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We’ve Been Thinking About Exercise During Pregnancy All Wrong

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We’ve Been Thinking About Exercise During Pregnancy All Wrong

During all three of my pregnancies, as my body grew and shifted in ways that made it feel foreign, I found comfort in movement. Walking helped me feel grounded. Pilates helped me feel connected to my changing form. Weight training helped me feel strong. But the physical benefits weren’t nearly as meaningful as the emotional ones. Between preeclampsia, a late-term loss, and placenta previa, my three pregnancies all felt like gauntlets, but focusing on what was in my control — putting one foot in front of the other on a walk, lifting a dumbbell — helped me to weather the anxiety.

Historically speaking, I know I’m lucky: Less than 40 years ago, women were unequivocally told to take it as easy as possible while pregnant. It was only in 1985 that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published its first guidelines for exercise during pregnancy. Today, the group encourages most low-risk pregnant people “to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during, and after pregnancy.”

Since then, research has revealed a host of benefits for exercising during pregnancy for both pregnant people and babies. “We now know a whole lot more about the safety and efficacy of being active,” says Rachel Tinius, Ph.D., an assistant professor of exercise science at Western Kentucky University, who researches the effects of physical activity during pregnancy — and ran the Boston Marathon while 12 weeks pregnant with her fourth child. “The research that we have shows overwhelmingly how much better moms do with delivery, with fetal outcomes, postpartum outcomes, mental health, blood pressure, [and] gestational diabetes” when they’re active, she says, all of which positively impacts the developing fetus, too.

For years, pregnant women were told by doctors not to let their heart rate go above 140 beats per minute, despite the fact that this advice wasn’t based on any evidence.

And yet, outdated fears persist around pregnant women and exertion, which may help to explain why, according to some estimates, only 40% of pregnant women exercise during pregnancy. Women who do work out while pregnant still receive unsolicited commentary from family or even strangers, questioning their safety and the safety of their unborn child. When I polled people on social media about their experiences with exercise during pregnancy, I heard stories of women who were warned by fellow gymgoers that doing squats with weights would make the baby “fall out” (nope), or that too much cardio would make their future child hyperactive (a hard no). Powerlifters were told by their doctors to switch to tiny 10-pound weights.

Kyle Georgina Marsh, a Pilates teacher and strength coach based in New York City, balked when her obstetrician advised her to scale back her physical activity simply because she was pregnant. When Marsh pushed back, her doctor told her, “You can keep doing these things, but if you end up injured or compromising your pregnancy, don’t say I didn’t warn you.” (Marsh switched doctors.)

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While the last four decades have seen a major uptick in research exploring exercise during pregnancy, the scientific community is still playing catch-up for the complete void of data that existed until — well, very recently. Beyond simply filling the void, researchers are also working to replace earlier, misguided beliefs, recommendations, and fears with evidence-based information. For example, when ACOG released its first physical activity guidelines for pregnant women in 1985, the group cautioned that pregnant women should be sure their heart rate did not go above 140 beats per minute. For years, this advice was standard in doctors’ offices — despite the fact that, according to several researchers, it wasn’t based on any evidence.

In the absence of studies examining the effects of exercise on pregnancies, obstetricians simply came up with a number that seemed reasonable, says Tinius. “It was based on a bunch of smart doctors that sat down together and basically said, ‘Well, let’s protect ourselves and make sure that our patients are safe,’” she told me.

Evidence now suggests that, for many pregnant women, it is safe — and can be beneficial — to work out at a moderate-to-high intensity, particularly if they were active before pregnancy. And yet, several pregnant women I spoke with report being told — in 2024 — to keep their heart rate below 140, for no good reason. The same goes for lifting heavy objects. “We know so much more now,” says Tinius, but “it was just 30-something years ago the recommendations were completely different.”

The fact that the common wisdom about pregnancy exercise has changed so dramatically in roughly one generation means that a lot of the previous advice is still circulating, and many people are skeptical about defying it. “[Pregnancy] is a time that is just filled with stress and anxiety and worry,” says Tinius, and so “sometimes the emotional can outweigh logic.” The challenge is translating scientific advances “into actually getting people moving, and not being afraid to move.”

Evidence now suggests that, for many pregnant women, it is safe — and can be beneficial — to work out at a moderate-to-high intensity.

“We have an information dissemination crisis,” sayss Gráinne Donnelly, a pelvic floor physical therapist and editor of the Journal of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy. In her research, she has found that many women receive no advice about physical activity during pregnancy and postpartum. “I think education and public health messaging has a huge importance, and we need to improve on it.”

