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Portable Gym Equipment for Travelers or Home Workout

Not having access to the gym, shouldn’t be an excuse to not work out.

If you are looking for an alternative for a workout at home or fitness on the go, you found the perfect answer: PORTABLE EXERCISE EQUIPMENT!

Is your busy lifestyle and traveling getting in the way of your fitness goal?

I get it, and I am in the same situation as you – traveling can make it tricky to maintain a workout routine. For this reason, I have tested and now am sharing a review of the top 7 portable exercise equipment for a workout on-the-go, or for your home workout.

The good news is that we can take control of our fitness routine!

I have worked very hard to find a balanced lifestyle between travel and fitness, and just as important as a balanced life, it is important to have discipline and consistency to dedicate to our fitness routine.

I hope this review can help you to see the many options that are available for portable fitness equipment, and how cheap, easy, and effective it is to use these fitness gear on-the-go and to keep up with a fitness routine.

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Review of my top Portable Exercise Equipment

1- TUBE RESISTANCE BAND

Best portable exercise equipment for tone muscle and strength

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE RESISTANCE BANDS

You can get fit on-the-go and get a full-body workout with this resistance band routine. They are available in a variety of lengths and strengths. It is a piece of very cheap workout equipment and when used correctly it is very effective for a variety of exercises.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A RESISTANCE BAND

It is very cheap. The most portable form of fitness equipment, you can store it very easily and you can carry in your luggage with you if you are traveling. You can be creative with a variety of exercises. It is a very effective way to work out. With this resistance bands you are working out against gravity, and the bands switch up the lines of force to strengthen new movement patterns, and they offer variable resistance – the more you stretch them, the heavier they get.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A RESISTANCE BAND

You can be very creative with the variety of exercises you can do with a resistance band. Resistance bands are great for increasing strength, adding some muscle, maintain fitness condition if you don’t have access to a gym. They are also great to add resistance for your work out at the gym, I always have a couple of resistance bands in my gym bag.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH THE RESISTANCE BAND

Resistance bands are very efficient tools to promote the improvement of the physical conditioning by allowing the execution of a series of movements that work all the muscular groups: arms, abdomen, shoulders, back, glutes, and thighs. Plus research shows that engaging resistance and training into your workout helps to improve balance, gait function, and flexibility. When the band is combined with high-intensity workout and a proper diet, they also help to sculpt more defined muscles as well as getting your heart rate high.

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST RESISTANCE BAND

First important thing:  you need to consider what level of resistance your are looking for. If you are already advanced on your fitness journey, I recommend to get a resistance band set, as you can have a variety of weight and add some additional resistance. If you are a beginner, you might want to start with a lighter resistance band.

SPRI Xertuve Resistance Band

It is sold separately and is a great option for a budget resistance band. You can choose from 4 different colors, which represent resistance levels from light (yellow) to ultra-heavy (purple).

NH-Sport Resistance Band

This is a kit with 5 levels of resistance bands from 5-30 lbs that can be used separated or together to add more resistance. It also comes with an e-book for a workout, a carrying bag, and a wrist band.

Fitness Insanity Kit

If you are very serious about your fitness level, this kit is the perfect choice for you. The kit includes a package with 5 resistance bands, a carrying bag, a workout guide, a door anchor, and some straps.

2 - RUBBER LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

Best portable exercise equipment for full body workout

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

The looped resistance bands come in different designs and different strengths. By placing the looped resistance band just above your knees or at your ankles, you can get a great hip and glute workout. I also love to use my looped resistance bands during my weight training at the gym, as it adds resistance to my workout activates my core, help to stabilize, and to maintain a proper form during exercises such as squats or leg extensions.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

They are a very low-cost portable fitness equipment. They are very easy to use. Easy to pack and use on the on-the-go. You can workout in small spaces, such as a hotel room. The RUBBER looped resistance band helps target large muscles as well as stabilizing smaller muscles.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

Muscle strength. Core when you incorporate a plank circuit. Warm-ups. Toning. Hip and shoulders activation. Maintaining and priming proper form. Stability. Low impact joints. Rehabilitation.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

You can be very creative with this RUBBER looped resistance band. It targets glute, legs, arms, core, and shoulders workout.

