This story is part of the 2021 Winter Gear Awards. To see the full list of winners, click here.
If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s the immeasurable value of a breath of fresh air. On a related note, fitness doesn’t stop because the temperatures take a dip — moving your body and reaching new horizons is a year-long endeavor. We know working out is easier when you have the right gear, so here are the best and brightest winter fitness products from 2021. There’s almost no limit to what you can achieve with them.
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Best Fitness Watch
Fitbit Inspire 2
Here’s an excellent no-nonsense fitness tracker at an even better price. Track your steps, distance, heart rate, hourly activity and calories burned effectively, without the distracting notifications of a smartwatch.
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Best Stationary Bike
NordicTrack S15i Studio Cycle
Peloton-level perks — for a cool $900 less. Uphill and downhill training, a 14-inch, 360-degree swivel screen, a built-in speaker system and NordicTrack’s proprietary iFit training program all come together in one streamlined package.
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Best Home Gym
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE
Featuring the Power Rod system to produce 210 pounds of resistance (upgrades available), this machine is compact, easy to use and capable of providing a full-body workout, all from the comfort of your domicile.
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Best Foam Roller
Soothe sore muscles post-workout with this foam roller, one of the OG self-massage tools. Engineered to alleviate aching muscles and increase range of motion, this lo-fi option is the perfect addition to your recovery arsenal.
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Best Resistance Bands
TRX Bandit Kit
This convenient new resistance-training kit’s ergonomic, universal-fit handle attaches to one (or multiple) bands, providing enhanced control and performance. Eliminate “hand to band” pinching, and gain more command over your at-home sweat sesh.
Best Adjustable Dumbbell Set
Bowflex SelectTech 552
The best home gym equipment packs versatility into a minimal package, ensuring maximum output and efficiency. Save space and money with 15 sturdy, reliable dumbbells (five to 52.5 pounds) in one.
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Best Gym Shoes
Reebok Nano X1
The newest iteration of the “official shoe of fitness” boasts a number of upgrades, including a breathable flexweave knit upper and Floatride Energy Foam in the forefoot to keep you on your toes.
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Best Protein Powder
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey
Replenish and recover from intense workouts with this macronutrient-dense powder. Packing in 24 grams of whey protein per serving at a relatively low price, it should be your first choice for a post-pump shake.
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Best Gym Bag
Aer Gym Duffel 3
This duffel is versatile and set up for meticulous organization (check out that shoe slot). A bomb-proof, water-resistant 1680-denier Cordura ballistic nylon exterior and stylish commuter aesthetic allow it to transition from gym bag to carry-on at a moment’s notice.
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Best Pull-Up Bar
Rogue P-4 Pull-Up System
This commercial-grade pull-up bar system can be found in gyms across the country, for good reason. It’s simple, solid, and has the width and depth (52in x 30in) for loads of moves including muscle-ups, wide-grip pulls and leg raises.
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Best Winter Running Shoes
The North Face Flight Vectiv Guard Futurelight
Lightweight yet rugged, this winterized trail running shoe features a zippered, protective upper imbued with the revolutionary breathable-waterproof FutureLight membrane, plus a propulsive Vectiv sole — ensuring your feet stay not only dry, but fast.
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Performix SST Pre – Supercharged Pre Workout
Performix boosted its formula with patent-pending Molecular Hydrogen Matrix, which produces whole-body alkalinity, lactic acid buffering and mitochondrial production. Translation? Powered-up cells and less fatigue as you tackle tough workouts.
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