The 89 Best Pieces of Workout Equipment For 2024

A picture of different types of exercise equipment

New Year, New Me right? Below you will find the 89 Best Pieces of Workout Equipment to help reach your fitness goal. You’ve decided to get healthier and more fit this year. Better late than never! Now all that is left is to get your workout equipment and that’s where a home gym comes into play.

I’ve carefully selected the best workout equipment with a decent amount of smart devices or internet capability. This list will help you start the beginning of your home gym and have something you can be proud of.

Smart/Internet Capability

1. Tonal: Tonal prides itself as the world’s smartest home gym. The resistance is set by a digital weight and it mounts to the wall. This bad boy has enough workouts to keep you from getting bored and offers a membership for personalized features and workouts for you and your entire family.

2. Lululemon Studio, formerly MIRROR: With the Lululemon Studio Membership, it gives you access to the world’s best fitness brands with over 10,000 workout classes at your fingertips.

3. Fightcamp: Fightcamp is an interactive at-home boxing workout that streams to your device on demand. Compete against yourself and others while it tracks your speed and intensity through a uniquely satisfying workout.

Cardio Equipment

4. Treadmill: The treadmill is a staple piece of cardio equipment for any home gym. It allows you to walk, jog, or run indoors, regardless of the weather outside. Look for a treadmill with adjustable incline and speed settings to challenge yourself and keep your workouts interesting.

5. Elliptical Trainer: The elliptical trainer is another low-impact cardio option that provides a full-body workout. It’s an excellent choice for those with joint pain or injuries, as it’s easier on the joints compared to running on a treadmill. I find it easier to stay in the heart rate zone you want as well.

This is a picture of a man riding a peleton bike

6. Stationary Bike: A stationary bike is a great piece of cardio equipment for those looking for a low-impact workout and they are usually a quiet ride. It’s also a good option for those with limited space, as it takes up less room compared to a treadmill or elliptical trainer.

Stationary bikes like the Peleton or the BODi Bike have on-demand workouts you can do from the comfort of your home gym to help save on that gym membership. They also have a nice padded seat. The 2 bike options mentioned also have smart capability and/or membership options.

7. Assault Bike: One of the best pieces of home gym equipment you can buy. It’s a full-body workout and you can do almost every type of cardio training from Zone 2 to HIIT or “High-Intensity Interval Training”.

8. Rowing Machines: The rowing machine is a full-body cardio workout that’s great for building endurance and strength. It’s also a low-impact option, making it a good choice for those with joint pain or injuries. Developing the proper technique could take some time.

9. Stair Climber: The stair climber is a challenging cardio machine that mimics the motion of climbing stairs. Guaranteed to kick your ass.

10. Jump Ropes/Speed Ropes: With almost no space you can get an amazing cardio workout in with a jump rope and they are very cheap. You can practically take this anywhere with you to get a quick cardio session in.

11. Slam Balls: Overhead slams are an effective way to train multiple muscle groups. This also is a great piece of equipment to work some rotational movements into your routine that is often neglected.

12. Battle Rope: A battle rope is a heavy rope used for upper body conditioning. This will tire you out fast and get the upper body burning and the heart rate up.

This is a picture of a plyo box

13. Plyo Box: A plyo box is a versatile accessory for plyometric training, which involves explosive movements like jumps and hops. It can be used for a range of exercises, including box jumps and step-ups, and is a great option for those looking to improve their power and explosiveness. If you want to improve power and explosiveness then you must train for it.

Strength Training Equipment

14. Adjustable Dumbbells: Adjustable dumbbells are a versatile piece of strength training equipment that allows you to adjust the weight on the fly. They take up less space compared to a full set of dumbbells and are a cost-effective option for those looking to strength train at home. A staple if you want to build muscle mass.

15. Dumbbell Set: Adjustable dumbbells are nice to conserve space, but if you have the funds and want a faster solution to have a more effective workout, investing in a full dumbbell set will ensure you keep that pump.

16. Barbell Set: A barbell set is a must-have for those looking to build strength and muscle mass. Look for a set with adjustable weight plates so you can increase the weight as you progress.

17. Weight Plates: Depending on the barbell set you have, you could quickly outgrow the weight plates it came with. Having a variety of weight plates that range from 2.5-45lbs can be beneficial for your progression.

18. Resistance Bands: Resistance bands are a portable and affordable option for strength training. They come in a variety of resistance levels and can be used for a range of exercises, making them a versatile addition to any home gym. There are complete systems such as the X3 Bar System which features heavy-duty bands and a full workout program.

