20 Products Our Editors Are Using to Crush Their Fitness Goals
Whether you're trying to form a new fitness habit or you have a routine you've loved for years, having the right gear can make all the difference in helping you meet your goals. However, with a vast array of fitness products on the market (and more being introduced daily), it can be overwhelming to figure out what gear is best for you and your unique workout needs. That's why we've done the legwork for you and curated our top 20 fitness must-haves.
Whether you're in the market for a matching workout set or at-home gym accessories, you can rest assured that all of the products selected here have been tried and tested by our expert editors. These items will help you get the most out of your workouts, fit your space, and evolve with you as you progress, no matter your fitness level.
From recovery tools, supplements, and noise-canceling headphones to fitness trackers, top-rated leggings, and everything in between, this catalog has something for every type of workout. Plus, with various price points and brands, you can find the perfect gear to fit your budget and style.
So if you're looking to up your fitness game in 2023, be sure to check out our must-have list of fitness gear. With these editor-approved products at your disposal, you'll be well-equipped to tackle your workout goals, no matter where you are in your journey.
To help you shop from our guide with convenience, you can browse by each category below:
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes and Angelica Wilson
Best One-Shoulder Longline Sports Bra
This may not seem like a supportive option; however, this editor-backed pick is perfect for low-to-medium-impact workouts, like yoga, Pilates, weight training, and more. It features a built-in shelf bra that offers support and lift for those with A-C cups. It's available in sizes XS-4X in three colors: dusty rose, white, and black.
Editor Quote: "Since it's a one-shoulder design, I wanted to ensure it fit snugly to stay in place during high-intensity workouts. I'm thrilled to share that it doesn't budge during squat jumps, burpees, treadmill runs, and the like. This piece is the definition of versatile; it could easily double as a going-out top when paired with jeans or a skirt instead of leggings or shorts." — Marisa Petrarca, contributing editor, Commerce
Best Leggings For Running
Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight 28" ($118-$128)
The Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tights are great for those who love to run. These leggings have a compressive fabric that delivers a second-skin feel. Plus, the leggings have deep drop-in pockets that can easily fit a smartphone and a zippered back pocket that's ideal for an ID, a credit card, or a key. They come in eight different colors in sizes 0–20 in varying inseams. They're an editor-favorite pick that are worthy of running the NYC Marathon. Read our review of the Lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tights. Looking to expand your collection of Lululemon leggings? Check out our top picks for the best Lululemon leggings here.
Editor Quote: "What I love most about them is they feature a contoured waistband that firmly hugs your waist so that they stay put during your workout. . . . Another detail I love is that the seams are on the outside to eliminate rubbing, and I can confidentially attest that this matters more than you might think, especially if you're racking up high mileage." — MP
Best High-Impact Sports Bra
One editor says she trusts the Knix Catalyst Front Zip Sports Bra to get her through workouts where she knows she'll need to jump. The bra has adjustable shoulder straps with a hook-and-eye closure in the back, so you'll be secure and ready for burpees and jumping jacks. Read our guide to the best no-bounce sports bras for high intensity workouts for more details.
Editor Quote: "This is the most supportive high-impact wireless sports bra I've ever tried. Designed to drastically reduce breast movement, the Catalyst fit like second skin." — Dana Avidan Cohn, Former Executive Style Editor
Best Hiking Shoes
If you're constantly seeking outdoor adventure, the Adidas TERREX Free Hiker 2 GORE-TEX Hiking Shoe will lead you in the right direction. The shoe's made with partially recycled materials and has a breathable and supportive design to endure outdoor activities. Read our full review of the Adidas TERREX Free Hiker 2 GORE-TEX Hiking Shoe for more. On the hunt for athletic sneakers? Check out our guide of the best sneakers here.
Editor Quote: "It's a smart investment if you're often seeking new adventures and to prioritize comfort. You'll get the best bang for your buck with this product, and you'll be able to use it beyond hiking and camping." — Indira Diaz, Social Strategy Coordinator
Best Running Shoes
A huge improvement from the original Deviate Nitros, the Puma Deviate NITRO 2 Running Shoe has added padding around the heel and collar for comfort and support. Its thick layer of cushioning propels you forward as you run, making getting into stride quicker and more efficient. Additionally, these shoes have a great grip that can handle mud, rain, and more with ease. Read our editor review of the Puma Deviate NITRO 2 Running Shoe for more.
Editor Quote: "They're breathable, fit true to size, and have additional padding around the heel and collar that locks your foot into place to provide top-notch support and protection. I'm getting a better workout thanks to these sneakers — what more could you ask for?" — Haley Lyndes, former Assistant Editor, Commerce
Best Training Sneaker
These training shoes from Under Armour have a flexible heel that moves with you on the go. The SlipSpeed Training Shoes are ideal for running, walking, biking, or any activity that involves lots of movement. The sneakers have cool-to-the-touch foam padding that's also supportive, so your feet will never feel too hot. If you want more options, also check out our expert-recommended guide to the best cross-training shoes.
