Woman using a suspension trainer

As the shelter in place requirements continue many people are looking for ways to keep fit while at home. If you have money to burn, and lots of room, then perhaps it’s time to build that ultimate home gym you have been fantasizing about. If funds and space are tight however, we have some great options to help you stay fit at home.

Whether you are attempting to build on or maintain the gains you have made, or use your downtime to get back in shape, there is no need to break the bank. We have compiled a list of the best compact home gym options for under $250.

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Resistance Bands

A broad set of resistance bands is a great way to continue building and toning muscle at home. There are a variety of options in this category. I personally prefer the standard resistance bands, however bands with specialized handles or bar attachments are also available.

Resistance bands are super compact and inexpensive, ranging in price from $20 for standard bands to around $70 for specialized bands with handles. They are also extremely versatile. I had originally purchased a standard set to assist with my warm-ups at the gym, but they have now become a staple for my home workouts.

If you are new to using fitness bands there are several exercise band workout books and DVDs that you can purchase, and several free instructional YouTube videos as well.

Top Standard Resistance Bands (In Stock Oct 2020)

Clench 41" Loop Resistance Bands
Rating
5/5
Clench Standard Band Handle
Rating
5/5
INTEY Exercise Resistance Bands
Rating
4.5/5

Top Specialized Resistant Bands - With Handles

Fitness Insanity Resistance Band Set

Rating
4.6/5

Whatafit Resistance Band Set

Rating
4.6/5

Suspension Trainers

TRX is the #1 Suspension Trainer brand, however there are some less expensive options that offer similar quality. 

Many gyms offer TRX classes, and these workouts are no joke. TRX offers a range of kit options. Some are designed to attach to a chin-up bar, some require a wall or ceiling mount, and some can be anchored to a door.

Good suspension trainer kits can range from $90 to $250 or more depending on the brand, the quality, and what is included in the kit. 

There are also guidesexercise posters, DVDs, and online videos to help you get the most out of your suspension trainer workouts

Top Suspension Trainer kits (In Stock Oct 2020)

TRX Go

Rating
4.8/5

Lifeline Jungle Gym XT

Rating
5/5

Human Trainer Essential

Rating
5/5

Weighted Exercise Bag

Keeping things compact, a weighted exercise bag offers a unique full body workout experience. Sandbags are an amazing workout tool to build explosive power and improve conditioning. They are also less expensive, and more compact than an Olympic bar and plates. A little easier on the floor as well.

If you haven’t used a weighted bag before, I would suggest following an exercise guide or workout video to get more acquainted with the variety of exercises that these bags support. 

Top Weighted Exercise Bags (In Stock Oct 2020)

VersaFit Sand Log
Rating
5/5
VersaFit Sand Log
Rating
5/5
Ultimate Sandbag
Rating
4.4/5
Titan Training Sandbag
Rating
4.4/5

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are the ultimate inexpensive compact home gym option, and they are selling out everywhere right now. When I was living remotely with no gym options, and extremely limited space, a single kettlebell was all I needed to get in great shape. In fact, when I went back to the gym after using nothing but a single kettlebell and some basic body weight exercises for eight months, I saw improvements in many of my traditional lifts.

 

Kettlebells (Best Deals In Stock Oct 2020)

Rogue Fitness Kettlebell

Rating
5/5

First Place Kettlebell

Rating
5/5

Power Systems Kettlebell

Rating
4.3/5

Amazon Basics KB

Rating
5/5

Dumbbells

A single set of dumbbells is another great inexpensive space saving option. Two 25 lb dumbbells cost approximately the same as one 50 lb sandbag, but offer a much wider range of exercise options. They can be used in place of a kettlebell for many movements, but are better balanced for doing curls, laterals, and kickbacks.

Purchasing a single set of light to medium weight dumbbells will greatly enhance your at-home workouts and would pair nicely with the next item on this list. Dumbbells are also difficult to acquire currently due to supply shortages. At the time that this post was published there were a few weight options available from the sellers listed below.

Dumbbells (Best Deals In Stock Oct 2020)

CAP Coated Hex Dumbbells

Rating
4.6/5

Goldens' Cast Iron

Rating
4.6/5

Power Towers

Power towers do take up a little space, and they generally don’t collapse for convenient storage, but they do allow you to expand your home exercise routine considerably within a pretty small footprint. 

It is possible to get a decent workout with no equipment at all by doing various types of push ups, squats, and lunges, but it can be difficult to work your back or biceps without a pull up bar or some type of resistance option.

For $130 to $189 you can get a piece of equipment that allows you to do a variety of pull ups, chin ups, dips, leg raises, and elevated push ups, without drilling any holes in your walls.

I have personally owned three of the Stamina Power Towers over the years, not because they fail, but because I sold one when I moved, and I keep one at home and one at my work site.

There are heavier duty power tower options that may work better for anchoring a suspension trainer to, but I like this one because it is inexpensive, light and easy to assemble and move.

Top Power Towers (In Stock Oct 2020)

Relief Rebuild Your Life Tower

Rating
4.4/5

Sportsroyals Power Tower

Rating
4.4/5

Stamina Power Tower

Rating
4.4/5

Adjustable Incline Exercise Benches

Total Gym APEX G1 (In Stock Oct 2020)

The Total Gym has been around for decades, and multiple celebrities and fitness icons swear by them. Although most of their systems start at around $600, they are offering the APEX G1 right now for a hair under $300

Weider Ultimate Body Works (In Stock Oct 2020)

The Weider Ultimate Body Works is similar to the better known Total Gym, however at around $160, it is considerably less expensive. 

When compared to the Total Gym, many users like the additional resistance option that comes with the Weider Ultimate Body Works, however, as to be expected the movements aren’t as smooth and it may not accommodate people over 6’1” very well.

The Weider Ultimate Body Works has received lots of positive reviews and may be an option to consider if the price of a Total Gym is out of reach.

Breaking it all Down

With a little imagination, any item on this list can be incorporated into a killer home workout that will keep you progressing without breaking the bank. There are literally thousands of free workout videos online that require little to no equipment. Rather than focusing on not being able to go to the gym, why not embrace something new.

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