The best low impact home exercise equipment

The best low impact workout equipment.



Here at the KCM, each of us has one or two (or three, or four) areas of expertise. To provide the best possible shopping advice, we’ve tapped into our community to provide recommendations from employees who act as product experts. In the latest edition of our series, from someone who knowsnewsletter editor Sarah Levine, talks about her favorite home exercise equipment.

I have a confession: During lockdowns, I’ve become one of those annoying people Is that true Get into fitness. Before you shut down this article and hate me forever, just know that I wasn’t constantly exercising for fun — I had nothing better to do with my time. I started doing these 40-minute HIIT workouts, and because the three-week quarantine wasn’t as great as we thought, I kept doing them.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t miss the gym. Not having to brave the cold to move around or breathe in sweaty strangers air is pretty cool. The only problem? I live upstairs, and can’t really do jumping or high knees unless I want to get over some unhappy neighbors. So I had to set my sights on low-impact fitness equipment meant for relatively low-impact workouts. (I also live in NYC and don’t have a lot of rooms.) Over time, I ended up building a home gym, perfect for a small apartment and beyond. (Full disclosure: I don’t currently own all of these—like I said, not a lot of space—but I’ve used them all.)

From beginner-friendly systems that will jump-start your fitness journey to modern aerobic steppers reminiscent of the ’80s, here are some of my favorite pieces of home exercise equipment.


I enjoy a good resistance workout, but doing it from home can be challenging: untangling the resistance bands, having to constantly update your free weights as you outgrow them—not to mention who can install a repair machine inside their home? The LIT AXIS will replace cable systems, free weights, power racks, bench press equipment, and a suspension trainer, and it can even work as a Pilates reformer. It’s a smart fitness system that connects to an app that tracks calories burned, how much weight you lift, and even muscle imbalances. With all this functionality, you would think it would take up a lot of space, but it is very small – about the size of a shoebox.



ARENA platform

This one is pricey, but if you’re going to make home workouts a permanent change, it might be worth it. That’s because thanks to the ARENA system, you may never set foot in a gym again. It offers up to 200 pounds of machine resistance, and it’s about the size of a handbag, so it packs a punch. From bicep curls to squats to deadlifts and more, you can do it all without having to buy new sets of weights. For those who don’t want their own freestyle lifting technique, the dedicated app contains exercises done by professionals.

$2,495 AT ARENA

Berrn Council

A man using a Brrrn painting in the living room

The Brrrn board is perfect for those of us on the higher floors who want to get a cardio-pounding workout without the jumping jacks. (Maybe she learned this lesson the hard way or not, thanks to an angry letter from a former neighbor…) Brrrn’s workout is all about sliding, and their website has a number of HIIT, yoga, and other exercises that can be done on the board With or without complementary equipment such as dumbbells. He. She he It’s six feet tall, so you’ll want to take that into account, but if you’re tight on space, there’s also a five-foot option.


Let’s say you don’t want a fancy machine, no matter how smart it is. You can still upgrade your home gym. There are plenty of smaller, more versatile gear that are great to have on hand:

Interlocking floor tiles

Interlocking floor mat tiles

Anyone doing any serious movement or lifting weights in the house should protect their floors, whether or not they live on top of anyone. These puzzle-piece-like mats come in a variety of thicknesses, depending on your level of paranoia, and are designed to reduce slipping.

$19 at Amazon

Bala bracelets

Bala bracelets

Bala bracelets are, simply put, super cute. The 1lb Ankle Weights can take any Pilates, mountaineer, or lunge move up. You can also wear them on your wrists for an upper body workout.

$55 at Bala


Onnit 6 lb kettlebells

I’m not a fitness trainer or professional, but kettlebells are widely accepted as a versatile weight. You can use them for strength exercises, such as squats and rows, or for moves that involve cardio, such as kettlebell swings and snatches.

From $35 at ONNIT

Adjustable dumbbells from Ativa Fit

Adjustable dumbbell set from Ativa Fit

I’ve gotten a lot of gripes about having to constantly buy new weights as my strength progresses, but with a set of adjustable dumbbells you won’t have that problem. They start at 5.5 lbs and go up to 27.5 lbs (wide range), while taking up a fraction of the space required by multiple sets of dumbbells.

From $89 at ATIVAFIT

Escape Fitness Deck Workout Platform or Adjustable Bench

Escape Fitness Deck Workout Platform or Adjustable Bench

I know this sounds like an ’80s-era aerodynamic move, and it does can It can be used that way if you want to, but hear me out: With 16 different configurations, this multi-purpose platform can be used for everything from sit-up presses to yes-steps. And elevating your feet — like for push-ups, or raising your back foot for lunges — is an easy way to add more power to your exercise. Additionally, you can do a number of cardio moves on this thing.

$116 on Amazon

Bosu Sports Balance Trainer

Bosu Sports Balance Trainer

This half ball can help you work on your balance, and it can also be used to supplement some body weight moves to make them more challenging. Turn it over so the ball is on the ground and do push-ups or mountain climbers as you do so Of course You feel in your arms the next day. Or put the flat part on the floor and do abs on the spherical part.

$100 on target

SLT Gliders

SLT Gliders

If you want the gliding action of a Brrrn board for a fraction of the price (and a lot more portability), gliders like these are a great alternative. Use them for lunges, side squats, or even mountain climbers and you’ll feel a different kind of burn.

$12 in SLT

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