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    33 Things That’ll Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Workouts

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    1. A set of dumbbells to activate your muscles during your workout. They'll also help to improve your balance and stabilization.

    a reviewer photo of the dumbbells on their stand
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    What's cool about this set is that it comes with dumbbells in three different weights — 3 pounds, 5 pounds, and 8 pounds — and a dumbbell holder so you don't have to worry about them being left on the floor and tripping over them. Ouch!

    Promising review: "Great quality. The stand keeps them organized and accessible. I use them every day and love them. Plus, they come in happy pretty colors!" —Michelle Pride

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    2. A deck of 50 exercise cards for visual learners to see exactly how to use your new dumbbells. Ah, so that's the proper way to do a leg curl. 🧐

    a reviewer photo of a few of the exercise cards showing how to do the leg curl and a side raise with a dumbbell
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    While these exercise cards are specific to dumbbell exercises, there are a variety of exercise cards available including pilates, yoga, half balance ball, kettlebell, resistance bands, bodyweight, and more.

    Promising review: "I love these cards! I'm a visual learner so these are perfect for me. I used a hole punch and put the cards on a metal ring for easier flip through. I take them to the gym with me and others have asked to use them, too!" —Billie Carvin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    3. A weighted 2-pound fitness hoop that'll bring back all the fun nostalgia of your childhood while allowing you to put in your 20 minutes of cardio at the same time.

    a reviewer photo of the hula hoop in pink
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    Promising review: "The weight takes some getting used to but it’s such a fun form of exercise. Really just makes you feel like a kid again." —Maggie Heunemann

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (also available in blue).

    4. Or a smart weighted fitness hoop, a growing fave that uses a lightweight attached ball to add resistance to an easy, fun, and enjoyable workout.

    the weighted hula hoop in blue that shows how the weighted ball is attached to the hoop
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    Promising review: "I love this thing! I burned 150 calories in 12 minutes! It’s not easy breezy; you definitely have to move but it was worth every penny. Just snap it on, throw the weight, and wind those hips!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A dairy-free protein powder for your pre- or post-workout shake. You get 22 grams of vegan protein powder (it's a blend of rice and pea protein) per serving plus no added sugar. And it comes in a recyclable aluminum canister so you can be a little kinder to Mother Nature.

    a photo of the eco friendly protein shake canister and a smoothie that someone made with the protein powder
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    Promising review: "All right folks, I may be a little biased here as I LOVE their protein bars, but this is by far my FAVORITE vegan powder. It’s got a great taste, but it’s the thickness and consistency for me (I mixed with almond milk). It legit has the taste and feel of a chocolate milkshake. It’s not as 'thin' as other drinks. Definitely worth the try and it’s right along the average price of other quality products. P.S. the aluminum tub is freaking awesome LOL!" —Jake McGreevy

    Get it from No Cow on Amazon for $39.99 (available in two flavors).

    6. And a Ninja blender to take your vegan protein shake to a whole other level. I'm talking strawberries, apples, spinach, just throw it in and watch 👏🏽 it 👏🏽 blend 👏🏽.

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    This blender comes with two to-go cups, which makes it an even more convenient option for workouts or for morning commutes.

    Promising review: "Wow! Where has this blender been all my life? It makes the BEST and SMOOTHEST homemade smoothies I've ever had. It also turns ice into snow, literally. I see some snow cones in my future. This is by far the best blender I've ever had. It's easy to use and easy to clean. I like the simple controls and components and the latching lid with the pour spout keeps shut tight and makes pouring easy and neat. I'm pretty frugal, but I wish I would've bought this years ago. It is SO worth the money! Highly recommend! Don't wait, buy it now! You won't regret it." —Colorado Pattiecake

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99.

