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How To Build The Best Home Gym For 2020

High Tech Home Gym Upgrades

Nothing makes a home gym better than a few high tech upgrades. We’ve put together the top fitness equipment to take your home gym to new heights. From on-demand professional fitness classes to live feedback on your form. Just like a live trainer is standing right there with you. Below find this year’s hottest fitness equipment that will be sure to amp up your old gym routine.


Peloton Home Gym

Peloton has revolutionized the fitness market and for good reason. If you haven’t heard, Peloton is an indoor bicycle that live-streams and on-demand classes right in your home.  Peloton broadcasts 10 to 14 live cycling classes a day from its studio on 23rd Street in Manhattan, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eastern on weekdays and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern on weekends. The library consists of more than 7,000 on-demand cycling classes, in any of 10 class types from low impact to intervals to climbing/strength (a lot of standing up on the pedals), and from five minutes (mostly tutorials) to 120 minutes in length; most are 30 or 45 minutes.

It all comes with a boutique-fitness-class price tag, with the bike alone costing $2,245 including delivery (minus tax), plus a $39-per-month membership fee for the streaming content and iOS app, obligatory for the first year.

Pelton Tread 

Peloton Tread Home Gym

In a similar format to Peloton spin: the classes follow the full cycle of warm-up, workout, cool down. Most classes will be either 20, 30, or 45 minutes, with hopes of expanding to 75-minutes, 90-minutes, and 120-minutes. If you are little weary about a treadmill only based workout, don’t worry. The Tread offers a host of classes that mix up strength training and body weight movement cardio, to give you that whole body workout.

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To complete the package the treadmill also comes with a mat, dumbbells (5 and 10 lbs.), resistance band, and ANT heart rate monitor. All set-up so that you can press start to any class you’re feeling.

Nordic Track NW900 Smart Rower

NordicTrack Rower Home Gym

If you’re looking to improve your overall level of fitness, rowing is one of the best forms of exercise for you. But home rowing machines haven’t always been the easiest to use and they can often be a challenge to store when not in use as well.

The biggest and best update to this new rowing machine is the inclusion of a massive color LCD display. The RM900 comes equipped with a 22-inch screen that offers users real-time feedback on their workout routine, including their current power-output as measured in watts. That same screen can also be used to tap into live and on-demand fitness classes offered by iFit.

Fight Camp 

Fight Camp Home Gym

The set of interactive boxing-fitness classes uses those punch trackers to measure your performance and make sure you feel the full benefits of each workout. The wearable is designed to provide you with valuable insight about your performance and show how you stack up compared to other users when paired with the company’s FightCamp streaming exercise platform. Think Peloton, but for boxing.

The subscription comes with a free pair of punch trackers. An optional $500 purchase will get you a punching bag, boxing gloves, and a yoga mat.

Home Gym Staples

Sometimes the old sayings ring true: if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Here are some home gym classics that deserve a spot in your home gym. However, just because their gym mainstays doesn’t mean their low tech. From convertible dumbbells to the classic Bowflex that transforms to help with any workout routine.

Bowflex Blaze Home Gym

Bowflex Home Gym

Unlike a pair of dumbbells, you can’t tuck a hefty home gym unit away under the bed when you’re done using it. However, some, like the Bowflex Blaze, fold up, helping to save on space (when folded, the Bowflex Blaze is 52’’ long and 38’’ wide).

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Despite its compact size, you can still perform 60 exercises on this gym. Features include a lat bar (to help build back and shoulder muscles) and a lower pulley/squat station (to target muscles in the legs). It also comes with Bowflex Power Rod technology, which offers 210 pounds of resistance. And while some home gyms can take hours upon hours to assemble, reviewers of this unit say that it’s relatively simple to set up (it took one user about 1.5 hours).

TRX Suspension Training 

TRX Home Gym

For an effective way to improve your overall health and fitness, suspension gyms are an excellent tool for increasing strength and flexibility and improving muscle tone. The TRX Training Home Gym Bundle is suitable for all levels of at-home athletes, whether you’re training for a marathon or just starting out on your fitness journey.

With minimal set-up required, the TRX system is incredibly easy to use, and comes included with everything you need to engage your whole body: the TRX Home Suspension Trainer, two anchoring solutions and six free workouts delivered straight to your phone. Users rave about being able to do over 300 exercises using the TRX system, in whatever environment they choose.

FireBreather Training Battle Ropes with Anchor Kit

Battle Ropes Home Gym

Take your fitness to the next level with this battle rope by FireBreather, a guaranteed good time and an even better workout challenge. These heavy ropes work your shoulders, arms, triceps, back, legs and abdominal muscles – often, all at the same time – while simultaneously super-charging your cardio conditioning. Build lasting power and speed, while having fun with your workout.

Resistance Bands

Resistance Band Home Gym

You’ve got your dumbbells, so you may not think you need much more than that, but resistance bands are an excellent addition to your strength training equipment.

Resistance bands can help you get a full body workout, no matter where you go. They’re small enough to fit in your suitcase and versatile enough to use in any hotel room. Another bonus is that they provide a different type of resistance than free weights, so your muscles get a brand new workout.

Free Weights – Bowflex SelectTech Dumbells 

Bowflex Dumbells Home Gym

Dumbbells are a must for any serious home gym, and this set from Bowflex is one of the best. Each dumbbell adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to the first 25 pounds), climbing from 5 to 52.5 pounds. Adjustments are easy and quick, so you can easily switch from one exercise to the next, no matter how intense your workout gets.

Gorilla Mats Premium Large Exercise Mat

Floor Mat Home Gym

Build an instant home gym in any room with this large exercise mat: just unstrap, unroll, and get your sweat on, no matter where you are. The thick, double-sided design features professional-grade materials and high-density construction to form a shock-absorbing, joint-protecting landing pad so strong, you can even wear your shoes. Without voiding the warranty. Now, that’s durable!

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Lesley George

Lesley is a content writer and community manager at Shape.
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