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On top of this, earlier guidance has also presented a challenge for researchers who want to study exercise during pregnancy. “I think the biggest limitation [to more research] is these limitations we have put onto the research area previously,” like keeping pregnant women’s heart rates below 140 beats per minute, says Margie Davenport, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology at the University of Alberta who runs a lab dedicated to researching physical activity during and after pregnancy. “As soon as you have these limitations that really get into the social fabric of our lives, it’s really difficult to propose these studies, get them funded, and get them approved by the ethics board, because they’re seen as being really risky,” she says. “But in my opinion, the riskier thing is not doing the research.”

So what do we know? For starters, ACOG recommends that pregnant women get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, the same recommended dose of weekly exercises for non-pregnant people. While the latest guidelines don’t suggest a specific amount of strength training weekly, the group says strength conditioning is generally beneficial.

Researchers also agree that, for most women who are experiencing normal-risk pregnancies, staying active during pregnancy can be an “exceptionally powerful” tool for boosting health and well-being, says Davenport. Physical activity has the potential to ease back pain and constipation, strengthen your heart and blood vessels, and decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, and cesarean birth. Some women also find that moving helps with nausea. Exercise during pregnancy can lead to a speedier recovery postpartum, too.

And crucially, for many women — particularly those who exercised regularly before pregnancy — staying active can support their mental health, says Davenport. In 2021, she and her team reviewed population studies looking at the impact of exercise on anxiety and depression during pregnancy and found that women who stayed very active reduced their risk of both depression and anxiety by around 32%, compared to control groups. “We are just starting to scratch the surface” of understanding the potential of exercise for mental health during pregnancy, Davenport says — in part because the scientific community has only been studying pregnant people’s mental health for a little over a decade.

Exercise during pregnancy also benefits the fetus, says Dr. Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D., a professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the University of California-San Diego, who co-authored ACOG’s most recent guidelines on exercise during pregnancy. This mutually beneficial relationship is especially clear when it comes to preterm delivery. “We know that stress is a pretty big cause of preterm birth,” she says, and “exercise in and of itself releases endorphins that mitigate stress.”

But even when physical activity doesn’t prevent complications or less-than-ideal outcomes, it can still benefit a pregnant person by simply helping them feel better, calmer, and stronger. This was the case for me. Despite staying active throughout my pregnancies, I developed multiple complications — and yet, I’m convinced that my movement habit helped me endure these ordeals far better than I could have if I’d been forced to sit still.

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The gaps in knowledge that scientists are working to fill are particularly wide at the far ends of the exercise spectrum, says Davenport. That includes pregnant people who have medical conditions for which doctors advise against exercising, and elite athletes who want to continue to train at the highest level during pregnancy. “People who have contraindications to exercise — we actually know very little about it,” says Davenport. “Many of those contraindications are based on theoretical issues rather than actual evidence. But that [research] is certainly building.”

More than two dozen athletes have competed in the Olympics while pregnant, several of whom have medaled.

At the other end of the spectrum are athletes who regularly exceed current recommendations with high intensity, long duration, and high volumes of activity. That we know even less about, says Davenport. This dearth of knowledge can be especially challenging for elite athletes who want to continue to train or compete during pregnancy. “It creates a lot of anxiety, and oftentimes distress, because [we] don’t have evidence to demonstrate what the true limits are, or if it’s safe or not,” she says.

Dr. Megan Roche, M.D., Ph.D., an Olympic trail runner who researches and coaches pregnant athletes, agrees. “That’s still a big question in my mind,” she says. “If an athlete goes out and runs an all-out 5K, there’s just not enough evidence to be like, how does this support a developing fetus?”

While they wait for the research to catch up, many pregnant athletes forge ahead with competition, trusting their bodies. Serena Williams famously won the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant, and elite runners now win races while pregnant. More than two dozen athletes have competed in the Olympics while pregnant, several of whom have medaled.

Both Davenport and Roche stressed the need for more high-quality studies — which, again, can be difficult to get approved, since they might require pregnant women to push their bodies to a limit that isn’t currently sanctioned by medical guidelines.

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And yet, just because some pregnant people can push themselves physically while pregnant doesn’t mean everyone should. Since Jane Fonda released her groundbreaking pregnancy workout in the 1980s, fitness culture has come for pregnancy full-throttle. To be pregnant in 2024 is to be barraged with images and videos of women working out until the day they give birth, their abs somehow still visible over their bumps. As pregnant athletes have become more commonplace — crossing marathon finish lines, CrossFitting, teaching workout classes — some women now feel pressure to keep working out as if they weren’t pregnant at all. Exercise can feel like one more item on a never-ending list of pregnancy wellness to-dos. And women who need to temper their movement habits during pregnancy for legitimate health reasons now fear the potential repercussions of not moving.