    7. A pair of Sony sweat-proof noise-cancelling wireless earbuds that'll let you tune out your household so you can get into the zone during your next workout. They also have crystal clear call quality which is perfect for people who WFH and have to be on-call even in the middle of a workout.

    a reviewer photo of the earbuds in black
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    Promising review: "After having just about used nearly all of the top truly wireless earphones on the market, I can confidently say these new Sony WF-1000XM4 are the most well rounded of the bunch. Setup is a breeze and the noise canceling is seriously amazing and rivals my over the ear WH-1000XM4 and AirPod Max's. It’s the best noise canceling performance I’ve experienced in a true wireless pair. The sound is well tuned and gears towards naturalness over neutrality. There’s a bass emphasis that isn’t overdone but gives the music some oomph. Battery life is excellent at around 8 hours with ANC and 12 hours without ANC. They don’t budge when I use them at the gym. And these are now sweat, and water resistant. Overall, there isn’t another truly wireless earphones out there with this level of versatility." —Daniel James

    Get it from Amazon for $278 (available in two colors).

    8. Just Dance 2021, a fun video game that lets you get a workout while dancing to some of your favorite songs. It's pretty much just a really fun time that afterwards will make you go, "Wow, my body feels great!"

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    You can get this game for your Nintendo, Playstation, or Xbox.

    Promising review: "This game is another great hit. It includes old greats from previous versions of the game and is overall a great thing to entertain yourself as far as fitness, or in general as a great family time activity." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    9. Or, a Fitness Boxing 2 because after watching Creed you're convinced that you have what it takes to be a fighter. At the least, you'll get a good workout trying.

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    BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga loves this game. Here's what she had to say:

    "I admittedly am someone who thrives while working out at the gym, but there are many exercises I've been dying to try and don't because I don't want to embarrass myself. Boxing is one of them. Luckily, I can start practicing my skills (and break a decent sweat!) at home while playing this super fun game on the Nintendo Switch. I use this game as a way to mix up my exercises / when I don't feel like venturing out to the gym. I have to say, it's a SERIOUS workout. I'm usually sore for days after and have burnt up to 300 calories in 30 minutes! If you get tired of the provided songs, mute your TV and turn on your favorite workout playlist — a great hack, if you ask me! The newest version of this game will combine your stats with the original, so no worries if you've already been playing Fitness Boxing for years!"

    Get it from Amazon for $49.50.

    And try these Nintendo Switch grips to really pack a punch without worrying about the joy cons flying out of your hands.

    10. A jump rope for a heart-healthy, low-risk workout. Did you know you can burn more calories jumping rope than an 8-mile run? #MindBlown

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    Uh, hello, there's a skull and crossbones on the handles of this jump rope! So freakin' cool! It is ideal for those interested in cardio training and is very lightweight — great for storing in your junk drawer and busting out when you're ready to sweat.

    Promising review: "Very good quality materials are used starting from the steel rope, which is encased in some sort of heavy-duty, slightly clear plastic to the smooth bearings. The finish of the rope is very slick and seems like it'll hold up a long time. If you grab the handle and spin it, the bearing will go 10 revolutions easily, speaking to the quality of the bearings. I've only had it a couple of weeks and it is holding up great. For $10, it's probably one of the best ropes you can get. And from what I read about the owners of the company and their warranty, seems like these folks will be more than happy to get a new rope over to you ASAP if your current one breaks for whatever reason." —Roman

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    11. A medicine ball that you can pass, shoot, and slam for a total body workout.

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    Promising review: "With a new baby I found myself doing a lot of upper body exercises while holding my little one. While this is a great upper body and potentially full-body workout, I found the baby to be a little too squirmy to be effective so I decided to pick up this medicine ball. It was a great choice. It's grippy, compact, and effective. It also doesn't have a tendency to spit up on me while doing chest presses, which is a big plus. Best part — this ball doesn't complain if I accidentally drop it. Honestly — this is a great basic medicine ball. The rubber skin provides great grip. No 'heavy spots,' with the weight evenly distributed across the ball. There are plenty of quick exercises you can do at home to do a full-body workout with the benefit of building both slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle. Ball seems plenty durable and should last a good long time. Great purchase. Thinking of buying another in a different weight." —Todd W.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in five weights).

