Must-Have Items for Your Smart Fitness Home Gym Buyer’s Guide

Having a home gym is an easy way to stay in shape and save money on pricey memberships. Technology has made home gym equipment equal to if not superior to the machines you’d find at public gyms.

We’ve found some must-have items for your smart fitness home gym to help you have a high-tech workout experience in your home’s comfort. Each of these items is an essential tool to keep you in shape, including mats, treadmills, exercise bikes, and watches to keep up with your vitals.

When picking exercise equipment for your home gym, finding pieces that do more than one feature can reduce the number of tools you’ll need to have in your home. And having “smart” technology-enabled devices makes working out even more manageable, with access to real-time instructors and statistics, so that you can have better workouts.

Why Use Smart Devices

Stocking your home gym with smart equipment is a great way to improve your workouts. Many of these devices let you join other trainers or people working out to experience a workout class without the hassle of traveling to a gym.

And many of these machines can let you exercise to music or in exotic locations to visit foreign places. They even help keep track of your statistics, so you know how much you’ve accomplished.

There’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to choose a smart fitness device over a standard workout machine, other than the costs. Many of these devices can even fold up for easy storage, so you don’t take up as much room.

Backslash Fit Smart Mat

No home gym would be complete without a high-quality workout mat. Even if you don’t practice yoga or pilates, a mat can make it more comfortable to do core strengthening exercises instead of lying on a hard floor.

The Backsplash Fit Smart Mat is genuinely a mat of this century. Connect this mat to your Alexa device so you can do guided yoga workouts from the Women’s Health app.

After your workout is done, flip the mat over, click a button, and the mat rolls up by itself. Storage couldn’t be simpler. Once rolled, the mat stays closed and can stand up on its own.

The Backslash is 5mm thick, with zero PVC or latex, so it’s allergy-free. The bottom of the mat is slip-resistant, so you never have to worry about the mat sliding while you’re in the middle of a pose.

And the top of the Backslash has enough grip that even when sweating, you’ll still have a good hold. You’re sure to love this oversize mat, which is 24″ x 72.” That’s a full five inches larger than other models.

NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycle

Nordictrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle , black
  • This item benefits from an Extended 90 Day Return Window
  • Bring Home Interactive Personal Training powered by iFit; 12-month iFit family membership included; create up to 5 individual exercise profiles; Access live, studio, and global workouts ($396 value)
  • 22 inches Interactive HD Touchscreen Display streams on-demand iFit workouts directly to your equipment and provides easy stats tracking; Adjustable display mount allows for 360-degree screen rotation
  • Automatic Trainer Control; -10 to 20 percent LIVE Incline Matching technology; 24 digital resistance levels for complete workout control; iFit Trainers auto-adjust your resistance and incline
  • SMR Silent Magnetic Resistance delivers a smooth, quiet workout with every use; Adjustable leveling feet stabilize your bike; (2) 3 Lb. dumbbells for cross-training on your bike

No home gym is complete without an exercise bike. Although pricey, the Nordictrack Studio Cycle is the perfect solution for anyone wanting to get a full workout at home.

When you include the iFit membership (a one-year subscription that comes with your bike), you get access to real trainers from around the globe. You also get to browse a massive library of on-demand workout programs.

Watch recorded or live sessions of over 16,000 workouts while keeping up to date with your real-life statistics on a 22″ touchscreen HD screen with a 360-degree adjustable mount.

When working with a trainer, they have real-time access to your bike controls, including the incline, decline, and resistance. You put forth the effort, and your trainer sets your controls.

You can pick from multiple locations around the globe, including custom courses on Google Maps. Your trainer will automatically adjust your bike’s settings to match the terrain of your chosen area.

There’s even the option to get off the cycle and do cross-training exercises to tone your entire body. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the Nordictrack will work for you and your family. You can save up to four separate profiles so the entire family can keep track of their progress.

