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    27 Fitness Products Reviewers Say Are Perfect For Beginners

    From all-inclusive kits to the trendiest ankle weights on the market, here you'll find plenty of products to inspire you to work out.

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    1. A P.Volve Starter Kit so you have everything you need to make the most of the fan-favorite app's workouts. The kit, which includes a p.ball,, 1.5 lb. ankle weights, heavy ankle band, and gliders, comes with a 3-month digital membership as well as 30-day unlimited access to the Live Virtual Studio. In other words, you'll have no excuse not to work out.

    The kit

    Promising review: "I was streaming P.volve for a few weeks without any of the equipment and was already seeing tremendous results. I knew the equipment would bring it up a notch and boy was I right! This kit is perfect to get started with introducing equipment into the workouts. The pball is not like anything else i've ever seen and my inner thighs have never looked better! The ankle weights are the best i've had too, very good quality and actually COMFORTABLE to wear. Highly recommend this kit if you are a beginner!" –Alexandra

    Get it from P.Volve for $159.99.

    2. A set of Walito resistance bands so you can get a burn even if you don't have weights on hand. The pack of bands includes light, medium, and heavy nonslip bands specifically designed for leg and booty workouts—though, if you loop them around your wrists or hold them in your hands, you could use them for arm burns, too.

    Reviewer doing squats with the band around her thighs

    Promising review: "I'm just starting my weight-loss journey, and I don't have the money or space to buy a whole gym. I decided to try and find resistance bands to start out with, and came across these. It had great reviews and decided to give them a try. I love them so far. They are very durable, thick, and non-slip. I started out with the blue one because I feel like as a beginner it worked better (resistant but not too intense), and feel like the other two are for when you get more into intense workouts. Definitely recommend them to anyone to try, and they are definitely affordable." –Alicia Ebersole

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59 (available in four colors).

    3. A Tone It Up jump rope for easy-breezy jump seshes. The lightweight rope comes with padded, easy-grip handles and is designed to easily loop under your feet for fuss-free jumping.


    Promising review: "It’s simple and lightweight for beginners. You are able to adjust the length by unscrewing the bottom and pulling the black stopper down. It does the job!" –Target reviewer

    Get it from Target for $8.79.

    4. A rack of three sets of light weights for folks looking to add beginner lifting to their routine. The coated dumbbells are easy to grip and thanks to their soft exterior, less likely to cause calluses.

    The dumbbells

    Promising review: "What a great little set of hand weights! They are perfect for those of us who are beginners with using hand weights. The colors are vibrant and the little weight rack is holding together better than I thought it would. I'm pleased with my purchase!" –Fran Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in 12 weight options).

    5. A set of Bala Bangles to make any walk, leg exercise, or arm workout that much more challenging. The bangles are available in 1/2-pound, 1-pound, and 2-pound options, all of which use heavy-duty velcro to secure them in place. ICYMI: They're the be-all, end-all fitness accessory for celebs, models, and everyday gals.

    A set of rainbow Bala Bangles

    Promising review: "I wanted to get the Bala bangles ever since I saw them on Shark Tank. I recently place an order and got them in the mail within two days! I live in California and it was also free delivery. I got the 1-pound set because I thought the 2-pound might be too heavy or too challenging for me. Because of the pandemic, I don’t attend workout classes anymore, but I do run and walk often. The Bala bangles add resistance and they are very comfortable when I wear them on my ankles and/or on my wrist. I also wear them to work. I’m a preschool teacher and move a lot! You can wear them when you work out, when you run errands, at work, at home, just about everywhere! I’ll probably place a second order and get the 2-pound set!" –Yamit F.

    Get a set from Bala for $40+ (available in three weights and 14 colors).

    6. A weighted fitness hoop that will make your workout as much fun as possible. the hoop itself weighs two pounds and is padded so it's comfortable while spinning.

    Woman holding the weighted fitness hoop

    Promising review: "This is a good piece of equipment that's easy for beginners. This hoop has just the right amount of heft...enough to make it challenging, but not so much that you feel too tired or sore afterward. It is easy to assemble, and you can click it together in about 90 seconds. I like the cushioning, too. I got a few bruises from using this the first few times, but I experienced that with my last weighted hoop, too." –Jessi H.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two weights).