    12. An Instant Pot if you're the type of meal prepper who doesn't want to think twice about what's for dinner after an intense workout.

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    Promising review: "I agree with all the rave reviews. I've used it to make both brown and white rice, rice porridge, beef stew, shredded pork, ribs, whole chicken, steamed dumplings, etc. I LOVE IT. Program and leave it. I use the delay cooking timer often. I've come home from work, stuck in a whole chicken, went to exercise, and dinner was ready for the family when I was done with my workout. I use it at least three to four times per week. I'm buying one for my mom and a second one for myself so I can make rice with one and the main entree with the second one at the same time. Highly recommend." —D. Lin

    Get the six-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $89.

    13. An 11-piece set of resistance bands perfect for workouts in smaller spaces. Resistance bands help to focus your control and are a good alternative to workout machines.

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    You can work out SO many different parts of your body using these stretchy little guys — and you don't even have to leave your bedroom.

    Promising review: "I have had these for a few weeks now and I must say I'm thoroughly impressed with the packaging and quality of these bands. You get everything you see in the product pictures and it is exactly as advertised. There is an instructional pamphlet that details several different exercises possible with these bands with images of the different setups. The foam bars are sturdy and I had no trouble getting a good workout from using the bands with the bars. There isn't really anything I can fault this product on. It is truly a terrific exercise product that will get you results if you put in the effort of using it. A plus is that it is so mobile and compact in the storage bag that I leave it by the television set so that I can get in a little exercise while I am watching." —W. Kwok

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98.

    14. Wolven crossover leggings complete with pockets that melt over your silhouette for extreme comfort and style on your daily walks.

    Ali Faccenda / BuzzFeed

    BTW — Wolven is a WOC-founded business that creates sustainable activewear and swimwear. The clothes are made from fabric from recycled plastic water bottles and the patterns come from geometry found in nature. Plus, for every sale, Wolven removes one pound of waste from the ocean.

    "I've seen crossover-style leggings all over my For You Page on TikTok and they look so CUTE on everyone who wears them. These mayyyyy just be my new fave leggings. They're high-waisted (legit the only kind I like) and have pockets on both sides which is perfect if I'm taking my dogs for a walk or running an errand and want to keep my phone on me at all times. I love where these hit me on my waist and honestly, these make me want to throw all my old leggings in the trash. If you're in the market for new leggings, I HIGHLY recommend you give these a whirl." —Ali Faccenda, BuzzFeed writer

    Get them from Wolven for $98 (available in sizes XS–XXL and in seven colors).

    15. Or, a pair of seamless leggings because reviewers say they're super comfortable, ~squat proof~, and tight without cutting into your stomach.

    Jasmin Sandal / BuzzFeed

    BTW — Stax is an Australia-based business founded in 2012 to create trendy clothes that mix fitness and fashion!

    "Sound the alarms, people, because I think I've found my dream pair of athleisure. Here's the rundown: these high-waisted leggings (or as they call them on their site: tights) are incredibly deceiving when they first arrive — they appeared to be quite shrunken in the package — but trust me, these mold to your body and have enough stretch that works great for curves. I was sent a sample and am just truly in love with the compression! Since quarantine began, I've been after a cute pair of leggings that would support me and have the ability to be worn for multiple activities. And folks, these are IT. I'm also a sucker for a matching set — grab the seamless crop top here! " —Jasmin Sandal, BuzzFeed writer

    Get them from Stax for $59 (available in sizes XS–2XL).

    16. Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Switch so you can channel your inner Naomi Osaka on your living room court.

    a screen shot of mario tennis
    Amazon

    Step on the court with Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the classic squad and get ready to break a sweat and have a great time! You can even purchase handheld tennis rackets to get the full experience.

