The 18 Best Toys to Give Any Home a Gym Lift - Men's Health Magazine Australia

The 18 Best Toys to Give Any Home a Gym Lift

If you’ve rather gotten to like working out in solitude, we have everything you need to sweat, lift, repair and grow without ever leaving the comfort of home. This kit is worth pushing back the sofa for.

Whether you’re a dedicated weight lifter, a super intense CrossFit acolyte, or a chilled-out yogi, it pays to have a reliable setup to take on your favorite workouts at home.

You might not have the square footage or budget to create a space that replicates your go-to health club or weight room space, but you can make a little bit of gear go a long way if you’re dedicated to the idea of getting your sweat on without walking out your front door.

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Most Durable Rower

Assault Fitness AirRower Elite 

The all-steel frame and powerful fan-based resistance combine to create a heavy-duty home rower for an ultra efficient full-body workout. $2199,

Best Connected Rower

Hydrow Rower 

This machine makes you feel as if you’re out on the water, complete with videos shot on lakes and rivers. And the end result? A tranquil row sweat you’ll want to come back to. $2199,

Best ‘What-Is-That?’ Workout Device 

Brrrn Board 

This 180cm-long adjustable slide board challenges you to stabilise your hips and glutes as you essentially speed-skate in place. It’s good for more than just lateral movement, too: it comes with ‘mittens’ for your hands to use on core moves like slide-board rollouts. From $299,

 Best Workout Earbuds

Beats Fit Pro 

The company’s latest fitness-focused earbuds marry that gym-thumping sound with a low-profile design that still keeps the buds in your ears through every type of workout. $299.95,

Best All-In-One Workout Hub

NordicTrack Vault: Complete

NordicTrack’s take on the workout mirror doesn’t just give you an iFit trainer pushing you through sweat sessions. Behind the mirror lie sets of dumbbells (up to about 14kg), kettlebells (ditto) and resistance bands for muscle-building bliss. $5449, 

 Best Battle Rope Innovation

Inertia Wave Solo

Meet the next step in the battle rope’s evolution. Instead of challenging you with weight only (as battle ropes do), Inertia Wave uses constant oscillation, pushing your core muscles to adjust to different demands. Your lungs (and abs) will feel this. $146,

Best Home-Gym Sound Solution

Ultimate Ears Boom 3

Built for survival, this ultra-portable, big-bass speaker can be fully submerged in water, packs 15 hours’ training time on a single charge and blasts out your beast-mode playlist in full 360 spatial sound – all at the tap of a button. $199.95,

Best Home Bench

Hammer Strength Multi-adjustable bench 

with six different pressing angles (including a handy decline position) and a heavy-duty frame, Hammer Strength’s newest bench is ready for anything you can throw at it. $2425,

Best Barbell

Rogue Ohio Power Bar 

There are barbells, and then there’s this rigid 20kg tool, which features deep knurling you can grip without wrecking your hands. It’s ideal for heavy deadlifts, squats and bench presses. $495,

Best Body-Weight Training Tool

Lebert Parallette Bars 

These ultra-tough parallettes are perfect for your push-ups and gymnastics moves such as L-sits and handstands. Best recruit a spotter…$79,

Most Versatile Tool

YBell Neo

When is a dumbbell not a dumbbell? When it has four different gripping points that allow you to swing it like a kettlebell, grasp it with two hands like a med ball, stabilise your body on it like a push-up stand and, oh, do dumbbell exercises, too. Add a durable neoprene coating and YBell is ready for any workout you could dream up. $109.99,

 Best At-Home PT

Vitruvian Trainer+

This resistance trainer with cable extensions is an upgrade on your resistance bands, using algorithms to measure your ideal load for each drill in real time. With a 0kg to 200kg range, it adds and removes weight based on how you handled your last rep. The app tracks all your moves and serves up tailored tutorials. $3150,

Best Space-Saving Kettlebell

Jaxjox Kettlebell Connect 2.0 

This adjustable, smart kettlebell packs six weights in one, ranging from 5.4kg to 19kg. It records reps, sets, weight and power, tracks your fitness progress and packs 14 days’ workout time on a single charge. $402,

Best Portable Cable Machine

Ancore Pro

It’s so small it can fit in your backpack, yet it packs 25kg of cable resistance and can be connected almost anywhere.$865,

Your Recovery ToolKit

Every home gym needs a handful of cool-down tools that can relax your muscles after a workout. These three are must-haves

Riixo Ice Ball

This freezer-friendly stainless steel orb multiplies the muscle- soothing effects of a massage ball with the powers of cold therapy. $34.95,

Normatec Hip Attachment

Help prevent chronic injury with a compression massage device that targets your quads, hammies and glutes.


Mobility Wall

The Mobility Wall slots into a doorframe, letting you stand and knead muscles – far easier than lying down with a foam roller. From $263; 

Hyperice Hypervolt 2 

Hyperice tweaks its classic formula, integrating a more ergonomic handle and a button to change percussion settings. $699.95, 

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the former Digital Editor at Men's Health Australia, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has written for Women's Health, esquire, GQ and Vogue magazine.

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