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Exercise & Fitness

Whether you're trying to stay in shape, recover from an injury, run a marathon, or chill out in a yoga class, we're testing the latest equipment, clothing, and technology to make your workouts the most fun and the most efficient. From yoga mats to fitness trackers to GPS running watches to water bottles, here's the fitness gear and exercise equipment we recommend.

The Best Fitness Trackers Garmin Vívosmart HR+
After more than 120 hours testing 19 different fitness trackers, including trying to trick their step counters with shopping carts and jumping jacks, we’ve found the Garmin Vívosmart HR+ is the best tracker.
The Best Insoles for Running and Walking Superfeet Green
Runners with aching feet often seek aftermarket insoles for added comfort and support. We tested 32 of them to find the best ones for your particular style and activity.
The Best Gym Bag Everest Gym Bag
The Everest Gym Bag is our top choice for gym goers. It’s inexpensive, modestly styled, and has details we couldn’t find on bags twice the price, such as a water bottle holder and vented laundry pocket.
The Best Winter Running Tights The North Face Men’s Winter Warm Tights
After 40 hours of research, we think The North Face Winter Warm is the best pair of men’s winter running tights and the Sugoi MidZero is the best women’s option. Our testers favored both for their warmth, fit, and comfort.
The Best Whey Protein Powder Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey (Extreme Milk Chocolate)
After a grueling sampling of 38 different preparations of protein powder, Optimum passed our criteria for both taste and safety.
The Best Foam Rollers AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller, 36″
There are hundreds of foam rollers available—many similar, a few different. Our pick is a basic, cheap model that gets the job done.
The Best Bike Repair Stand Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Work Stand
You don’t absolutely have to have one, but if you want to repair your bike at home, a sturdy, easy-to-use stand definitely makes it easier. After testing eight of them, we think the Feedback Sports Sport-Mechanic Work Stand is the best for most people.
The Best Bike Chain Tool Park Tool CT-5 Mini Chain Tool
If you want to repair or replace a broken bike chain, you’ll need a chain tool. We tested eight and think the Park Tool CT-5 Mini Chain Brute Chain Tool is the best for most people.
The Best Adjustable Dumbbells Bowflex SelectTech 552
After almost three months of research and more than six weeks of personal and panel testing, we think the Bowflex SelectTech 552s are the best adjustable dumbbells for most people. They are great for building muscle, but they stood out from the others because they are versatile enough to use in cardio workouts and circuit training.
The Best GPS Running Watch Garmin Forerunner 230
Out of 20 GPS running watches tested, the Garmin Forerunner 230 feels best, shows the most relevant stats, and provides the smartest training plans.
The Best Kettlebell for Home Fitness Metrixx Elite Precision E-Coat Cast Iron Bell
After testing five top-rated kettlebells for seven weeks, we found that the best kettlebell for home fitness is the Metrixx Elite Precision E-Coat Cast Iron Bell. It’s the most comfortable kettlebell we’ve tested, with a wider handle that makes it easier to grip with two hands, and a super-smooth finish that’s less likely to injure your skin over time.
The Best Running Gear
You can run while wearing just about anything, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have a good time doing it. After 90 hours of research and testing with the most passionate runners on our staff, this is the running gear we’d recommend.
The Best Pull-up Bars Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym
After three months of researching doorway pull-up bars and eight hours of testing six top-rated models on nine different door frames, we found the Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym is the best for most people. It offers the best combination of price, ease of setup, and range of pull-up variations. Plus, it has the smallest footprint and accommodates the widest range of door frames.
The Best Yoga Mat Lululemon The Reversible Mat 5mm
After testing almost a dozen new mats, Lululemon’s The Reversible Mat 5mm was everyone’s top choice due to its excellent traction, even during hot yoga.
The Best Water Bottles
We’ve tested 79 water bottles over the past two years. No matter your preference—plastic, metal, insulated, glass, and collapsible—we have a bottle you’ll love.