    Promising review: "I'm not a fan of sports games, but Mario Tennis Aces surprised me. It plays just like standard tennis but incorporates many different types of moves, an energy bar, trick shots, and special moves that all make it feel more like a fighting game. It's incredibly fun to play with friends and has a substantial story mode as well. Check this game out, it might surprise you with how fun it is." —chickfred

    Get a digital code from Amazon for $57.15.

    17. Or a weighted workout bar that'll make you say, "Forget raising the roof; let's raising the bar!"

    a model using the long weighted bar across her back shoulders
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love the versatility of me being able to just pick up a different bar weight amount if the one I have is too heavy or too light instead of having to take weight plates on and off with a traditional barbell. They came in perfect condition! Will be buying more of different weight amounts." —AM

    Get it from Amazon for $22.44+ (available in 5–30 pounds or as a set).

    18. A low-impact Brrrn board so you can slide slide slippidy slide your way through a total body workout.

    Brrrn

    The 5-foot-long board comes with a pair of slide mittens and booties as well as access to hundreds of on-demand workouts in categories like yoga, core, and cardio sculpt.

    Promising review: "My husband and I are triathletes who are obsessed with finding new ways to cross train. He purchased a very popular connected bike, while I invested in the Brrrn board. And after eight weeks, let’s just say that my progress is far exceeding his (sorry hubs!). Please don’t waste your hard-earned money on anything else besides Brrrn At-Home!" —Sharon B.

    Get it from Amazon or Brrrn for $229.

    19. A Treadly compact, foldable treadmill because you've been wanting to get active and start a fitness routine but haven't been able to actually make it out of the house. The compact size of the treadmill allows you to workout without taking up the whole room, which is especially nice if you share your space with roommates.

    Genevieve Scarano / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Genevieve Scarano is a huge fan of this gadget. She said:

    "I've been jogging almost daily on this treadmill, and it's been a big help when it's too cold outside and most gyms are closed due to COVID-19. You can walk or jog up to 5 mph, move the handrail up or down (and yes, this means you can walk on the treadmill even with the rail *all the way down on the floor* for workouts), *and* track your daily progress in the Treadly App. Walking and running on this treadmill feels the same as other treadmills I've tried in the past (minus the up to 5 mph feature). What I love about that speed limit though is that it helps me focus on my form when I'm jogging or walking. I'm being mindful of each step and not rushing, so I really enjoy using it for workouts."

    Get it from Treadly for $749+ (available in two styles).

    Check out our full Treadly 2 review for more deets.

    20. Mirror, a trendy at-home workout that'll give you the feel of an interactive class that you've been missing from the comfort of your own home.

    a model using the mirror to stretch
    @getthemirror / Via instagram.com

    You can connect it your Apple Watch to monitor your heart rate in real time, workout to customized playlists, and get real-time feedback from certified trainers. There are 20+ different genres of classes to choose from, too. Plus, it looks super chic. You can also add profiles so you can share the fitness with your roomies.

    Promising review: "The Mirror is the best investment I’ve made in quite some time. It is extremely easy to use. The set up was a breeze. I’ve only had it a little over a week and I am using it daily even if running short on time...it’s easy to even do a 15-minute class! I also love I can do multiple classes one for cardio and then add on a short stretch or toning class. Basically, I feel I control what I want to do each day fitting into my schedule rather than working around classes at the gym. And for a family this is far less expensive each month than a multi-person gym membership. I’m thrilled with The Mirror!!! Even had a friend join me for a class and she loved it too!!" —Ronda Stratis Elkins

    Get it from Mirror for $1,495.

    21. A thick yoga mat ideal for people with sensitive wrists who love yoga but need more joint support.

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    Promising review: "Love love love love this!! I'm 5'10" with LONG legs, so regular mats don't work for me. I step off them and they're not big enough. This one is amazing...nice and thick. Once I washed/prepped it, there's not slippage. You do have to wash/scrub it or it starts out pretty slick. But totally worth the money. I haven't used any other of my mats since. Thinking about getting another one to leave at my office." —Careyidaho

    Get it from Amazon for $23.76 (available in 27 styles).

