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Best home gadgets for fitness

Gym memberships are expensive and often you’ll find yourself opting to sit on the sofa rather than hitting the treadmill. According to recent statistics, 36 per cent of us have gym memberships we never or rarely use.

In an ideal world, we’d have cross trainers and step machines in our living rooms, but those are pricey too. Luckily there are lots of cheaper, effective options for doing your workout at home.

With the help of health and fitness expert Charlotte Ord (, we’ve found the best equipment to help you tone up, build strength and burn fat in the comfort of your own home. The aids range from the fun, like ResultSport’s weighted Hula Hoop and Tanita’s Calorie Jump skipping rope, to the serious bits of kit like PowerBlock Sport dumbbells.


“The Z-Trainer’s like having your own, very effective portable gym,” says Charlotte. You attach the straps to something sturdy; a beam, a tree in the garden or your bedroom door, and use them for a full-body workout. It comes in a handy carry bag with exercise tips, so is fairly idiot-proof. Take note, the door attachment is sold separately.

York Kettlebell set

“Kettlebells are great for strength training and cardiovascular in one,” says Charlotte. “Because they’re weighted they help boost metabolism, too.” This set (2, 3 and 4kgs) is excellent value, with handles that are easy to grip.

John Lewis hand weights

Whether you’re doing squats, star star-jumps or lunges, using hand weights will add resistance — and increase fat burn. These from John Lewis are pleasingly easy to hold and ideal for smaller hands. It’s a shame you can’t buy them in pairs, though.

ResultSport Level 1 Weighted Hula Hoop

Hula hooping’s ideal for toning and firming tummies and bums. This large, weighted hoop is padded so there’s no danger of bruising. The 1.2kg weight is heavier than some on the market but it means you really notice the difference once you’ve mastered the technique. It collapses into six sections for storage.

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