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    31 Workout Products That Must Have Been Designed By Geniuses

    Ab roller wheels, wrist weights, and more exercise gear that'll make you say "wow." 😮

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    1. 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.

    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 three-pack from Amazon for $10.85+ (available in three color packs).

    2. 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

    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 $42.25

    3. Or a compact strider, so you can squeeze in a workout while you're sitting down at home. 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.

    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 $95.93+ (available in three colors).

    4. 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 — which means they'll feel so comfy on your legs.

    model wears black-and-white print high-rise leggings
    Rochelle Porter Design / Etsy

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

    Rochelle Porter Design is a small business based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in colorful activewear pieces. 

    Get them from Rochelle Porter Design on Etsy for $69 (available in sizes 2X–6X).

    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 but will give you a lil' protection from the sun.

    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 in 11 colors).

    6. A pair of Nike sneakers that have ventilated material, superior cushioning, and a wide shape for an unforgettable ride. Your feet will be comfy and supported on long runs.

    model wearing white and pink Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 2 sneaker

    Promising review: "Love these shoes for running and weight lifting. They’re super cushiony and give a lot of support. I have very high arches narrower feet, and I’ve found that only Nike shoes support my feet properly." —Nike Customer

    Get them from Nike for $160 (available in sizes 5–12 and 10 colors). 

    7. An ab roller wheel so you can strengthen your core basically anywhere indoors. Grip onto the handle bars, roll forward and backward, and feel your obliques get to work while you watch TV or listen to a podcast.

    model exercises on carpet with black ab roller wheel

    Promising review: "I have been looking for ways to work out at home. I saw this ab roller and decided to order it. OMG, it was very easy to assemble and within a few moments I was able to start rolling! I did as many reps as humanly possible the first time and I could feel the muscles going to work! The next day I went to use it and I could NOT because my ab muscles were so so sore (which was a good thing! It's working). My abs don't hurt just walking around, but when I go to do the ab roller, I can feel every single ab muscle I have!" —DH

    Get it from Amazon for $17.98

    8. 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

    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 $8+ (also available in a two-pack).

    9. 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.,

    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 $16.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    10. 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.

    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 $137.30.

    11. A Fitbit Inspire 2 fitness tracker to monitor your heart rate, count steps, and observe calories burned while you exercise. You can even access your health data with Fitbit Premium (you'll get a one-year trial with your purchase), which can help you stick to fitness goals *and* see your progress in an easy-to-read format.

    reviewer wears pink Fitbit with daily steps, calories, and heart rate stats on display

    Promising review: "Overall, if you want something to help motivate you to get moving and develop better sleep habits, I think this is a great purchase. My battery usually lasts at least a week and charges pretty quickly. I didn't want a smartwatch or to over pay for the simple features I was interested in so the Inspire 2 was perfect for me!" —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $98.60+ (available in three colors). 

    12. 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

    Promising review: "Great workout in one setting and easy to use! I love using it for crunches and leg kicks. I feel as I don’t have to hate working out anymore and enjoy it!" —Megan McCoy

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    13. 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.,

    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 $18.98 (available in sizes XS–XXL and 18 colors).

    14. 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

    CultureFit Clothing is a small business that specializes in high-performance activewear. From gorgeous yoga mats to moisture-wicking capris, you'll find so many pieces of clothing and equipment for your fitness routine. 

    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.

    15. Adjustable Bala Bangles that'll add a lil' resistance (not to mention style) to your virtual fitness classes. These bracelet-like babies weigh one pound each, but they'll help boost strength whenever you're doing cardio or strength training.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Just wrap them on your wrists or ankles for a little workout pick-me-up.

    BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly loves these bangles and said: "I've bought, used, and then promptly forgotten about wrist/ankle weights before but I ADORE these. They're really nice looking (as you can see) and I've never had trouble with them coming off my wrists or ankles during HIIT workouts." Read more of her Bala Bangles review (it's #7). 

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

    16. 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.

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

    Promising review: "In particular I like ProBody Pilates 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 $21.95+ (available in four colors).

    17. A pair of 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.,

    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 $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3X, four lengths, and 41 colors).

    18. An Obé Fitness membership if your home fitness routine needs a revamp. Choose from barre, cardio boxing, HIIT, sculpt, yoga, and more engaging workouts that'll make your living room feel like a live studio. You can participate in 10-minute express classes or 28-minute live classes. There are 6,000 on-demand classes to choose from that'll work with your schedule.

    Obé Fitness, Abby Kass/BuzzFeed

    As a web- and app-based service, Obé Fitness can be accessed on a computer, smartphone, or TV. (Tip: Having a wider screen does make taking classes and watching instructors a bit easier.) Just use an HDMI cable to connect to your TV or launch Obé from the app using Airplay, Apple TV, or Chromecast.

    My colleague Abby Kass uses Obé Fitness and said: "I started using Obé and then went back to my old at-home workout and switched back to Obé again because I realized I liked it so much. The classes are a great workout, yet the 28 minutes go by super fast, and I’m not counting down the minutes till it’s over. You don't technically need any equipment for the workout, but you can level up with simple equipment, such as a resistance loop, weights, and sliders." Read more of her Obé Fitness review.

    Get it from Obé Fitness for $27+ (monthly, quarterly, and annual memberships available).

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

    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 $99.99.

    20. An adjustable sports bra that won't feel like a corset *but* will 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.


    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 seven colors).

    21. 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. 👟, Amazon

    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 sizes and six colors).

    22. Or 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.


    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 $40.99+ (available in two sizes and eight colors).

    23. 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.

    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 $28.99.

    24. A pack of dumbbell exercise cards to mix up your indoor training routine with weighted planks, thrusters, and shoulder presses galore. You'll never know what's coming up next in the deck and your arms, legs, and core will be like, "Hello, where have you been all my life?"


    Promising review: "I bought these to get some new ideas to mix up my gym routine. I got a lot of new ideas from these cards. Some were reminders of ones I already know, but there are a bunch of really interesting ones that I've been mixing in. The countless combinations you can create is making my workouts more fun and motivating." —Paisley

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three volumes).

    25. Anti-chafing thigh bands you can 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.,

    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 $16.95+ (available in six sizes and 17 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 — the app is included. You don't need a big home gym to get a killer workout with this gadget.

    Model balances on black interactive Plankboard

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

    reviewer holds core sliders in hands

    Promising review: "The 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 $9.95 (available in five colors).

    28. 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.,

    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 $17.63+ (available in three sizes and 13 colors).

    29. 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

    The Activ5 Trainer App includes over 100 low-impact exercises you can do with the device and allows you to customize your workouts to the strength level that works for you. Most of the app's exercises are designed to be completed in five minutes, so even if you don't have too much time, you can get a little movement in!

    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 $119.99.

    30. A Ubarre weight that'll add a little more oomph to your boring Pilates session and double up as a chic piece of home decor. Use it while you do lunges, twists, and more toning exercises in your bedroom or living room.


    Equipt is a woman-founded small brand known for their pretty and functional exercise equipment. You'll find weighted bars, wrist weights, and more gear that'll help tone your body and look great in your workout space.

    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

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

    31. And 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.

    model arches back while practicing yoga on mat with gray hot yoga towel on top

    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 $26.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

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