    7. A running belt to remind you to bring along your essentials so you don't accidentally lock yourself out of your house while establishing your new fitness routine. The top-rated belt can hold keys, money, IDs, and more, all without interfering with your workout.

    Reviewer wearing the running belt

    Promising review: "I am a new runner. Well not new, but just getting back into a routine of running. As the weather warms up where I live I find myself wanting to skip the jacket, thus leaving me with no pockets to stash my phone, keys, etc. I had seen the FlipBelt at my local department store during Christmas time and wasn't convinced that it would be as great as everyone was telling me but boy was I wrong. This thing is awesome!!! It's so comfortable that after a while you don't even realize it's there. It fits my phone very easily and if my music app crashes while I'm running I can easily slide my phone out to fix the issue and slide it back in. I am currently wearing earbuds with cords while listening to music with my phone tucked into the belt and have had no issues. Seriously so happy I made this purchase. I would highly recommend you take your measurements so that you get the right fit. At the moment my belt is a tad tight on my hips so I am wearing it a little higher on my waist until I lose a few more inches. I'll use that as motivation :)" –Noelle H.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in 13 colors).

    8. A Thigh Master device that'll take your inner leg workout to a whole new level. The hinged device is designed to be squeezed between your thighs and, in doing so, helps to tone one of the most difficult-to-tone areas of the body.

    The Thigh Master Device

    Promising review: "First Thigh Master Ever. I have been wondering why I never invested in this! Love, love, love it. I can watch TV and do my exercises and also found out that I could use it on my arms, as well. I use it every day and I can already tell the difference in toning. I will definitely recommend it. It helps a lot during my stay-at-home mandate in my state when I could not go to the gym which is still not open." –AKM Roopchan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

    9. A Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Under Desk Elliptical Foot Pedal Exerciser for folks who are slowly trying to get back into working out. The best-selling elliptical can be used while sitting, making it especially great for folks who have trouble finding time to work out.

    Model using the foot petal machine

    Promising review: "This elliptical is amazing. No assembly required. Very easy to use. You can sit in a chair and use it. I love mine and would recommend this to anyone who is a beginner at exercising." –CB

    Get it from Amazon for $129.08 (available in two colors).

    10. A lightweight sculpting bar that will help you tone your arms with very little effort. And since it's just a straightforward bar, it won't require lots of storage, either.

    woman using the sculpting bar

    Promising review: "I bought this bar, the 10-pound version, on orders from my chiropractor as a result of hip osteoarthritis. I use it for squats primarily and love it. after a few months of use, I'm already on the verge of buying the same bar but going for a 15- or 20-pound version. It feels great on my hips and is building my thigh and butt muscles at the same time. Who wouldn't like that?" –Marc2011

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99+ (available in five weights and two sets).

    11. A gallon water bottle to inspire you to stay well hydrated as you embark on your new fitness journies. The jug, which comes with a convenient (and cute) braided handle and is designed to be opened with just one hand, is labeled with motivational reminders to sip throughout the day.

    The water bottle

    Promising review: "Kinda bulky but so convenient to get your water in for the day. This would be good for beginners trying real hard to get that water intake in. Love the color and durability of it!" –Allie DeCleene

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in 12 colors).

    12. An extra-thick Gaiam floor mat so you have something to cushion your knees, elbows, and/or hands on the floor. After all, if you haven't knelt into a push-up or hunkered down into a plank in a long time, doing so on the hard ground can hurt.

    Reviewer sitting on the mat

    Promising review: "I'm a beginner, and this yoga mat has served me well so far. It was the perfect thickness for me: cushioned, but not too thick. I can hold poses just fine: no slipping, and I don't really feel the floor through it on hard surfaces. The dogs love it too haha. Others have complained of the smell when you first get it; there was a fairly strong 'new plastic' type smell, but I washed it in the bathtub with a tiny amount of dish soap, dried it thoroughly, and that helped a lot. It gradually ceased smelling after a couple of weeks too. It just needed some time to air out. Overall, though, it's been great for me! I love it, and I enjoy the reversible colors and patterns!" –Nikoli

    Get it from Amazon for $32.24 (available in 25 colors).

