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    Updated on Sep 23, 2020. Posted on Aug 22, 2020

    30 Workout Products That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

    Push-up bars, compact striders, and more goods that'll take your fitness routine to the next level.

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    1. A criss-cross sports bra that ~has your back~ and will keep your boobs dry while you're cycling and running. The pads are also removable, just in case you don't want extra cushioning for your workout.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love the design of the backs of this sports bra. I did burpees, jump squats, and jumping jacks and everything stayed in place! I also appreciated not having to dislocate my shoulder trying to take the sports bra off. It came off easily without the normal struggle of high-support bras that are so tight, you sometimes have to ask for help. After my workout, I immediately bought two more in different colors." —Jessica A. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S—XXL and eight colors).

    2. A folding exercise bike so you can ~go the distance~ and create a studio-like atmosphere in your living room. It has an LCD display that shows distance, calories burned, and pulse stats, *and* a comfy seat for your tush. It also easily fits in a corner if you're tight on space.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I really wanted an exercise machine I could use at home for the days I don't make it to the gym. However, I also have a small apartment with limited floor and storage space. I love that this bike fits snugly against the wall when not in use without sacrificing comfort or sturdiness in order to be compact. It is quiet, smooth, tracks everything I want to track, has appropriate resistance, and still works great six months later." —Jamie Tanner

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99.

    3. An anti-chafe balm to keep your body safe from skin rubbing issues like redness and irritation. Rock those bike shorts and crush your outdoor workout without discomfort.

    Model applies blue container of Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm to their thigh outside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This stuff really is awesome. It really works and I don't know where it has been all my life. I started looking for something for thigh chafing after running into a few issues (not fun). It is super easy to use, just slide it on like you'd use deodorant." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in a two-pack).

    4. An ab roller wheel so you can strengthen your core without slamming into a couch or dresser. Grip onto the handle bars, roll forwards and backwards, and feel your obliques get to work while you binge-watch TV or listen to a podcast.

    Reviewer uses red ab roller wheel to work their core on their carpeted floor
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    It also comes with a resistance band, just in case you want to challenge your obliques!

    Promising review: "Up to this point I had been using an Olympic bar and weights to do this exercise. What a space saver and easy to transport with you if you need to workout while on the road. It's sturdy, easy to use, and fun. A must for any home gym." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    5. A short-sleeve top with an open tie-back and lightweight fabric that'll make you forget about exercising in the heat. It won't stick to your skin and give you a lil' protection from the sun.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow, these tops absolutely blew my mind. They’re light, breathable yet provide coverage. The open back detail is very cute and I love the knotted detailing as well. I can literally wear these with any workout outfit and feel totally comfortable in it. If you’ve been debating on getting this, don’t! Totally worth every penny!" —Kaitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S—XL and nine colors).

    6. A running shoe that'll help you ~go the distance,~ thanks to a digitally-printed 4D midsole, liquid resin for excellent energy return, and amazing cushioning for your feet. The gorgeous hot pink color will also brighten up your workout uniform.

    Hot pink Adidas 4D Run 1.0 Shoes on a red track below bleachers
    Adidas

    Get it from Adidas for $200 (available in sizes 5—14).

    7. A compact strider so you can squeeze in a workout while you watch TV or WFH. This device easily fits under desks and tables and has a monitor that tracks total calories and strides. The best part? You don't have to leave your couch to clock in exercise time.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a great little home exercise product! My husband and I bought this as something to help keep us active. We keep it in the corner of our living room and can just hop on it while watching TV to avoid staying sedentary. It is extremely easy to use. Some nice features are that you can adjust the resistance and it tracks your steps/distance." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $104.99.

    8. Resistance bands that are perfect for squats and won't roll up or snap mid-workout. These babies will stay in place on your thighs, thanks to anti-slip material and a body-hugging fit.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love the fact that these are nonstick and don't bunch up or down in your workouts. A huge peeve of mine was when the rubber resistance band twirled up or down during an exercise. These stay on you, but don't stick to your body, giving a more comfortable workout and performance. They're also thick enough to keep steady on leg raises or kickbacks." —Giuseppe Valentino

    Get a 3-pack from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three color packs).

