Top 11 Best Functional Fitness Equipment for Your Home Gym

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Functional fitness equipment differs from your normal home gym equipment. From kettlebells and resistance bands to body weight leverage trainers, the focus on whole body training requires targeted gear. This guide provides a breakdown of why functional fitness equipment is different, the types of gear, and top 11 best to consider when building a functional fitness focused gym.

If you are new to functional fitness, check out the “Functional Fitness Exercises and Tips for Your Home Gym” guide. The FitPak also as a ton of great functional fitness resources, including kettlebell workouts.

What Makes Functional Fitness Equipment Different?

Functional fitness is a physical fitness philosophy that emphasizes how muscle groups work together during daily activities around the home or office. It also emphasizes sports that you participate in regularly. This type of exercise can help you remain healthy and have a better quality of life by avoiding injuries from everyday activities.

Isolation vs. Full Body

Functional fitness equipment can include resistance bands, battle ropes and indoor rowing machines. The difference between functional equipment and standard equipment is that this type of equipment works more than one group of muscles at once. Standard gym equipment works a muscle group in isolation. However, as we go about our daily routine, we rarely use a single muscle group in isolation without engaging others.

Functional Fitness Blends Well With Other Workouts

Functional fitness philosophy prepares you for daily life. You can combine that this type of exercise routine with other kinds of strength, aerobic, and CrossFit programs. This is an excellent type of fitness program for older adults to prevent injury and keep them healthy as they age. It is also an excellent addition or younger people who want to add something new to their routine.

Focused to Overall Health vs. Health Goals

Another way functional exercise is different from standard training programs is that often with conventional training, you are doing it to reach a goal. You may be training for a marathon, or to perform well during the next sports season. Functional exercise philosophy is ongoing. It does not stop after you reach a specific goal. You can either choose to stay at a certain point and maintain your fitness level or continue to push to higher levels of fitness. Either way, you will achieve better overall health by engaging in this type of fitness program. The philosophy is fitness for life, rather than to reach a short-term goal.


Functional Fitness Equipment Types

Functional fitness equipment falls into two different categories. There is equipment made for professional gyms and that which is designed for home use. One thing that is different about this type of equipment is that it allows for greater freedom of movement and range of motion that mimics what you do during your day. The key to building a good home gym is too include as many types of equipment as possible that work different muscle groups. The focus of functional exercise is to work as many groups of muscles as possible and focus on fitness for the entire body. The following are some examples of a few things you might include.

Home Gym Fitness Equipment

Perhaps you do not have room for larger functional exercise equipment, but there are some things that you can include, even in a small space. You do not have to spend a fortune to be able to take advantage of the benefits of functional exercise training. One thing that you might want to think about is that nothing can replace the expertise and watchful eye of a professional trainer. If you choose to go the home gym route, make certain that you are using proper body alignment and do not overstretch your limits. It is always best to start small and work your way up. Home workout equipment can include:

  • Kettlebells and dumbbells
  • Pull-up bar
  • Body weight leverage trainers
  • Boxing equipment
  • Sandbags
  • Massage Equipment for myofascial release
  • Steps and platforms
  • Resistance bands
  • Medicine balls

Professional Gym Equipment

One of the benefits of going to a gym is that you can have access to larger, more high tech equipment. You also have access to personal trainers who can help you achieve your goals in a safe way. You are also more likely to challenge yourself during a workout at a gym, as opposed to at home when no one is watching. Commercial gym equipment includes:

  • Recumbent bikes
  • Elliptical trainers
  • Treadmills
  • Rowing machines
  • Cable crossover machines
  • Crossfit machines
  • Multi-stations

These are some of the types of equipment that you may be able to purchase for your home or encounter at a professional gym. Do not be afraid to include traditional equipment such as jump ropes, balance balls and ab machines. Even though these types of equipment only target one or a small group of muscles, they are still a great addition to a whole-body workout.