Ancheer Treadmill

The Ancheer Treadmill can connect with the FitShow app, available on Android and iOS devices using a Bluetooth connection so you can control your speed and tilt from your device and imitate different sporting events.

You can even listen to music through the dual built-in speakers or connect your headphones using the auxiliary jack.

This treadmill has 0-15% incline, built-in speakers, and speeds from 0.5 to 9 MPH (miles per hour). A soft drop system keeps your floors protected from damage, and noise-reducing belts and motors make your workout peaceful and quiet.

Emergency shutoff keeps you protected, and this treadmill folds for easy storage (35″ x 27.6″ x 54.7″). It has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and 12 preset programs, a heart rate sensor, and a 3.25 HP drive system for a smoother run.


Fitbit Versa 2 Health and Fitness Smartwatch with Heart Rate, Music, Alexa Built-In, Sleep and Swim Tracking, Bordeaux/Copper Rose, One Size (S and L Bands Included)
  • Use amazon Alexa built in to get quick news and information, check the weather, set timers and alarms, control your smart home devices and more all through the sound of your voice (third party app may be required; amazon Alexa not available in all countries)
  • Based on your heart rate, time asleep and restlessness, sleep score helps you better understand your sleep quality each night. Also track your time in light, deep and REM sleep stages and get personal insights
  • Get a 90-day free trial of the Fitbit Premium to help you stay active, sleep well and manage stress. Unlock it all in the Fitbit app. (The valid payment method required. Cancel before free trial ends to avoid subscription fees. Offer valid for new Premium users only)
  • With a larger display and an always on option, your information’s always a quick glance away (always on display requires more frequent charging)
  • Play your favorite songs and playlists with Spotify app controls on your wrist. Also make secure purchases with Fitbit Pay and get called, text and smartphone app notifications.

No workout is complete without a smartwatch to help monitor your vitals. The Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch is one of the most excellent tools ever to include for your activities.

FitBits work as health monitors. Your watch will continuously check your heart rate, sleeping patterns, and blood pressure to have a good understanding of your health. It also keeps track of your steps.

This watch has built-in Alexa that gives you current news, weather updates, and lets you set timers or alarms and control your Alexa devices using voice commands.

FitBits can also play music through the built-in Spotify app, lets you go shopping, and keeps you updated with phone notifications, including phone calls and texts.

There are 20+ built-in goal-based exercises, and it’s even waterproof up to 50 meters so you can swim or keep it on in the shower. There’s nothing you can’t do while wearing a fashionable Fitbit watch.

Echelon Reflect

Echelon Reflect 50in Touch Smart Connect Fitness Mirror , Black
  • DESIGN: View your reflection on screen as your trainer guides you step by step to ensure your form and technique is accurate for the best results possible. This beautiful wall decor requires zero footprint, yet it delivers a multitude of motivating training methods. The Reflect will fit in at any high-end gym, hotel, residential space or commercial space. And our specially made bracket secures the Reflect flush against the wall. Dimensions 47.75" x 24" x 2" 52 lbs.
  • FEATURES: Built-in camera connects you with your choice of personal trainers for live sessions from the comfort of your home. The easy to-use, sweat-proof, and WiFi enabled touchscreen display will give the feeling of being fully immersed into every class. Reflect offers real-time, personalized stats on your heart rate, calories burned, abilities, goals, and more! Compete with friends or challenge your previous results with precise stats, every time.
  • CONTENT: With a membership you can experience a variety of workout methods to mix things up, exercise your body in new ways and match your classes to your mood. Choose from our team of world-class instructors who will get your blood pumping with high-energy cardio, yoga, zumba, strength, pilates, boxing, celebrity workouts and more.
  • MUSIC: We Don't Play Elevator Music! With a membership, you'll stay energized and motivated with the best music in the industry. We partner with the top record labels to bring you the latest music for the best fitness experience. Dance, EDM, Folk and Funk. Hip Hop to K-Pop. Metal, Latin and R&B...whatever your ears want, we've got!
  • 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: We fully stand behind our product. If for any reason you are not satisfied with our quality or your experience, you are covered for the first 30 days with our satisfaction guaranteed policy and 5-star customer service.

