We’ve always advocated going to a local gym instead of working out at home – it just keeps things a whole lot simpler. Well, 2020 changed all that. Now, it actually makes sense to invest in some exercise equipment. Problem is, most home gym sets can be a hassle. They take up too much space, cost too much money, and even damage a whole host of stuff at home. That’s why we love resistance bands for home workouts, as they take up little space, come at affordable prices, and don’t damage any home surfaces. If you want to get the most out of your resistance band workouts, you will want to check out the Gym Box.
A literal gym in a box, the kit combines a box with a set of workout equipment that includes an adjustable padded bench, a set of resistance bands, and a set of hooks that you can use to hold the bands in place during exercises. Basically, it has a everything you need to perform versatile workout programs right in your home, all fitting inside a box that can conveniently stash inside closets, under beds, and other storage spaces around the house.
The Gym Box is a two-level box with storage room at the top level and an adjustable bench at the lower level. Taking off the lid gives you access to the storage chamber, which houses the resistance bands, handles, shoe straps, and even an exercise book, which novices can use to guide them through the various exercises available using the equipment. The underside of lid actually integrates a set of hooks on the left and right sides that you can use to secure the bands during exercises, with six hooks on either side allowing you to attach multiple bands to maximize resistance. And yes, these can work much like any regular resistance band, so you can anchor them to doorways, beams, and similar structures around the house.
Lifting the storage section of the box reveals a bench attachment at the lower level, which you can place on top of the box to let you perform bench exercises. Cutouts at the bottom side of the box lets you insert the lid under it, so you can use the integrated hooks to anchor your bands for bench presses, flyes, and similar exercises. The bench is both padded and adjustable, by the way, so you can use it flat, inclined, or upright.
When closed, the Gym Box can actually function as a plyo box, so you can do box jumps, box steps, and various elevated bodyweight exercises. Basically, this gives you an entire gym’s worth of exercises (over 160, according to the outfit), all while coming in a compact size that can store out of the way in your home. Features include three options in total resistance (200, 400, and 600 pounds), a maximum user weight of 350 pounds, steel hooks, steel tubing for the bench frame, and high-density polymer construction for the box.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Gym Box. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $289.