Functional exercise concentrates on the whole body, but you still need to include aerobics and flexibility into your routine. You can also target your routine to your specific needs, such as balance or strengthening a particular part of your body.


Top 11 Best Functional Fitness Equipment for a Home Gym

If you have been thinking about home gym equipment specifically targeted for functional fitness, you may be wondering what types of home gym gear are available. We have compiled a list of the top home gym functional fitness equipment and the pros and cons of each.

When it comes to home gym gear, you need to consider your needs and goals as a top priority. Although realistically, budget is always a concern, it should not be your priority. You want good equipment that performs well and will help you to meet your whole body fitness goals.

Yes4All Powder Coated Kettlebells

Yes4All powder coated kettlebells are a great way to exercise your whole body. This set includes weights ranging from 9 pounds to 71 pounds. One thing that we liked about them is that they are made from cast iron. They have no welds, seams, or potential weak spots. The powder coating protects them from rust and gives you better grip than a gloss finish.

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Yes4All Powder Coated Kettlebell Weights with Wide Handles & Flat Bottoms - 24kg/53lbs Cast Iron Kettlebells for Strength, Conditioning & Cross-Training
  • HIGH-QUALITY CAST IRON KETTLEBELL: Constructed of solid cast iron with no welds, weak spots, or seams. Powder coating prevents corrosion and offers you a better grip with no slipping in your hand like a glossy finish
  • COLOR-CODED RINGS & DUAL MARKINGS FOR BOTH LB & KG: Color-coded rings make different weights easy to identify at a glance. Each kettlebell is labeled with both LB & KG. No need to use the calculator to figure out how much you are swinging!
  • WIDE SMOOTH SLIGHTLY TEXTURED HANDLE & FLAT BASE: Smooth, slightly textured handle provides a secure grip for high reps, makes chalk unnecessary. Flat bottom enables upright storage, ideal for renegade rows, handstands, mounted pistol squats & more
ProsCons
Made from heavy cast ironTake up space and must be stored flat on the floor
Wide, textured handle for better gripSet may be too big for beginners who do not need the higher weights
Can perform many different exercises with them
Color coded for easy identification

Ultimate Body Press XL Doorway Pull Up Bar

This pull up bar allows you to have a full range of motion to work the upper body. The bar extends 1-inch above the door trim and is out from the wall. This means that you will not hit the door or be limited by the top of the door trim. It can support up to 300 pounds.

Ultimate Body Press XL Doorway Pull Up Bar with Elevated Bar & Adjustable Width
  • THE FULL GYM EXPERIENCE: Get full range of motion pull up workouts that effectively build muscle across the chest, arms, back, and core with pull-ups, push-ups, body weight rows, dips, and sit ups
  • GET OUT OF THE DOORWAY: Elevated Bar sets 1" above door trim and 10" from wall and fully leverages your doorway opening for full range of motion moves. Expandable bar ends fit all residential doorways 24" to 36" wide with molding up to 3.5" wide
  • BUILT FOR REAL WORKOUTS: Premium heavy steel tubing supports up to 300 pounds. Exclusive ABS couplers secure a true, tight, and rigid frame. High density foam grips reduce strain for better workouts. Quickly switch between doorway and floor exercises
ProsCons
Allows for full range of motionMaximum weight of 300 pounds
Fits all residential doorway with molding up to 3.5-inches wideCannot be used with resistance bands or for swinging
Secure fit and can be used as an anchor for additional accessories
Can be used for floor exercises

Body Solid GLGS100 Corner Leverage Gym

If you are looking for just the basics and want something that will tuck easily into a corner, this machine may be the right pick. It is sturdy and allows you to do chest, leg, and arm movements. It is a basic machine, and it is not very complicated, making it perfect for the person who is just starting out.