If you’re looking for an all in one workout station that won’t take up a lot of space, allow us to introduce the Echelon Reflect. The Echelon hangs on your wall and looks like a regular mirror until you’re ready to exercise.

This exercise machine is actually a WiFi-enabled, full HD 1080p 60 Hz touchscreen with an eight-megapixel front camera that gives you real-time stats on calories burned, abilities, goals, and heart rate.

You will need a membership to access the live and on-demand classes, but you can access a wide selection of lessons 24/7 to exercise on your schedule.

Options for activities you can do with the Echelon include high energy cardio, Zumba, yoga, pilates, boxing, celebrity workouts, strengthening, and more. There’s nothing you can’t do with this machine.

They even include a variety of music, including current popular hits, to work out to your favorite tunes. Two CPU 2×8 speakers ensure you hear every word from the music or coach.

Tempo Studio

No workout is complete without weight training. The Tempo Studio might not take up a lot of space with its compact size of six feet in height and 2’2″ in width, with a depth of 1’4.” All you need is a five-foot clear area to work out.

But it has everything you need to get a full workout using the 42″ HD touchscreen and 3D motion sensor. In addition to the flatscreen machine, you also get:

  • Two 7.5 lb dumbbells
  • One 25 lb dumbbell
  • Six collars
  • Four 10 lb plates
  • Four 5 lb plates
  • Four 2.5 lb plates
  • Four 1.2 lb plates
  • One heart rate monitor
  • One workout mat
  • One recovery roller

While you’re working out, the 3D sensors track your form, count reps, and give suggestions on which weights you should use.

You can even get feedback from trainers who can watch your session and critique your technique so you can correct mistakes and have a better workout.

Artificial intelligence uses motion sensors to track twenty-five separate joints to analyze your range of motion and provide in-depth metrics. You can even see how you measure up to other classmates.

And you have the option to try out multiple classes that focus on:

  • strength training
  • hit sessions (quick, hard workouts to boost metabolism)
  • mobility (yoga, myofascial release, and other mobility techniques)
  • cardio
  • recovery (slow stretching, recovery roller, breathing exercises)
  • challenges (lets you compete against yourself and other people).

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weights

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbell (Single)
  • Use the Bowflex SelectTech App to journal your strength training
  • Space efficient - say goodbye to 17 sets of dumbbells
  • Select the weight you want with a turn of a dial
  • Each dumbbell adjusts from 10 poundsto 90 poundss
  • Durable molding around metal plates provides for a smooth lift-off and quieter workouts

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weights make it easy to have a full dumbbell set without the mess of a bunch of different weights. Set your chosen weight at the turn of a dial, choosing from 10 to 90 pounds.

Make your dumbbell workout interactive by connecting to the Bowflex SelectTech app, which provides a journal to keep track of your workouts, design custom workouts, take a six-week challenge, set achievements, and follow recorded workouts with real trainers.

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weights Kettlebell

Bowflex 840 SelectTech Kettlebell
  • With the turn of a dial, automatically change your resistance from 8 pounds all the way up to 40 pounds
  • Rapidly switch from 1 exercise to the next, and perform a wide variety of full-body exercises
  • Space-efficient design replaces up to 6 kettlebells
  • Adjust in small increments with weight selection dial to gradually increase your strength
  • Weight settings include 8, 12, 20, 25, 35 and 40 pounds

The Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weights Kettlebell is similar to the dumbbells. You can change the kettlebell’s weight using the dial for values of 8, 12, 20, 25, 35, and 40 lbs.

The dial makes it easy to change exercises without having to pause to switch to a different weight. Twist it to make the weight heavier or lighter based on your needs.

You can use this kettlebell for a wide variety of full-body exercises. But you do have to be careful not to drop this product on the ground, as it can damage the internal components.

