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    27 Pieces Of Exercise Equipment That Are Perfect For Beginners

    If you barely know the difference between a kettlebelll and a tea kettle, this list is for you.

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    1. A low-impact glider that'll have you feeling like you're simply strolling on air, but in reality you're getting in some pretty effective cardio. Just set this in front of the TV and you'll barely realize you're even exercising.

    Model using Sunny Health and Fitness Air Walk

    Promising review: "If you are a serious athlete, this is not for you. On the other hand, if you’re older, have a knee injury, or just want to get some movement in, this is fantastic. I have runner's knee right now, so my doctor recommended something like this to keep moving while I go through physical therapy for my knee. I got slightly warm after about 20 min and was still breathing through my nose, so this was obviously not intense, but I can feel my muscles twitching because my body is so happy to be moving pain free." —Daisy

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    2. A foldable mini trampoline with a sturdy balance bar so you can bounce the day away — and honestly, what's less intimidating than a trampoline?!

    Reviewer's dog on mini trampoline

    Answer: A puppy on a trampoline!

    Promising review: "I added this to my fitness equipment as a fun way to move after my main workouts. I dance around on it while listening to music. It helps to keep me doing high impact type movements without the high impact on the ground." —F.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $104.99+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    3. A highly rated stationary bike with a cushiony seat back for extra comfort, eight levels of resistance for a customizable workout, and an easily foldable design so you can tuck it away once you're done getting your sweat on.,

    Promising review: "I love being able to put my phone or even laptop into the slot provided on the bike to watch my favorite shows to quickly pass the time (cardio is boring!). One thing that surprised me is how comfortable the seat is. It is soft and adjustable to allow my tall husband to use it as well. The backrest allows me to lean back when I'm tired. I sometimes use the resistance band that's attached to the bike to engage my arms and upper body. I thought that was a nice added touch. The bike has eight tension controls but I'm barely working myself up to four — it gives me enough of a workout at that level. All in all, I'm happy with my decision to buy this bike." —Candy Vo

    Get it from Amazon for $189.99 (also available in two smaller sizes).

    4. Or! A training stand that can transform the bike you already own (and is probably being used as a coat rack right now) into the perfect indoor stationary bike.

    Model on bike placed in stationary stand

    Promising review: "I recently got a new road bike for the occasional weekend ride. As fun as that is, I wanted a way to use the bike indoors to maintain some level of cardio fitness for when work/weather/etc. gets in the way. This trainer meets those needs and is very affordable. Setup was a snap (there is a YouTube video instructional that I followed for setup, way better than the included instructions). The levels of resistance offer a wide range, so its great for long distance or high intensity. It's a very cheap and practical way to get some indoor cardio as well as extend the usage of an existing bicycle. While I would probably consider a nicer fluid trainer if I was a 'professional biker,' most people aren't that, and just want a way to get a good workout without spending a fortune. For those people, this trainer is perfect." —Adam Goldstein

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    5. A ~cheetahlicious~ resistance band that has absolutely no business being this cute. Plus, its medium weight makes it perfect for everything from shoulder presses to glute kickbacks.

    Model using Bicah by Chloe long band
    Bicah by Chloe/Instagram

    Bicah By Chloe is a small business specializing in exercise accessories. 

    Get it from Bicah By Chloe for $23.

    6. Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch — because your Switch has probably been collecting dust ever since your Animal Crossing obsession ended a few months ago. This will basically turn your living room into a full-on hiking trail, and now you won't have to pause your gaming session to get a workout in!


    Promising review: "I played Ring Fit Adventure for about an hour yesterday (probably closer to 40 mins of total gameplay) and let me just say — I'm SORE today. My arms and shoulders FEEL like they had a good workout. And the crazy bit is... I can't wait to do it again!! Literally about to pop on my leggings right now and go for round two (though I'll probably try to focus a bit more on my core and legs) but what's nice is I *CAN* do that!" —Lauren L.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.88.

    7. A set of supremely sturdy resistance bands with a grippy interior to provide just the right amount of challenge on leg day.


    Promising review: "These bands are amazing! They stay in one place and the grip on the inside is perfect! The materials feel great and are definitely high quality and durable." —Leah M.

    Get a set of two from Ju'Nae for $30.

    8. A portable strider you can place under your desk so you can quickly and easily get a workout in while you're waiting for your next Zoom meeting to start. It even has two resistance bands so you can use it while standing and get an upper-body workout at the same time.

    Model uses black portable strider with green resistance bands in a living room

    Promising review: "I'm extremely happy with this, I was worried it would be too wimpy and the stride would be too small, but it's absolutely perfect for me. I love the portability and the fact that I'm not trapped on a big machine. I get a better workout from the mini elliptical and it takes up less space." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    9. An ab roller so you can glide your way through your workout. It'll help strengthen your abs while simultaneously building arm, pectoral, and dorsal muscles, which is pretty impressive for a device small enough to fit in your closet.