Sometimes in the cultural enthusiasm for encouraging pregnant women to work out, the nuances of what it actually feels like to exercise while pregnant can get overlooked. The reality is that, during pregnancy, women’s bodies transform in both visible and invisible ways that can have a profound impact on their experience of exercise and movement. Understanding these changes can help to both reduce women’s anxiety around exercise and set realistic goals, experts say. Some of these changes involve the cardiovascular system. When pregnant, your resting heart rate tends to increase, and your heart rate may spike doing relatively gentle activities, such as walking up a hill. This is, in part, because your blood volume practically doubles during pregnancy, and your heart has to work harder to pump it through your body and to the developing fetus. “Pregnancy is like a stress test,” says Gyamfi-Bannerman. “And it’s essentially like being on a stress test for your entire nine months.” It’s taxing.

Fatigue and nausea can also weigh down even the most motivated exercisers. “The first trimester is so hard,” says Roche. “I’ve seen athletes struggle with momentum after the first trimester, even if things start feeling better into the second. Sometimes picking up and restarting exercise can be really hard.”

Then there are the hormonal changes, including a surge of the aptly-named hormone relaxin, which causes your joints and ligaments to become looser and less stable, particularly in the third trimester. These changes are beneficial for uterine growth and delivery, but they can make certain workouts more challenging. “With athletes that I’ve worked with, I’ve seen a lot of rolled ankles or sprained ankles, just from the ligament instability,” says Roche. “And then things like pelvic pain or hip pain.” For this and other reasons, back pain is very common, too.

As your pregnancy progresses, you may also feel out of breath if you lie flat on your back, since your growing uterus can press on one of the main arteries that supplies oxygen to your brain. You’ll want to avoid this position for long stretches. As your uterus grows, your center of gravity can change, too.

“Maintaining your balance is not going to be the same as it was before you were pregnant,” says Gyamfi-Bannerman. “So understanding that, and factoring that into what you do, is important.” (Many pregnant women also report feeling more comfortable when wearing a belly band or compression garment, such as support leggings or bike shorts, during physical activity.)

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“You really cannot compare yourself to the person next to you or to the person three lanes over, because their story is very different from yours.”

More than anything, Roche says, during pregnancy, you’re best off listening to your body, and asking yourself: How does this feel? Does it feel reasonable? “It can be stressful to have heart rate data pop up during a run. Seeing that data at all times is actually kind of overwhelming. It’s like, what is my heart doing now?” she says. The guidance around exercise during pregnancy has “evolved to become … more intuitive with the body.”

If you were extremely active before pregnancy and you can maintain your workout without any negative side effects, you can probably keep doing what you’ve been doing, she says. But if you’re new to working out, “it’s really about easing into it and building into it slowly.”

The experts I spoke with also emphasized that a pregnancy exercise routine doesn’t have to look like a sweaty session at the gym. Walking, yoga, and even running errands are all beneficial. “We talk a lot about doing 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity,” says Davenport, “but what is often missed is that even well below those recommendations, there are significant benefits.” Any movement is better than no movement.

Experts also stressed that every body, and every pregnancy, is different. “You really cannot compare yourself to the person next to you or to the person three lanes over, because their story is very different from yours. And their body is very different from yours. And what they’re feeling is different from yours,” Tinius says. “Just having an appreciation for what the body is doing, and giving yourself grace in the process” can help you focus on what’s right for you, says Roche. “It’s not going to look the same for everyone.”

Danielle Friedman is an award-winning journalist who focuses on the intersection of health, sexuality, and culture. She is the author of Let’s Get Physical: How Women Discovered Exercise and Reshaped the World, and her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, the Washington Post, NBC News, InStyle, The Daily Beast, Health, and more. She has previously written for Romper about how to reframe your relationship with exercise and whether teens should take Ozempic for weight loss.

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The Editor-Favorite Peloton Bike Is $400 Off for Prime Day

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The Editor-Favorite Peloton Bike Is $400 Off for Prime Day

THERE’S A WIDE range of Amazon Prime Day fitness deals you can take advantage of next week. If you’re looking to upgrade your cardio, this deal should be one of them: The original Peloton Bike will be 30% off as part of an Amazon invite-only offer on Prime Day, meaning you can save more than $400 off the popular connected exercise bike. This is the best discount we’ve ever seen on gear from the industry-leading Peloton.

