The 6 Essentials Runners Need to Build the Perfect Home Gym

It’s possible to get a good workout in at home. You just need the right gear.

Jan 18, 2016
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Let the gym come to you    Photo: Rogue

Top runners know that cross training is the key to building a body resilient enough to survive the race season. Lucky for you, transforming your garage or spare room into a fully functioning workout space—elliptical machine not included—is easier than you think. Here’s what you need to get started. 

Cycle Ops Magento Trainer ($290)

Cycle Ops magneto trainer
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The roads too icy to ride? Set your bike on the Cycle Ops’ Magento trainer, which uses magnetic resistance to offer a smooth, quiet ride indoors. 


Rogue Kettlebells (From $22)

Rogue kettlebells
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Grab a couple sets of kettlebells and you can do everything from weighted squats to Russian twists. Made from high-quality iron ore, Rogue Kettlebells are our favorites. The handles are color coated to differentiate weights, with options ranging from nine to 203 pounds.


Prana Large Eco Yoga Mat ($60)

Prana large eco yoga mat
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Prana’s Large Eco yoga mat is a bit hefty for toting to class, but it’s perfect for at-home stretching sessions. Made with a recyclable PVC-free material that’s chloride and latex free, it has a grippy texture for no-slip downward dogs. Add a Hugger Mugger Cork yoga block ($20) and you’ll be in Namaste mode in no time.


Trigger Point Grid X Foam Roller ($50)

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Get a firm foam roller, like Trigger Point’s Grid X, and your IT bands will thank you. Want to go even deeper? The Thera Cane Max Massager ($50) works out knots in your back you didn’t even know you had.


TRX Home Gym ($200)

TRX home suspension system
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You could get a set of free weights and a bench, but that takes up a lot of space. Try a TRX Home Gym instead, which is comprised of just a couple of straps that hang from a hook in your garage. A whole world of full-body resistance training awaits. 


Bosu Sport Balance Trainer ($100)

Bosu balance trainer
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Boost your balance and strength by doing lunges, crunches, squats, and more on Bosu’s Sport balance trainer, which stores easier than a full exercise ball. 

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