    A model using the ab roller

    Promising review: "I love how versatile this piece of equipment is!! There are so many great exercises you can do with it, not just abdominal conditioning. I really love to use it for shoulder mobility, and the hamstring exercise is KILLER!! Excited to keep playing around with it to see what else I can use it for!!" —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98.

    10. A pack of portable push-up bars that'll make your least favorite exercise soooo much easier. The handles will give your palms a nice cushioned place to rest and ensure that you stay balanced while getting your reps in.

    Reviewer using the portable push- bars

    Promising review: "These were purchased for a friend who has a wrist injury and cannot do normal push-ups. The handles disassemble and can lie flat, which makes them super easy to pack and unpack and also is more environmentally friendly (as the company uses a smaller package to ship them). Assembly takes about five seconds—the parts snap into place. The grip is foam and seems strong and stable. They wouldn't slide around at all, even after I applied a reasonably strong horizontal force to them. The foam feels thick and firm, and is unlikely to rip." —John

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99

    11. A cow-print yoga mat to really get you moo-ving during your next early morning zen session. It's extremely lightweight and has a handy carrying strap so you can take it with you to the park when you need to get out of the house for a bit.

    The black and white cow-print mat

    Kate + Co. is a woman-founded small business selling mini art prints, wall hangings, totes, laptop sleeves, and more.

    Get it from Kate + Co. on Society6 for $33 (originally $55).

    12. Or a reversible yoga mat with over 9,000 5-star reviews for those of you who like to switch things up and match your equipment to your mood for the day.,

    Promising review: "Oh my god! It is as described, I love it a lot, and it feels comfortable while doing my Asana practice and workouts at home. The pattern I love a lot, most of all, the wave, it reminds me of my dad when he used to surf with me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90+ (available in 20 colors).

    13. An exercise ball that's bound to become your new best friend during all your future Netflix-and-workout sessions. You can even use it as an office chair to get some extra bounces in while you work.

    Promising review: "I have a hard time doing sit-ups on the floor because it hurts my tailbone so I ordered this. I now use it for not only sit-ups, but also back extensions and since I don’t have a weight bench I use it for other exercises like dumbbell chest presses. I also got a workout airing it up the first time, haha." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    14. A pack of exercise sliders with a plastic side for carpets and a foam side for hardwood floors, so you can slide through your abdominal and core workouts no matter where you are.


    Promising review: "These have been great for toning up my core. Very easy to follow the enclosed exercises, and it’s great that they are portable. These are also easy on my joints and fun to use." —SpedTeach

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90+ (available in three colors).

    15. A basic medicine ball, which is about as simple as exercise equipment can get while still being incredibly effective. Add it into your normal routine to build up core strength, or grab a friend and start tossing it around!

    Model using Amazon Basics medicine ball

    Promising review: "The first thing I love about this one is the price. I mean, compare it with other ones and the difference is almost none! I have been using it with some dumbbells at home, and the results are amazing. With this medicine ball, I can do a lot of exercises, and the weight is heavy enough to make you sweat and work those muscle. Also, the rough texture ensures your hands don't slip." —David Hurt

    Get it from Amazon for $29.24+ (available in five weights).

    16. A Pilates ball that may look like a toy at first glance, but it's actually a surprisingly versatile workout tool. Use it to help stabilize your crunches, or let it elevate your leg lifts and bridges to help switch things up and keep your muscles on their toes.

    model completes various ab exercises using a pink Pilates ball

    Promising review: "Love how easy, portable, and affordable these are. They're super easy to inflate by removing the air plug from the ball, then blowing air quickly for a few seconds to inflate. They're very portable and sturdy for doing Pilates, yoga, and barre. It's upped my Pilates practice as a great prop!" —Cammy Zhang

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in eight color combinations).

    17. A Core Max 2.0 that'll engage your core in so many ways. Use it to get in the perfect amount of crunches or push-ups, then simply fold it and slide it under your bed when not in use.

    Model moves up to crunch while using green and black Core Max 2.0 machine in their kitchen

    Promising review: "I didn’t expect to love this thing so much! It has a spring-like resistance on the foam back, so it makes working out — especially curl-ups — fun and if you put it on the tallest setting, the sit ups get so easy that you don’t even realize how much you are working out! Did this for half and hour while watching TV and didn’t have to take any breaks. I love this thing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $70.69.

    18. A set of dumbbells to help ease you in to the world of weight training — because those giant mountains of weights at the gym are low-key terrifying and probably crawling with germs.


    Promising review: "I've recently started working out at home since I can't do much walking outdoors here in Wisconsin during the winter. Rather than getting a gym membership, I decided to invest in some workout equipment. I've really gotten interested in using Jillian Michaels' workout videos and the one I use most of the time, Jillian Michaels — 30 Day Shred, requires hand weights.

