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    27 Things For Anyone Who Can’t Afford A Gym Membership But Wants To Get Swol At Home

    I'm dreaming of some swol fitness.

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    1. An extra thick yoga mat to lay out on the hardwood floor so you can have a fulfilling yoga session at home.

    Promising review: "This product was recommended to me by a co-worker. She brought hers in and the color was so vibrant and pretty that I just had to buy one for myself. The 1/2 foam makes the world of a difference compared to a normal one. It's much easier on my knees. I have already recommended it to a few friends! I cant wait to continue to use it for yoga sessions at home because my floor is tile which is very hard. PS. I got the pink one and it's beautiful." —Diana FB

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95 (available in seven colors).

    2. And a set of super absorbent towels that won't slip, so you can lay this over your mat and not sweat the sweat!


    Promising review: "Was pleasantly surprised when I received these! Got them for swimming at the gym because it's a pain to carry around a huge beach towel. Material doesn't snag nearly as bad on skin as other microfiber towels, and towels are very absorbent! Color is just as shown and the 30"x60" size is the size of your usual bath towel. Have held up to machine washing and drying so far. Price can't be beat for a two-pack." –Ashleigh

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five sizes and six colors).

    3. A stability ball to help you get off the floor, because crunches are way more fun once you're off the hard ground.

    Promising review: "I use this product for stability help and general floor workouts and it was really easy to set up. All the tools come included so that was very helpful. The instructions were clear and the pin was easy to take out with the tool in case you need to adjust the amount of air. It’s very sturdy and easily held my weight. For the price, the quality is outstanding and I am very happy with my purchase. :) The color is also really cute!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in nine colors).

    4. A set of neoprene dumbbells you can use to get some reps in while you watch reruns of The Office from the comfort of your own living room!


    Promising review: "I've recently started working out at home since I can't do much walking outdoors here in Wisconsin during the winter. Rather than getting a gym membership, I decided to invest in some workout equipment. These dumbbells are great for working out at home, either just to do some reps or use with videos. The outside is made of neoprene so they are soft to grip and easy to hold. Personally, I'm not a fan of the cast iron dumbbells and I love the feel of these. I've owned these weights for a couple weeks and I'm very happy with them! I've used them a number of times with my video and they work great." —Kristin B.

    Get them from Amazon: the weight set with stand for $41.99 or a set of two weights for $10.11 (available in 1–60 pound options).

    5. A pair of wireless headphones reviewers swear by for hands-free, comfortable listening while exercising, because that motivational workout playlist isn't gonna play itself!


    Promising review: "These are fantastic. They hold a charge for several days of partial use. They are loud enough without distortion. So far, no damage from sweat or rain. They are very comfortable for everyday use and also feel good while exercising. In terms of Bluetooth connection, they are easy to pair and allow me to connect to multiple devices at the same time. The included case allows you to toss them into your bag without worry of them breaking or getting tangled, or just getting gross." —WC

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in seven colors).

    This is also one of our BuzzFeed Reviews picks for the best wireless headphones!

    6. A pack of 24 vegan, gluten-free chips with lots of protein and fiber so you always have the perfect post-workout snack on hand.

    Promising review: "Everyone in our family (from the toddlers to the grandparents) love these chips. They've got a decent amount of protein and are vegan so I always keep these in stock (and we eat them pretty much every day)." —JL

    Get a variety six-pack from Amazon for $29.36.

    7. A supportive racerback sports bra that'll be there for you during fast-paced workouts.

    Promising review: "These have removal padding, which I took out because I don't care about padding in my sports bras as much as I do about support. I do a lot of power yoga and practice inversions, so my main concern was finding bras that were supportive during such fast paced workouts. These are great! I wash them on delicate and hang dry them, so I can't attest to whether or not they shrink. Very pleased with these, and for the price you can't beat it." —Shelby W.

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and three color combos).

    8. An ab roller to roll your way to a six-pack without hitting the gym at all! You can hold onto the handles and plank, do a moving plank, or kneel and roll out to work out your abs.


    Check out some ab wheel workout ideas.

    Get it from Walmart for $11.95.

    9. A versatile Simply Fit board that'll handle your upper body, lower body, cardio, and core workout needs all in one fun to use device! Plus there are tons of free YouTube videos you can use with your board.