You can work out to twenty-four separate trainer exercises (at based on foundational kettlebell techniques, including twists, squats, swings, and rows.

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Bluetooth Rower

FITNESS REALITY 1000 PLUS Bluetooth Magnetic Rowing Rower with Extended Optional Full Body Exercises and MyCloudFitness App
  • Enjoy free forever basic workout data tracking on the MyCloudFitness App.
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  • 14 Level DUAL TRANSMISSION magnetic tension resistance for an easy or more challenging workout
  • Patent pending front stabilizer foot pads allows for additional exercises such as curls, upright rows, bent over rows, front raises, shrugs, triceps extensions, standing shoulder presses and more
  • Product extended dimensions – 88.5" L x 21.5" W x 21.5" H | Folded dimensions – 39.5” L x 21.5” W x 53.5” H | Product weight – 63.6 lbs. | Weight capacity – 250 lbs.

You can get a full-body workout at home using the Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Bluetooth Rower. This handy machine lets you do full-body, low impact workouts to target the shoulders, triceps, biceps, forearms, legs, and thighs through various exercises.

The slide rail inseam length is 39″ and adjustable to accommodate most heights (up to 6″ 6′). The handlebar is foam covered and extra-wide with a length of 21.5.” And it folds up for easy storage. There is a 250-pound weight capacity.

You can sit on the large contoured cushioned seat or stand up and pull the cord from behind your back to target specific muscle groups.

There are fourteen levels of tension so that you can have an easy workout or a challenge. And the front stabilizer footpads at the front make it easy to do exercises like standing shoulder presses, tricep extensions, shrugs, bent over rows, front raises, upright rows, curls, and shrugs.

You can connect to the My Cloud Fitness app (with iOS or Android) through Bluetooth to track your workouts. And you can set workout goals based on three separate settings – time, distance, or calories burned.

There’s even a 3.5″ LCD screen that keeps track of your time, total count, distance, calories burned, strokes per minute, and scan.

Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle

Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle, Tracks Water Intake and Glows to Remind You to Stay Hydrated, BPA Free, 20 oz, Royal Blue
  • Prioritize your everyday health and wellness by keeping up with your hydration goals! Sensor technology tracks your water intake and syncs your progress to our free hydration tracker app via Bluetooth
  • Bold NEW glow illuminates the entire bottle to remind you to drink more water, either at regular intervals or when you are behind on your daily water goal; Choose from 3 exciting light patterns
  • Long-lasting replaceable battery provides an extended operating cycle and is conveniently located at the bottom of the bottle so you can easily replace it without missing a beat
  • BPA-free bottle features a smooth silicone sleeve that improves grip and minimizes condensation, and a matching finger loop; Fits common cupholders, backpack pockets, and bike bottle cages
  • Perfect as a gift for friends and family—track each other's progress and make staying hydrated a fun activity! Lid and bottom ring are dishwasher safe, body and sensor can be hand washed

Staying hydrated is essential during workouts, but it can be easy to forget to take a drink when you’re focused on your training.

The Hidrate Spark Smart Water Bottle is an easy solution to all your problems. Connect your bottle to your phone through Bluetooth so you can easily track how much water intake you have during workouts through sensor technology.

You can set your liquid intake goals by intervals or through the amount. And you can choose from three different lighting patterns, so your bottle glows as a reminder to take frequent drinks.

This water bottle is BPA free with a silicone sleeve that reduces condensation and slipping. There’s also a matching finger loop.

And the battery can be replaced, so you never have to worry about not having power. The compartment is conveniently located at the bottom of the bottle.

The lid and bottom are dishwasher safe, but you will need to clean the body and sensor by hand washing only.

Final Verdict

Having a home gym is a great way to save money and motivate yourself to stay in shape. You won’t have to worry about exercising in front of a bunch of strangers, and you never have to leave home. We’ve given you five must-have items for your smart fitness home gym. Happy exercising!

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