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST RUBBER LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

You can add variation with various sizes and strengths -there are a variety of colors that indicates the different levels of resistance – light (green) up to heavy (black). Choose the one with different resistance levels to make the most of your workout. Some come with instruction booklet to illustrate exercises.

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop

Affordable price, this set comes with 3 sets for resistance level workout. It comes in a storage bag, which makes it easy to use on-the-go.

Omeril Reistance Bands

This is skin-friendly natural latex material, instead of other plastic materials. It comes in 5 resistance levels from 4-30 lbs, with a storage bag.

Letfit Resistance Loop Bands

Economical version. Comes with 5 resistance bands with color-coded and come with instructions manual to help you to plan your exercise routine, made from 100% natural latex.

3 - LOOPED FABRIC RESISTANCE BAND

Best portable exercise equipment for legs and glutes workout

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

The FABRIC looped resistance bands come in different designs and different strengths – By placing the looped resistance band just above your knees or at your ankles, you can get a great hip and glute workout. I also love to use my FABRIC looped resistance bands during my weight training at the gym, as it adds resistance to my workout activates my core, help to stabilize, and to maintain a proper form during exercises such as squats or leg extensions.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A FABRIC LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

They are a great option for portable fitness equipment and very easy to pack and use on the on-the-go. You can workout in small spaces, such as a hotel room. The looped resistance band helps target large muscles as well as stabilizing smaller muscles.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

Helps to tone legs and glutes workout to firm and tone your legs, thighs & butt. Great to use itself on the workout on the go or also, to add some resistance to your gym workout. Some of the exercises are squats, walking lunges, hip elevation, kick back, and also can be used on plyometric and cardio exercises.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

This FABRIC looped resistance band targets glute, legs, and core workout. 

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST LOOPED RESISTANCE BAND

You can find a variety of styles and prices on the web. Choose the one that is reinforced joint, with a high-quality fabric that won’t break or stretch. Some provide a workout guide book and videos online on how to use your FABRIC looped resistance band.

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop

Affordable price, this set comes with 3 sets for resistance level workout. It comes in a storage bag, which makes it easy to use on-the-go.

Sling Shot Mark Resistance Band

This looped resistance band is the fabric version.  Sold individually and comes in 3 different colors (resistance levels) to choose from.

Arena Fabric Booty Bands

My favorite set, as the fabric version stays in place better and does not slide or roll easy. This kit comes with 3 levels (light, medium, heavy). Comes with a 33-page workout program included. 

4 - RESISTANCE BAND PULL-UP ASSITANCE

Best portable exercise equipment for pull-up and strength exercises

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

This pull-up resistance band is great to give you weight assistance when trying to perfect a pull-up, as the name indicates. These bands do not have handles like the tube resistance band, and they have a flat surface. It has around 4 feet long. The colors have different assistance levels, ranging from 35 to 123 lbs.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

These resistance bands are very affordable. They are very versatile, giving you the chance to incorporate the bands into a number of different workouts. There is a very nice range of elasticity and durable. You can either order them individually or a whole set of 4 different bands of varying thickness – the lighter is the red color with 15-35 lbs and the heavier is the black with a range of 25-65 lbs.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

The pull-up resistance bands allow you to completely customize your workout, whether lightweight strengthening workout or weight assisted. As the name indicates, they are great for assistance pull-up. Also good for mobility, strength such as squats, deadlifts, pushups, glutes, and abs workout. They can also be used for HIIT workout.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A PULL-UP RESISTANCE BAND

A great option for a back workout if used as pull-up assistance. You can also do a variety of exercises for arms, chest, and legs. They can also be used for HIIT workout.

 

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PULL UP RESISTANCE BAND

There are many great options to choose from. You will get the set which usually stated as light, medium, heavy and extra heavy. They should be approx. 5-50 lbs. of resistance. If you are just starting, I recommend choosing the lowest strength band, which has a green color, and you can start to increase the strength as you feel more comfortable with the exercises to perform.