In order to score the deal, members need to request an invite for the sale, which goes live July 16th. If you aren’t a member yet, there’s still plenty of time. Once you’ve logged in, click the link to request an invite to purchase for this exclusive deal.

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The Peloton Bike was just named the “Best Bike for Spinning” on our list of best exercise bikes. Our editors recently put this bike through rigorous testing for three months to discover that it is streamlined and sturdy, with all of that best-in-class content we’ve learned to expect from Peloton. There’s a reason that Peloton counts Troy Aikman, JJ Watt, Stephen Curry, and David Beckham amongst its devotees.

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The Original Bike has a 22-inch HD touchscreen that displays your class, stats and more. The screen’s angle is easily adjustable depending on who is riding and the rear-facing speakers let you clearly listen to the instructor’s guidance and music without headphones. You can change your resistance by turning the knob on the body of the bike to keep up with class.

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You’ll still have to shell out $44 per month for a Peloton app membership to take full advantage of classes, but it’ll come easier knowing that you saved up to $300 on the bike itself. And the bike does work without the app, if you want to go low-tech with it. Home gym equipment can get pricey, so it’s good to strike while the iron’s hot and join the droves of fitness enthusiasts, including our own editors, who love this bike.

Now if you don’t want to wait for the sale, here are a few of our favorite exercise bikes that are already discounted ahead of Prime Day.

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Every year, Amazon chooses two days in mid-summer to offer deep discounts to Prime members, with tens of thousands of products on sale. In addition to brands like Apple and Brooks, Amazon’s own products typically go on sale. Be on the lookout for discounts on Echo speakers or a Fire TV.

What Are the Amazon Prime Day 2024 dates?

Prime Day will take place July 16 and 17, 2024, but you can expect to see sales before and after those dates. If you spot a great deal before the 16th, go ahead and snag it, because popular products tend to sell out. If you don’t have time to shop on the actual Prime Day dates, there are still deals to be had, as Amazon has kept the sales going on certain products for as long as they have inventory in the past.

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Yes, you must have an Amazon Prime membership to get these discounts, but becoming a member is easy and costs $14.99 a month (or $139 a year). You can also sign up for a 30-day free trial that aligns with the sale. Pro tip: There are two less expensive options worth looking into—a student membership or the Prime Access program.

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Best home gym systems of 2024: Top picks for fitness enthusiasts

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In 2024, home gym systems have evolved to meet the diverse needs of fitness enthusiasts, offering advanced features and versatile equipment that can transform any space into a personal fitness sanctuary. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner looking to kickstart your fitness journey, finding the right home gym system is crucial for achieving your goals. The guide to the best home gym systems of 2024 provides an in-depth look at top-rated options, from all-in-one machines that offer comprehensive workout routines to compact setups perfect for smaller spaces. We have meticulously reviewed and compared these systems based on performance, durability, versatility, and user experience. With expert insights and detailed buying guides, you’ll be equipped to make an informed decision and invest in the best home gym equipment that fits your lifestyle and fitness aspirations.

List of the best home gym systems

To read more such articles on fitness browse the Exercise and Fitness segment in the Health and Fitness section on the Top Trending Products page. Read about the best home gym systems below.

1. HASHTAG FITNESS 10kg to 60kg gym equipment set


The HASHTAG FITNESS 10kg to 60kg gym equipment set is ideal for home workouts. It includes a versatile 8-in-1 gym bench and 50kg of PVC weights, perfect for exercises like bench presses, dumbbell presses, and leg curls. Made from durable polyvinyl chloride and featuring a solid concrete filling, this set offers reliable performance and floor protection.
Specifications

  • Brand: HASHTAG FITNESS
  • Item Weight: 50 Kilograms
  • Material: Polyvinyl Chloride
  • Product Dimensions: 1.52D x 2.54W x 1.52H Meters

Features

  • 8-in-1 gym bench with incline, decline, and flat positions
  • 50kg PVC weights with solid concrete filling
  • Includes 3ft curl rod and 5ft straight rod
  • Multi-functional for dumbbells and barbells
  • Heavy-duty 2×2 pipe construction
  • Additional accessories: leather gloves, skipping rope, and spring locks.

