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Whether you’re planning on moving a little more this year or working on beating the quarantine blues by building up your home gym, there are plenty of great deals on fitness equipment right now.
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While there are great discounts out there right now on luxury items like The Mirror (which is currently $300 less than its list price), there’s also a lot of fitness equipment out there that’s versatile and affordable. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to move around, enjoy yourself and break up your workday. Check out the below options for fitness equipment and accessories that are less than $100.
1. This Hydro Flask water bottle
This is a semi-obvious pick, but literally no one should go into the new year dehydrated, especially if you’re planning on engaging in new physical activities. Hydro Flask makes some of the best water bottles we've ever tested. The Hydro Flask is an extremely popular water bottle option that has the benefit of being well insulated, perfect for toting along on hikes or carrying with you while you’re on the go.
There are bulkier Hydro Flask options available, but this slender 20 oz. bottle is perfect for throwing in a gym bag or perching on your already overcrowded desk for constant hydration throughout the day.
2. Versatile, wearable weights from Bala Bangles
If you’ve been on the lookout for budget-friendly weights that you can use to supplement cardio workouts, these aesthetically pleasing pink weights might do the trick. The Bala Bangles will augment your resistance training and are designed to be comfortably worn during yoga, running, aerobic workouts, pilates or simply during walking and traveling. They can also be worn on your wrists or ankles, so you can wear them according to your exact workout of choice and your strength-training needs.
We reviewed the Bala Bangles and our reviewer recommended that anyone looking to add Bala Bangles to their workout be cognizant of the risk for injury with improper use, while also noting that the Bangles are comfortable and pretty enough that she wanted to do more workouts with them.
3. Dumbbells from Amazon that won’t break the bank
Dumbbells are one of those hidden costs when you start building out a home gym that might deter people from engaging with strength training at home. These adjustable metal dumbbells are well-priced, but they also have a lot of versatility, with the option to swap out weights. The set featured here amounts to a combined weight of 59.5 pounds, but if you prefer lower or higher weights you can browse the other options in the dropdown. With over 10,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, you can't go wrong with these, especially for the price.
4. Our favorite yoga app: Alo Moves
Alo Moves has all the qualities of a great yoga app, including quality instructors, a large library of classes and an easy-to-use interface. Better yet, when we reviewed the app our reviewer noted that it made her want to keep taking the classes, making it worth the slightly higher monthly cost. If you want to get into yoga this year, Alo might help you on your way.
You can also get 50% off of Alo Moves for one year if you sign up now, halving the $199.99/year cost.
5. A massage gun from VYBE for post-workout recovery
Like the more expensive Theragun, the VYBE massage gun is designed to massage muscle and break apart knots created from high stress workouts. With three interchangeable massage tips designed for different areas of the body and the convenience of handheld portability, the VYBE gun makes sense for anyone who's upping their workout intensity this year. Many reviewers noted that the VYBE was one of the best value massage guns they'd tried, with admirable performance for the price.
6. A sports bra from Girlfriend Collective you can rely on
New year, new clothes. Built for comfort whether you're lounging or beating the winter blues by engaging in some yoga or cardio, this sports bra from Girlfriend Collective is made with recycled materials and comes in seven colors (with three additional limited time colors on offer). The Topanga Bra was recommended for yoga practice by our reviewer and is versatile enough to wear on and off the mat.
7. A resistance band set from Amazonfor gradual improvement
Resistance bands can help your improve your strength and your core, and if you've been on the hunt for resistance bands that you can use to measure your progress, this set of four resistance bands with differing tensile strengths will help you keep track of your strength and flexibility as you go. Each band is made with no-slip cloth (no snapping these). Reviewers noted that the bands came with a very useful workout guide and recommended taking advantage of both the guide and the carrying case.
8. A supplementary kit from Alo for your yoga setup
Elevate your yoga routine (literally). If you’ve been in the market for yoga blocks, a towel for your mat and a dual-purpose stretch band, look no further than the Upgrade Set from Alo. The set comes with two workout blocks, a no-slip towel and a yoga strap that doubles as a mat-carrier and a resistance band. Alo was one of the most popular workout brands of 2020, and we love almost everything we've tried from Alo, from yoga pants to the Alo yoga app.
9. A stationary rower from Amazonthat's easy to store
If you have a smaller space, validating big workout equipment like Peloton bikes can be tough. This stationary rower is perfect for folding up and storing beneath beds or in closets, and it also comes with 12 levels of adjustable resistance and a digital monitor, so you can keep track of your progress. If you've been hoping to get into rowing but your budget hasn't really supported investing in a massive rowing machine, this option is a great starter. We included a different Sunny Health & Fitness model in our best rowing machines roundup and reviewers who loved the SF-RW1205 were "pleasantly surprised" by its quality and performance.
10. A comfier bike seat from Amazon
Biking is an incredible way to engage in physical activity and explore your town or city, but if your bike isn't necessarily up to the task, it can be hard to justify biking every day. Enter, your new, wider bike seat. This seat from Amazon comes with thousands of five-star reviews and is also compatible with stationary bikes, so you'll be all out of excuses when it comes to hopping on your bike for a quick ride.
11. A ball for pilates, yoga and more
Fitness balls definitely experienced a renaissance during the pandemic, as a great addition to home offices for those that wanted to work off their anxious energy by bouncing, or else improve their core and posture during the workday. If you have yet to get on the balance ball wave, these URBNFit Exercise Balls from Amazon have over 20,000 five-star reviews and are well-priced.
12. The best workout leggings we've tested
If you're in the market for a comfy, supportive pair of workout (or lounge) leggings, but don't want to shell out for Nike or Lululemon, you're in luck. These workout leggings from Amazon were the best workout leggings we've tested, with a lot of color and print options and soft, stretchy fabric for equal comfort and movement.
13. A heavy workout ball from Amazon
The dreaded medicine ball is actually a great component of workouts that emphasize core strength and balance, and if you want to start incorporating weighted medicine balls into your workouts consider starting with this simple 8-pound medicine ball from Amazon. Reviewers loved this Amazon Basics series of weighted balls and several individuals mentioned that the balls were great quality for the price.
14. An app to replace your pilates and barre classes: Obé Fitness
Not all fitness apps are meant for the same audience, and while when we tested Obé Fitness' app it didn't top our best workout app list, we did note that if you're eager for a fun Pilates, barre or dance class that will motivate you to come back for more, Obé might be the move for you. It's worth checking out, especially if you have a well-stocked home gym and you're looking to refresh your routine.
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