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    25 Products To Help You Work Out In Your Own Home

    "Came through drippin'." — Cardi B, and you after breakin' a sweat during your next home workout.

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    I think we can all agree that going to the gym can be a pretty intimidating experience (at least at first).

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    From the terrifying weight room (how do you lift without tearing something in your arm?) to the foreign machines (a Smith machine does what, exactly?), hitting the gym as a first-timer can seem a little scary.

    But don't let that stop you from ~working on your fitness~, because you can get in a great sweat session from the comfort of your very own living room.

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    Here are some fantastic products that'll help you stop making excuses and get started on working toward those fitness-related New Year's resolutions:

    1. A boxing game for the Nintendo Switch, so you can practice your left hook without anyone seeing you awkwardly punching at the air.


    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.

    Promising review: "Fitness Boxing for the Switch is a great and fun workout. The exercises will start off easy and don't feel like much but the intensity can be increased, the song speed can be sped up, and you can add more moves after the demos. All of these options help in creating a workout that suits the player." —Catherine

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    2. A jump rope designed to bring out the badass in you — and help you get in a great cardio workout.


    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. Plus, it has 4,500+ five-star reviews on Amazon, so you know it's legit.

    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, 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 $10.

    3. A medicine ball, so you can take your crunches to the next level., Amazon

    Upgrade your typical ab workouts with a medicine ball like this to really feel the burn.

    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 $21.98+ (available in 10 weights).

    4. A portable elliptical that you can use in literally any room of your house — seriously, you can sit on your toilet and exercise at the same time (not that we're recommending that, though). A+ multitasking.

    But hey, whatever floats your boat. Despite its size, this lil' elliptical gets the job done! You can use it standing or place it under your desk to assure you get your workout in even if you're hanging out at home.

    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 $83.99+ (available in three colors).

    5. An 11-piece set of resistance bands, excellent for focusing on working your glutes — or anything else, really!


    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 $20.98.

    6. Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Switch, which is so fun you'll forget you're actually exercising. Wahoo!


    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: "Mario Tennis Aces is so fun! It is a great game for the whole family. I love the realistic elements that bring you to your feet during gameplay!" —Walmart Customer

    Get it from Walmart for $52.95.

    7. A set of basic dumbbells, perfect for anyone who is just starting to incorporate weights into their workout and doesn't want to accidentally hurt themselves in public.


    I may or may not have popped a rib out of place last year while experimenting with weight machines at the gym. So, please, take my advice and start slow with a basic dumbbell set at home.

    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. I've really gotten interested in using Jillian Michaels' workout videos and the one I use most of the time, Jillian Michaels — 30 Day Shred, requires hand weights.

    I've owned these weights for only 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. I feel the price is good for the quality and I will look at ordering others in the future as I get stronger! If you are looking for some hand weights, I recommend buying these!" —Kristin B.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in 1–20 pounds or as a set of three different weights).

    8. Or these marble dumbbells that are fancy AF and possibly too pretty to actually use.

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    I'm pretty basic — I won't lie about that — and so I am VERY into these marble dumbbells. They seem like a must-have accessory for any home gym, don't you think? Each one is crafted with natural marble stone, ensuring your next workout will be as bougie as possible.

    Get it from Free People for $100 (available in three styles).

    9. A thick yoga mat, so you'll be as comfortable as possible when you get down for a set of sit-ups or to stretch.,

    I have one of these yoga mats and it has been a game-changer. Whether I'm taking it to an actual class or using it to follow a workout on YouTube at home, I know I'm not going to slip and hurt myself (can you tell I'm accident-prone?). Its many cute style options are for sure an added bonus!

    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 $22.48+ (available in 34 styles).

    10. A Bosu Balance Trainer that comes with a workout DVD to provide some guidance on this whole "new year, new me" exercise situation., Amazon

    I was first introduced to this product via watching the Kardashians work out on Instagram (yes, really) and I've grown to love it! It's really simple to use — I like to do my crunches on it, as it gives me more back support. There are tons of other ways to break a sweat using this, so def consider adding it to your shopping cart.

    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 3 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 styles).

    11. A set of exercise sliders, so instead of sliding into someone's DMs in 2019 you can focus on YOU and your fitness goalz.


    This is a prime example of something my gym has that I've always been too scared to try (for fear of quite literally falling on my face). The sliding technique used with this workout tool is great for building up your core — and actually looks I'm gonna order a pair of these gliding discs to test out on my wood floors in the privacy of my own home. Who's with me?!