Body-Solid #GLGS100 Corner Leverage Gym with #GFID100 Bench (Red Frame) (with Black Olympic Plates Set, 255-Pound)
  • Extra heavy-duty 2"x 4" 11-gauge steel mainframe minimizes torsional flex for maximum strength and stability. Quad track roller system operates smoothly and distributes weight evenly.
  • Back and Shoulder pads are 4" thick and contoured for maximum support of the lower back and shoulder areas. Both back pads utilize a quick flip-and-lock mechanism.
  • Easy-access under-carriage plate load system. Extra-heavy gauge Diamond Plate foot platforms for both Leg Press and Hack Squat positions.
ProsCons
Aircraft-grade cablesDoes not have a bench
Small footprint, tucks into a cornerLimited in the number of movements you can do
Rounded metal tubing for strengthBasic machine, not many accessories
600-pound capacity

Century BOB XL with Base Unit

Martial Arts and boxing are great ways to tone your whole body. We like his punching bag because it has a solid base and you do not have to have a separate stand or ceiling mount. This freestanding punching bag can hold up to 270 pounds of sand or water. It provides excellent stability and resistance.

Century BOB XL with Base Unit
  • Freestanding heavy bag with life-like upper torso
  • Creates more striking surface for head or body shot training
  • High-strength plastisol body filled with urethane foam
ProsCons
Allows for targeted trainingHeavy to move
Heavy, provides good resistanceMust be stored on the floor, takes up floor space
Has a large striking surface
Can be used for punching or kicking

Rep Fitness Sandbags

This fitness sandbag is perfect for many different types of training. The sandbag can be filled to between 25-75 pounds. They are sturdy and made from durable material. They are triple stitched and built to last. As you reach higher levels of fitness, you can add more sand to increase the level of challenge.

REP FITNESS Sandbag - Medium, Black, 25-75 lbs
  • BUILD STRENGTH, POWER, AND ENDURANCE: Achieve your fitness goals faster with sandbag training. Our Sandbags come with everything you need to quickly improve metabolic conditioning and increase your overall lean muscle mass - just add sand! Includes (1) Medium size (25-75 lbs) sandbag outer shell, (2) filler bags - sand not included
  • OUTPERFORM THE COMPETITION: Train better with the highest quality fitness sand bags available. The shell and filler-bags are made from ultra-durable 1000D Cordura with heavy-duty, triple-stitched and cross-stitched nylon thread. We use only heave duty YKK zippers, and keep them out of the way with a hideaway flap. The sand stays inside the bag, not all over your floor.
  • ADJUSTABLE FOR ANY FITNESS LEVEL: Filler bags feature a double velcro design for maximum leak resistance. Add or remove bags to adjust weight for the medium bag between 25-75 lbs. Ideal working weight range for the medium bag is approximately 25-65 lbs. 6 soft handles safely provide a ton of grip options without creating uncomfortable contact points.
ProsCons
Durable and sturdy materialYou must provide your own sand
Soft handles that allow for strong gripNot recommended for slamming
They have heavy-duty zippers and have multiple rows of stitchingSand shifts around as you workout, proper body alignment is necessary

Monument Phenom 3 Speed Vibrating Foam Roller

A vibrating massage is a great way to release tension and prevent soreness. It also speeds recovery. This 3-speed vibrating foam roller is excellent for deeper tissue massage. This massager is ergonomically designed and feels great. It has three vibration speeds, and you can use it on any part of your body. It is great for releasing trigger points.

