Let’s be honest: the holidays are a dangerous time for waistlines. From office and family parties to cold nights perfect for hot chocolate, it is easy to pack on the pounds and put off exercising. Which is why the holidays are also the PERFECT time to invest in a quality piece of fitness equipment.
Whether it’s a treadmill or a jump rope, the right equipment can help you stay on track, during the holidays and through the New Year. Plus, there are some amazing sales, so you won’t find better prices. My Top Fitness Equipment Holiday / New Year Sale Buying Guide will help you find just what you need, for yourself or someone on your gift list. There are gadgets at every price point and for every life style so you can feel merry and “light” as you celebrate.
Top Fitness Equipment Holiday and New Year Deals
Plasma Fit Elliptical Machine Trainer 2 in 1 Exercise Bike Cardio Fitness Home Gym Workout Equipment
Great for men and women, this 2-in-1 machine is over 25% off right now, making it one of the best deals on this list. Sturdy and compact, it can be used as an elliptical or as a stationary bike, providing great aerobic and toning benefits.
The elliptical is perfect for getting taut arms and legs while building a strong core, while the bike really revs up metabolism. It has an LCD screen for calories and pace and fits in virtually any home, all for under $400.
This ab roller is practically free thanks to the sales price, and is good for anyone looking to tone their core- especially women. Durable and light, you can bring it to work or away with you, allowing you to get in your daily workout anytime.
The dual wheel design makes it easy to balance, so you can concentrate on your form, and the grips allow for a smooth motion on virtually any surface. There are anti-slip rubber grips so you won’t lose your grip or irritate your hands, and the handles also have a natural feel to them.
The ab roller gives a full upper body workout, and all for under $20.
For those looking to bring the outdoors inside when they exercise, a maxi climber is a smart idea. These machines mimic climbing a mountain, so they are a good fit for anyone who loves the outdoors. They also provide an invigorating work out and can burn a lot of calories safely, without straining your back or knees.
This machine is light and can fit in the corner of any room, so size is not an issue. It also folds up, so you can slide it under the bed when you’re not using it. The foot rests have grips so you won’t slip, and there is a timer that starts and stops whenever you do for precise counting. Plus, the height can be adjusted, so it works for all sizes. A good buy at under $200.
Anyone looking for an intense aerobic session will appreciate this rower. Rowing machines are great for revving up your heart rate and also producing lean muscle, making it ideal for anyone trying to lose weight.
This model uses wind resistance, so it is quiet- great for anyone living in an apartment. The seat is padded for comfort and the foot pedals are oversized to give you leverage as you slide and row for a smooth motion.
This machine is good if you want to burn a lot of calories, and the price can’t be beat at under $300.
Kettlebells are one of the most versatile pieces of fitness equipment and compliment any fitness regimen. Available in different weights, they can help improve balance, tone, strength and power, helping users to build muscle right from home in less time than traditional methods.
This bell has a smooth grip for easy manipulation and a vinyl outer shell to prevent it from getting banged up. Made from cement, it can be used in a variety of ways to work your upper body and core, including kettle swings and squats. And the best part is it’s under $20.
Anyone looking for a full home aerobic workout will appreciate this treadmill. Designed to fold up when not in use, it fits in apartments, dorm and homes, and even under beds or in closets, so it can be used in any space. Better yet, there are wheels, so you can move it to different rooms as needed.
The base is cushioned, so you can walk, jog or run without putting strain on your knees or back, and the motor is quiet, so it won’t disturb anyone in your home or below you. The display tells you pace, distance, calories and heart rate, so you can rev up or slow down as needed, and helps users to exercise safely.
Great for beginners and advanced users, it is on sale and under $220.
One of the most effective ways to stay in shape is to jump rope, and this one will more than get the job done. Made of durable, flexible polymer, it is fully adjustable thanks to a cable adjuster, so kids and adults can use it and fit it to their height.
The rope is tangle free, and can be used to jump, skip or cross-fit train, providing a full body routine that burns fat and tones muscle. The handles have a comfort grip and contain ball-bearings inside for a smooth rotation that won’t strain arms. They also are fitted with memory foam, so they conform to your hands and have an easy feel.
This jump rope comes with an instructional video and at under $15, it is a fun way to get fit.
