WORK OUT AT HOME
12. Spinlock Dumbbells (2 x 52.5lb))
Dumbbells are a fantastic addition to any home gym. They are extremely versatile and can be used for a huge range of exercises that work both your upper and lower body.
Generally, it makes sense to buy a pair of adjustable dumbbells as these allow you to decrease the weight of each dumbbell in increments. In addition, they take up very little room!
Spinlock dumbbells are thought to be the safest kind of adjustable dumbbell, as the collar would have to unwind completely before the plates can come off. They are also relatively inexpensive, which is why they have made this list as an affordable gift option!
The spinlock dumbbells we have chosen are fairly generic but offer fantastic value. As each dumbbell can go up to 52.5lb, it is likely that you won’t outgrow these for a long time.
For an in-depth look at the different types of dumbbell available, check out our Definitive Dumbbell Guide.
13. CAP Barbell Flat/Incline/Decline Bench
If you have a pair of dumbbells, it makes sense to invest in a weight bench too.
An adjustable weight bench will allow you to perform a whole range of different exercise.
For example, you can do compound movements, such as the dumbbell press, the overhead dumbbell press and dumbbell rows.
The CAP bench is a great option because it can be adjusted to incline and decline positions. Therefore, users can explore different positions to focus on specific muscles. In addition, the bench can be used for sits ups.
It may not be the most high end weight bench but it has a weight capacity of 300lb (which should be sufficient for most) and is extremely affordable.
It will be very difficult to find a sturdy, adjustable bench for cheaper that this!
14. TRX Suspension Training Home Gym
The TRX suspension home gym allows you to work out at home, at the park or anywhere you want to work out.
It comes with both a Door Anchor that allows you to set up the straps on any durable door, as well as a Suspension Anchor for use outside.
It can be set up in less than 60 seconds. This makes the TRX home gym perfect for travelling. It is portable and can be used in any hotel room, meaning that you can keep up your exercise regime even when you are on holiday or travelling for business.
15. Champion Barbell E-Z Curl Bar
An EZ curl bar is primarily used for bicep curls.
It is designed so that the grips are at a slight angle. This will put your wrists, forearms and elbows in a more comfortable, natural and safe position, thus reducing the risk of golfer’s elbow.
Although an EZ curl bar is typically used for fewer exercises than a standard barbell, it is definitely worth having if you incorporate curls into your training routine. And at only $26.15, the Champion EZ curl bar won’t break the bank!
Please note that this bar does not come with weight plates – they must be bought separately.
16. Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar
As someone who owns a pull up bar, I can’t stress how essential it is for someone trying to build muscle at home. The pull up is a fantastic compound movement that uses the muscles in your back, rear shoulders and arms, including, of course, your biceps.
The Iron Gym workout bar uses leverage to hold against the doorway. As a result, it does not need to be permanently installed – there are no screws and no damage to your door. In addition, the cushioned grips help to protect your door-frame.
The Iron Gym bar is a solid well constructed piece of equipment made out of steel. You will feel secure knowing that it can hold up to 300 lbs.
17. Valor Fitness BD-2 Independent Bench Press Stands
We haven’t included power racks in this gift guide, as we wanted to focus on affordable items (i.e. those under $200) and, frankly, you won’t be able to find a decent rack for only a couple of hundred dollars. Thankfully, bench press / squat stands can be a good alternative for those who are on a budget or short on space.
The Valour Fitness bench press stands are constructed from high-quality 2mm/12-gauge 2″x2″ steel, so you can be sure that the frame is extremely durable. For extra peace of mind, Valour Fitness offers a 3 year warranty on the frame.
As the stands are separate, you can move them as far or as close together as you need. They come with two 7″ long pegs at the rear for storing either standard or Olympic plates.
Please note that the stands are too short to be used for squats.
18. AmazonBasics Medicine Ball
It is also great for introducing children to resistance training due to a lower risk of injury than free weights.
The AmazonBasics medicine ball is exceptionally good value for money, which is why it deserves a place on this list. The ball weighs 10 pounds and is constructed from easy-grip rubber. As a result, it can take a lot of abuse and will bounce off of hard surfaces.
This is a great gift for someone who enjoys calisthenic / body weight training and wants to take it to the next level by adding additional resistance. A medicine ball can be used in many exercises, including squats, lunges and sit ups.
19. Tone Fitness Aerobic Stepper
A step platform is a cheap, versatile piece of fitness equipment that can be used by those at all levels of experience. Primarily, it is used for aerobic exercises that focus on your hamstrings and glutes. However, it can also be used to perform a range of other exercises, such push ups at an incline.
