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Best Home Exercise Equipment for Weight Loss



All home weight lifting equipment listed is in CAD prices, and the prices are subject to change.


Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)



This is the only pair of weights you will ever need to purchase for a home gym. Each weight is adjustable from 5lbs to 52lbs. You will save a lot of space at home, so it is perfect for anyone that does not have a lot of room for equipment.


Price range: $300 - $500 CAD


Pros


  • These can replace an entire rack of dumbbells

  • Huge space-saving value

  • Easy to store

  • Changing weights is simple - just turning the dial to select weight

  • No setup necessary - remove from package, and you can begin using them right away

  • Great quality - the grip is very comfortable


Cons


  • The price is a little too high

  • The weights can be too bulky for smaller people due to the length of them staying the same size no matter what weight you choose.

  • They are not as sturdy as gym weights are - you will need to be careful when using them and not drop them as the fixed locking system can seem delicate



Conclusion: I think they are a significant investment if you have little space at home or do not want to purchase a bunch of weights separately. They are at a higher cost, but if you were to get yourself a pair of weights from every weight between 5 - 50 (5 lb. increments), then that would end up costing you more. In my opinion, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 is expensive but worth it for the long haul.


Rating: 4/5


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Etekcity Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Smart digital Bathroom Scale, BMI Weighing body Composition Analyzer for 13 Essential Measurements Works with Ios/Android App, Larger Platform & Display, 400lb/180kg





This might not be exercise equipment but I wanted to include it because i think its very important to be able to track your progress. Especially if you are just starting out with working out you need something to hold you accountable and be able to guide you in the right direction. This is not just for weight it tracks so much more and you can sync it to your phone which is a great tool to have.


Price Range - $40 - $50 CAD


Pros


  • Can be used to track the following - weight, BMI, body fat, fat-free body weight, subcutaneous fat, visceral fat, body water, skeletal muscle, muscle mass; bone mass, protein, BMR, and metabolic age

  • Can be synced with many phones and apps such as the following - apple health, Google fit and Fitbit, works with Bluetooth 4.0, supports Android 4.3 & iOS 8.0 or above system

  • Keeps track of unlimited users so the whole family can use it and create their own profile on the scale

  • Very easy to use and easy to read

  • The price is very low for a scale like this

  • If any issues occurred the company EtekCity would replace with new one immediately


Cons


  • Some users complained that the app would crash once in a while so the tracking would not work consistently

  • The scale sometimes has trouble connecting to bluetooth

  • The scale reading does fluctuate a little bit - ensure to place it on hard wood floor and not on carpet and always weigh yourself on the same spot.


Conclusion: For the price I think this scale is worth it. You're not going to get perfection for 40 bucks but all you need is a place to be able to track progress and this helps with that.


Rating: 4/5



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Resistance Exercise Bands, Polygon Fabric Non Slip Hip Bands for Squats, Legs, Butt, Thigh and Hip Workout, Thick Wide Fitness Loop Circle for Men & Women. Workout Guide Included






I've spent a lot of money buying those standard latex resistance bands over the years - but they eventually end up tearing. I wanted to try these out and see if they would be able to last longer since they are soft fabric.


Price Range: $35 - $40 CAD



Pros


  • Since they are fabric you never have to worry about them rolling down or slipping

  • They won't snap on you like the standard resistance bands

  • They will last a long time

  • They come with 3 different resistance levels so you have different options for all sorts of exercises

  • They come with an exercise booklet so that you have something to follow and test them out right away

  • Easy to use and carry, they come with their own travel pouch so you can bring them with you anywhere


Cons


  • There were a lot of complaints about the bands not having enough stretch to them but Polygon did say that they have updated the bands and the stretch factor is not an issue anymore

  • A few users complained about the bands not being able to fit around their thighs



Conclusion:


I purchased these at the end of March 2020 and have been using them daily since then. I have had no problem with the sizing or the resistance. They might have been updated before i purchased them so that's why I never noticed any issues with mine. I should mention these are meant for legs/glutes only exercises. I can't see myself doing any arm workouts with them. For me that's not an issue since I enjoy lifting weights. When i first got them i started with the lightest band and in the past 2 months i have moved on to the medium band now. They give you just the right amount of resistance in my opinion. I have never bought the standard latex bands and used the lightest right from the get go - i have always tossed the light and the medium to the side and only used the heavy and extra heavy so it was really surprising that I needed the lightest with this product. I think this product is perfect for someone looking for a step up and a challenge with their workout routine.


Rating: 4.5 / 5



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Yogi Bands by XNM Creations| Resistance Loop Exercise Fitness Workout Bands| Set of 5





I wanted to include some standard resistance bands which are more suitable for all levels of fitness.


Price Range: $34 - $40 CAD


Pros


  • They come with 5 different weights/strength so they are suitable for all levels of fitness

  • The company has a great 100% money back guaranteed policy so if you have any issues with the product they are more than happy to replace it or give you a refund

  • They are great to use for both upper and lower body workouts

  • They come with a travel pouch so you can easily take them with you anywhere

  • Not only are they great for exercise but they are also great to use for stretching and mobility exercises


Cons


  • A few users complained that they might have a smell to them since they are latex

  • The bands might roll up depending on what you are wearing and the exercise you are performing

  • Since they are latex there is a chance of them ripping over time


Conclusion:


I think if you are a beginner these are a great investment since they provide you with such a diverse strength selection. They might eventually break and roll down like any standard resistance bands do but having such a great customer service team they are always willing to help and fix any issues that occur. I have spent a lot of money on different kinds of resistance bands that have broke but getting them replaced was never an option without spending more money, so I do appreciate a company that is committed to quality products and customer service.


Rating: 4 / 5



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Synergee Core Sliders. Dual Sided Use on Carpet or Hardwood Floors. Abdominal Exercise Equipment





Another great addition to your home gym especially if you are strapped for space are Sliders. You can use them in a variety of exercises for a full body workout.


Price range: $18- $20 CAD


Pros


  • These sliders are small, light and compact so they are easy to store and great to travel with

  • They have 2 sides - one side is great for hardwood floors and the other side is meant for carpet

  • These provide you with the mobility without the high impact exercises so they are a lot easier on your joints

  • Very effective for core training

  • Simple to use and cost effective

  • They provide a 100% money back guaranteed if there are any issues - they also will ship brand new ones to you for free


Cons


  • If used on the wrong side depending on your flooring, the sliders may get scratched up or even worse your floor

  • You may need to use them with shoes to be able to have grip on them and not slide off


Conclusion: I think this product is a great addition to a smaller space. You may need to test it out and see what the best way is to use it in your home. And if it doesn't end up working out for you then you can easily get a refund which is a great option to have. If you do end up finding a spot where it works i think you will love these. They will definitely give you a challenge and make you work harder. Being able to do mountain climbers but with sliders is a different ball game. Highly recommend getting a set of these.


Rating: 4.5 / 5


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