I'm a fitness writer – here are the Cyber Monday workout essentials I'd recommend for beginners

You don't need a gym to hit your fitness goals – these Cyber Monday fitness deals are a much better way to build muscle and boost your metabolism

Cyber Monday workout essentials
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There was a time when I used to think I needed a whole gym's worth of equipment to get fit and build muscle. I'd read magazines telling me I needed to buy machines worth thousands of dollars and spend more than I needed on protein powders. 

Now I've settled into a more minimal setup with a set of the best adjustable dumbbells (opens in new tab) and other essentials, such as workout gloves, headphones, and a kettlebell.

Ordinarily, you'd still need to set aside a considerable sum to pick this all up at once but with these extended Cyber Monday deal, now is a great time to invest in home workout essentials without breaking the bank. 

While the official Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are now over for this year, we're here to help you save money and hit your fitness goals with the best late Cyber Monday fitness deals you need to get started. 

Cyber Monday deals on home workout essentials

Weights

now $70 at Decathlon (opens in new tab)

Decathlon Adjustable Dumbbell Set | was $99.99, now $70 at Decathlon (opens in new tab)

Expensive dumbbells can be a good investment but I actually prefer these classic adjustable weights. You can adjust the load between 4.4lbs and 44lbs, and the plates are kept in place with a locking nut. And because they don't have the electronics of premium sets, you can store them outside without damage. 

Cap 12-sided 20lb Dumbbell | was $32.60, now $20.43 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Cap 12-sided 20lb Dumbbell | was $32.60, now $20.43 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

If you're looking for some fixed-load weights instead, this 12-sided dumbbell won't slide around when not in use and is made of coated iron with a steel handle for improved grip. It comes in weights from 3lbs up to 50lbs and you can save an impressive 37% right now. 

now $16.03 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Yes4All Adjustable Kettlebell Handle | was $21.95, now $16.03 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

It's also worth investing in a kettlebell if you want to work different areas of your body and boost your metabolism. But if you've invested in adjustable dumbbells with weights plates, you can use this kettlebell handle to turn those plates into a customizable kettlebell. This keeps the cost down, and means you don't need to find space for even more weights.

Accessories and supplements

now $69 at Walmart (opens in new tab)

Centr Fitness Essentials Kit | was $149.99, now $69 at Walmart (opens in new tab)

I've been using Centr, Chris Hemsworth's workout app, for a few years. I like its accessible style of resistance training and this kit takes the same approach. You get an exercise mat, a protein shaker for post-workout recovery, and several resistance bands, which make for a great alternative to weights. And, perhaps most importantly, you also get a free three-month subscription to Centr, worth $60. 

,  now $16.25 at Myprotein (opens in new tab)

Myprotein Impact Whey Isolate | was $64.99now $16.25 at Myprotein (opens in new tab)

You can get most of your protein from your diet, but this affordable power is a great way to stay topped up and help your muscles recover. It's a 40-portion pack with 20g of protein per serving for just over $15. If you're after different flavors or plant-based protein, Myprotein has taken 75% off everything in its store right now. 

now $24.50 at Under Armour (opens in new tab)

Under Armour Weightlifting Gloves | was $35, now $24.50 at Under Armour (opens in new tab)

I've found that wearing gloves helps improve my form while lifting weights as it increases my grip, but you don't want to break the bank to pick up a pair. These are currently 30% off and are designed to be supportive but breathable, so you don't get sweaty underneath. You can find cheaper gloves, but I've always found they quickly disintegrate so it's better value to invest in a durable pair first time around. 

It's easy to think you'll need to buy all of these fitness essentials at once. And sure: combined, they makr working out at home an effective way to build muscle, burn fat, and track your progress over time. 

But if you're unsure where to start, I'd pick up the Centr Fitness Essentials (opens in new tab), so that you've got a supportive mat and a few ways to add resistance to bodyweight exercises like squats, and then you can gradually invest in more over time. 

The kit comes with a three-month subscription to Chris Hemsworth's workout app, but there's also 25% off a 12-month membership at Centr (opens in new tab) for Cyber Monday if you're interested in extending your access to these virtual workouts and meal plans. 

I've recommended a few sets of dumbbells and kettlebells, but if you're after more choice, use these Cyber Monday weights deals (opens in new tab) to pick up some muscle-building equipment without breaking the bank. 

James Frew
Staff Writer

James is a London-based journalist and Staff Writer at Fit&Well. He has over five years experience in fitness tech, including time spent as the Buyer’s Guide Editor and Staff Writer at technology publication MakeUseOf. In 2014 he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, which spurred his interest in health, fitness, and lifestyle management.


In the years since, he has become a devoted meditator, experimented with workout styles and exercises, and used various gadgets to monitor his health. In recent times, James has been absorbed by the intersection between mental health, fitness, sustainability, and environmentalism. When not concerning himself with health and technology, James can be found excitedly checking out each week’s New Music Friday releases.