    Promising review: "This seems like a simple idea, but I would never have thought of it. I like the ability to exercise arms, back, chest, and core in so many variations. You can cater movement based on how you position yourself and move the gliders; the nuance of movement is near limitless. I tried it on my hardwood floor, but prefer the easier gliding on carpet. I compare it to my ab roller and find it to be an interesting alternative. I can keep my hands with palms downward open flat or place my fists on it for slightly different stressing of the hand and forearm muscles." —Charlie

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $10.

    12. An easy-to-use ab roller that works on any surface, so you'll have ZERO excuses not to give it a try., Amazon

    Essentially a tire with handles, this item is going to roll right into your workout routine. It's great for strengthening your abs, shoulder, arms, and back — which is pretty unbelievable based on how compact it is. Sign me UP.

    Promising review: "The little ab wheel is deceptively simple and sturdy. It looks like a kid's toy, but with proper daily use, it will give you a serious workout. It will strengthen not only your core (abs and lower back) but your arms, shoulders, legs, and entire body as well. In addition, it will give you an aerobic workout, because your heart and lungs will want to join in the fun!" —S. J. VOLK

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    13. Exercise cards, so your workout will always already be laid out and waiting for you. Procrastination? I don't know her.


    I always try to map out my exercise plan before I hit the gym, otherwise I'll idle around and wander aimlessly from machine to machine. I'm even more likely to waste precious time trying to find a routine to follow when I'm at home. These cards will solve your workout-planning woes immediately!

    Promising review: "These cards are *amazing.* I love that I can schedule my workout week sensibly and safely — I really appreciate the tips on the backs of the cards! The calorie burn is accurate, if not a bit conservative. Lifting heavier will burn more, but the suggested burn is near perfect for lighter lift days. The HIIT and Core cards are such a nice bonus, too! My favorite part of this item is that I can do my workout at my pace without any annoying outdated music or chatting from a trainer, like you'd find on a DVD. I get burned out easily from repetition (as in, the same dry jokes or WOO! in a DVD), and have bagged MANY workout programs, but these cards are perfect for keeping me excited about my fitness!" —Lori McCarthy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    14. A kettlebell that will have you singing "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers after one swing.


    Don't believe me? Order one of these and give it a try. This seemingly harmless workout tool makes for a serious strength-training sesh.

    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).

    15. An exercise ball, so you can work on your balancing act in between episodes of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

    Exercise balls are a must-have for any home workout! You can use them to improve your core, for overall balance, alongside a Pilates video, and much more. Not to mention they're pretty fun to just bounce on.

    Promising review: "I can't even begin to say enough good things about this stability ball! My back has gotten so much stronger since I started using it as an office chair for one or two hours per day! I work from home and my back had gotten incredibly weak, to the point that I could only walk 1/4 mile before the pain would get EXTREMELY bad and unbearable. After two weeks of using the ball, I can now walk 1 mile before pain begins — that is a HUGE improvement and has made an even bigger impact on my happiness and quality of life. I might add that it is REALLY fun to bounce on it! I having been having a ball with it (pardon the pun)." —Valerie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90+ (available in six colors).

    16. Or an exercise ball/chair combination that will let you ~have a ball~ while also GETTING. SHIT. DONE.

    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 $56.13+ (available in nine styles).

    17. An upper-body workout bar, so you can easily recreate that scene from 50 Cent's In Da Club video where he does all of those crazy pull-ups., Amazon

    Don't act like you don't know exactly what I'm referring to! Anyways, this body workout bar can transform any doorway into a personal gym.

    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 lbs 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 $24.33.

    18. An Apple Watch that will motivate you to exercise and burn a particular amount of calories each day (if that's aligned with your goals), but make it ~fashun~.

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    I am actually OBSESSED with my Apple Watch. It is the number one thing that has changed the way I exercise. I got mine two years ago and have worn it every single day since – not kidding. It has so many great features on it that support working out at home, not to mention you can add Mickey or Minnie Mouse to the watch face. ;)

    Promising review: "Great watch, especially if you’re a fitness person. Who knew you’d one day be able to make a phone call on your watch? This is the coolest product I’ve ever owned! The waterproof feature comes in handy when you forget to take it off in the shower, the fitness feature really reminded me to get up and do something. I love this watch and think anyone who bought this would!" —Dolmanet

    Get it from Amazon for $399.