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    Promising review: "Love this board! I use it every day and it is a great workout. It's transportable, durable, and highly effective! My abs look amazing and you work cardio, core, upper body and lower body in a great variety of YouTube simply fit board free workouts — can't give higher praise for this one!" —heidi hogan

    Get it from Amazon for $28.12 (available in four colors).

    10. A portable blender so you can enjoy a fresh smoothie while you're out on a jog around the neighborhood!

    Blender set includes: portable blender, ice tray, funnel, and recipe booklet

    Promising review: "I have already purchased three of them. Friends that see me with it are ordering it. What an amazing product; very practical and easy to use. I take it to work, and have my smoothie for lunch. It detaches, and you can put it in the refrigerator for later. Easy to clean. you just have to be mindful that the fruits have to be in small pieces, and not to fill it to the top — leave room for it to blend. I truly love my PopBabies. I highly recommend this product." —Rosalie Astacio

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    11. A balance trainer perfect for anyone in need of a hardcore workout session minus all the stress on your knees 💪.


    Promising review: "Omg...I love this. I just did 5k race with my son and his friends, it's called The Inflatable5k, meaning you run three miles while having inflatable obstacles to run, jump, or climb upon. I did it, but I have to say it was harder then 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 $99+ (available in 30 colors).

    12. A pilates ring designed to build muscle in your arms, inner thighs, booty, and neck. All those hard to get toned areas just got way easier to get swol!


    Promising review: "I am really out of shape. Having osteoporosis

    I was wanting something to help me with my inner thighs that wasn’t heavy or hard to use. This works well and is very well made. I recommend this for people who are beginners." —Debbie Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95 (available in five colors).

    13. No-show socks with arch compression and air flow to keep your feet supported and dry while you sweat it out.


    Promising Review: "I mainly use these for running hill sprints on pavement. They are fantastic. Everyone in the house knows when I am going to run because I am throwing socks and laundry around looking for them! The unique pattern and bright colors make it easier to find in the laundry, the design and pattern make it easy to put them on lined up correctly, they are very comfortable, and don't slip or feel wet when I sweat. I am always looking for a little more cushion to protect me due to a past foot surgery. I will be buying more of these." —Sean M. Barton

    Get six pairs from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A Bluetooth speaker that'll help you blast "Eye of The Tiger" while you alternate reps of sit ups and push ups and scream along to the lyrics in your bedroom, AKA the gym.


    Promising review: "Love it, the quality is great for the price, easy to carry, and loud enough to enjoy some good music while I workout or clean! Great battery life!!" —Daisy

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in five colors).

    15. A raw organic protein powder to add to smoothies, overnight oats, smoothie bowls, or whatever your favorite morning pre-workout snack is! Sustainable energy = better workout routine!, Amazon

    Promising review: "The ingredients are fantastic — I have never had a problem with this protein at all — it's LOW carbohydrate and has all live, raw ingredients. For the sake of taste, I use 8 ounces of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, lots of cinnamon (powder), about two capfuls of vanilla extract (1-2 teaspoons), then some raw flax oil (the fat is great for the taste as well as heart and cardiovascular system, skin, etc.), and then Stevita to taste. This makes a fantastic shake, and, in my experience, I build muscle on these quickly while lifting weights and exercising." —Erin Stratman

    Get it from Amazon for $31.25 (one pound; available in four flavors).

    16. A pair of Bala bangle one pound weights for anyone who wants a little bit more exercise for their arms while walking, jogging, dancing, or doing yoga.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I was looking for a way to incorporate arm weights into my workouts of choice (dance and Pilates), but had been unable to figure out how to do so without literally carrying around weights. When I saw these, I was excited because they are so cute and can function as ankle and wrist weights." —fpjewlie

    Get them from Free People for $49 (available in nine colors).

    17. A double wall thermal bottle so you can stay hydrated without having to venture into the kitchen full of delish and distracting snacks until you're done getting buff!


    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $19.99.

    18. A pull up bar to use at home, because if you want to do 10 pull ups right after your morning shower to wake yourself up, you should!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I live by this iron gym. If you ever need a way to build confidence before embarrassing yourself at the gym with wrong form and two measly pull-ups, grind it out in your home and watch the improvement with this product. It’s affordable and very stable. I weigh about 205 pounds and it holds my weight perfectly! I started out doing maybe two pull-ups and I practiced and I’m now doing 20 a clip. I’ve done it and you can too!" —Marcus

    Get it from Amazon for $27.67.