An image of a group of different size kettlebells

19. Kettlebell: The kettlebell is a unique piece of strength training equipment that can be used for a variety of exercises, including swings, snatches, and goblet squats. They come in a range of weights and are a great option for those looking to improve their strength and conditioning. Rogue, Onnit, and Kettlebell Kings brands are all solid options.

20. Suspension Trainer: The suspension trainer is a versatile piece of equipment that uses your own body weight for resistance. It can be used for a variety of exercises and is great for those looking to improve their core strength and stability. The TRX system is a complete system that would get you started.

21. Power Rack: A power rack is a larger piece of equipment that allows you to perform a range of strength training exercises safely. It includes a barbell, adjustable safety bars, and can be used for squats, bench press, and other exercises. It’s a solid piece of equipment to give you the most bang for your buck.

22. Pull-Up Bar: A pull-up bar is a simple yet effective piece of equipment for building upper body strength. It can be mounted on a wall or doorway and allows you to perform a range of exercises, including pull-ups, chin-ups, and hanging leg raises. They also offer free-standing pull-up stations if you don’t have the mount or doorway option.

23. Dip Station: A dip station is a piece of equipment that allows you to perform dips, which are great for building triceps and chest muscles. Look for a station that includes adjustable bars so you can adjust the height to suit your needs. A lot of the free-standing pull stations mentioned above offer a dip bar as well.

24. Medicine Ball: The medicine ball is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for a range of exercises, including squats, lunges, and throws. You can also take a more unconventional approach and use them for stability pushups and certain core exercises.

25. Cable Machine: A cable machine is a versatile piece of equipment used for resistance training. It uses a cable and pulley system to provide resistance for exercises like rows and cable curls. It’s also a great way to isolate the pecs and shoulders.

26. Smith Machine: A Smith machine is a piece of equipment used for weightlifting. It uses a guided barbell system to provide stability and safety during exercises like squats and bench presses. If you want to lift heavier and without a spotter at home, this a safe option to consider.

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27. EZ Curl Bar: This S-shaped bar is nice to target the biceps and just puts your wrists/hands in a nice position when performing curls or skull crushers.

28. Squat Rack: If you are limited in space or can’t afford a power rack, a squat rack can be a cheaper option to still help you get this powerful move into your home gym. This still doesn’t give you permission to do curls in the squat rack.  

29. Leg Press Machine: A staple for building size and strength in the legs. You are laying back in a reclined position as you bring your knees to your chest then press it back out. If you have the funds this could be a beneficial piece of home gym equipment.

30. Hack Squat: Some people prefer this machine over the standard barbell squat because it allows you to use a lot of weight and minimize the risk of injury.

31. Belt Squat: If you have this piece of equipment in your home gym then I’m jealous and you’re awesome. Depending on where you live, most gyms don’t even have these. I find these help take the pressure off your lower back and allow you to focus on the movement quality.

32. Preacher Curl Machine: A great piece of equipment to help isolate the biceps to give you maximum contraction.

33. Flat Bench: Beneficial when your adjustable bench might just be uncomfortable in the flat position. Some of them have a gap between the seat and the portion your back sits on which can be painful depending on the setup.

34. Decline Bench: If you have the room and don’t want to have to move one bench around the home gym, having a bench specifically for certain movements is a nice luxury to have. This particular bench helps you hit the lower part of the chest.

a picture of an adjustable bench

35. Adjustable Bench: A staple for your home gym equipment. Ideally, you would like to find one that gives you a decline, flat, and multiple incline positions to help you target all muscle groups in the upper body.

36. Squat Box: A form of squatting where you sit down on a box or flat surface with the weight and you stand back up. This can also double as a plyo box depending on which one you get.

37. Standing Calf Raise Machine: Perfect for hitting the gastrocnemius portion of the calf muscle.

38. Sitting Calf Raise Machine: Perfect for hitting the soleus portion of the calf muscle.

39. Glute Ham Developer (GHD): Also called Glute Ham Raises this is a world-class way to build hamstring strength.

40. Sissy Squat Machine:  Don’t let the name fool you. This gives you one hell of a leg/glute workout guaranteed.

41. Trap Bar: A great alternative to do deadlifts with. You step inside a hexagon-shaped structure and the weight is distributed more evenly and usually allows you to lift more than using a standard deadlift bar.

42. Safety Squat Bar: This allows for a better range of motion and can help to improve your form.

43. Cambered Squat Bar: More difficult to squat with due to the shape, but better for people with less shoulder mobility.

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44. Reverse Hyper Machine: Helps to decompress the spine and may help strengthen back muscles to reduce injury with training.

45. Adjustable Ab Bench: These are usually in different decline positions and allow you to have a greater range of motion than doing situps or crunches on the floor.

