The results from our 2021 Women's Running Awards are in! Here's the training gear our team of testers loved...
Welcome to the 2021 Women’s Running Awards! This is the moment we’ve been waiting for all year: the moment that our trusted panel of happy runners gather together to thrash out the best of the best: we’ve tested over 300 new products and have now rated the best running shoes, clothes, tech, underwear, nutrition and training gear. It’s taken over four months of dedicated testing and deliberation, and probably more running than we do all year, to make sure that we put every single piece of kit through its paces.
We’ve worked out with this year’s products over and over again, and our testers have come together to share which training gear made their cross-training and runs better. Here’s what came out on top…
Winner: INSPIRE FTX Functional Trainer with bench | £2,199
This is a serious bit of kit for a serious home gym but the beauty with this is that it’s an all-in-one: all your strength training can be done using just this one bit of kit. Meg was delighted with it: “This trainer includes 30 swivel pulley positions to ensure you have the best workout and allows you to work on all muscle groups. I was really impressed.”
Winner: JLL B200 Weight Bench | £199.99
It’s a double whammy for the JLL bench, which has scored top marks in the home training equipment category too. Its ease of storage makes it a perfect addition to smaller dual-purpose home gyms, and we were impressed with its comfort, which supported us no matter what weights we were lifting.
Winner: INSPIRE IC1.5C indoor cycle bike | £899
This bike and app flew through all our testing categories. Hannah loved it: “It was easy to set up and adjust to fit me. It was comfortable to use and I didn’t have to readjust my position every few minutes.”
Winner: OUT ‘N’ ABOUT Nipper Sport | £319
Our buggy testers loved the Nipper. Sophie said: “It’s comfortable to use due to the simple handle and seat adjustment. It has lots of space, and the ride felt smooth even off road. It’s well priced too.” Kudos also goes to the double version, which came a close second.
Editor’s Choice: JLL B200 Weight Bench | £199.99
Any weight training set up isn’t complete without a bench. Meg said: “This is a cushioned bench with four adjustable settings. It was really sturdy and good quality. Easy to tuck away, as it can be stored on its side.”
Editor’s Choice: MARCY ME-702 Regenerating Magnetic Upright Bike | £399
This superb value bike impressed us with both its simplicity and its quality. Tina said: “It was really easy to put together, simple to use and there was no need to plug in as it’s magnetic. I liked using it, my girls love using it, and it takes up a very small space in the garage. I found that it gave me all the stats I wanted, and it was great to be able to just hop on it for all of us to warm up properly before a workout.”
Best Value: DECATHLON Corength Evolving Ab Wheel | £14.99
Yes, Decathlon again! This ab wheel is one of the simplest ways to build strength in your core. Tina said: “This is an easy to use, very affordable, simple exercise roller for your core/abdominals.”
Best Value: RUNK Sports Massage Ball | £9.95
We should all be using one of these every day, our physios tell us – just keep one under your desk. This good looking version impressed Sophie: “Very light, solid massage ball which is easy to pop into a bag to take away.”
Best Value: JLL T450 Treadmill| £699.99
It’s hard to find a good treadmill for under a grand, so we were impressed with this. Chrissie put it through its paces: “It’s easy to set up, and has a decent sized running surface. It has 20 speeds and inclines, and the HR belt is a nice touch, especially given the price.”