Work Out? Now You Can Work in Too with Our List of Home Gym Winners

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TRX grips

When the weather outside is frightful, and your gym is not delightful, but you still need your cardio — here’s the fitness equipment to know. 

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to get serious about that New Year’s resolution. When hitting the gym isn’t something you can squeeze in between work and making your social obligations, it’s time to step up your home gym game. We scoured the market and isolated four clear ways to tighten flab and build lean muscles so you can greet next beach season with confidence.

TRX Home2 System

TRX was born out of the Navy Seals and has since been adopted by athletes all over the globe. Navy SEAL Squadron Commander Randy Hetrick created the first version of TRX in 1997 using a jiu jitsu belt and parachute webbing. Its challenging body strength, stability and cardiovascular workout is an optimal addition to any home gym. The TRX Home2 System features product-design enhancements and the dynamic TRX app that takes training with the TRX Suspension Trainer to the next level. Suspension Training continually challenges your core for a total body workout.  The system’s adjustable foot cradles and sleek strap design can accommodate a wide range of users (including barefoot training!) The Home2 System works in tandem with the TRX App (and the system comes with a complimentary one-year subscription). The TRX App includes over eighty workouts including Suspension Training, Cycling, Running Yoga and High Intensity-Interval Training.

Nautilus elliptical

Nautilus E618 Elliptical

It’s no surprise Nautilus has been around for over 40 years. Their unique Nautilus, Bowflex, Schwinn, Universal and Octane brands offer a wide range of home fitness solutions. The Nautilus Performance Series is a great way to amp up your at-home cardio regimen in 2018. The line features performance training programs, free app-based tracking tools and premium comfort features for an energized workout experience. The Nautilus E618 features an Adjustable SightLine console with DualTrack screens that let the user move the console in order to study metrics, features a USB charging port, MP3 input port and an integrated water bottle and towel holder. It has Bluetooth connectivity, can track metrics on the Nautilus Trainer app, features 29 training programs, a wireless heart rate chest strap and Suspension Adjust Performance Cushioning System offering heel support while engaging different muscles.

Concept2 indoor rower

Concept2 Indoor Rower

Let’s face it, watching Claire Underwood rowing on House of Cards made you think about getting a rowing machine, and we’ve got one for you. Concept2 started in a Vermont dairy barn with two Olympic hopefuls, brothers Dick and Peter Dreissigacker, making composite oars. Their company swiftly grew into the leading manufacturer of world-class racing oars, indoor oars and the SkiErg. Their products are manufactured and shipped from Morrisville, Vermont and are outfitted with a state-of-the-art Performance Monitor that tracks workout data, times, distances, force curve and more. The Model D Indoor Rower, recognized as “the standard for indoor training since 1981,”  is the bestselling rower in the world. Available in light gray and black, the rowers features the Concept2 Flywheel which minimizes noise and maximizes smoothness. The Performance Monitor helps you to track and compare workouts. Useful Concept2 motivational tools include their Workout of the Day logbook and Million Meter Club.

RogueFitness jump rope


The first concrete evidence of jump rope activity can be seen in medieval paintings of children jumping rope down the cobblestone streets of Europe, but the practice allegedly dates all the way back to ancient China and Egypt. Though today there are plenty of different types of jump ropes to choose from, we’d like to highlight the popular Rx Jump Ropes available through RogueFitness. First developed by CrossFitter David Newman, the RF Ropes are custom-made to order in five cable choices designed to cover all work capacities. People find themselves responding to the reassuring weight of the grips and the rope, but be sure to follow the sizing instructions when ordering yours for the optimal fit.          

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Last modified: July 10, 2018