The Tone Fitness Aerobic stepper is a solid choice and great value for money. You might look elsewhere if you are after the kind of step platform that you might find in a commercial gym. However, this is perfect for casual home use.
It is sturdy and offers a secure, non-slip surface. In addition, you have the option of adjusting the stepper to one of two heights: 4″ or 6″.
20. Everlast Boxing Fitness Kit, Black/Grey
A true fitness staple, sparring is one of the toughest – and most exhilarating – workouts that you can put yourself through. Not only does it focus on explosive upper body strength, but it will work your whole physique. From pushing off your feet and keeping mobile to working on core strength and stability, it’s a truly comprehensive workout.
This set from industry heavyweight Everlast makes an ideal gift, allowing you to work together with your family or fitness partner, swapping between boxer and trainer. In fact, it makes an excellent addition to any exercise regime, forcing you to maintain power, form and co-ordination over a period of time. Ideal if you find your technique fading at the end of your set.
21. Athren Foam Roller for Muscle Massage
A foam roller is an absolutely essential item for anyone who works out.
Regardless of how you train, you will inevitably develop muscle soreness. Using a foam roller is great way of relieving that soreness. It can also be used to develop flexibility and assist injury recovery.
A foam roller will typically be used for your hamstrings, back, shoulders, calves and quads.
The Athren foam roller is a solid, well designed roller constructed out of high density foam. It has three different “pressure zones” designed to mimic the feel of i) fingers and thumbs, ii) finger tips, iii) a palm.
As the Athren roller is only 13″ x 5″, you can pop it in your gym bag and take it with you anywhere.
22. Marcy Roman Chair
Caesar’s throne this is not. The Roman chair – otherwise known as a hyperextension bench – is a piece of bodyweight exercise equipment that predominantly targets the lower back with users lying prone and extending their body upwards.
It’s a key area too, crucial for proper posture, performing stable lifts and any number of sports. This is also the gift for those who spend too long sitting and are prone to lower back pain. For some added oomph, you’ll have the option of adding weights and, with a range of exercise available, you can also target other muscle groups, including glutes, hamstrings and abdominals.
23. URBNFit Exercise Ball
An exercise ball is a great addition to any home gym. It can be used for yoga, pilates and stretching, as well as much more. It is particularly useful if you want to work on your abdominals, core and lower back muscles.
Some fitness enthusiasts use an exercise ball instead of a chair at work. That is a great way to work your core and improve your posture whilst at your desk.
Despite being incredibly affordable, the URBNFit exercise does not compromise on quality. It claims to be a gym grade fitness ball and is constructed out of professional quality PVC material. You won’t have to worry about abusing it, as the URBNFit ball can handle up to 2000lbs!
24. BalanceFrom Yoga Mat
A yoga mat is incredibly versatile, making it a useful gift, even for those who have no interest in yoga.
You can use it for stretching pre and/or post workout, to practice pilates, or for exercises where you are supine or prone (e.g. push ups, planks).
BalanceFrom’s yoga mat is 71″ long and 24″ wide. This means that it should be comfortable for people of most shapes and sizes. The mat is made out of a 1/2″ high density foam material, which has double sided non-slip surfaces.
25. Sukhi Yoga Super Soft Yoga Strap
The Sukhi yoga strap is great gift idea for yoga enthusiasts.
The strap helps you to hold poses and assists with stretching. This is a must have yoga accessory for anyone wanting to push their flexibility to the next level.
The high quality Suki strap is both soft and durable. It is 8ft x 1.5″, which means that it is long enough to meet the needs of taller users.
26. Bosu Balance Trainer
This balance trainer by BOSU (also known as a “BOSU ball”) is found in a huge number of commercial gyms.
The BOSU ball was invented by David Weck in 1999 as a safer alternative to the traditional exercise ball. It engages the core muscles of the body to improve balance.
The ball can be used with the dome facing either up or down. When the dome side faces up, the BOSU ball provides an unstable surface while the device remains stable. When the dome is facing down, the device becomes highly unstable.
In either case, the user uses their core muscles to keep from falling off of the ball.
27. Ab Carver PRO
Ab rollers provide a perfect inexpensive accessory for working your abs which means that you won’t have to rely on doing countless crunches to get a sixpack.
According to a study conducted by San Diego State University, the ab roll out exercise performed with an ab roller generates more muscle activity in your abs and obliques than traditional crunches.
One of the principal benefits of ab roller is that you can take it anywhere. This means you can take it with you on holiday or when travelling for work.
The Ab Carver Pro is a high end ab roller.