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2. Cockatoo Professional Gym Training, Home Gym Set


The Cockatoo Professional Gym Training Home Gym Set includes 40 kg of integrated rubber plates, featuring 2.5 kg x 4, 5 kg x 2, and 10 kg x 2 plates. It comes with a 5-foot plain rod, a 3-foot curl rod, two 14-inch dumbbell rods, gym gloves, a PVC skipping rope, foam hand grippers, and locks. Ideal for professional gym training.
Specifications

  • Brand: Cockatoo Professional
  • Item Weight: 80 kg
  • Material:–
  • Product Dimensions: 100 x 80 x 100 Centimeters

Features

  • 40 kg integrated rubber plates
  • Includes 5-foot plain rod and 3-foot curl rod
  • Two 14-inch dumbbell rods
  • Gel technology gym gloves
  • PVC skipping rope and foam hand grippers
  • 31 mm hole diameter for plates

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3. Lifeline Hg 002 Square Home Gym


The Lifeline Hg 002 Square Home Gym offers multiple exercise functions like chest extension, high pull, low pull, and leg extension. It includes a bonus gym bag, seat belt, and weatherproof leather skipping rope. Weighing 120 kg, this alloy steel equipment provides total body conditioning with over 18 exercise options, easy assembly, and a space-saving design.
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  • Brand: Lifeline
  • Item Weight: 120 Kilograms
  • Material: Alloy Steel
  • Product Dimensions:–

Features

  • Multiple exercise functions (chest extension, high pull, low pull, leg extension)
  • Includes bonus gym bag and sweat belt
  • Weatherproof leather skipping rope with a wooden handle
  • Over 18 exercise options
  • Heavy tension level for superior endurance
  • Easy assembly with no cable change design

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4. AmazonBasics Balance Stability Disc Cushion


The AmazonBasics Balance Stability Disc Cushion in blue engages core muscles for a more effective workout. It is ideal for yoga, Pilates, and general fitness to enhance core strength, stability, and posture. Also great for sitting, it benefits kids and adults alike. Made of durable PVC, it includes an easy-to-use pump and measures 13 by 13 by 2 inches.
Specifications

  • Brand: AmazonBasics
  • Item Weight: 1.76 Pounds
  • Material:–
  • Product Dimensions: 33L x 33W x 5.1H Centimeters

Features

  • Engages core muscles for effective workouts
  • Ideal for yoga, Pilates, and fitness routines
  • Improves core strength, stability, and posture
  • Suitable for sitting, aiding kids and adults
  • Made of durable PVC in a blue colour
  • Includes an easy-to-use pump for adjustments

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5. Amazon basics Neoprene Dumbbell Pair


The Amazon Basics Neoprene Dumbbell Pair in violet is perfect for resistance training. Each dumbbell weighs 1 kg, featuring an easy-grip neoprene coating and hexagonal shape to prevent rolling. The printed weight number on each end cap allows quick identification. Ideal for fitness classes and home workouts, this set offers durability and a secure hold.
Specifications

  • Brand: Amazon basics
  • Item Weight: 2 Kilograms
  • Material: Neoprene
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.9 x 14.2 Centimeters

Features

  • Set of 2 dumbbells, each weighing 1 kg
  • Easy-grip neoprene coating
  • The hexagonal shape prevents rolling
  • Printed weight number on each end cap
  • Colour-coded for quick identification
  • Ideal for fitness classes and home workouts

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6. Lifelong PVC Home Gym Set


The Lifelong PVC Home Gym Set offers a comprehensive package for home workouts. It includes 10 kg of PVC plates (2.5 kg x 4), a 3-foot curl rod, and two 14-inch dumbbell rods. Additional accessories like gym gloves, a skipping rope, hand grip, and locks enhance workout versatility. Made in India with a 6-month warranty, it provides ergonomic grips and supports up to 200 kg weight.
Specifications

  • Brand: Lifelong
  • Item Weight: 10 Kilograms
  • Material: PVC
  • Product Dimensions: 88.9 x 25.4 x 7 Centimeters

Features

  • Includes 10 kg of PVC weight (2.5 kg x 4)
  • 3-feet curl rod and two 14-inch dumbbell rods
  • Ergonomic grip design
  • Gym gloves and skipping rope included
  • Supports weight up to 200 kg
  • Made in India with a 6-month warranty

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7. BODY MAXX 15 Kg Weight Lifting Home Gym Set


The BODY MAXX 15 Kg Weight Lifting Home Gym Set features rubber weight plates totalling 15 kg (2.5 kg x 6), along with two 14-inch dumbbell rods with rubber grips and a 3-feet EZ curl bar with locks. It includes leather gym gloves, a skipping rope, and a gym bag pack. Ideal for home gym workouts, this set offers a versatile combination of equipment for varied exercises.
Specifications