    9. High-rise patterned leggings for cardio, strength training, and everything in between. With four-way stretch fabric and an elastic waistband, these bottoms won't restrict your movement and feel so comfy on your legs.

    Model wears black-and-white-patterned high-rise leggings, a colorful sports bra, and black sneakers while lifting blue weights on a balcony
    RochellePorterDesign/Etsy

    Promising review: "Love these leggings! They stay put and everyone loves the pattern!" —Etsy Customer

    Get them from RochellePorterDesign on Etsy for $69 (available in sizes 2X—6X).

    10. An adjustable stepping machine with resistance bands and a space-saving design, so you can have a mini cardio session even if your apartment is too small for an elliptical.

    Reviewer steps on mini black stepping machine with white, gray, and pink sneakers
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just received my stepper and it's super easy to assemble and it's sturdy. I tested it out and I am super excited for my first workout. This is the perfect machine, while we stay at home we can still workout and stay healthy. I highly recommend this mini stepper. Enjoy your workouts!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    11. A hydration belt so you can drink enough H2O and not risk losing your keys or phone on long runs. Fill up *two* water bottles, throw your essentials and snacks in the front pouch, and focus on your mileage. 👟

    Reviewer wears purple and black hydration belt with water bottle pockets on a run
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I wore this belt on a 13-mile run today and it is just what I needed! I filled up both water bottles, and the belt did bounce around a little at first and nearly rode up my waist, but after I tightened it all the way and drank some of the liquid, it didn't move much at all. I stored a baggie of snacks, my phone (without the case), and tissues in the front pouch, and was able to access everything while running relatively hassle-free. Great purchase, well worth the money!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97+ (available in three colors).

    12. Push-up bars that'll feel way better than dumbbells or bare hands when you're doing push-ups on the floor. Each handle gives you a solid grip, so you're not slipping and sliding when you're moving up and down.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "The first time I used them, I felt burn (the good kind) in the back/neck area. I looked up a diagram of musculature online, and it corresponded precisely with the trapezius muscles. I know that a product can't cure lazy, but knowing that I'm doing push-ups the right way and being able to feel the results makes me want to do more push-ups." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99.

    13. An adjustable sports bra that won't feel like a corset *and* keep your chest supported during HIIT, running, and more high-impact activities. Customize the fit of the straps, enjoy a soft bust band, and feel secure in wireless cups.

    Model wears black Shefit Ultimate Sports Bra with adjustable straps and a zippered front
    Shefit

    Promising review: "Love this bra. It was everything I'd hoped it would be. I have struggled for a long time finding cheaper bras for support during high-impact sports and even doubling up didn't help. This is worth the price and love the fact that I don't have to adjust the Velcro every time I put it on." —Shefit Customer

    Get it from Shefit for $69 (available in sizes XS—6LUXE and five colors).

    14. A portable rowing machine because your arms and back will *feel the burn* while you enjoy an upper body workout anywhere at home. Use the digital monitor to keep track of stats (count total, time, and calories) and fold it up when you're done.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is very lightweight and portable. It fits nicely on a runner rug next to my bed and doesn't move around when I use it. The settings are easy to adjust, and it is quiet. I use it in the morning while I catch up on the news. I was reluctant to get a piece of exercise equipment but am very glad that I did!" —Caren S.

    Get it from Amazon for $95.81.

    15. A Pilates ring to wake up your core and target muscles in your arms. You can strengthen your abs and biceps at the same time with squeezing and rotating movements. Toned muscles? Yep, they're on their way.