Monument Phenom 3 Speed Vibrating Foam Roller - Myofascial Recovery | Release Tension, Stiff Sore Muscles; Enhance Mobility, Performance, and Pliability Training High-Density Deep Tissue Massage (Red)
  • ATTACK POST WORKOUT SORENESS: Tired of feeling sore after a CrossFit WOD or gym workout? This is the perfect tool to combat soreness. Preprogrammed frequencies allow the gel molded foam nodules to drive the vibration right into where you need it the most. The pulsations combined with rolling help flush out metabolites helping rejuvenate your sore muscles and decrease muscle tension.
  • BEST IN CLASS ERGONOMICS: Carefully designed taking your body's anatomy and biomechanics into account. This is the only vibrating fitness roller that allows you to roll out your sore back muscles while supporting your spine. The dual function spine grove was also designed to roll out your Achilles tendon reducing tension from one of the most commonly injured areas in all sports.
  • SIMPLE TO USE: Designed specifically to help you recover faster, avoid injury, and increase mobility. With just 3 vibration frequencies scientifically backed to decrease recovery time, we make it easy for any athlete from elite to amateur to hit your fitness and athletic performance goals. Just turn it on and start rolling against the foam to relieve your stiff, achy, sore muscles.
ProsCons
Portable and rechargeableKnobs on the roller might be too big for some
Well designed and ergonomicVibration may or may not be enough for some people
Has a built-in handle for easy carrying to the gym or studio
Three speeds that are demonstrated to decrease recovery time

Yes4All Adjustable Aerobic Step Platform

When it comes to purchasing a step or platform, stability, shock-absorbing ability and grip are the most important qualities. You also want one that is just eh right height. This one allows you to adjust the height from four to eight inches. It feels stable and does not move, even when you crank up the intensity of the workout. The surface has a good grip, and you feel solid on the step.

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Yes4All LC77 Adjustable Aerobic Step Platform with 4 Risers â€" Exercise Step Platform/Aerobic Stepper, X-Large, Black/Green
  • 40-Inch length x 14-inch width non-slip step surface: Slip resistant, shock absorbing aerobic platform & four original risers
  • Easy height adjustment: intensify workout difficulty by adjusting platform height from 4" to 6" to 8" using risers to challenge yourself & burn more calories
  • High-density polyethylene material: constructed of recyclable high-quality polyethylene. Support up to 200 pounds. Perfect for indoor and outdoor Use
ProsCons
Good grip on the surfaceMaximum weight capacity of 200 pounds
Adjustable heightMust be placed on a solid non-slip surface
Feels like durable material
Excellent shock absorbing ability

WOD Nation Pull Up Assistance Bands

Resistance bands are a necessity for any workout program. We like these bands because they are wide and easy to grip. They are 41-inches long and thick. These bands offer resistance in a range between 40-80 pounds. Highly versatile, they can be used for traditional resistance, pull-ups, or chin-ups.

WOD Nation Pull up Assistance Bands Best for Pullup Assist, Chin Ups, Resistance Band Exercise, Stretch, Mobility Work & Serious Fitness - Single Band 41 inch Straps| 1 Purple Band 40-80 lbs
  • SINGLE #3 (PURPLE) BAND - not a set. This band measures 1 1/8 inch wide, 4.5 mm thick and 41 inches in length. It offers resistance from 40-80 lbs. The #3 band provides a strong amount of tension for the resistance training of small muscle groups (arm curls) and moderate resistance on the larger muscle groups (band squats). These are great for stretching, speed and agility training or even adding them to your barbell for bench press, squat or deadlifts.
  • MAKE FAST PROGRESS WITH YOUR PULL UP PROGRESSION - Don't have strict or kipping pull-ups yet, use one (or better yet two) of these to jump start your assisted chin up training. These cross-training equipement is used in gyms around the world and also works great on a home doorway chin-up bar.
  • COMBINE TWO DIFFERENT BANDS TO BOOST YOUR STRENGTH FAST - We recommend that athletes use one light band and one heavy band together. Start your workout with the thin band. Then when you tire out switch to the thicker fitnessband. Then finally to squeeze out the last few reps, add them both together.
ProsCons
1 1/8-inch wide, 4.5 mm thickAll bands are sold separately, you may need to buy multiple packages
41-inches longMay need assistance choosing the right band for your fitness level
Provides moderate resistance on larger muscle groups
Can use two bands at once to increase your resistance

Fitness Solutions Wall Ball Medicine Ball

This is one of our favorite medicine ball sets. Many balls are sold separately. We like this one because you can choose the level of resistance that you wish. They are durable and heavy-duty. They are also a good side for your hands.

