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    Here's 20 Pieces Of Fitness Machinery Under $500 That Amazon Reviewers Swear By

    Mini steppers, ellipticals, treadmills, and more.

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    1. A vibration plate with over 11,000 5-star reviews that has both a lifetime warranty and the ability to create full-body vibrations to activate your muscles and more.

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    Promising review: "I walk and stretch most everyday but felt I needed more. I bought this machine because I sit most of the day at work at a computer and feel like I needed help in getting my blood flowing throughout my body. I watched YouTube videos to help get me started and have been using my machines four times a week for a couple of weeks and I am totally convinced. Standing straight blew my mind the way it affects my hips and lower back deeply. There is not anything like it. I get massages regularly, but never had the loosening results that this machine gives me. Each different body pose shifts the workout results. You can also repeat movements to build strength. This is a great addition to expand your exercise program." —GeorgieSol

    Price: $199.99

    2. A mini stepper with resistance bands that is small enough to fit into any household but will definitely help you tone your chest, back, shoulders, and legs.

    a reviewer's mini fitness stepper with attached resistance bands
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    Promising review: "I was nervous about this machine. I wasn’t sure if it was going to give me a workout for real, but listen... this stepper is amazing. Cost efficient and does what you need it to do. I’ve had it for about two weeks now and I’m very pleased. It came pretty much assembled already. I just adjusted the step and added the bands. I love it and highly recommended it." —K Williams 

    Price: $57.67

    3. A classic elliptical with 24 different levels of tension resistance and three different settings so you can grab a quick workout in your own home and not worry about hanging out in a packed gym.

    a reviewer's black elliptical with two sets of handles and a digital screen
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    Promising review: "I didn't want to spend a ton and I didn't need bells and whistles. I wanted a sturdy elliptical with a long stride and basic electronic functionality. This one's perfect. The box is pretty heavy. It was very easy to assemble and the instructions were very good. It works perfectly. The machine is very comfortable to use. 24 'levels' is more than enough variation and it comes with a handful of 'programs' that you can use which automatically change the difficulty. So far, about 30 miles on, there isn't even a hint of a problem. The pulse monitor and 'recovery' test you can do at the end is a nice perk. Would buy again in an instant." —John A. Rescigno

    Price: $379

    4. Or, an under-the-desk mini elliptical so you can work up a sweat while drafting those emails you keep saying you'll get around to.

    a reviewer using a mini elliptical which has a small digital screen
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    Promising review: "Had a 'generic' one of these a few years back, and it was loud/annoying, so I never used it. Was pleasantly surprised with this one. The packaging was nice and it was a super easy setup. This thing is incredibly quiet compared to the competition. In my open office setting, you can't even hear it at all. It's a nice way to get some simple exercise in while you do reports or just general work. For most people, you'll get more use from this than a Peloton which costs 10–15 times the price, and for that reason alone it wins. The angled pedals do work well under my traditional style desk setup and I use it with both a regular office chair and an 'exercise ball' balance chair with no issues." —Erik G. 

    Price: $249 (available in three colors) 

    5. A treadmill with 12 preset programs that you can setup quickly and easily and get those steps in without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

    a reviewer's black treadmill
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    Promising review: "This treadmill has totally surprised me! Two years later and it still functions perfectly! The motor still sounds as new as the day I assembled it, the tread still moves smoothly, and all the buttons and programs still work flawlessly. Definitely a fabulous bang for your buck." —Heather 

    Price: $368.74

    6. Or, a foldable under-the-desk mini treadmill that's perfect for getting in that last-minute exercise in spaces of all sizes.

    A reviewer's mini white treadmill under desk without handholds
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    Promising review: "Really love this machine so far! I work in a very quiet cubicle space with 15 or so others. This treadmill is super easy to use, works great, and is actually pretty quiet! The motor doesn’t make any noise, but there is some light sound from the belt moving and my actual walking. When I received it, I was able to remove it from the box myself and wheel it into position. Simply plug it in and it’s ready to go. It’s very easy to get used to, and doesn’t affect my ability to type or get work done. While walking, the display rotates between distance walked, calories burned, and time spent on the machine. The feet on the machine do create an indentation in the carpet, so you may want to consider a mat underneath. The speed goes from 0 to 6 in 0.5 increments. The 6 speed would accommodate a very light jogging. Very pleased with this purchase so far." —JAH 

    Price: $329.99 (available in three colors) 

    7. A rowing machine with an LCD monitor that will surely give your local gym a run for their money and tone up your whole body in the process.