    Three models each squeeze a black Pilates ring while attending a class
    Amazon

    Promising review: "In particular I like ProBody Pilate's Ring. The foam and padding are comfortable and there are no signs of early wear and tear yet. It doesn't make any weird squeaking, creaking, or crackling noises and it feels sturdy. The resistance isn't comparable to a weighted piece of equipment but, compared to a metal product, the fiberglass ring still provides an ample workout, especially for a beginner like myself. " —Amazon Customer

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

    16. A pair of high-rise bike shorts (with pockets!) that'll feel like second skin, thanks to their breathable *and* stretchy fabric. When it's way too hot to wear leggings for outdoor bodyweight or HIIT circuits, slip into these babies and a sports bra.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "These shorts are perfect. I trained for and completed an Ironman in these shorts. I have four pairs of them. They are great at wicking sweat, they stay in place, fit with a compression that keeps them fitted yet not uncomfortable, and the side pocket is absolutely perfect to keep your phone, ID, or snacks handy. Nothing has slid out of the side pockets." —Shannon McDougall

    Get them from Amazon for $12.74+ (available in sizes XS—5XL, three lengths, and 38 colors).

    17. A Core Max 2.0 because you'll basically have a home gym without having to buy so much equipment. You can do crunches, push-ups, and multiple bodyweight movements with this compact device that'll help you ~work up a sweat~ in your apartment or studio.

    Model gets ready to complete a crunch with a green Core Max Smart Abs and Total Body Workout device
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've turned my dining room into a gym and this perfect size piece of equipment is the right size. First thing I liked is there is no assembly! It comes with a guide on what you should eat and it comes with a guide on different exercises you can do. I have already used it and I'm headed back down to use it again. Great Purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    18. A ventilated tank top to wear for high-impact and low-impact activities, so your bod won't be too sweaty. Mesh material in the back helps wick away perspiration, while a racerback-friendly shape works with multiple types of sports bras.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought the small and it fits perfectly. It’s long enough to wear with leggings, not too tight, and not see through. The color is bright and vibrant. The mesh back is a nice touch for airflow during my more intense workouts and cute with sports bras. I’ll be buying this in more colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in sizes S—XL and 16 colors).

    19. A patterned yoga mat with an ultra-absorbent top layer that will help you move from pose to pose without slipping. It's cushioned to support your bod and it won't get all icky, even if you're sweating a lot during your practice.

    Model carries rolled-up blue, yellow, and purple-patterned yoga mat in a black strap across their shoulder
    CultureFit Clothing

    Promising review: "This is the best yoga mat I have ever purchased! It's thick and durable with the most beautiful design. Definitely recommend to everyone!" —CultureFit Clothing Customer

    Get it from CultureFit Clothing for $89.99.

    20. A budget-friendly fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate, count steps, and observe calories burned while you exercise. You can even access your health data by week or month, which can help you stick to your fitness goals *and* see your progress in a noncomplicated format.

    Black fitness tracker that says the time and date on the front with a black strap
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you want to start tracking your workouts, walks, steps, heartbeat, and sleep cycles, this is a great low cost option. It offers some control of music, you can view recent texts, set alarms and timers, and other stuff as well. The magnetic charger (charge it maybe once a week?) charges very fast. It's a solid fitness tracker that looks and feels great with some little bonuses." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in six colors).

    21. Compression socks because you want to keep leg swelling at bay and run comfortably for long periods of time. They're also made with a breathable material to prevent moisture from getting in the way of your run.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "You guys I love these! I'm a runner and for the past year, I have been suffering from shin splint pain not during my 5-mile runs, but right after, so I decided to buy a couple of these and give it a try! I started to wear a pair during my runs and a pair to sleep, man did this make a huge difference! The swelling has gone down and I feel amazing! I really do recommend these for runners!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $15.96 (available in three sizes and 10 colors).

    22. A Just Lift. Cyclone Shaker that'll mix your protein shakes to perfection. This bottle won't leave your vanilla or chocolate beverages clumpy, thanks to a tapered cone design and technology that breaks down ingredients with ease.

    A black Just Lift. Cyclone Shaker with white lettering and a bottom storage capsule
    Simeon Panda

    Get it from Simeon Panda for $12.99.

    23. A strength training device for on-the-go workouts. This small gadget, which syncs with the Activ5 Trainer App, targets upper and lower body muscles. Just place it in your hand or under your foot, launch the app, and get movin'. It's that simple.