Recovery/Mobility

46. Agility Ladder: An agility ladder is a useful tool for improving footwork and coordination. It can be used for a range of exercises, including ladder drills and jump rope variations.

47. Agility Cones: Agility cones are a useful tool for improving footwork and agility. They can be used for a range of exercises, including cone drills and shuttle runs.

48. Balance Board: A balance board is a useful tool for improving balance and stability. It can be used for a range of exercises, including squats and lunges, and is a popular accessory for those looking to improve their athletic performance. Surfers often use these in their spare time.

49. Knee Sleeves: A crucial piece of home gym equipment to ensure safety when doing compound movements such as squats, lunges, or leg presses.

50. Elbow Sleeves: These will ensure your elbows are protected from the upper body compound lifts such as overhead press or bench press.

51. Inversion Table: This is one of my favorite ways to decompress the spine. I find it especially useful if you have a desk job or sit down for work. It also helps on those days when you are loading the spine with exercises such as the squat.

A picture of a slant board

52. Slant Board: Made popular by Kneesovertoesguy, the slant board helps with ankle flexion which can allow for a deeper range of motion with exercises such as the squat.

53. Tib Bar: Also made popular by Kneesovertoesguy, the tib bar is great for working the tibialis, the muscles on the front of your shin to help bulletproof your knees. 

54. Sled: You will see a theme here, but because these exercises are so beneficial for your lower body that is often neglected. Kneesovertoesguy recommends sledding backward daily to keep the tendons and ligaments around the knee strong.

55. Mark Bell’s Slingshot: Mark Bell created this to help him get back in the game after a series of injuries. It helps take the pressure off your shoulders and elbows by keeping them close to your body. People tend to flare their elbows when benching.

56. Foam Roller: A foam roller is a piece of equipment used for self-myofascial release, which helps to reduce muscle soreness and improve flexibility. It’s a great addition to any home gym and can be used before or after a workout. The Rumble Roller is my favorite and has been frequently called “the torture device” by many I’ve introduced it to.

57. TRS Supernova 2.0: Kelly Starrett is a genius in the field of mobility and he has a program called the Ready State. He created this ball that you can dig into tight places with to loosen up the fascia and is one of my favorite daily tools to use.

58. Lacrosse Ball: Perfect to smash the hell out of those tight little spots that the supernova might not be able to get to due to its size. Another tool I use daily to stay pain-free.

59. The Stick: One of my favorite massage rollers to hit the legs and calves. You roll it over the muscles and push at the same time to help break up that tight fascia and relieve soreness. Perfect to add to your recovery arsenal.

Accessories

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60. Blood Flow Restriction Bands (BFR): This is a hot topic in the last year or so and deserves your attention. Blood Flow Restriction training allows you to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads reducing the overall stress placed on the limb.

61. Yoga Mats or a Workout Mat: Workout mats are an essential accessory for those looking to practice yoga or Pilates. It provides cushioning and grip for your hands and feet, making it easier to hold poses and prevent slips. You can also put it under your cardio equipment to catch the dripping sweat.

62. Exercise Ball: An exercise ball is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for a range of exercises, including crunches, planks, and back extensions. It’s a great option for those looking to improve their core strength and stability. They take some getting used to to prevent them from rolling away.

63. Stopwatch: A stopwatch is a useful tool for tracking your workouts and measuring your progress. Look for a stopwatch with lap timing and split timing features for more advanced tracking. Most smartwatches/phones have this option now, but I’m old school and like to be free of distractions when exercising.

64. Heart Rate Monitor: A heart rate monitor is a useful tool for tracking your heart rate and calories burned during exercise. It can help you to stay within your target heart rate zone, which is important for achieving optimal results. Just make sure to not obsess over the numbers due to how inaccurate some of the data can be.

65. Water Bottle: Staying hydrated during a workout is important for maintaining performance and preventing dehydration. Look for a water bottle with a straw or sip spout for easy access during workouts. Toss some electrolytes or BCAAs in there to give yourself a killer workout.

66. Weightlifting Belt: A weightlifting belt can help to support your lower back during heavy lifting exercises like squats and deadlifts. Look for a belt that’s adjustable and made from durable materials. Most will take months to break in. I prefer the lever style for quick removal.

67. Wrist Wraps: Wrist wraps provide support for your wrists during exercises like bench press and overhead press. Look for wraps that are adjustable and made from durable materials.

A picture of lifting straps

68. Lifting Straps: Lifting straps provide extra grip during exercises like deadlifts and rows. They can help you to lift heavier weights than you normally could on your own and allow you to focus on the exercise.

69. Gym Bag: A gym bag is a convenient way to transport your workout equipment to and from the gym if you are on the road or do not have a home gym. Look for a bag with multiple compartments and adjustable straps for comfort.