    Reviewer's black and gray rowing machine
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    Promising review: "Overall impression of this rower is WOW! As it has been said before, it is not a Concept 2 Rower, but for four times less the price it is a GREAT workout! Smooth, quiet motion, no rubbing of the strap or seat. The frame is built well with quality material. Easy set up. Only took 20 minutes to assemble and I LOVE how they bagged and labeled each step of the instructions with everything you will need for each step. That extra attention to detail made assembly so smooth and quick. With the many different tension levels, I can get a good workout and not feel like I've settled for less by not purchasing a Concept 2. This is by far NOT a rower just for beginners! It will give even a seasoned rower a great workout! Love it!" —FitnessGal

    Price: $249

    8. A folding exercise bike that takes up minimal floor space and adjusts to eight different levels of resistance so you can get in whatever kind of workout you're after.

    Reviewer's black and blue folding stationary bike with screen
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    Promising review: "I love it. Put it together in a few minutes and I am an old lady at 69 years old. It's very, very quiet. I put it in my living room, which is not a large room, and it fits great. Now I can ride while I watch TV and get a little exercise. It's comfortable and easy to use. Just love it and the price was great. The seat is a little high for me but I put it all the way down and left the tighten knob off and it works great and the seat feels stable. I am not a big exercise person so I don't know a lot about equipment, but I know this works great for me and I recommend it to everyone who is thinking about getting one of these." —Kindle Customer 

    Price: $129.99

    9. A row-n-ride trainer with three resistance bands and a digital monitor that'll have you doing perfect squats in no time.

    a reviewer's black row-n-ride trainer
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    Promising review: "I am not one that goes to the gym a lot. I'm recovering from hip surgery nine months ago and this did not hurt me at all. I did not connect any of the tension bands yet and I'm still getting a serious workout. I put this together all by myself. Note: most of all the screws are already screwed in so do not look for a bag of screws. It was shipped well and even the screw and Allen wrench came with it so you need nothing extra. I'm definitely happy with this purchase. I have mine on a rug in my room." —NatAPN

    Price: $99.99

    10. An abdominal trainer that will help tone up your core muscles and have you feeling the burn after just a few minutes.

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    Promising review: "I shopped around and decided this was worth a try. It comes almost fully assembled, is very lightweight, and quick to fold and carry. I was a little nervous about it handling my size and weight (6 ft. tall, 252 pounds), but it was no problem, and man does it isolate your abs! The ingenious engineering uses curved slides and gravity to perform perfect crunches, and even gentle back-stretching. I love this machine, and it's putting my workouts into overdrive, with ab definition showing in just a few weeks. Great addition to your routine!" —Dan

    Price: $109.99

    11. A low-impact total body trainer to strengthen every muscle group in your body. With 10 levels of resistance and 80+ exercises, it's as great for beginners as it is for advanced gym-goers.

    Reviewer's black total body strength trainer
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Firstly, it's a lot bigger than I expected it to be. It folds and unfolds easily for me, but I could see how it might be more challenging for someone with poor mobility/arthritis/etc. As for the use of the machine: It's extremely versatile and easy to switch between workouts for different muscle groups. The resistance levels are easily adjusted, too. The 'weight' you're pulling or pushing is always your own, and it's modified by adjusting the incline and using the pulleys." —Max Del Pino

    Price: $474.99

    12. A TikTok-famous desk bike with a very stable frame so you can study up while leisurely pedaling.

    Reviewer's white TikTok desk bike combination with sturdy stand
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "People really just skipped out on reading the instructions entirely just because it’s super easy to assemble! After I screwed it super tight, the wobbling disappeared entirely. It’s super sturdy! The seat is comfortable in my opinion after sitting on it for over two hours at 6/7 speed. I do own padded biker shorts I plan on wearing if it ever starts to hurt, but I really don’t see that happening if I keep sitting on it correctly with good posture. I use it on level 6 or 7 to get a nice workout in while working and I’m able to do so without a problem. One of my favorite things about it is that it has wheels so I can just roll it onto a corner out of the way when not in use! Great investment!" —Ily

    Price: $279.99+ (available in five colors) 

    13. Or, an under-the-desk pedal exerciser, perfect for those who don't have enough space for a stationary bike but still want to get some exercise in during their 9 to 5.