WOD Fitters Band

If you are looking for a very affordable, and you don’t mind about the variation of resistance, you can buy a single resistance band for a full-body workout. You can choose the resistance based on the color – red is lighter and black heavier.

INTEY Pull Assitance Band

This assistance band comes with 4 different resistance bands at an affordable price. Each band has a different assistance level, ranging from 35-125 lbs, so you can choose as much or little resistance as you need.

WOD Fitter Titanium Band

This is a great option of assistance band, comes with 5 different levels of resistance. You can use then alone or combined to add strength to your workout. Easy to store comes in a carrying bag and this set has a lifetime warranty.

5 - JUMP ROPE

Best portable exercise equipment for cardio & fat burning

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A JUMP ROPE

You probably learned how to jump rope when you were a kid. Bring it back now and have some fun while you work on your cardio. You can jump rope for 30 to 90 seconds in between other exercise sets to increase your heart rate and burn more calories – we call it interval training. There are some jump rope techniques that can help you to improve your fitness condition.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are very cheap, portable, excellent for cardiovascular exercise, improve agility, increase endurance, burn calories, and can be used anywhere.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are great for heart rate pumping, it trains coordination, agility, improves coordination, and is proven to increase bone density.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH A JUMP ROPE

Jump rope targets several muscles in your upper and especially lower body, including quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves, It also recruits the muscle in your shoulders, arms, and core.

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST JUMP ROPE

Jump ropes are available in all sorts of materials and with a variety of high tech handles. The most important thing, the rope you decide to buy should be comfortable to hold and have a smooth spin motion.

Survival and Cross Jump Rope

If you are looking for a very affordable, lightweight, and fast jump rope, this rope is a great option for you.

Sonic Boom

This rope is perfect if you are serious about a speed jump rope. It is very good quality, the rope-locking function is brilliant and you can adjust to your size very easily.

Arena Fabric Booty Bands

The rope is interchangeable, speed +sprint, and has an elite premium bolt handle jump rope system. It is also fully adjustable.

6 - TRX SUSPENSION TRAINER KIT

Best portable exercise equipment for strength full body workout

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE A TRX SUSPENSION TRAINER KIT

This suspension training system is as minimalist and robust as you can get from portable exercise equipment for travel or home gym. It can be used from beginner to intermediate and also advanced levels. All you will need is to have a door, tree, or similar to hand your TRX system. TRX is an abbreviation for Total Body Resistance Exercise, which is exactly what TRX suspension training workout does.

✔︎  WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF TRX

TRX is one of the best portable workout gear for strength training for all the levels of fitness. It is time-efficient and can be done anywhere without access to specialized equipment, which makes a perfect option for home gyms and frequent travelers. You can get a full-body workout in less time. It weighs under 2 lbs, and it fits in your carry on!

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH THE TRX

TRX is a suspension training that works strength and cardio in one system. It works for major muscle groups and stabilizing muscles at the same time. The suspension systems allow you to use your own body weight and the resistance of gravity to perform over 300 highly effective exercises.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH THE TRX SYSTEM

TRX is a great system for a full-body workout and due to the nature of using hanging straps during a workout, your core and stabilizing muscles are used to give you balance as you work each major muscle group: legs, arms, shoulders, back, chest, and core. It is very effective and helps to build and maintain muscle.

 

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST TRX TRAINING SYSTEM

The TRX suspension training system is a perfect solution while traveling and for a home full-body workout, making them a wise investment for your portable fitness equipment. The 3 TRX kits I reviewed below, are ready to use on a door or pole right out of the box.

TRX Training GO

This TRX is a travel-friendly kit and budge-friendly. It has the basics to weigh you down on the go and a great alternative to other TRX kits. This is the lightest and leanest TRX trainer for those on the go.

TRX All in One

This is the best selling training system and the one I use and love. It comes with a 35-pages workout guide. Includes 6-months access to the TRX premium app.