  • Brand: BODY MAXX
  • Item Weight: 15000 Grams
  • Material: Iron, Rubber
  • Product Dimensions:–

Features

  • 15 kg rubber weight plates (2.5 kg x 6)
  • Two 14-inch dumbbell rods with rubber grips
  • 3-feet EZ curl bar with 2 locks
  • Includes 1 pair of leather gym gloves
  • Comes with a skipping rope
  • Multicolour gym bag pack

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8. Protoner Home Gym with 3 rods and Accessories


The Protoner Home Gym combo offers a range of options from 8 kg to 50 kg with multiple rod configurations. Each set includes PVC weight plates, a 3-foot zig-zag rod with locks, and two dumbbell rods with bolts. Additional accessories like gym gloves, a hand gripper, skipping rope, sweatbands, and a gym bag complete the package, catering to diverse fitness needs and preferences.
Specifications

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  • Brand: Protoner
  • Item Weight: 16 kg
  • Material:–
  • Product Dimensions: 81 x 15 x 6 Centimeters

Features

  • PVC weight plates in various configurations
  • Includes 3-feet zig-zag rod with locks
  • Two dumbbell rods with bolts
  • Gym gloves included
  • Hand gripper for additional strength training
  • Includes skipping rope, sweatbands, and gym bag

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9. BULLAR Professional Home Gym Set


The BULLAR Professional Adjustable Rubber Coated Home Gym Set offers versatile workout options with metal-integrated rubber weight plates. It includes a 4ft curl rod, 5ft straight rod, and 14-inch dumbbell rods with star nuts for secure grip. Additional gym accessories like gym gloves, a skipping rope, and a hand gripper complement the set, providing a comprehensive home gym solution for varied fitness routines.
Specifications

  • Brand: BULLER
  • Item Weight: 22000 Grams
  • Material: Metal, Rubber
  • Product Dimensions: ‎30L x 20W Centimeters

Features

  • Adjustable rubber-coated metal weight plates
  • Includes 4ft curl rod and 5ft straight rod
  • 14-inch dumbbell rods with star nuts
  • Gym gloves included
  • It comes with a skipping rope
  • Includes a hand gripper

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10. Kore PVC 10-40 Kg Home Gym Set


The Kore PVC 10-40 Kg Home Gym Set includes 16 kg of PVC weight (2 kg x 8), a 3-foot curl rod, and two 14-inch dumbbell rods. It comes with 100% leather gym gloves, a gym backpack, skipping rope, a hand gripper, and locks for added convenience. Highly durable and perfect for muscle building, this set offers a comprehensive range of gym equipment for effective home workouts.
Specifications

  • Brand: ‎Kore
  • Item Weight:20 kg
  • Material: Leather
  • Product Dimensions: 90 x 24 x 12 Centimeters

Features

  • Includes 16 kg of PVC weight (2 kg x 8)
  • 3 feet curl rod and two 14-inch dumbbell rods
  • 100% leather gym gloves
  • Gym backpack included
  • Comes with a skipping rope
  • Includes a hand gripper

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1. What gym equipment is best for home?

Ans. Dumbbells, resistance bands, a weight bench, a yoga mat, and a compact treadmill or stationary bike are ideal for home gyms, offering versatile workout options in a limited space.

2. Can a home gym replace a gym?

Ans. Yes, a well-equipped home gym can replace a gym by providing convenience and flexibility. However, it depends on personal fitness goals and preferences for specific equipment and social aspects.

3. Is the home gym good for beginners?

Ans. Yes, a home gym is great for beginners as it offers a comfortable, private environment to learn and practice exercises at their own pace without the intimidation of a public gym.

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Best weight storage racks: Efficient solutions for organized gyms

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Best weight storage racks: Efficient solutions for organized gyms
A well-organized gym is essential for both safety and efficiency, and top-notch weight storage racks are a crucial component. The best weight storage racks provide robust support for your weights, optimizing your space and reducing clutter. These racks come in various designs, including vertical plate trees, horizontal dumbbell racks, and combination racks for mixed equipment. Key features to consider include the rack’s weight capacity, material durability, and space-saving design. Whether you’re setting up a home gym or outfitting a commercial fitness centre, investing in a high-quality weight storage rack ensures your equipment is stored safely and accessibly, contributing to a more effective workout environment.

List of the best weight storage racks

To read more such articles on fitness browse the Exercise and Fitness segment in the Health and Fitness section on the Top Trending Products page. Read about the best weight storage racks below.