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    Promising review: "It took me longer to carry the (remarkably lightweight) box upstairs than it did to setup! You unfold it, buckle it to your chair, and you're set! I love that I can adjust the tension, so when I just want mindless peddling I lower it, and when I really want to feel the burn I can easily increase it. After playing around for awhile the digital readout seems accurate." —Sarah

    Price: $42.99 (available in two colors) 

    14. A vertical climber for those days when you don't have time to trek out to the rock wall but still want to feel the burn.

    Reviewer's black vertical climber
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    Promising review: "Great product. Easily assembled, easy to use. The quality is great for its price. This is a great in-house product for whole body exercise, it’s great for people like me who always find themselves excuses to avoid going to gym." —Jasper 

    Price: $172.99

    15. An at-home glider that will have you walking on air while you tighten and tone every muscle in your body.

    Reviewer's black and silver glider
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    Promising review: "This machine has zero negative impact on your joints. You literally are just moving your body through space, which gets your heart rate up. No knee or joint pain because you're not actually landing on anything, your feet stay put on the pedals and you simply move your legs and arms back and forth. I fold it up against a wall and get it out every morning, then I put it back when I'm done. It's easy to get out and to put up and I can get my workout done in the comfort of my own home on my own time, no matter the weather, or the time of day." —E. Kurz

    Price: $149.99

    16. A three-in-one bike – it functions as an upright stationary bike, recumbent bike, and elliptical so you can switch up your routine without having to purchase more than one piece of equipment.

    the black and red 3-in-1 bike
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the convenience of having three machines in one. It was not difficult for my husband to put together and did not take him more than 30–40 minutes. It's sleek, functional, and not difficult to store. Yes it's a little big, but if you have the room, it's worth it. I highly recommend it!" —Nicole Simas 

    Price: $218.24

    17. An aeroski trainer that simulates an indoor skiing experience and somehow is even more fun than it looks. And trust me — it looks pretty darn fun.

    Reviewer's white, blue, and orange Aeroski machine
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    Promising review: "At first, it's kind if difficult and unsteady (not for clumsy people). I had to hang on the rail for a dear life. After a few workouts, I'm able to workout without hands. I strengthened my thighs and lateral abdominal muscles amazingly fast! I'm kind of lazy to do other workouts, but this one is a lot of fun and I look forward to it. I have herniated discs and some exercises bother my back, but this one does not. It's light enough to carry around the house. I'm super happy about this purchase." —JJ 

    Price: $419

    18. A deep squat workout machine so you can achieve the butt of your dreams. It's great for training your abs, thighs, and glutes and is incredibly easy to use and store.

    Reviewer's black squat bench
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is so versatile! I bought it to start building my home gym and it’s one of the best investments I’ve made so far! It’s lightweight and folds down flat so in the small space I have that was a huge plus. Sissy squats are challenging even just doing body weight. I add resistance by wearing a weighted vest and any dumbbells/kettlebells I have. This is a fantastic solution for doing quads/hamstrings/glutes at home! I didn’t realize when I purchased it, that there are also two hooks at the front. I’ve attached heavy duty resistance bands to them with a clip and have found ways to also do biceps and overhead press." —Ava

    Price: $159 (available in two colors) 

    19. A rowing machine that's compact and easy to move, but still packs a punch for your workout with its 12 different levels of resistance.

    Woman on compact black and silver rowing machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My posture and upper body strength is so much better since I bought and started using this rowing machine. It was surprisingly affordable. I had no trouble assembling it and can carry it from room to room. It could store upright, but I put it in my basement between my bike and treadmill. It has been my go-to exercise equipment for a couple of months now and I could not be more delighted with it. As other users have noted, it gets easier to pull the longer that you exercise, so you have to keep increasing the resistance in order to get the same workout. It also helps that I'm rather short." —Disenchanted Buckeye

    Price: $85

    20. And finally, an AbCoaster sure to have you feeling the burn and that'll probably leave you curled up in a ball on your bed the next day. No pain, no gain, though, right?

    Man on silver and black AbCoaster
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Great machine. Glad I got this brand and not a knock off. Works ab wall great. I weigh 220 lbs and the metal frame flexes some. It's quieter than my total gym. The seat is a padded cushion and is easy to kneel on. This thing is great. Swivels for obliques effectively. Feel this later on, really targets the muscles better than ab straps for newbies. Even the manual it comes with has excellent meal advice. Relatively small too, fits in my hallway. Very happy with this purchase. Even hits the chest/arms some." —Schuster 

    Price: $249.99

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