    22. A Bosu Balance Trainer complete with a DVD so you can discover new workouts specific to this equipment.

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    Promising review: "OMG...I love this. I just did a 5K race with my son and his friends (it's called The Inflatable5K, meaning you run 3 miles while having inflatable obstacles to run, jump, or climb upon). I did it, but I have to say it was harder than I thought to balance on a balloon! I bought this wanting to improve, but I was not expecting all this FUN. I really love it! It's so easy on my joints — in fact when I use this in place of my step for aerobics DVDs, my knee pain is gone...for real! Unexpected bonus!!" —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99+ (available in 22 styles).

    23. And yoga dice to make doing yoga fun. What pose will you start with today? *shakes dice* C'mon downward dog.

    wooden blocks with yoga poses on them
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    Promising review: "If you know yoga and have taken classes, this is a good way to vary your day-to-day routine. I was in a rut and had stopped practicing. These got me back on the mat. I roll all the dice at once then group standing poses, forward bends, back bends, and core work. I start with four or five rounds of sun salutations to warm up. Just my thoughts, everyone should tweak their practice to suite them." —kathleen l hitt

    Get them from Amazon for $14.55. (They're also available in fitness dice with workouts you can do without equipment.)

    24. A Pilates ring for added resistance and encouraging good form during your Pilates routine.

    Three models each squeeze a black Pilates ring while attending a class
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am a great fan of the Pilates magic circle. I purchased this one to keep at the office. I like it because I can quickly do exercises by putting it between my ankles, above the knees, or in my hands. I can do a few quick exercises throughout the day to energize myself. This circle is sturdy, but not overly difficult to press. The cushioned pads feel nice on the palms and above the ankles where skin is sensitive." —Aventurera Etermal

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in five colors).

    25. A punching bag set because it's not just a piece of fitness equipment, it's also a great stress reliever. After a long day, you'd be surprised how good you feel after giving it a few punches.

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    Promising review: "This boxing machine is durable. It took me literally seven minutes to put together; it was so quick and easy. Gloves are an awesome added bonus. They are durable and comfy as well. This is a great buy for people who are looking for a nice workout but don’t want the gym. I live in an apartment. My neighbors can’t hear it below me so overall I say this is good quality for the price." —Brittany L.

    Get it from Amazon for $53.75+ (also available in a heavy duty set).

    26. An exercise ball/chair combination that'll let you get your workout on during your morning work meeting.

    amazon.com

    Want more than just an exercise ball? Meet your new office companion — the exercise ball chair. I sometimes get really antsy at work and find myself bouncing around. I might as well be doing it in a chair built for that, right?

    Promising review: "Sitting is killing us. Every week that headline is somewhere. This chair is so much more than a punchline on Portlandia. I have used it for over a year in my office job and I am an active 39-year-old male. Funny looks? Sure. But it's not for them; it's about my health and lower lumbar strength. For the first few weeks I had a 'regular' chair close by, to ease the transition. Now I wish that I could take my chair with me to client locations. We slump so easily. I used to 'sit' with my chair rolled all the way under the desk leaned back so that my butt and shoulders were the only thing supported. This balance chair forces you to sit up straight and support yourself. It forces you to pop up out of your seat. It will force you to strengthen your legs, back, and shoulders. You will find yourself sitting more upright even when you are not using the chair. This chair is not for comfort. It is for you to get better." —Micah

    Get it from Amazon for $69.89+ (available in seven colors).

    27. A Series 6 Apple Watch you'll definitely use every day because not only can it connect to your phone for text messaging and checking emails but it's also filled with helpful fitness-tracking features.