    I've owned these weights for only a couple weeks and I'm very happy with them! I've used them a number of times with my video and they work great. I feel the price is good for the quality and I will look at ordering others in the future as I get stronger! If you are looking for some hand weights, I recommend buying these!" —Kristin B.

    Get a set of six with a stand from Amazon for $34.61 (also available in various weight variations).

    19. A Ubarre weight so ridiculously chic it can literally double as a piece of decor when not in use. Just grab it from the shelf when you need it and start working on those twists and lunges for the day.


    Promising review: "Ubarre is wild! It targets every area of your body. I have been using it daily and have had the best workout in seven years. I cannot believe how quickly it tones your body." —Ubarre Customer

    Equipt is a woman-founded business specializing in innovative exercise equipment.

    Get it from Equipt for $149+ (available in four weights).

    20. A shock-absorbing platform that's sure to add a little pep in your step. It has a nonstick platform with a nonslip base, so you won't have to worry about taking a tumble if you get a little too wrapped up in your cardio sesh.


    Promising review: "This was great to add to my 'home gym' during quarantine. I tried to keep a very small amount of equipment for my home gym that would be versatile, useful and not take up a ton of space in my small apartment. This was fantastic; I could slide it under my bed when not being used, I could change the height of it. Overall this was a great addition to my workout routine and I would highly recommend this to anyone in need." —Mary

    Get it from Amazon for $27.47.

    21. A hand-stitched yoga and Pilates strap, which is not only super cute, but also super helpful at keeping you secure and balanced while practicing those more advanced stretches.

    A model using the block-printed strap to stretch her legs
    Core Asana

    Core Asana is a woman-founded small business from Vashu Chugh, a professional yoga instructor.

    Get it from Core Asana on Amazon Handmade for $30 or directly from Core Asana for $19.99.

    22. A speed jump rope so you can throw it back to the days on the playground when you didn't even realize you were getting a good workout in.


    Promising review: "I purchased this rope being new to CrossFit style workouts and looking to improve on my single under skills with the hopes of working up to double unders. I'm no expert (have not picked up a jump rope since elementary school), but I love having a rope at home to practice with that I can size to my needs. This feels like a quality product and I prefer it to the ones available at my gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.64 (available in nine colors).

    23. A set of wearable weights you can slip onto your wrists or ankles to basically turn any chore into a workout. Pop these on while vacuuming or running errands and you're bound to start breaking a sweat.

    Bala Bangle,

    Promising review: "These weights are incredible – absolutely stunning! Such great quality, too. I got them for walking and yoga but I think I am going to wear them everywhere! They are very comfy and soft to the touch. And I LOVE the packaging. They come with a free bag to carry them in. I am definitely going to buy more colors." —Jackie

    Get them from Amazon for $49+ (available in two sizes and 13 colors).

    24. A set of yoga dice that'll truly keep you on your toes and add some variety to your everyday yoga sessions. Give them a toss, then let the dice decide what your routine will look like for the day.

    Set of Yoga Dice displayed on table

    Promising review: "If you know yoga and have taken classes, this is a good way to vary your day-to-day routine. I was in a rut and had stopped practicing. These got me back on the mat. I roll all the dice at once then group standing poses, forward bends, back bends, and core work. I start with four or five rounds of sun salutations to warm up. Just my thoughts; everyone should tweak their practice to suit them." —kathleen l hitt

    Get them from Amazon for $14.55.

    25. An indoor climber that proves a low-impact workout can still elevate your routine to new heights. Plus, it comes 90% preassembled, and that's just wonderful.

    Promising review: "This is one of the hardest workout machines I've used. It looked so simple and it fits the space in my apartment perfectly. I thought I could spend 20 min a day on it no problem, however I'm working on going a minute straight. It kills my legs but in a good way!" —Andrea White

    Get it from Amazon for $209.

    26. A thick-cushioned knee pad — because you shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort to get in a good workout! Now you can tackle your push-ups and yoga poses without completely wrecking your knees.

    image of reviewer's hand atop the black dimple high density thick foam knee pad

    Promising review: "This is great for yoga and exercising when you don’t need a full mat." —Yania Reyes

    Get it from Amazon for $12.11+ (available in six colors and various packs).

    27. And an interactive plank board, which will basically turn your workout into a full-fledged video game. Just open the accompanying app on your phone, set it on the board, and start working toward a new high score while you work on your balance and stamina!

    A model uses an interactive Plankboard while working out indoors

    Promising review: "I love it! The design is clean and simple. The games are basic, but still keep me in a plank longer than normal. I like the workout part, basically 30-second intervals of different exercises — you pick how many 30-second segments you want to do at a time. There is a daily challenge, too. I would be bored to tears after one 40-second regular plank; I do over six minutes plus at each session on this and you really feel it strengthening your core." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.

    Actual footage of you up in your home gym just workin' on your fitness:

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