- Buyer's Guide
Best Home Workout Gear for Indoors and Out
With gyms closed and restrictions on outdoor exercise in public areas, many of us are turning to home workouts for their physical and mental benefits during these challenging times. And whatever your preferred exercise is, having some great workout gear can definitely get you pumped and help you perform throughout your session. So we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and scouted out the best home workout gear, whether you’re crushing it indoors, making gains in the garden, or maximizing that precious allotted outdoor time…
Designed to suit a variety of high impact activities, RYU’s Tech Mesh Tank incorporates Bluesign® fabric and thoughtful details into a tank that looks equally good hitting the streets or busting out a workout in your lounge. Made with a breathable 65% polyester and 35% recycled polyester blend, it features a racer back and side slits for freedom of motion, with a long length high-low hem for added coverage.
Urban styling meets performance with RYU’s Tech Tee Hybrid. Designed to provide freedom of movement during high impact activity, it offers four-way stretch along with raglan sleeves and underarm diamond gussets for unrestricted movement. Breathable and moisture-wicking, it features flat seams for reduced abrasion, with a 65% polyester and 35% recycled polyester Bluesign® fabric construction.
Looking to boost your speed rope skills? You need a good tool for the job, and this one certainly fits the bill. The official bearing speed rope of CrossFit Games athlete Tia-Clair Toomey, it includes four hi-precision cartridge ball bearings, custom adjustability, and grippy tapered handles with a TPE overmold. The speed rope has a flexible and durable 10-foot polyurethane cable and will have you well on your way to nailing those double-unders.
New Balance’s Men’s Crag V1 Fresh Foam Running Shoes bring a generous slice of urban style to off-road running pursuits. But they’re built with both style and substance in mind. The shoes have a synthetic and mesh upper, along with a Fresh Foam midsole that provides lightweight cushioning with a natural feel as you run. The lugged AT TREAD rubber outsole is designed to provide speed and traction on road and off-road terrain alike. The bootie construction has a unique slip-on design to hug your foot securely. And with sale prices varying, you might be able to bag a bargain depending on your size and style choice.
The technical features you want in the gym, with the versatile styling of an everyday tee? Hill City’s Everyday Train Tee nails both fronts. The cotton-like hand feel is soft and comfortable, with XT2® yarns incorporated into the fabric that provide odor resistance. The tee is moisture-wicking and quick-drying, with inbuilt stretch and saddle raglan sleeves to keep you moving comfortably and freely during workouts and casual wear alike.
These lightweight running shorts are designed to maximize comfort and breathability while you’re logging those miles. The shorts have a stretch woven waistband with minimal stitching to avoid constriction. Plus a front pocket in the waistband lets you stash a 250ml soft flask if desired. 37.5® Technology integrated in the fabric ensures the shorts are quick-drying and comfortable against your skin, while micro holes boost breathability. The odor-resistant shorts also feature an inner brief to avoid chafing and keep the shorts in place, along with reflective detailing and a DWR coating for added functionality.
Comfort, stretch and breathability are the name of the game with RYU’s Tough Perforated Tight. A solid pick for diverse high impact activities, the tight provides four-way stretch and a crotch diamond gusset for freedom of movement. The moisture-wicking tight enhances breathability through strategically placed perforated fabric, while RYU’s Trilayr™ stay put waistband holds you in securely. And there’s even a concealed waistband pocket for stashing cards and keys.
Patagonia keep you cool while running with their Women’s Ridge Flow Shirt. The highly breathable shirt features a keyhole back design to boost ventilation and add a touch of urban style. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, it’s made with a lightweight, moisture-wicking and odor-resistant 70% recycled fabric. You’ll also find a reflective logo for added visibility in low-light conditions.
Staying cool on the trails is a lot easier with Arc’teryx’s Kapta Top SS. The quick-drying top is made from Reza™, Arc’teryx’s lightest and most breathable mesh. So you get excellent breathability and moisture wicking on warm weather trail runs. Soft and comfortable, it has articulated patterning and gusseted underarms for freedom of movement.
Want a versatile jogger that hops from casual to active wear with ease? RYU’s Everywear Jogger steps forward with an understated, practical design featuring four-way stretch. The moisture-wicking jogger has an internal drawcord and flat waistband for comfort. Plus with three discreet zipper pockets, it’s easy to carry small essentials such as keys and a phone.
Wherever the run leads, Patagonia’s Nine Trails Shorts keep you comfy on the move. The shorts are Fair Trade Certified™ sewn and made from a lightweight recycled polyester/spandex blend that provides breathability and moisture wicking. In addition, they’re also odor resistant and have a DWR finish. The flat, elasticated waistband looks and feels good on the go and has an exterior drawcord. A back zippered pocket with an elastic key loop stores small valuables, while the reflective logo helps keep you visible. And they come in a 6″ option too.
Comfort, fitness and style come together in these men’s running shoes from Saucony. Ready for the commute, about-town tasks or workouts, they have a cushioning Form2U memory foam sockliner and a durable rubber outsole. And for added convenience, the elastic lacing system also makes them quick to put on and take off.
When you’re getting active in hot weather, look to Arc’teryx’s Cormac Comp Shirt SS to help keep you cool. Designed for warm weather mountain running but versatile enough to suit a variety of activities and settings, it prioritizes breathability and comfortable movement. It’s made with a stretch knit fabric called Ostria™ that wicks moisture and provides sun protection, with side panels made from highly air permeable Reza™ mesh fabric. The quick-drying shirt also has strategically placed seams for better comfort and reduced chafing.
The Metal Vent Breathe SS offers technical performance while keeping your workout style game on point. Well suited to active workouts and running, it has a lightweight, moisture-wicking and highly breathable design. And thanks to Silverescent® technology in the fabric, it’s also odor resistant. Add in the four-way stretch and you’re all set for going all out.
Reusable water bottles are much better for the environment than single-use plastic ones. But how about a reusable bottle that also purifies your water wherever you are? Meet the LARQ bottle. It has a UV-C LED purification system that neutralizes 99.999% of bacteria in just 60 seconds in Adventure Mode. A portable digital water purification system, it purifies the bottle every two hours, or whenever the top button is pressed. The bottle has a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps liquids cold for 24 hours or hot for 12 hours.
Improper footwear is a real hurdle in long-distance running. But the ASICS Gel-Kayano 26 Running Shoes are ready to step in and save the day (and your feet) with GEL™ technology that provides high-density shock absorption and comfort. The jacquard mesh upper and FLYTEFOAM™ Propel technology keeps the shoes lightweight and breathable, with a cushioning EVA sockliner and solid stability courtesy of the Guidance TRUSSTIC SYSTEM™ technology. The shoes also feature a DUOMAX™ midsole for overpronation control and reflective detailing for enhanced visibility. Designed to offer superior bounce and comfort, they’ll help you put your best foot forward.
Not having access to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t get an effective workout at home. The TRX HOME2 SYSTEM suits all fitness levels and comes with a free one-year TRX app subscription. The kit includes a TRX HOME2 suspension trainer, door anchor, suspension anchor and mesh carry bag. Easy to set up indoors or in a garden, it provides a wide range of exercise options without needing bulky equipment. And its portability makes it easy to take on your travels too.