    13. A pull-up bar to take your upper body and core strength to new heights. Best of all, you can remove it from your door frame and put it on the floor to double as a tricep dip bar, too.

    Reviewer's picture of the pull up bar

    Promising review: "This bar helps a lot for beginners when doing leg-ups. I will tell you all this: The only way to get abs fast is and will always be by doing leg ups. Lifting your legs up is a natural way to work your LOWER abs will strengthen your core. Get rid of crunches, which will never help you in the long run. All other exercises for abs other than leg lifts are just stupid and force yourself to be in pain in some way. Oh, and one last thing. DO PULL-UPS, WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO WORK YOUR CORE NOT YOUR UPPER BODY." –Juan

    Get it from Amazon for $23.77.

    14. A pack of exercise sliders for folks who love low-impact movement that delivers results. Fun fact: If you like Pilates or megaformer classes, many of the moves can be taken from the megaformer to the floor with sliders.


    Promising review: "One of my fave celebrities posted a video of herself working out with these at home and I actually really love ab workouts but thought I'd try them. We have hardwood floors and these core sliders slid over them really well. They are actually pretty fun and simple to work out with and you can vary your exercises easily. They're a good way to challenge your abs and less boring than other ab workouts. I'd say they are good for beginners or advanced." –Sara

    Get them from Amazon for $8.90 (available in three colors).

    15. A mini trampoline to bounce your way into your new fitness routine.

    Reviewer pic of the circular trampoline in black with a silver cover around the outside

    Promising review: "I love this mini trampoline. Its my first rebounder, so I didnt want to splurge if I wasn't going to commit to using it regularly. I use this all the time. Once this breaks, I'll invest in a better quality one. Great for a beginner like me. Quiet. Lightweight. Functional. Everything I was looking for." –J. Avila

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99 (aavailable in two colors).

    16. A reflex ball that will help you become a better boxer but is also just super fun to use.

    Person wearing headband with reflex ball attached, hitting it with boxing braces on. Four different ball options are shown in the front of the image.

    Promising review: "I bought this to augment my at-home workouts, and after getting it in the mail, I set up the beginner ball and started playing with it in the kitchen. The manual says to train for three to four minutes at a time, but I got completely carried away and realized an hour and a half later that I was still messing with it. Definitely easy to get carried away and burn time. This will definitely be a great addition to my routine. Also, after two weeks, am noticing that I am improving in my accuracy as well, so it does what it claims to do, and it does it well! Love it!" –Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three options).

    17. A weighted jump rope for folks looking to skip and tone at the same time.

    woman using the weighted jump rope

    Promising review: "I’ve bought six jump ropes of various thicknesses and weights. This one is perfect, it’s lightweight yet not so light that it’s difficult to use for a beginner like myself. It’s easy to adjust the length too. The handles are super light but thick so easy to hold on to." –Crystal Lemon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.38 (available in six colors).

    18. A set of push-up bars to help you become the best push-upper on the block. The handled discs plant firmly into the ground and rotate for safe and stable motion both up and down.

    The push-up bars

    Promising review: "These are great for home use. They're well made and lightweight. They're easy to clean, as well. They're perfect for a beginner like myself." –AG

    Get it from Amazon for $16.47.

    19. A Tone It Up Kettle Bell that will help you swing, push, and lift your way to optimal physical fitness. The 8-pound kettlebell works wonderfully for lunge pass-throughs, tricep extensions, bicep curls, and more.


    Promising review: "I love Tone It Up workouts and have never owned a kettlebell before. Never knew what weight to buy either so glad that Tone it up has done the guesswork." –Target reviewer.

    Get it from Target for $25.49.

    20. An aerobic exercise step-deck so you can step your way to a healthier you. The deck comes with a 27" x 11" wide platform and a set of risers so that it can be as low as 4 inches and as high as 6.