70. Headphones: Listening to music during a workout can help to improve motivation and performance. Look for headphones that are sweat-resistant and provide good sound quality like BOSE.

You should also consider bone-conducting earphones from a company like Aftershokz. These allow you to still hear the ambient noise around you or have a conversation with someone.

71. Workout Journal: Keeping a workout journal can help you track your progress and identify areas for improvement. Look for a journal with prompts for recording your workouts and progress. In a pinch, you can use Google Sheets/docs to have them saved to the cloud.

72. Foam Pad/Ab Mat: A foam pad can be used to provide extra cushioning and support for exercises like kneeling push-ups and ab workouts. Look for a pad that’s lightweight and easy to clean.

73. Ankle Weights: Ankle weights provide extra resistance during exercises like leg lifts and kickbacks. Perfect for increasing the size of that booty.

74. Hand Grippers: Hand grippers are a useful accessory for those looking to improve their grip strength. They come in a range of resistance levels and can be used anywhere, making them a convenient option for those who travel frequently. I keep one in my truck and use it on the commute to work every day.

75. Glute Bands: Glute bands provide extra resistance during exercises like squats and hip thrusts, helping to target the glutes and thighs. They come in a range of resistance levels and are perfect for those looking to build a stronger lower body.

76. Push-Up Bars: Push-up bars provide extra elevation during push-ups, helping to increase the range of motion and reduce strain on the wrists. They’re a great option for those with wrist pain or discomfort during push-ups. I prefer the ones made from wood.

A picture of a sandbag

77. Sandbag: A sandbag is a versatile piece of equipment that can be used for a range of exercises, including squats, lunges, and carries. It can be filled with sand to adjust the weight, making it a cost-effective option for those looking to strength train at home.

78. Weight Vest: A weight vest is a vest filled with weights, used to add resistance to bodyweight exercises like push-ups and pull-ups. Most allow you to remove or add weight in 2.5-5lb increments. Can also be used for walking/jogging.

79. Bosu Ball: A Bosu Ball looks like an exercise ball that has been cut in half and has a flat surface on the opposite end. It’s a great tool to help develop coordination and balance which is crucial as we age to prevent falls and bone fractures.

80. Ab Roller/Wheel: A time-tested way that will guarantee you a solid core workout. No matter your fitness level this can have a place in your home gym equipment and requires minimal space.

81. Bumper Plates: Bumper plates have a thick rubber coating around steel plates that prevents damage to flooring and are often used in commercial and home gyms

82. Gymnastic Rings: Take your home workouts to the next level with an advanced piece of equipment. This will work your stabilizer muscles like crazy and probably make you look silly unless you are a very experienced calisthenics athlete.

83. Step Platform: This is mostly used for cardio routines that involve step-ups where you step up on a platform and then step back off. Les Mills and a few other programs used to use these regularly and can get your heart rate up fairly quickly to help add variety to your cardio gear.

84. Climbing Ropes: If you have a big enough tree limb outside in your yard then you may want to consider adding this to your home gym setup. It’s an amazing way to build grip strength while working on your upper body. 

85. Barbell Collars: Collars or speed clips are important when lifting to prevent the weights from sliding off the bar on heavy compound exercises like the bench press, squat, and deadlift.

86. Wrist Roller: One of the first pieces of workout equipment I ever own. This will light your forearms on fire and give you a challenge. Attach a few small plates to it and you have a great forearm workout.

87. Arm Blaster: This helps to isolate your biceps when doing curling motions and you put it on over your head kind of like a backpack. Guaranteed to give you a pump.

88. Peg Board: You’ve seen these on American Ninja Warrior and an awesome way to work your grip strength and control of the upper body.

A picture of a rucksack

89. Ruck Sack: One of the primary pieces of gear that the military uses to build an amazing amount of cardiovascular endurance. “Rucking” up and down hills is a surefire way to add some variety to your workouts.

Summary

With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right workout equipment for your fitness goals. However, by focusing on your specific needs and goals, you can narrow down your options and find the best pieces of workout equipment for 2023.

Whether you’re looking to build strength, improve cardiovascular fitness, or increase flexibility and mobility, there are countless options to choose from. From free weights and resistance bands to cardio machines and accessories, the key is to find the equipment that works best for your budget and fitness goals.

It’s also important to remember that no single piece of equipment will guarantee results on its own. Consistency, hard work, and a balanced approach to fitness are key to achieving your goals and maintaining your health over the long term. 

So as you consider the 89 best pieces of workout equipment for 2023, remember to stay focused and choose the equipment that will help you achieve your goals. With dedication and perseverance, you can reach your fitness goals and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle for years to come.

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