1. LEEWAY Squat Rack


Discover the LEEWAY Squat Rack, a strong and reliable weightlifting solution for home gyms. This versatile power cage, with 17 adjustable height settings, adapts to various workout needs. Built from top-notch materials, it supports up to 350kg. Enjoy a customizable, all-in-one fitness solution, perfect for squats, bench presses, and more, ensuring a safe and effective workout experience.
Specifications

  • Brand: LEEWAY
  • Material: Iron
  • Dimensions: 68D x 57W x 119H Centimeters
  • Weight: 36000 Grams

Features

  • Maximum weight capacity of 350kg
  • 17 adjustable height settings
  • Versatile for squats, bench presses, and more
  • T-shaped base for stability
  • Robust square tubing for enhanced durability
  • Satisfaction guarantee with hassle-free replacements

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2. LEEWAY Olympic Bar and Bumper Weight Plates Storage Rack


The LEEWAY Olympic Bar and Bumper Weight Plates Storage Rack is a heavy-duty gym organiser, made from premium, rust-resistant materials. With a powder-coated, durable steel construction, it resists scratches and chipping. Its compact, space-saving design features 4 pegs and 2 Olympic barbell holders, ensuring organised storage. Satisfaction is guaranteed, with hassle-free replacements for any damage.
Specifications

  • Brand: LEEWAY
  • Material: Iron
  • Dimensions: 68D x 57W x 119H Centimeters
  • Weight: 20000 Grams

Features

  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Rust-resistant premium materials
  • Powder-coated, scratch-resistant finish
  • Compact, space-saving design
  • 4 pegs and 2 Olympic barbell holders
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee with hassle-free replacements

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3. LEEWAY 9 Barbell Holder, Vertical Barbell Holder Storage


The LEEWAY 9 Barbell Holder offers secure and efficient storage for your gym equipment. Made from solid steel, it ensures durability and keeps bars safe. Its 9-slot layout is space-saving and organized, with universal compatibility for various bar types. Pro-quality construction and a modern, functional design enhance your gym’s style and safety. Satisfaction is guaranteed.
Specifications

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  • Brand: LEEWAY
  • Material: Iron
  • Dimensions: 45D x 45W x 26H Centimeters
  • Weight: 20000 Grams

Features

  • Heavy-gauge solid steel construction
  • 9-slot space-saving layout
  • Universal compatibility for 2-inch diameter bars
  • Pro-quality laser-cut components
  • Modern, minimalist boxed design
  • Secure, upright bar storage

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4. BODI PRO Dumbbell Rack Tree


The BODI PRO Dumbbell Rack Tree is a heavy-duty, modern storage solution for home gyms. Made from powder-coated, heavy-gauge steel, it can store 6 pairs of dumbbells of any size. With a weight limit of 250 kilograms, its rubber-coated legs prevent floor scratching, ensuring durability and stability.
Specifications

  • Brand: BODI PRO
  • Material: Iron
  • Dimensions: 60 x 30 x 20 Centimeters
  • Weight: 54000 Grams

Features

  • Stores 6 pairs of dumbbells
  • Made from powder-coated heavy-gauge steel
  • Modern design
  • Weight limit of 250 kilograms
  • Rubber-coated legs to prevent floor scratching
  • Suitable for home gyms

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5. Zorex Fitness 2-Tier Dumbbell Weight Rack Storage Stand


The Zorex Fitness ZF-115 2-Tier Dumbbell Weight Rack offers a durable and compact storage solution for home gyms. Made from heavy-duty CRC steel with a powder-coated, rust-free frame, it features two angled shelves to accommodate various dumbbell sizes. Its rubberized feet protect floors and absorb shocks. Easy self-installation with optional third-party assistance is available.
Specifications

  • Brand: Zorex Fitness
  • Material: MS PIPE
  • Dimensions: 129 x 91 x 62 Centimeters
  • Weight: 24000 Grams

Features

  • Heavy-duty CRC steel tube frame
  • Powder-coated, rust-free finish
  • Compact 2-tier storage with angled design
  • Rubberized feet for floor protection and shock absorption
  • Accommodates various dumbbell sizes
  • Easy self-installation with optional third-party assistance

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6. Zorex Fitness Barbell Rack


The Zorex Fitness Barbell Rack is an adjustable and multi-functional fitness solution for home gyms. It features adjustable height from 46″ to 54″, a heavy mild steel structure with a 200kg max load capacity, and non-slip rubber boots for stability. This versatile squat stand also offers anti-skid protection and easy self-installation with video support.
Specifications

