and is reasonably priced to boot. These foam blocks are gentler on your joints compared to the unforgiving surfaces of home furniture, and go a long way towards improving your Yoga experience overall.