    19. A box of peanut butter chocolate chip Larabars (the best flavor and with no added sugar!) you can think about mid-plank as motivation to finish strong.

    Promising review: "My family loves these things. We've tried almost every Larabar there is, and these take the cake. Highly recommended if you're a fan of quick snacks, or like a quick protein-rich snack after a workout." —kelpster

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $15.20.

    20. State bicycle's core line bike will have you skipping pricy gym membership fees and staying fit in one of the most fun ways possible — bike rides! And you can get it expertly assembled and ready to ride for an extra $70., Amazon

    Promising review: "Out of the box to the street in under 30 minutes. No scratches, dents or other complaints. Ride is smooth and great. Upgrade the pedals first if you are going to start modifying the build." —jimmy Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $449 (available in sizes 46cm–62cm and nine colors).

    21. A colorful pair of leggings that'll make your next exercise outfit insta-worthy.


    Get them from Asos for $32 (available in sizes 2–8).

    22. A portable elliptical so you can finally reach peak adulting by working out, doing a face mask, and answering emails at your desk all at once!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this little machine. It weighs about 25 pounds give or take. I bought it in January 2016 as part of my New Year's resolution to lose weight and exercise more. I love this thing!! I began parking my machine near the TV so that I can watch my favorite nighttime shows while I walked on the elliptical trainer for almost two hours. After about three months, I really got the hang of balancing while walking, so I began using 3-pound weights for both of my arms. I highly recommend this product because you have the ability to progress into a fitness plan!" —S_Mila

    Get it from Amazon for $80.06+ (available in three colors).

    23. A Fitbit to track all-day activities like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and active minutes; and it tracks heart rate zones, offers guided breathing sessions, connected GPS, and more while you workout.

    Promising review: "Got this for my husband and it has really helped him keep moving. He replaced his watch with the Fitbit. He also uses the step counting feature, the heart rate feature, 'get up and move' reminder, and the text/phone call notification. I didn't intend for him to use it as a notification for activity from his cellphone so this has been a surprisingly helpful feature. It compares to the features you might find in a higher priced brand of the same kind of product. He did notice that the glass scratched fairly quickly, and bought a screen protector to stop any more from happening. I regret not getting a protector from the get-go." –Texas Gator

    Get it from Amazon for $106.95 (available in two sizes and six colors).

    24. A set of resistance bands so you can get the perfect level of resistance you need to build muscle without keeping your significant other on standby to squeeze your legs as you do sit ups.


    Promising review: "Words cannot express how pleased I am with this product! It exceeded my expectations! It is durable, has great material, and the best part, it didn’t slide down! I’ve been using it ever since I got it and I already feel the difference. I would recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a product to use both in the gym and at home for a quick workout! Besides the fact that it’s such a fantastic quality product, it is visually appealing! Very, very pleased with my purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

    25. And a full on suspension system for anyone who wants to get seriously fit minus the social anxiety of going to the gym and fighting over equipment (me). Attach it to a beam or pole indoors, or tree outdoors, and feel the burn!


    Promising Review: "When our gym got these they were so popular you couldn't even get on them. So, my husband and I decided to get a set for our home. It's easy to install and use, just attach it to any beam or pole. (We attach ours to one of the beams in our garage.) There are so many exercises you can use it for — lunges, squats, triceps, etc. It uses your own body weight, so it's great for anyone worried about using heavy weights. It's lightweight and portable, so you can take it with you on trips. All you need is something to hang it from. Comes with a drawstring bag for storing or traveling. Also great for times when you can't get out of the house and just want to get a 20 minute workout in." —Chikkity

    Get it from Amazon for $149.95.

    26. A jump rope with super comfy handles that'll leave little excuse for not getting your cardio on in the backyard.


    Get it from Amazon for $9.98 (available in two colors).

    27. And a small but mighty kettleball so you can easily grab onto this babe with two hands and stay fit 💪.


    Promising review: "This is actually a great kettlebell for the price. It's also much smaller than other coated kettlebells I have, so great space-wise. The handle is a perfect size for two hand grabbing, not all of my kettlebells are. I was worried the handle might not be smooth, but it is powder coated and has a great feel when I swing it. I'm going to order more before they disappear." —The Great Buzzwami

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in 5–50 pounds).

    Me doing my best to get swol at home:


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