Fitness Solutions Wall Ball (4 LB)
  • Professional 14" Wall Ball
  • Military Grade Stitching With Reinforced Center Core
  • No Slamming
ProsCons
Balls come in different weightsBall may feel to small for those with larger hands
They feel durable and have strong seamsCannot be used for slamming
The fabric feels tough and able to last a long time
Perfect size, feels good in the hands

Doeplex Muscle Roller Massage Stick

This stick massager works great. It is a great, small size for travel with spinning rollers that give a deep massage. It is small enough to be used on any part of the body, including the bottoms of the feet.

Doeplex Muscle Roller Massage Stick for Athletes, 17.5" Body Massager Soreness, Cramping Pain & Tightness Relief Helps Legs & Back Recovery Tools, Travel Size
  • ENJOY A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE ANYTIME.Designed with freely spinning rollers, it delivers a deep tissue massage straight to your tired, aching zones, bones, and muscles. It improves the efficiency of blood circulation to increase flexibility and strengthen muscles while reducing soreness. Use this stick to alleviate cramps, knots, pain, soreness, and muscle tightness in your legs, calves, hamstrings, glutes, Achilles, quads, arms, neck, shoulders, and back.
  • BANISHING CELLULITE. Cellulite affects all body types-even people who are super-fit and toned-and up to 90% of women will experience it in their lifetimes. It seems almost too good to be true that massaging your body with a roller could make dimples disappear on your legs and butt. It turns out it does work-sort of.
  • USE AS NEEDED, and like you mean it. Whatever your muscle relief needs, the Doeplex massaging stick delivers. From growing pains like shin splints as a teen to adult pains such as bad backs, plantar fasciitis, restless leg syndrome, shin splints, tennis elbow, and more, this roller's uses are endless.
ProsCons
Small and compactOnly has one speed setting
Easy to tuck into any part of the bodyMay not be big enough for larger persons
Smooth action, does not feel jerkyHard plastic can be difficult to get the pressure right

NOSSK CYCLONE Pulley Bodyweight trainer

Bodyweight trainers are great for working the core. This set is strong and can be used indoors and outdoors. This set feels strong and is made of high-quality materials. The pulleys have smooth action and move freely.

NOSSK CYCLONE Pulley Bodyweight Trainer (Black)
  • FAST RESULTS - The free movement of the NOSSK CYCLONE Pulley challenges core muscles more than standard Strap Trainers for fast, maximum results. Full-Stretch Rotational Exercises can be performed with this Pulley Trainer. Perfect for the active work-out enthusiasts that wants more from their Trainer
  • VERSATILE - Perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Fully Adjustable, comes with an Anchor Strap with built-in Door Anchor that lets you attach it to almost any horizontal or vertical fixture such as tree branches, bars and rafters, poles or simply over the door. Easy length adjustments - just slide the knot up/down the rope to shorten/lengthen the Trainer.
  • BEST QUALITY/BUILT TO LAST - The CYCLONE Pulley Trainer is made with the Highest Quality Materials. Made with 12 feet of 1/2" USA Made Rope, a large Ball-Bearing Pulley with an aluminum wheel, 2 Handles w/ built-in 1-1/2" wide Foot Loops, one 33in long Anchor Strap with built-in Door Anchor, 2 Carabiners, Install Instructions and a Double Sided 18 Exercise Full Body Quick Start Guide (to get you started right away). A Drawstring Bag to store your Trainer is also included.
ProsCons
High-quality materialsMust be anchored to a doorway
Versatile and easy to adjustMay be too heavy to take along for travel
Has handle with built-in foot loops

Conclusion

With the high range of functional fitness equipment available, its critical to focus on a core body weight platform before adding to your workouts. An incline bench can be a great place to start, as well as kettlebells and medicine balls. Before you go too far, checkout the FitPak or the “Functional Fitness Exercises and Tips for Your Home Gym” guide to make sure understand how to perform functional fitness drills and which equipment will benefit you the most.

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