TRX Training PRO

This comes with strap extenders and it is reinforced as strongly as possible and built to industrial standards. It comes with an 8-week workout program and has a rubber handle for the most intense exercise.

BONUS RESOURCES:  Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel as I share many great ideas for a workout on the go to help you to be in shape without having to go to the gym. 

7 - CORE SLIDERS

Best portable exercise equipment for core & low impact workout

✔︎ HOW CAN I USE THE CORE SLIDERS

The core sliders are double-sided for use on either carpet or hardwood floor. It makes perfect travel gear for a hotel room workout on-the-go.

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF CORE SLIDERS

They are very affordable and extremely lightweight. They add a challenge to your workout because they change the amount of friction that exists between your body and the ground.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A CORE SLIDERS

I am a big fan of core sliders and I even use my set at the gym to complement my heavy legs workout. You can use your core sliders for a variety of exercises like plank, lunges, bodyweight training, mountain climbers. I even like to use it as a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) exercise, just adding speed to some movements, such as mountain climber.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH THE RESISTANCE BAND

Core sliders are great to build stability. It focuses especially on shoulders and core and you have to really engage to fight back against that force and keep your body stable, which means you have to work out harder throughout the entire movement.

 

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST CORE SLIDER

If you don’t have yet, you can pick a pair for a very affordable price, and incorporate some exercises between your sets, or at the end of your workout. The more you use them, the more you will love them.

Synergee Sliders

These sliders are actually the ones I am using now. They are great on both carpet and hardwood floor. The size is great and you can choose from a variety of colors.

SKLZ Slidez

These sliders are made of low friction materials and work smoothly on any surface. They are larger on size, contoured on top to reduce slipping, with a smoother bottom surface.

Core Flyte

Can be used in multi-surface, with innovative technology that uses ball transfer inspired by the aeronautics industry to facilitate the movement.

8 - TRAVEL YOGA MAT

Best portable exercise equipment for flexibility, stretch & strength

✔︎ WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS OF A YOGA MAT

I think you would agree that hotel carpets are not something you would use to practice your yoga. But at the same time, you are not going to want to carry a full-size mat if you are traveling. The good news is that you can find super-thin and lightweight mats for travel use.

✔︎ WHAT EXERCISES CAN I DO WITH A YOGA MAT

Primarily if you practice yoga, carrying a portable yoga mat during your travel is something you will want to do, since yoga can be done almost anywhere. You can also use your yoga mat for stretching and pilates exercise.

✔︎ WHAT BODY PART CAN I WORK OUT WITH YOGA

I have been practicing yoga for a few years now, and I cannot reinforce enough the benefits of it. Besides burn calories and tone muscles of your whole body, yoga also works total mind-body. Yoga combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing mediation.

 

REVIEW: HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST TRAVEL YOGA MAT

Travel yoga mats are usually thinner and more compact. Often the material is more pliable and they sometimes come with additional straps or pouches for added portability. The best ones are foldable, so you can pack them in a suitcase without taking up too much space.

Gaiam Foldable Travel Yoga Mat

If you are looking for a very affordable, compact, and grippy option, this mat is a great option for you. It is only 1 lb. at 2 mm thick, perfect for packing on small luggage or backpack.

Jade Yoga Travel Mat

This travel yoga mat comes in two sizes to accommodate people of different heights. It is available in 68 and 74-inch length. Sustainable made of natural rubber.

Manduka Eko Superlite Yoga Mat

This yoga mat weighs only 2.2 lbs. and 1.5 mm thick and is highly flexible for travel, without sacrificing the quality of the material. An awesome choice for a travel yoga mat.

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2 thoughts on “Best Portable Exercise Equipment for Fitness at home or on the go – Bonus: Workout videos

  1. Ryan K Biddulph says:

    Good deal Paula. Awesome job on this post. We can get in inspired workouts with minimal equipment on the road. No excuses. Even bodyweight workouts work nicely but using equipment helps heaps, too.

    Ryan

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