You know that room in the basement, the one with the weights and exercise equipment? Yeah, that’s your home gym, and it’s about time you visited it more often. Here are five high-end tools and gadgets that will help you hit your fitness goals and make you start looking forward to your next return visit.
Nothing beats having great tunes while you’re pumping iron, but how about every tune known to man? The Sonos Connect:Amp ($499) system is a smartphone-controlled, high-powered digital amplifier that lets you stream music from your iTunes account or other web service (Pandora, Songza, Google Play, SiriusXM, Last.fm and more) straight to your speakers. It pumps 55 watts of power ensuring you’ll hear it over your workout, and can wirelessly connect to other units in your home so they all play at once.
Bowflex SelectTech 1090 dumbbells
This single set of dumbbells can replace up to 17 pairs of lesser ones (34 if you count both hands), without the hassle of a full weight rack. The Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Dumbbell system ($599) lets you adjust a dial to select weights ranging from 10 to 90 pounds in increments of five pounds. This is especially useful if your training transitions from low-weight exercises such as curls to those that require higher loads, such as squats.
Dyson AM07 tower fan
If you need to cool off, having a reliable fan in your gym is a godsend. Dyson’s AM07 Tower Fan ($449.99) fan offers a quieter, more powerful way to keep the sweat at bay, complete with remote-control oscillation control. With blade-free construction, there are less parts for you to catch on when you’re putting in those extra reps, and it’s easy to clean. It also doesn’t take up much room.
Withings Smart Body Analyzer
Not unlike Star Trek’s Tricorder device, the Withings Smart Body Analyzer ($250) is a wi-fi enabled scale that can measure your body in practically any way, and then some. To help you keep track of your fitness journey, in addition to weight, the smart scale also tracks your heart rate, body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, room temperature and air quality (if you want to measure sleep quality and blood pressure, you can use it in conjunction with other Withings devices). It takes these measurements and sends them to a companion smartphone app. This same app lets you set specific goals, and can even be integrated with popular web services such as RunKeeper.
The GRID 2.0 foam roller
High-end gym goods don’t have to be high-tech. Compared to its cheaper cousins, the GRID 2.0 foam roller ($64.99) boasts a head-turning pricetag, but it’s well worth the end result of reduced muscle soreness and decreased recovery times. Distrodensity Zones, or varying foam densities across its finger-like surface, mimic a professional massage to work out the kinks in your muscles. The hollow core keeps it light and out of the way. We knew there was a reason we’ve seen it gracing some NBA locker rooms.