    Promising review: "This step is just what I needed. It has a beginner level and you can make it higher once you get better. It's very stable. Has rubber on the bottom so even if it's on hardwood it stays in one place." –Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    21. The DB Method machine to help perfect your squats as you excel from beginner to intermediate to pro. Designed to help put your weight into your glutes, this machine helps to exceptionally tone your bum one squat at a time. And, since you're supposed to hold on while squatting down, it makes squats more accessible for beginners.

    A woman using the DB Method Machine
    DB Method

    Promising review: "I think this is very good for beginners working on their butt! Easy set-up and easy to use!" –Miranda S.

    Get it from The DBMethod for $229.

    22. An exercise ball for folks hoping to work not only on toning but stability, too. The ball comes with a stability ring so that you won't roll around while using it, and it has attached bands for simple-yet-scorching at-home workouts.

    The exercise ball in action in a variety of ways

    Promising review: "Mantra Sports' products are awesome for losing and maintaining weight, while also increasing tone, strength, endurance, and flexibility. The poster included with the BodyBall Gym Series is a valuable resource for anyone who needs some suggestions. I also use this product in my circuit training and warm-up/cool-down routines. I highly recommend it to beginners and fitness enthusiasts alike!" –Carlee

    Get it from Amazon for $37.97 (available in three colors).

    23. A medicine ball so you can upgrade your ab routine or even add a little weight to a game of catch. Whichever you choose, your body will thank you.


    Promising review: "Really great medicine ball! I’ve had Valero balls in the past but lost them in a hurricane/flood. I like this Day 1 Fitness medicine ball even better. I love that it has a very grippy exterior especially when you are sweaty and holding this over your head. I mainly use it for my waist by holding it over my head elbows bent and straight out to the sides and then tilting your body side to side, very effective in shrinking your waistline. Also holding it in front and twisting works good and doing squats holding the ball back straight. There are a lot of exercises you can do with a medicine ball. I like the 14-lb but it is too heavy if you are just beginning, start with an 8 and work up. This is an excellent medicine ball, I highly recommend it." –Paula G. Cannon

    Get it from Amazon for $37.66+ (available in six colors and one set).

    24. A Tone It Up resistance band that will make doing arm exercises without weights easier than ever. The soft-grip, flexible band is 48 inches, and within the Tone It Up app owners can discover how to make the best use of it.


    Promising review: "First time using a band. I really feel like it’s helping with toning. I get a good workout with it." –Target reviewer.

    Get it from Target for $9.79.

    25. A mini pilates ball to help you hone in on core exercises. Despite it's all size, it can withstand up to 600 pounds of pressure, so no need to worry about it popping while squeezing it between your legs à la Pure Barre.

    Person laying on their back with mini ball outstretched

    Promising review: "I really love this Pilates ball. It's super easy to inflate and use straight out of the box. It comes with directions on the different ways you can use the ball and I found this really helpful as this is a new way of exercising for me. My Pilates instructor suggested I purchase one and I am glad I did." –Kahuna Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in three colors).

    26. A Love Sweat Fitness 2-in-1 Foam Roller that will make it easy to stretch and recover post-workout. The tie-dye mini roller features nobs and ridges to gently massage muscles and prevent lactic acid from building up. The result? You'll be less sore if you use it after each workout.

    The foam roller
    Love Sweat Fitness

    Promising review: "I love the color of this foam roller! It was also the first foam roller I purchased that had ridges/bumps and it works perfectly. The size is also perfect for getting into some areas of my inner thighs (ouch but good lol). I can also see myself traveling with the inner foam roller since it's small and light. So glad I bought this!" –Amber T.

    Get it from Love Sweat Fitness for $34.99.

    27. Last but not least, a stretching poster so you know how to adequately stretch your body post-sweat.

    The stretching poster behind a woman stretching

    Promising review: "I'm delighted with this clear, comprehensive chart. It covers all parts of the body for pre- and post-exercise stretching. You can even wipe it clean!" –JH

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.