Over the past year-plus, we’ve learned that there’s no such thing as a perfect fitness program for all circumstances. Likewise, you don’t need to depend on one piece of fitness gear for your training plan. From bodyweight workouts to embracing minimalist options like resistance bands, the adjustments committed fitness enthusiasts made for the Covid-19 pandemic that shuttered gyms and altered their everyday lives were ingenious. But as anyone who has struggled to find inspiration to take on yet another equipment-free workout circuit will tell you, having the right gear helps a whole lot—and finding the perfect piece of equipment can help you transform your relationship with fitness.
Whether you want heavy-duty equipment to lift weights to build muscle, a stationary machine to keep you committed to a cardio routine through streaming classes that bring top-notch trainers into your living room, or just to feel comfortable when you train wearing the perfect fit, there are options out there that can immediately kick your workouts up a notch. The Men’s Health fitness team took the time to test out dozens of products to make our picks for the absolute best of the best available now.
The picks range widely, so we broke them down into six key categories: Train for lifters, Connected Cardio for the spin and row class junkies, Go for runners, Wheels Up for cyclists, Play for fun-chasers, and Chill for anyone who just wants to take a load off and recover. But you shouldn’t see yourself as limited to just one identity. Remember: Fitness plans can be flexible. Check out our Men’s Health Fitness Award winners, and you’ll find something that will fit your plan—or make you want to try a whole new one.
This list previously featured the Peloton Tread+. On May 5, Peloton and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled its Tread+ and Tread equipment due to safety concerns about the design of its rear roller, which could be hazardous for people with small children and pets.