Another fun and challenging way to get in-shape, or help someone else get fit, is with this genius little board. Lightweight and sturdy, it is designed to whittle your waist and those stubborn love handles, so it’s a good fit for women or those trying to lose weight. Quick and effective, it also improves balance, and helps rebuild lower body muscles.
The board has a curvature, so users can stand on it and balance as they try to twist from side to side, targeting your core and side obliques. The combination of maintaining your balance and the twisting motion also works legs and back muscles, for improved strength and a leaner look.
This board can go anywhere and is built to last, all for under $50.
For the person who is always on the go and doesn’t have a lot of time to exercise, this portable elliptical trainer could be the answer. It can fit under any table or desk, so you can use it while you work, read the paper, or any other time of the day.
It has pedals that strap to your foot, so you won’t slip as you pedal, and there is a monitor built in to tell you how long you’ve been using it, calories and strides. This machine provides a low impact work out, and is good for eliminating excuses and delivering results.
No home gym is complete without resistance bands, one of the safest ways to tone and burn. Resistance bands use your body weight to work muscles, so you are never in danger of overdoing it or using too much weight. Fact is, they make using weights less daunting and more approachable.
This set has 4 bands, each for a different fitness level, so beginners and advanced users can easily use them to stretch and strengthen. They are professional grade, so they won’t tear with repeated use and they have a carrying case so you can take them with you if you travel.
Yoga is great for your body and mind, centering your thoughts as it elongates and tones limbs. Good for men and women, this yoga set is perfect for beginners, helping them learn the essential poses and complete with all the tools they’ll need.
It comes with a yoga mat to do poses on comfort, along with 2 EVA foam yoga blocks to assist with more difficult and intricate positions. There is also a carry bag and strap, so you can carry it to school, work or the gym.
Yoga stretches muscles, to loosen them and improve flexibility, and builds strong core muscles. Easy and effective, this kit is about $20.
TRX Training – Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor, Complete Full Body Workouts Kit for Home and on the Road
This system is exclusive to Amazon, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better home system. Compatible with all ages and fitness levels, there are various straps, bands and a door anchor to perform challenging upper and lower body exercises. With this set, you can do any exercise you can dream of- and even a few you never heard of. From squats and lunges to chest presses and push up, users can get an intense workout anywhere they choose.
The straps and door anchor are portable and fit securely on any door, and there is a workout guide to help beginners get started. This system burns fat and builds muscle, and is used by many professional athletes, so it is a proven success. A good investment at under $130.
Vibration platforms are the latest craze, so if you want to try it, or know someone who does, this machine is a great way to get on board. This device consists of a vibration platform and resistance bands, so you can burn fat as you tone your upper body- in under 15 minutes a day.
Anyone who is pressed for time, or isn’t crazy about working out will change their mind with this machine. It has adjustable speeds, so you can vary your routine, and the base has a non-slip surface. Portable and light, it is priced to sell at under $175.
Looking for a great cardio workout or trying to get cut up? Then invest in this free standing heavy bag. The weighted base allows users to punch and jab safely, no bounce back or tipping over, for a complete work out that burns, cuts and defines. Even if you have never boxed, it is simple to use and you will quickly get the hang of it and see results.
The PowerTransferRing collar absorbs hits and cuts down on recoil, so users big and small can go at it with all their strength. The steel plate interior is specifically designed to fortify the bag and the foam base is designed for closer proximity and accessibility. Finally, the foam padding feels natural and won’t hurt your hands- and for under $100.
This set makes a great gift, as it can help anyone quickly and effectively get in shape right from home. The set has 3 pairs of dumbbells in 3 sizes: 2 pounds, 3 pounds and 5 pounds. The different sets allow for versatility in users’ routines, as they can increase or decrease difficulty as they go.
The weights are coated with neoprene, so they feel comfortable and allow for a secure grip. That means you can do arm curls, chest presses and more without dropping them or feeling them slip as you move.
Comes with a stand when you’re not using them, and priced reasonably at under $25.
I hope My Top Fitness Equipment Buying Guide inspired you to give something special this year- and inspired you to get fit this holiday season. Each of these pieces of equipment is affordable and can help get you on track- and keep you there, as you mingle and feel merry through the new year. Whatever you choose, and whoever you choose it for, your friends will thank you, and so will your waistline.