  • Brand: Zorex Fitness
  • Material: MS Pipe
  • Dimensions: –
  • Weight: 23000 Grams

Features

  • Adjustable height from 46″ to 54″
  • Heavy mild steel structure with 200kg max load
  • Non-slip rubber boots for stability
  • Multi-functional design for various exercises
  • Anti-skid T-shaped base with rubber feet
  • Easy self-installation with video support

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7. Zorex Fitness ZF-107 Heavy-Duty Dumbbell Rack


The Zorex Fitness ZF-107 Heavy Duty Dumbbell Rack offers a durable and compact storage solution for home gyms. Made from commercial-grade steel with a powder-coated finish, it features a 3-tier, space-saving design. Its rubberized feet ensure stability and floor protection. This rack can accommodate dumbbells of all sizes, providing organized and accessible storage.
Specifications

  • Brand: Zorex Fitness
  • Material: MS Pipe
  • Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 120 Centimeters
  • Weight: 500 Grams

Features

  • Heavy-duty welded construction
  • Durable powder-coated finish
  • Compact 3-tier, space-saving design
  • Rubberized feet for stability and floor protection
  • Accommodates dumbbells of all sizes
  • Easy self-assembly with video support

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8. Zorex Fitness ZF-114 Premium Squat Stand


The Zorex Fitness ZF-114 Premium Squat Stand is a stable and durable fitness solution for home gyms. Made of high-quality steel, it supports up to 250 kg. With adjustable height and width, it caters to various exercises including bench presses, squats, curls, and rows. Its multi-functional design and secure T-shaped base ensure a safe workout experience.
Specifications

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  • Brand: Zorex Fitness
  • Material: MS Pipe
  • Dimensions: 111D x 99W x 145H Centimeters
  • Weight: 32000 Grams

Features

  • High-quality steel construction with a 250 kg max load
  • Adjustable height and width
  • Suitable for flat, incline, and shoulder bench presses, squats, curls, and rows
  • Multi-functional design for comprehensive workouts
  • T-shaped base for enhanced stability and security
  • Easy self-installation with free call and video support

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9. DEALS UNLIMITED 3-Tier Dumbbell Heavy Weight Rack Storage


The DEALS UNLIMITED 3-Tier IRON Home Workout Gym Dumbbell Heavy Weight Rack Storage Stand offers a sturdy and space-saving storage solution for home gyms. Made from commercial-grade steel with a durable powder-coated finish, it resists scratches and maintains its appearance over time. Featuring a compact three-tier design, it accommodates dumbbells of all sizes while ensuring stability with rubberized feet that protect floors and prevent sliding.
Specifications

  • Brand: DEALS UNLIMITED
  • Material: Iron
  • Dimensions: 20 x 60 x 30 Centimeters
  • Weight: 15000 Grams

Features

  • Heavy-duty welded construction from commercial-grade steel
  • Durable powder-coated finish for resistance against tarnishing
  • Compact three-tier design for space-saving storage
  • Accommodates dumbbells of all sizes
  • Rubberized feet for stability and floor protection
  • Absorbs shock to prevent sliding

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10. DEALS UNLIMITED 1&2 INCH Weight Plate Stand for Gym


The DEALS UNLIMITED Weight Plate Stand offers robust storage for gym and home gym setups. Constructed from durable steel with a powder-coated finish, it supports weights with 1 and 2-inch centre holes, including Olympic and bumper plates. Its design includes various storage options, featuring a rubber base to prevent floor scratches. With dimensions of 22″ L x 19″ W x 37″ H and a 500 lb capacity, it’s a compact and efficient storage solution backed by a 30-day limited warranty.
Specifications

  • Brand: DEALS UNLIMITED
  • Material: Iron
  • Dimensions: 60 x 30 x 15 Centimeters
  • Weight: 9750 Grams

Features

  • Durable steel construction with powder-coated finish
  • Supports weights with 1 & 2-inch centre holes
  • Efficient storage design for various plate sizes
  • Rubber base protects floors from scratches
  • Compact and easy to store in home or commercial gyms

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1. What materials are weight storage racks made of?

Ans. Weight storage racks are typically made from heavy-duty steel, often with a powder-coated finish to enhance durability and resist rust and scratches.

2. How much weight can a storage rack hold?

Ans. The weight capacity varies by model, but most heavy-duty racks can support between 200 to 500 kilograms, ensuring secure storage for various gym equipment.

3. Are weight storage racks easy to assemble?

Ans. Yes, most weight storage racks come with detailed instructions and can be assembled with basic tools. Some models also offer video support for easy installation.

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