Editor Quote: "No more dreaded ankle burns from your running sneakers. The SlipSpeed is the first shoe with a flexible, contoured heel that instantly (cozily) converts a high-performance speedy pair of kicks into luxury spa slippers." — Molly Stout, former executive editor, Lifestyle
Best At-Home Rower
The Ergatta Rower ($2,249, originally $2,499)
If you're searching for a full-body workout, look no further than The Ergatta Rower. It uses patented electromagnetic technology to simulate drag, so you feel like you're actually on the water. We love its huge touch screen for on-demand workouts and live classes, for which you can get a membership as little as $38 per month. Its sleek look will blend in with your home seamlessly. Read our editor-backed review of The Ergatta Rower for more.
Editor Quote: "I love that there are so many ways to filter through the huge library of workouts, too. It was so inspiring in the first month of using the Hydrow because I could try a new workout every time based on my time, energy level, or type of workout I wanted to do." — Jenny Sugar, former editor, Fitness
Best Folding Treadmill
Goplus 2.25HP 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill ($270, originally $427)
If you live in a small apartment that's tight on space, but still want to exercise, this Goplus 2.25HP 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill is a great addition. The treadmill is small, foldable, and can be moved around to fit anywhere you'd like it (including underneath a standing desk). It's great for both running and walking, especially throughout the winter. Read our editor-backed review of the Goplus 2.25HP 2 in 1 Folding Treadmill for more details.
Editor Quote: "As someone who loves to walk, this treadmill has really been a wintertime lifesaver. My daily step count has been dramatically higher since adding this little piece of fitness equipment to my home, and as a result, I feel so much happier and healthier." — Emilee Janitz, Contributing Editor
Best Home Gym
Tempo Move ($395, originally $495)
Tempo Move brings the personal training experience into your own home with technology that scans your body (and equipment you're using) to check for proper alignment throughout your workout. Metrics are displayed on the screen along with encouraging words from the trainer. Tempo Move comes with two adjustable hand weights, four clamps, four 1.25-pound plates, and four 2.5-pound plates, but has a much smaller footprint than a lot of at-home equipment, including the original Tempo Studio. A $39/month membership fee gives you access to an assortment of live and prerecorded classes ranging from HIIT to strength training to yoga. Read our editor-backed review of the Tempo Move Home Gym here.
Editor Quote: "Trying it out for myself I was amazed at how much it felt like I had my own personal trainer. I felt supported during my strength workout in that I got feedback from the metrics on the screen and encouraging instruction from the trainer. " — Angelica Wilson, former associate editor, Fitness
Best All-in-One Gym
You can create up to 200 pounds of resistance with Tonal, a sleek at-home machine that mounts to a wall. Using resistance bands that can be customized to varying amounts of weight, Tonal can replicate nearly every exercise you can perform on gym equipment, such as bicep curls, deadlifts, goblet squats, chest presses, and more. Read our editor-backed review of the Tonal Home Gym for more details.
Editor Quote: "The biggest draw is the large screen, which displays hi-res footage of real life trainers who show you how to perform specific moves." — Christina Stiehl, former senior editor, Fitness
Hyperwear Sandbell ($13-$121)
The patented design of the Hyperwear Sandbell is what makes it so versatile. Depending on how you hold it, you can use it for exercises like bicep curls, kettlebell swings, and ball slams. Pick it up in whichever weight you desire and watch as it challenges your workout. The price is dependant on the weight.
Best Fitness Tracker
Garmin Venu 2S ($350, originally $400)
The Garmin Venu 2S is a sleek smartwatch that tracks more than activity. You can get readings for your stress and energy levels as well as how you're breathing throughout the day. It comes with preloaded workouts you can view on the screen and has the option to download music to the watch, so you don't need to bring your phone along for workouts. Best of all, the battery lasts up to 10 days on one charge.
Our reviewer says, "It can be difficult to find watches and bands that fit my eight-inch wrist while not cutting off my circulation. I've worn this watch during HIIT class and it doesn't budge as it accurately records my vitals."
Best Smart Scale
Renpho Smart Scale ($20, originally $35)
The Renpho Smart Scale does more than show you how much you weigh. It displays 13 different metrics, including body water, body fat, bone mass, and more, giving you a well-rounded view of your body composition along your fitness journey. It can store unlimited profiles, too, allowing multiple people to track their fitness goals.
Best Percussion Muscle Massager
Lyric Therapeutic Massager ($100)
Equipped with four interchangeable heads, the WiFi-enabled Lyric Therapeutic Massager offers a spa-like experience from home. With multiple settings including calm, energy, and pain relief, you have various options to tailor your massage to your muscles' needs. Plus, it's available in five color options to match your home gym best. Read our review of the Lyric Massager for more details.