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    Promising review: "I have owned more watches than I can readily count through the decades but, none of them are as helpful in tracking what is important to measuring my overall health and fitness. It offer access to a large portion of my iPhone apps. I particularly love the blood oxygen sensor, heart rate monitor, and sleep manager. I also enjoy the fact it automatically tells me when I have washed my hands long enough in this current pandemic. It is well worth the investment." —Gerard McIntyre

    Get it from Amazon for $359.99 (available in two sizes and five colors).

    28. A 12-inch foam roller for cooling down and warming up. A foam roller can also be an effective tool to relieve muscle tightness, soreness, and inflammation.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My chiropractor recommended I buy the 36-inch version of this for some daily routine back stretching to do at home. This product has been amazing for stretching and massaging sore muscles throughout my back and shoulders. I feel very supported by this roller and have had no issues with it thus far. I weigh 200 pounds and have yet to damage this roller after weeks of use. Overall very pleased with this product. And at such a great price, I honestly can't find a single negative remark to note about it." —Luke Marrs

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in four sizes and six colors).

    29. A gallon water bottle with motivational markers so you can replenish your body after breaking a sweat and feel encouraged to stay hydrated.

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    Promising review: "I had been really struggling to hit my water goal each day, only managing it twice in all of June. But then I saw this beautiful ombre water bottle in a fitness group I'm a part of. I haven't missed my water goal since having it! Apparently the first world problem of getting up to refill my water glass frequently throughout the day with cold, clean water from the kitchen was a serious barrier to my water intake. Having my daily goal (or most of it) with me at all times makes it so easy to make sure I'm drinking enough and I also use the goal times on the side to help keep me on track. The straw is removable and pops up when you open the hinged section of the lid. I loved it so much my boyfriend also got one and I've recommended it, and also seen it recommended by others several times, on the fitness boards. Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in 17 colors).

    30. A pair of weighted bangles because even your workouts should be accessorized.

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    Promising review: "These weights are incredible – absolutely stunning! Such great quality too. I got them for walking and yoga but I think I am going to wear them everywhere! They are very comfy and soft to the touch. And I LOVE the packaging. They come with a free bag to carry them in. I am definitely going to buy more colors." —Jackie

    Get them from Amazon for $49 (available in four colors).

    31. A desk exercise bike in case you want to take your multitasking to a new level of awesome. No one will even know you're pedaling towards your second mile while completing your department presentation.

    Model sits on black exercise bike with a desk on top
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This bike desk is perfect for keeping moving while working from home or doing online school. It is not a Peloton or heavy workout bike, but it is super comfortable and sturdy. I was surprised at how well made it was for the price. Highly recommend!" —David Hanson

    Get it from Amazon for $399.99.

    32. A squat machine that'll help you perform the perfect squat by guiding your technique. No more wondering if you're doing it right or not. With this machine, you'll nail it every time.

    The DB Method, thedbmethod / Via instagram.com

    The DB Method is a woman-owned company and has become quite popular among celebs like Tracee Ellis Ross, the Kardashians, and Hailey Bieber (which is enough reason for me to give it a test run). It'll help you strengthen your center of gravity and, IMO, is quite budget friendly in comparison to most other home workout equipment.

    Promising review: "I am so happy I made the decision to buy a DB Method. I've been using it for the past two weeks at least 10 minutes daily and I can see a difference in my abs, arms, legs, and butt! A great full body workout! You will not be disappointed with this purchase! Go for it" —Cleo B.

    Get it from The DB Method for $229.

    33. And a stretching poster so you can incorporate new stretches to your routine to keep your muscles flexible, strong, and healthy. Stretching can also improve posture which is something we could all use after working at home for a year. Can I get an Amen? 🙌🏾

    a model stretching next to the poster of stretch ideas
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this poster as a visual aid to go with my home gym setup. The poster is made out of medium thickness paper, the size is ideal, the print looks like it was printed on a commercial printer with quality colors, and the laminating has no bubbles between the sheet and paper." —William Terrill

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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