    19. A Simply Fit Board, so you can twist 'n' shout your way into a fitness routine you actually enjoy.,

    In my opinion, the hardest part about exercising is finding a workout that you find fun and actually want to spend time doing. Enter: the Simply Fit Board. You can use it to balance during planks, as support for push-ups, or to strengthen your core. You're gonna love it!

    Promising review: "Love this board! I use every day and it is a great workout. It's transportable, durable, and highly effective! My abs look amazing! You can work cardio, core, upper body and lower body in a great variety of workouts on YouTube designed for the Simply Fit Board — can't give higher praise for this one!" —Heidi Hogan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four colors).

    20. A subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited, because what's a workout with a sick playlist to pump you up?


    Honestly, you could probably just dance around your room to Taylor Swift or Cardi B for an hour and get in just as much cardio as if you went for a run. Think about it. With this subscription you will have access to any song at any time, and if you have an Amazon Echo you can ask Alexa to play your workout playlist for you!

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 a month.

    21. And a pair of wireless headphones, so you can get ~in the zone~ without tripping over any pesky wires.


    Nothing pisses me off more than when I'm working out and the wire from my headphones gets stuck on something and they get RIPPED out of my ears. I need to step out of the Stone Age and upgrade to a wireless pair like these.

    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 $39.99 (available in seven colors).

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

    22. A set of push-up handles that will help you perfect your form before taking your talents to an actual gym., Amazon

    Or like, don't ever go to a regular gym because by the end of this roundup you'll have everything you'll ever need for a dope home workout. Just sayin'.

    Promising review: "If you work out at home and use body weight, you need the Perfect Fitness Pushup Elite stands. They allow you to vary your width, strengthen your hands and wrists, and alleviate pain, while allowing for deeper pushups. The result is a better chest and tricep pump, which translates into more strength and size. The stands give you an extra couple of inches in height while doing pushups and added comfort as they can rotate 360 degrees. The handles have a rubber padding, which is comfortable on your hands and can support up to 400 pounds. This is perfect for me since I use a weight vest when doing pushups." —D. Miyao

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $21.15.

    23. An Oculus Rift Virtual Reality System, so you can exercise at home but still feel like you're completely somewhere else!

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    Ah, the magic of technology. From boxing and speed skating to dodgeball and combat fighting, there are tons of simulation games for the Oculus Rift that will help you work up a sweat at home. I know what I'll be asking for on my birthday this year...

    Promising review: "Wow. It's really hard to describe VR. Like, you have to experience it to accurately understand it. I got the package on time and everything was there. Nice and brand new. Set it up with no problems. Now I can experience VR and it really is something else. I have eaten hot dogs with anime chicks while listening to a T. rex talk about their relationship problems. I've danced on stages. I've ripped limbs off of robots and beaten them to pieces with it. I've traveled through a space station. I've gone mountain climbing. Ridden roller coasters. It all feels so...substantial. Like you're actually there. Like it's a dream. You know how you close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere? This takes you there." —Jubilant

    Get it from Amazon for $349.

    And check out one BuzzFeed writer's full review here.

    24. A Peloton bike that will allow you to experience live cycling classes in real time with an instructor without leaving your house.


    I am SO interested in trying out one of these bad boys. I'm a sucker for the commercials and have even gone as far as downloading the Peloton app in an attempt to recreate the classes on a stationary bike at my gym — but it's just not the same as being in your own home. If you already own one of these bikes, can I come over and give it a go? Kthanks.

    Promising review: "Peloton, you have taken things to the next level... so happy I have a variety of classes, not only spinning. I’ve owned my bike for two years and my only complaint (at that time) was variety beyond the bike. I now have a new love for bootcamp, running, strength, stretching and yoga, and of course spinning. We dropped our family gym membership just a month ago and we have dedicated space in our house to have our tread, bike, and free weights. This was a game-changer! Thank you for offering what we all need." —Anonymous

    Get it from Peloton for $2,245+ (available in four packages).

    25. And a pair of weighted bangles, so you can feel freakin' fabulous as you accessorize your next workout.

    Free People

    How CUTE are these? They are technically weights to add additional resistance to your workout, but they are also very stylish! You can wear them on your wrists or around your ankles during at-home yoga for an extra boost during your routine.

    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 it from Free People for $49.

    You, after using these products to create a heart-racing, fun home workout routine:

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