Editor Quote: "I was blown away by how functional and high-tech it is." — India Yaffe, former associate editor, Commerce
Best Compression Machine for Legs
Hyperice Normatec 3 Legs ($799)
Equipped with seven intensity levels, Bluetooth capability, and a two-hour battery life, the Hyperice Normatec 3 Legs is meant to envelop your legs with even compression. At nearly 3.5 pounds, this portable machine is able to meet you wherever you're ready to warm up or recover. Read our in-depth review of the Hyperice Normatec recovery boots for more details.
Editor Quote: "After consistently using the compression boots three to five times a week for 30 minutes, I really do feel a difference. My legs don't seem as strained after longer runs, when they used to feel super tight and uncomfortable." — James Barrett, contributing editor
Best Fitness Roller
Rolling out sore muscles is one of the most satisfying experiences, and this Hyperice Vyper Go Portable Vibrating Fitness Roller makes it even better thanks to its massaging component. The roller connects to an app that has three settings for your lower, middle, and upper body. Using three speeds, the app instructs you where to move it, and you can choose how strong you want its vibration. Read our in-depth review of the Hyperice Vyper Go Portable Vibrating Fitness Roller for more details.
Editor Quote: "What I love about the Vyper Go is that it combines the best parts of a foam roller with the benefits of a massager; if a foam roller is great for getting into big muscles, massagers can pinpoint and loosen up the little kinks. I could actually feel the moments when my muscles unlocked while using the Vyper Go, especially in my glutes and hamstrings." — Maggie Ryan, former assistant editor, Wellness
Best Protein Powder
There's a lot to be said about a protein powder that's healthy, tastes good, and does the job, and Elements Truffles's Plant Based Ayurvedic Protein Powder is an editor-favorite. This chai spice-flavored protein powder is formulated with Ayurvedic spices to boost immunity. It's also pea-based and easy to mix into foods without tasting chalky. Read our editor-backed review of the Elements Truffles Plant Based Ayurvedic Protein Powder for more details.
Editor Quote: "One of my favorite ways to treat myself to this yummy blend is to mix it with a few scoops of Greek yogurt, add a drizzle of honey, and top it off with a crunchy granola mix for a fulfilling breakfast (or dessert). I love that I can get more protein into my diet in different ways and actually enjoy the experience. Who knew a chocolate company could make the most delicious protein blend with all-natural, health-boosting ingredients?" — Anvita Reddy, assistant editor, Commerce
Best Over-Ear Headphones
Apple AirPods Max Over-Ear Headphones ($477, originally $549)
Apple's AirPods Max headphones are the original "hot girl walk" headphones that you've probably seen all over TikTok. These over-the-ear, noise-canceling headphones boast crystal-clear sound quality. You can switch between noise-canceling modes, so you can block out the world or be aware of your surroundings. The headphones are available in five colors: silver, black, blue, red, and green. Check out our review of the Apple AirPods Max Over-Ear Headphones.
Editor Quote: "The sound on the AirPods Max is extremely clear — I've never had any issues with music sounding far away or 'tinny.' I can hear every single word of Death Cab For Cutie's 'Title and Registration' as if Ben Gibbard himself were singing into my ears. The headphones also have a 'Digital Crown' button where you can control the volume, answer phone calls, skip music, and use Siri. I love that I don't have to pick up my phone every time I want to turn up the volume." — Renee Rodriguez, staff writer and social producer
Best In-Ear Headphones
Beats Fit Pro ($160, originally $200)
Offering up the six hours of listening time and up to 24 hours combined with a charging case, the Beats Fit Pro are great for anyone and everyone who loves to feel totally immersed in their audio content. These stay securely in place with the flexible wingtips and are sweat- and water-resistant. With three distinct listening modes — active noise canceling, transparency mode, and adaptive EQ — you can completely customize the way you listen to music, podcasts, or follow-along classes while working out. Plus, they come in so many cute colors. Read our review of the Beats Fit Pro for more information.
Editor Quote: "The active noise cancellation blocks out the rest of the world, so you have a truly immersive sound experience. I can work out without hearing weights clanking on the floor, footsteps on treadmills, and unnecessarily obnoxious grunts." — AR
Best Noise-Canceling Headphones
From workouts and lounging to traveling and daily commutes, Sony's WH-1000XM5 headphones are built to be a part of your everyday life with features like a 30-hour battery and the ability to switch between devices, take calls hands-free, and automatically pause your audio when it detects you in conversation. What makes these unique is the product's smart noise-canceling feature, which learns your routine and switches from active noise cancellation to ambient sound when appropriate. Check our our in-depth review of the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones here.
Editor Quote: "The noise cancellation on these headphones is also truly one of the best on the market — there are times when I don't even need to play audio, and the headphones still block out the noise pollution of my environment." — AR