Cheap Fitness Products That Actually Work (and Reviewers Love Them)

From resistance bands to a wildly-popular kettlebell (in pink), these budget-friendly products are sure to crush your fitness goals.

By Megan Gray Jan 25, 2024 1:00 PMTags
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Sometimes it's hard to get into your fitness groove. Who has time to go to the gym? Who can afford fancy gym equipment? Trust me, same. That's why I'm always looking for that Goldilocks fitness product – something that will get me on track and won't break the bank. If you're also on the hunt for such a thing, you're in luck. I've scoured the Internet and tapped into my own successes, to bring you a roundup of cheap fitness products that actually work – and they're backed by tons of glowing 5-star reviews. You can use these items at home, keep them in your gym bag for when you do hit the gym, or even take them outside, they're that versatile.

If you're looking to improve your stability and build your core, there's a wobble cushion that you can even use on your chair at work. To build strength, there's a set of weights that come with over 77,000 5-star Amazon reviews. And to continue your wins, plan the perfect workout sesh, and set new goals, there's a fitness journal that's just $8.

What are you waiting for? Keep scrolling and fill your cart with the best cheap fitness products that will help you get the results you want.

NewMe Fitness Journal

Record your workouts, set new goals, and track your sets with this fitness journal. It's easy to throw in your gym bag or leave by your mat at home, and reviewers love the layout. One fan reported, "If you're looking for motivation and want to keep yourself in check I highly recommend this."

ihuan Ventilated Workout Gloves

Available in a few colors and sizes, these ventilated work gloves can support your wrists, provide grip, and protect your hands when you're lifting weights. One fan referred to them as the, "Best work out gloves ever."

Amazon Basics Vinyl Kettlebell

I love getting in a few kettlebell reps when I'm working from home. This pink kettlebell (super cute) is available in weights from 10 to 40 pounds (featured here is a 15 pounder), and comes with over 12,000 5-star Amazon reviews. This user noted, "Comfortable to hold, feels just like the ones I use at the gym and it's the nicest shade of pink."

Vinsguir Ab Roller Wheel

Backed by over 14,000 5-star Amazon reviews, this ab roller is a must-have for your core. It's wide and stable for ease of use, and comes with its own knee pad. One fan glowed, "It's literally the best ab workout ever!! It engages so many core muscles and I love that the results are showing very fast."

Yes4All Ab Mat

If you're looking to get in some classic sit ups and crunches, this ab mat is essential. Not only does it protect your head and your neck, it can also target more muscles and support your tailbone. It easily folds for travel or storage, and it's beloved by thousands of reviewers.

Gaiam Balance Disc

Turn any chair into a core strengthener with this disc. It goes right on your seat and can increase your balance and core strength with a series of exercises (a guide is included). This reviewer glowed, "Works great for working at my computer all day!"

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

With five varying resistance levels, these latex bands are perfect for all fitness levels, and they're easy to take on the go. Over 87,000 reviewers have given them 5-stars on Amazon, with one shopper reporting, "Who needs fancy machinery when you can get the same results from a cheaper product that doesn't take up half a room?! I love them!"

Sportneer Adjustable Ankle Weights

What's so nice about these ankle weights is that they're adjustable for your fitness level. Just add a 1-pound sandbag (10 are included), when you want to feel a stronger burn. They're soft, breathable, comfortable, and over 11,000 Amazon reviewers have given them 5-stars.

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ProBody Pilates Ball Small

This 9-inch ball is ideal for stability and core strengthening, especially in barre or Pilates-based workouts. One reviewer called it a "game-changer" in their fitness routine and raved, "Its compact size and versatility make it perfect for targeted muscle engagement, adding an extra challenge to Pilates workouts. I've noticed improved core strength and stability, thanks to its ability to intensify exercises while providing great support, making it an essential tool for anyone looking to enhance their fitness regimen."

The Original Stretch Out Strap with Exercise Book

Stretching is an important workout companion, and it often goes overlooked. Add some to your routine with this wildly-popular strap that includes an instructional guide and mobile app with video demonstrations. It's made of durable nylon, features individual loops for grip, and includes a 6-foot length that works with most heights.

Yes4All Versatile Wooden Wobble Balance Board

Improve your balance and core stability with this wobbling balance board. You can work out on it or just stand on it while working at a standing desk (it's also easy to store away when not in use). It can support up to 300 pounds and features an anti-skid pad for security on any surface.  

URBNFit Exercise Ball

Another fitness essential is a large exercise ball. You can use it for core strengthening exercises and stability, or even as a chair when you're working. It comes with a pump for easy inflation and over 34,000 5-star reviews.

Gaiam Hand Weights

Featuring a strap and an ergonomic grip, these hand weights are easy to hold and add some resistance to any workout (or carry them on your next run or walk). Each weight is 2 pounds, which one reviewer noted, "They wrap around your hands and you forget about them," adding, "Just enough weight [...] to make an important difference."

Amazon Basics Easy Grip Workout Dumbbell

If you're looking for a set of weights, these highly popular dumbbells are a solid pick. They come in a set of six (2 pounds, 3 pounds, and 5 pounds) and include a storage stand, but other weight options are available. They're easy to hold and can really add a burn to your home fitness routine.

ProsourceFit Exercise Balance Pad

Sweatproof and slip-resistant, this balance pad is perfect for core strengthening and support. It comes with over 10,000 5-star Amazon reviews and one user remarked, "Foam is always a challenge for my balance. This is a nice product that stays in place and makes me work hard to balance while doing any exercises. It's lightweight and easy to carry. Easy to clean and comfortable to use."

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