    Model uses Activbody Activ5 Training Device under their foot while working out at home
    activbody_/Instagram / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I received my Activ5 a few weeks ago and I have been using it regularly at work, home, and when traveling. I try to make it in to the gym at least two to three times per week, but this is a great supplemental way to get a quick workout in when I can't get to the gym. The games are entertaining and the workouts are approachable but challenging. It's working out muscle groups I have neglected before!" —Dan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $108.99.

    24. A hot yoga towel so you don't feel like you're on a slip and slide while you're in Downward-Facing Dog, Warrior II, and other poses. It has a soft bottom that helps your bod stay in place, even if you're sweating a lot during class.

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    Promising review: "I love this yoga towel. It's thicker than some of my others, which I prefer. I think this is the reason it doesn't bunch up during my class. It stays perfectly smooth. I spray it with water before the start of class and, presto! It's perfect! I don't slip and I don't have to bother with towel bunching up under my hands or feet. Also, great quality and beautiful colors." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two sizes and five colors).

    25. Core sliders for days when you want to give your abs the ultimate treatment. Your transverse abdominis and obliques will be *on fire* after using these helpers for workouts. Planks, push-ups, and mountain climbers, here we come!

    Reviewer holds two black core sliders in their hands after completing a workout
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "The synergee gliding disc core sliders have been working out great! They are definitely taking my workouts to a new level and making me use my core like never before! You can definitely feel the burn while working out with them and target muscles that don’t normally get as much attention!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $11.95 (available in five colors).

    26. An interactive Plankboard so you can hit all your key body areas (think core, legs, arms, and back) and boost your balance abilities while you play games on your smart TV or phone. You also need a big home gym to get a killer workout with this gadget.

    Model balances on black interactive Plankboard
    Amazon

    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.

    27. Anti-chafing thigh bands to wear during high-intensity exercises. These lil' helpers are made to reduce sweat and chafing, and easily slip under activewear bottoms. Raise your hand if you're done dealing with irritated thighs after jogging or running.

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    Promising review: "I just purchased the nonlace ones to wear when I run, because the seams of my shorts rub in this humid weather! These worked freaking fabulously for my run, and stayed in perfect place. They were so much cooler than compression shorts or spandex, and kept the sticky thighs away from each other!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in seven sizes and 17 colors).

    28. A pack of exercise cards so you can mix up your fitness routine with planks, push-ups, and burpees galore. Whenever you find yourself in a debate about whether to work your core, arms, or back, let these cards determine your next sweat sesh.

    Model goes down in push-up position behind a stack of exercise cards with different movements
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These cards are *amazing.* I love that I can schedule my workout week sensibly and safely, I really appreciate the tips on the backs of the cards! The HIIT and Core cards are such a nice bonus, too! My favorite part of this item is that I can do my workout at my pace." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two volumes).

    29. A hydration pack because you'll have plenty of room for water and hiking essentials. It comes with a two-liter hydration bladder and secure large pocket to hold your phone, sunglasses, and a jacket. You won't need to carry a bulky backpack on outdoor adventures anymore.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I took this to Hawaii and I am in love. There are two straps for you to use so the backpack is secure to your body. I am obsessed with the different amount of compartments you have: four zippers and two mesh pouches on each side. I love the 2-liter bladder. Plus, *it's BPA-free.* I recommend this to anyone who loves the outdoors and lives an active lifestyle." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in five colors).

    30. And a mesh tank that's sweat-proof *and* goes with basically everything in your activewear wardrobe. It has a ventilated design to keep you cool and dry when it's warm outside.

    Model wears bright red mesh tank with a tie-back design and matching red leggings
    Alala

    Promising review: "I live in South Florida where I train outdoors and so I am always looking for something relatively sweat-proof (because nothing is 100% sweat-proof in this heat!). This is a great option. It's lightweight, does not absorb sweat the way cotton does, and is very flattering. I will be buying this in another color!" —Alala Customer

    Get it from Alala for $65 (available in sizes XS—3X).

    You, during your next strength training session:

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