It’s no secret the home gym is having a serious moment. And even if you’re shopping for a diehard outdoor exerciser, there are always going to be times when the elements or just hectic schedules make working out in the outdoors impossible. Plus, having home gym equipment is extremely convenient, which makes it harder to come up with excuses to not sweat daily. Whether you are looking to add to your own setup or have someone on your list who loves working out, help build out the home gym situation with these must-have pieces of equipment.
There are treadmills and then there are machines so cool they’ll even rope in the most devoted road warriors. The Matrix Fitness Treadmill TF50 falls into the latter camp. It has many features that make for a smooth run, like an extra-thick deck and industrial-grade cushions. The frame has ergonomic grips, built-in cup holders, and a 20-inch by 60-inch running surface offers up plenty of cruising space. Enjoy speeds that can flip from 0.5 to 12.5 miles per hour and up to a 15 percent incline for hill workouts. Of course, one of the biggest challenges of treadmill running is staying entertained. The TF50 features a built-in HD touchscreen display, is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth compatible, and has an HDMI port, so it’s easy to stream movies and videos. Bonus: It folds up nearly 90 degrees when not in use, making it perfect for even cramped quarters.
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You can do so much with kettlebells (every exercise you can do with dumbbells and more), but not everyone has the space to store a bunch at once. The Titan Fitness Adjustable Kettlebell Set allows your gift recipient to adjust the weight in five-pound increments from 10 to 40 pounds. Each of the six adjustable plates is held in place with a heavy-duty plastic clamp, so no need to stress about pieces going flying during squats and swings.
While it’s entirely possible to do stretches, yoga sessions, and core work directly on the floor, it’s not exactly comfortable. This Lululemon yoga mat offers three millimeters of cushy material for added support. It features a polyurethane top layer to absorb moisture and help prevent slips, while a natural rubber base adds extra cushion and a textured grip keeps the mat firmly in place. The material also has antimicrobial properties that help prevent the growth of mold and mildew. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt that it looks great too.
This recovery tool is a must-have for all, but especially for anyone with hamstrings and calves that tend to tense up. The stick is flexible enough to give a good massage to larger areas, but it doesn’t have too much give to actually work. The center of the rod features 15 rollers to help knead out sore, tight muscles, while comfortable handles on both ends help you keep a solid grip as you go to work. This is pretty much the next best thing to giving your giftee a standing massage appointment—and it’s much more affordable.
Take mountain climbers, pushups, and lunges to the next level with these sliding discs. They feature both a slippery and easy-grip side to help them glide along, whether you’re exercising on a wood or carpeted surface. They can also use them under their hands or feet to add speed, fluidity, or frequency to exercises. An additional perk? They’re small enough to slip in any bag for on-the-go workouts.
It never hurts to work on mobility and flexibility, and this strap can help them do just that. It allows for the deep, targeted stretches that would be tough to pull off if they were doing them unassisted. Made of woven nylon with 10 loops, this band offers up plenty of lengths for working the hamstrings, quad, calves, IT bands, and more. It’s easy to toss in a weekend bag, too, so they can attack any post-flight stiffness.
There’s so much they can do with a Bosu Balance Trainer, from core stability to cardio bursts to endurance training. Balance on the flat surface while doing squats for an added challenge, or place the rounded side under the back for extra support during bicycle crunches. They can even take pushups up a notch by doing them while gripping the flat side of the trainer. Choose from classic blue, pink, orange, purple, green, and red.