Best exercise bikes and other equipment to keep your fitness up in lockdown while gyms are closed

Man exercising at home
It’s January, again, which sees people attempt an alcohol-free, healthy eating month, where your google searches change from Christmas recipes to “how to lose weight fast”, and you start checking out gym memberships.

But with another national lockdown announced across the UK, gyms have once again been forced to close. This means home workouts are going to prove popular again, and if that’s your plan you might want to get some proper home gym equipment.

During the first lockdown in spring 2020 people snapped up home gym equipment to keep active. From dumbbells and weight benches to running machines and exercise bikes, products eventually became harder to get.

So if you want to get ahead and start building your own home gym for the next month you might be searching for the best but affordable equipment for your needs.

Already on retail sites including Argos, dumbbells are proving popular with a number ‘out of stock’, and some at ‘limited’ availability.

We’ve put together a round-up of essential home gym products that shouldn’t break the bank and get you through early 2021.

A dumbbell tree set is priced at £19.99 at Argos. (

This trio of dumbbells, priced at £19.99 from Argos is ideal for any beginners working out at home. They can be used for a number of exercises including bicep, tricep, upper arm and leg workouts. It features 1.1kg, 2.3kg and 4.5kg weights and can be stored nicely at home without taking up too much space.

A set of dumbbells priced at £24.99. (

This set is a little different and allows users to add or remove weights throughout your workout process. They’re priced at £24.99 also via Argos and come with eight 1.25kg and four 2.5kg weight plates.

Now if you’re after a workout bench to use alongside the weights, then they might be harder to track down with a number of retailers including Argos and Amazon selling out.

The bench press from Amazon that is back in stock on January 15. (

Amazon is currently selling two similar benches for £99.99 each, with one in limited stock and the other back in stock from January 15. Both of them are multipurpose and can be used for weight lifting, resistance bands and classic exercises like sit-ups.

If you would prefer cardio workouts over weights then exercise bikes starts at £59.99, cross trainers start at £89.99 and treadmills at £99.99 via Argos, with good availability on the majority of them.

This exercise bike is priced at £59.99 from Argos. (

For the complete gym set up including accessories such as work out balls, pull up bars and hula hoops to name a few there’s plenty to choose from at retailers like Argos, Amazon and Sports Direct, which can all be delivered safely to your front door.

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