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8 items under $20 for a great at-home gym

If you have trouble getting to the gym these days, don’t enjoy exercising around others, or just find a gym membership to be too expensive, you may want to consider setting up a workout space at home! By crafting your own at-home gym, you may feel more motivated to move your body more frequently in addition to saving money and travel time.

However, between weights and cardio machines, buying equipment for a home gym can end up being pricey. Luckily, we have found products all under $20 to give you a quality home gym experience without breaking the bank. You don’t need fancy equipment to achieve a killer workout. The best part? You can easily store these items if you are tight on space!

Yoga mat

If you need a visual motivator, a yoga mat will instantly produce the physical space you’ll be working out in. Provide your body with support and traction as you hold your planks, move through a yoga flow, or attempt some jump squats. Gaiam is one of the most trusted yoga brands, so you can’t go wrong with this mat.

Resistance bands

Achieve a full-body workout with these flat resistance bands, and perform moves from tricep extensions to squat jumps. You’ll be able to choose from three different resistance levels and tie or cut these bands to best suit your personal workout goals. As a bonus, you can even use these flat bands for stretching and physical therapy practice.

Medicine ball

Add some weight to your workout with this medicine ball by Century Strive. From 6 to 12 pounds, the ball stays under $20, and you’ll be able to add some weight resistance as you do lunges, squats, and ab exercises.

Exercise sliders 

If you are looking for a challenge, these exercise sliders will provide you with an unstable surface, forcing you to fully engage your muscles. From mountain climbers to lunges, these sliders will make simple exercises more difficult.

Jump rope

You don’t need to run outside or invest in an elliptical to get your heart rate pumping. If you don’t have the space for a wide range of activities, then this Degol jump rope may provide an ideal exercise activity for you. Jump roping is one of the top ways to burn hundreds of calories in a short amount of time while improving your heart health and stamina. 

Foam roller

Take body recovery seriously with this foam roller. Foam rolling is like a deep tissue massage you can do at home, helping to relieve soreness. This LuxFit is a high-density roller, so by simply adjusting your body weight, you’ll be able to achieve the right amount of pressure. If you’d like to deepen your stretching, foam roll and then stretch for increased mobility. 


You won’t be able to focus on working out if you have sweat dripping down into your eyes! No matter what length your hair is, make sure to keep it out of your face with this sweat-wicking Nike headband. As a bonus, this headband has silicone grips to keep it in place and to keep you dry.

Water bottle

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This water bottle will help you track your water intake throughout the day. If you get an intense workout in, you’ll need to make sure that you replenish your hydration. Thankfully, you can toss this bottle in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Whether you decide you need all of these items or just a few, your in-home gym experience is about to become a whole lot better. Tuck your equipment away when not in use, and once you’re ready, roll out that mat, create an energetic playlist, and you’ll be good to go. Happy sweating!

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