11 Exercise Gadgets For The Home That Really Work

There's always another excuse to avoid showing up at the gym. The commute is too long, the place is way too crowded, and the monthly membership prices are eating into your beer budget.

But let's face it, modern women aren't exactly going ga-ga over man boobs and beer bellies. You want respect in today's world, from men or women, then you need to maintain your physique. And if the gym just ain't working for you, maybe it's time to stop giving yourself excuses and just change the venue...

These days it's easy and cheap to pull together all the tools you need to build a manly, muscular body in the comfort of our own home (you'll still need to get off the couch, though). So, we put our crack staff to work to find the 21 most cost-effective, easy-to-use fitness gadgets.

How about it? Avoid the frustration and hassle of the gym and feel the burn without ever stepping out the door!

Updated: 2 years ago
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Iron Gym Upper Body Workout Bar

Attach this workout bar to your door frame, and get an effective total upper body workout.

  • Pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, dips, crunches...
  • Three grip positions
  • No screws and no damage to door
  • 63 bought

Elevated Urban Rebounder

Bounce off your fat, because it's just so much more fun.

  • Folds for easy storage
  • Strengthens your core
  • 300-pound capacity
  • 69 bought

Desktop Punching Bag

A punching bag that suctions to a desktop to provide stress relief and brief arm workout.

  • Attaches to wood or metal via suction
  • Withstands serious hits
  • Synthetic leather of the highest quality
  • 85 bought
PowerBlock Kettle Block

Adjustable Kettlebell for whole body training.

  • Weight range of 8 to 40 pounds
  • Replaces 8 different kettle bells
  • Lifetime home use warranty
  • 86 bought

Briefcase Fitness Center

Portable gym that provides a full-body workout, but folds into the size of a briefcase. Includes adjustable bands and exercise DVDs.

  • Go anywhere (fits carry-on requirements)
  • Sets up on legs to become a raised platform for cardio exercises
  • Supports users up to 350 pounds


  • 76 bought
Hideaway Elliptical Trainer

Small elliptical trainer that provides an incredible workout for your lower legs.

  • Non-slip foot pads
  • Adjustable tension
  • LCD shows strides, time, and calories burned
  • 93 bought
Power Rope Balls

Develop rotational strength and power with this training tool that combines a medicine ball with a rope handle.

  • Work quick rotational movements
  • Develop strength
  • Increase muscle tone
  • 35 bought

TRX Home Suspension Training Kit

TRX Home Kit gives you everything you need to build a better body at home or on the go!

  • Includes TRX suspension training P2 Model
  • TRX Door anchor
  • 30-Day, 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • 65 bought

Isometric Resistance Upper Body Strengthener

This isometric resistance trainer gives you a muscle-strengthening workout, focusing on your upper body.

  • Simply pull or push on the static handlebars
  • Integrated backlit LCD to set goals
  • 23 exercises to tone the arms, shoulders, chest, and back
  • 103 bought
Bongo Balance Board

This Bongo Balance Board effectively trains balance, stability, coordination, ankle and knee strength, and core power.

  • Enhances core strength
  • Increases coordination
  • Heightens body awareness and sports performance
  • 53 bought

Editor's Choice
AmazonBasics Resistance Band Set

Resistance bands play a major part of LeBron James' endurance workouts.

  • Varying resistance
  • Super durable with foam handles
  • Includes carrying case
  • 1 bought

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11 Exercise Gadgets For The Home That Really Work

About the Author

Editor: Health & Active, Fashion & Grooming, Food & Drink

Jamie’s sweet enough to be the girl next door, but with wickedly indescribable edge. She’s smart. She’s sexy. And she knows what men like. Jamie understands what makes a man desirable and also has an eye for the gadgets and gear that discerning gentlemen need.

She’s on her way to a Bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from California State – Fullerton. Jamie spent a few gap years volunteering in Mexico and Brazil first and honing her operational management skills.

She loves her hiking sticks, yoga mat, the smell of a book, cowboy boots and heavy weights. Orange County, California may be where Jamie lives but home is wherever her passport and carry-on travel bag take her.

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