It has ergonomic sloped handles and a wide body. This reduces the stress on your shoulders when stabilising the roller.
In addition, the Ab Carver contains a spring which provides resistance as you roll out and assistance when you roll back. For that reason it is a great option for beginners.
28. Body Solid 7-Feet Olympic Bar
An Olympic barbell is an absolute necessity for every single commercial gym, and so is a must if you plan to build muscle at home.
It is used for squats, bench press, deadlifts, overhead press, T-bar rows and much more!
This barbell from Body Solid is “Olympic” as opposed to “standard” – that means the sleeves (where you place the weights) are approx. 2 inches in diameter instead of 1 inch. Bear this in mind when buying weight plates!
As the Body Solid barbell has a 600lb capacity, it is not something that you will outgrow quickly and is perfect for beginners and intermediate lifters. However, experienced powerlifters may wish to look elsewhere.
29. Olympic Rubber Grip Plates
If you know someone who has an Olympic barbell and/or Olympic dumbbells, why not get them some Olympic plates to add to their collection?
These rubber grip plates are, in my opinion, the easiest to use. With the open handles, you can change weights with just one hand. Details like the ergonomic finger grips along the handles make this a truly quality item. As the plates are rubber, they are extremely durable and you won’t have to worry about dropping them.
Weight plates are inherently expensive. However, these are advertised on Amazon at a rate that offers good value for money. Snap them up while prices remain low!
30. Yes4All Durable Agility Ladder
A true coach’s favourite, it goes without saying that agility ladder drills are ideal for improving co-ordination, explosive speed, flexibility, balance and, yes, agility. It’s for those looking to get an extra step up in everything from tennis and badminton to football and basketball; it’s all about improving footwork.
However, the agility ladder is much more than a way to improve sports performance. It can form an excellent addition to any high-intensity interval-training (HIIT) programme for some demanding cardiovascular exercise. Yes4All’s version is a superb choice, coming in at just over $10 and folding down into an easy-to-carry bag. And, boasting a five-year warranty, just don’t use it to scale buildings.
31. Rep Fitness 3 in 1 Wood Plyo Box for CrossFit and Conditioning
The Rep Fitness Plyo Box offers the user the ability to perform steps, jumps and cross fitness without fear of damaging the equipment or oneself. The sanded edges offer peace of mind, whilst the cross-bracing provides structural integrity. This quality item is sure to compliment any set of home fitness equipment.
The Plyo Box is a wooden box like no other. It is measured so as to offer a versatile array of jump or step heights in each of its three orientations. If you want to do step or jump conditioning exercises, then this is the product for you.
The 3 in 1 box requires a small amount of effort to assemble and the price varies depending on the size of the box you purchase.
32. CAP Barbell 20 lb. Black Cement Kettlebell
Kettlebell exercises are often aimed at building strength and endurance in the lower back, legs, and shoulders. They also help to develop grip strength as the unique shape of the kettlebell provides an “unstable force” for handling.
With that in mind, a kettlebell makes a great present for any fitness enthusiast who is looking to incorporate new exercises into their training routine.
The CAP Barbell black cement kettlebell at 20lb is good all round option for most athletes. It is light enough to be lifted by those new to fitness, but heavy enough to challenge experienced lifters when used for advanced exercises.
These kettlebells are cement filled and vinyl coated. As a result, they are a lot less costly than traditional iron cast kettlebells.
33. AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand
The AmazonBasics brand is a new innovation from the retail giant. Launching to an overwhelmingly positive reception, customers have lauded the balance struck between high quality and wallet-friendly prices.
And this dumbbell set is no different. Each weight is entirely coated in grippable neoprene, coming in three pairs of two, three or five pounds. While you won’t be breaking any lifting records, they’re designed for resistance training, testing your muscle endurance with long sets and high reps. They’re a great idea for anyone looking to get in shape at home.
34. Garage Fit Indian Clubs
While most items on this list trend towards the cutting edge of fitness innovation, the Indian club is a piece of technology that dates back thousands of years. First used by Iranian warriors in training and popularised by Victorian exercise trends, their ability to focus on a specific muscle group and train strength, flexibility and precision in equal measure is as relevant today as it was last millennia.
By following a series of dynamic routines, your movements will target your shoulder joint – a key area whether you practise martial arts or are looking to improve your deadlift. And, by improving your co-ordination as well, they’ll help you control your form too. They’re also ideal if you’re coming back from an injury, gently conditioning the joint.
35. Weider Power Tower
This piece of equipment will ground you in the fundamentals of calisthenic exercise.
