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Thanks to the need to stay safe and socially distant, lots of us are working out from home right now. However, if your home is somewhat small – or if your partner just isn’t that into a large set of workout equipment as a a core element of your home decor – fear not. There are a number of luxury compact and portable workout equipment options on the market right now that you can even use when we’re allowed to travel again. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of the best luxury workout equipment for a compact space, including a home gym, an office space or for travel.

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What we wouldn’t give right now to have an instructor yelling at us to do one more sweaty push-up! We’d even be happy to lift weights next to a groaning and grunting muscle head. Well, maybe not happy, but we’d definitely do it.

The best compact and portable equipment for a small space, including home gym, office or travel.

Working out at home was never our jam. We need to be held accountable by a scheduled class, monthly payment, beloved instructors, and fellow gym friends. And what’s the point of stylin’ workout attire if no one else sees it?


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More than a month into lockdown mode, it’s clear that our hopeful attempts at staying in shape through sit-ups and random YouTube videos is just not going to cut it.

But is there really some middle ground between running up and down the stairs and buying a bulky piece of exercise equipment that you don’t have room for?

Compact and portable gym equipment always seemed a bit gimmicky to us – not to mention unattractive. But, at this point, we’re not going to be too picky. OK, a little picky. We just want something that isn’t a big commitment in terms of space and price. As long as it’s effective, our core, arms and booty will be grateful!

the best compact and portable equipment for a small space, including home gym, office or travel

After consulting with experts and numerous health and fitness publications, here is our list of the 15 best options for compact portable exercise equipment that will level up your game from your home gym, office, or even for travel.

Ready to add a home gym lite to your house? Read on.

The Best Luxury Workout Equipment for a Compact Space

1. Lululemon Reversible Mat 

One of the most effective pieces of “equipment” is a yoga mat. Not just for yoga, the added cushioning protects the joints for more pain-free workouts and allows us to do a few more sets of floor exercises before collapsing. We like this Lululemon Reversible Mat in 5 mm size.

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BUY NOW  ($78)

2. Bowflex SelectTech 552

The Bowflex SelectTech 552 is a space saver that keeps your living room from being overrun with multiple weights. Each dumbbell combines 15 sets of weights into one, adjusting from 5 to 52.5 pounds.

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BUY NOW ($1,500)

3. Everlast 10lb Weighted Vest

A weighted vest might make you feel a bit self-conscious in public but at home, it’s the perfect tool to increase your strength and endurance without a lot of fuss. This neoprene vest is 10lbs and comes with adjustable straps for an ideal fit.

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BUY NOW ($29.49)


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4. TheraBand Stability Ball 

Exercise balls are incredibly versatile but work especially well for core exercises. If you have kids at home, they do double duty as a children’s toy. Fair warning- you might have to fight them for it.

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The best compact home gym equipment: Thera-Band. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW ($26.50)

5. XYLsports Jump Rope 

While you may never get in the ring, who says you can’t jump rope like the fighters in a boxing movie montage? This one gets top marks for its adjustability, smooth swing and cushioned foam grips.

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6. Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Resistance bands are one of those things that look deceptively easy but if you’ve ever used one, you remember the pain (in a good way.) This set of 5 are color coded in resistance levels from beginner to workout warrior.

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BUY NOW ($17.85)

7. Escape Fitness Deck

This multipurpose bench can be used as an aerobic stepping platform or as a bench for strength training and plyometric exercises. The bench also opens up to store fitness accessories and can be fold and stored out of the way.

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BUY NOW  ($369.99)

8. Metrixx Elite Precision Kettlebell 

These advanced military grade kettlebells are the original real deal. Different from dumbbells, the kettlebell’s displaced center of mass uniquely challenges the body’s stabilizer muscles and forces the entire body to participate in the movement.

BUY NOW ($229.99)


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9. Lifeline Power Wheel 

It always amazes us how simple tools can make a certain movement so much more intense. And when you’re low on space or time, using this wheel will deliver results in your core.

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BUY NOW ($49.99)

10. Quiet Punch

Miss the punching bag at the gym? Or just need to punch something? We were delighted to come across this portable punching bag which sets up in a doorframe and comes with an accompanying app and sensor to count your punches and track your workout.

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BUY NOW  ($250)

11. Weslo Climber

This low profile climber is easy to store and set-up- in front of the TV, even. Mimicking mountain climbing movements, it’s great for total body cardio while reducing joint impact.

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BUY NOW  ($102)

12. SportPlus Quiet Mini Fitness Trampoline

A fun workout is the workout you keep doing. Those addictive endorphins are produced every time you step on this mini trampoline for a midday bounce to get that heart rate up.

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The best compact home gym equipment: Trampoline. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW  ($139.99)

13. Stamina Instride XL Cycle

If you’re on an endless conference call recapping the recap of another conference call, check out this under-the-desk cycle. Sure, it’s not going to give you the body of your dreams but you might as well burn some extra calories while listening to Bob drone on and on.

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BUY NOW  ($89.99)


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14. Stamina InMotion E1000 Elliptical Trainer 

For people who have seen their strides massively reduced since the lockdown began, this elliptical trainer can be used sitting while working at a desk or standing. It also works in reverse with an adjustable tension to increase intensity level.

BUY NOW ($104.99)

15. Stamina Air Rower

Rowing strengthens and tones the entire body from the arms, legs, back, abs and buttocks. This compact piece of home gym equipment uses air resistance. Which has the benefit of always matching your pace. Row harder for more resistance and ease off for less.

BUY NOW ($299)

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There you have it! 15 minimal pieces of exercise equipment to keep you on your game until your favorite gym reopens. Stay staying healthy out there, dear reader!

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

Julie Murphy

Julie began her career in fashion as a design intern at 3.1 Phillip Lim after graduating from Parsons School of Design. As the fashion editor at Dandelion Chandelier, she brings over a decade of experience as a designer and marketing creative to cover trends and styling.