The Weider Power Tower develops your ability to perform a whole variety of exercises that require nothing more than your body weight.
You’ll be able to do pull ups, dips, and inverted push ups in an assortment of positions.
All that for under $100!
Combine this product with a weighted vest, to become a true calisthenics champion.
36. RDX Sandbag Weight Power Training Filled Fitness Bag
The RDX Fitness Bag is the perfect product for creative training.
As the bag has five handles it can be used in a set of ways that other similar sandbags cannot. In addition, it is a high quality product that is both durable and reliable. There is no question that this fitness bag would make a powerful addition to your fitness studio or gym.
The RDX is available in a range of colour coded weights and we would recommend buying a variety so that you can exchange the internal sandbags and use the perfect amount for you.
37. Perfect Fitness Perfect Pushup Elite
The perfect push up elite allows you to have the flexibility of rotating your wrists during a pushup. This helps to isolate the pectoral and deltoid muscles that should be working and relaxes the arm muscles that should not be.
The difference is noticeable and the once recognisable push up will feel like a different exercise. You will notice that using the push up handles engages your core, as you are forced to stabilise your body during the exercise.
At less than $30, the contest between a man or woman and gravity is definitely an affordable one.
The pair of handles can accommodate the training requirements of anyone up to 180kg.
38. CAP Doorway Situp Bar
A sit-up requires enough effort without having to constantly adjust your seating position and your foothold; even worse, needing the assistance of someone to keep your feet down.
The CAP Doorway Setup Bar attaches to the bottom of a door such that when closed it clamps firmly and can be used to secure your feet. A relatively simple concept but once you’ve tried it you won’t want to go back to doing sit ups without it!
Best of all the product is portable so you can take it anywhere. The sit up bar is ideal for anyone that travels a lot and/or those that work out at home.
39. Nayoya Abdominal Mat
Want to make doing sit-ups a more pleasant experience?
The Nagoya Abdominal Mat limits the stress on your back muscles, which ordinarily steady the exercise, so that you can make full use of your abdominals.
You compensate one kind of discomfort for another more beneficial kind. There can be no illusion – it works! If you purchase this product and the sit-up bar you are well on your way to perfecting a fitness staple.
40. DYNAPRO Exercise Resistance Bands (set of 3)
A resistance band is a durable elastic band used for strength training. It is a great piece of equipment for your home and can be used to train both your upper and lower body.
Resistance bands are commonly used in physical therapy to allow slow rebuilding of strength. This makes them a great gift for beginners to weight training as well as those rehabilitating after an injury.
As they are so light and portable, you can take resistance bands with you anywhere, whether it is on holiday or to the park.
Dynapro resistance bands come with D-Handles which provide comfort during work outs. They also include a length adjustment mechanism which allows you to change the length of the band for different exercises.
You can either band the bands separately or it a set. Different bands have different levels of resistance. Yellow bands provide 5 – 10lb of resistance; whereas, the black bands provide as much as 35 – 50lb.
Dynapro describes its bands as Gym Quality and Professional Grade. With that kind of endorsement, you know you will be buying a truly high quality product.
41. Everlast 70-Pound MMA Heavy-Bag Kit
A heavy bag is great for honing your MMA or boxing skills; it is also a good way for beginners to develop their striking technique, as well as providing an outlet for pent up stress and anger.
This kit from Everlast comes with a 70-pound heavy bag, gloves and hand wraps, so you will have everything you need to start making full use of it straightaway.
42. Thera Cane Massager
43. Gyroscopic Wrist and Forearm Exerciser
The gyroscopic wrist and forearm exerciser comprises of a gyroscope within a plastic ball shaped exterior. It works by allowing you to rotate you hand to increase the revolutions per minute of the gyroscope. It can provide up to 26.8 pounds of torque at 10,000 RPM.
Using the NSD spinner should help to improve flexibility, as well as strengthen your forearms and hands. It is also useful for preventing sports injuries by fine tuning the delicate hands in your hands and fingers.
The LED display on top of the ball lets you know how fast you are spinning. Compete against yourself for the high score!
44. Disc Cone Set of 50
Stuck for something to buy for that someone who already knows it all and has it all?
Simply put, coaches, personal trainers and field-sports fanatics alike can never have enough cones. They’re essential training equipment used for any number of drills on everything from football fields to basketball courts. Even tennis coaches use them as targets. And, as they’re constantly misplaced and used in ever-bigger exercises, it’s always time for a refill.This collection of 50 comes with its own stack for easy transportation while multiple colours add extra detail to more complex drills. And, given their look-at-me fluorescence, perhaps these ones won’t go missing.