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    Ditch The Gym Membership With This Home Gym Equipment

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    Wow, those gym membership deals sure are looking good. First month free! Signup fees waived! How can one resist? But a commitment to a gym membership seems like, well, a lot of commitment. You certainly like the gym (as a friend) but you want to work out elsewhere. Somewhere more convenient. Somewhere with your own shower. Somewhere like your home.

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    Achieving your fitness goals can be tough no matter where you do it: It’s time-consuming, physically demanding, and most of all, it requires consistency. But if you want to optimize your time, as well as your body, sometimes it’s easier to get down to business at home. Think you don’t have the space? The good news is there are plenty of ways to exercise in cramped quarters. And thanks to these at-home workout items, you won’t have to break the bank when breaking a sweat.

    1. Resistance Bands

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    When it comes to limited space and total-body strength training, resistance bands are your best friend. A quality set of bands will give you a range of workout options for just about every muscle group you can imagine. They’re also helpful for warmups and flexibility routines. It’s important to find a set that is strong enough to withstand repeated use that also comes with enough accessories to have the versatility needed at home, and at just under $35, this Tomshoo set is perfect for the job.

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $34.

    2. Valslides

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    Lightweight, portable, and about the size of a standard envelope, these easy-to-store Valslides turn carpet, linoleum, and tile floors into a simple gliding workout surface. They’ll work your legs and butt and torch your core with an assortment of low-impact exercises. They may not look like much, but these slides will leave you S-O-R-E. Like, hurts-to-sneeze-the-next-day sore. Valslides come with a mesh bag for storage and a guide with routines if you need a little guidance getting started.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $30.

    3. Workout Bar

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    The Iron Gym pull-up bar has become an at-home staple over the past decade, simply put, because it works. With its solid construction, this pull-up bar fits perfectly in any standard door frame, and it’s easy to stow away. Pull-ups are arguably among the best bodyweight exercise for fitness, and they’re difficult. But a set of resistance bands like the ones we listed earlier are perfect to assist you, regardless of your starting fitness level. Bonus: You can also use this thing for dips and pushups.

    Get it from Amazon for $40.

    4. Adjustable Dumbbells

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    There’s no substitute for a set of adjustable dumbbells. If you’re itching to graduate from bodyweight exercises, free weights like dumbbells can help add lean muscle mass to just about any body part (booty gains included). Having an adjustable set that can go from 5 to 50 pounds in a matter of seconds replaces big racks of weights that would otherwise take up tons of space (but will still cost a few bucks — totally worth it though). There are also extension kits to add even more weight if you need to keep yourself challenged down the road.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $281.

    5. Jump Rope

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    If you have the indoor or outdoor space, a jump rope is an incredible addition to any routine (you really need less room than you think). “Skipping rope” sits among the most effective cardio workouts around, and the cool thing is just about any rope will do the trick. But if you find that you take to it and really want a quality rope, Crossrope makes a high-end product with sleek grips and bearings for a smoother session as well as an app with specific jumping workouts.

    Get the set from Amazon or Crossrope for $99.

    6. Power Wheel

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    We’ve all seen the late-night ab wheel infomercials that promise washboard abs. The truth is those things have given ab wheels a bad name. The Lifeline Power Wheel, however, is on another level when it comes to core workouts. Expect to simultaneously work up to 20 muscles in your entire body while you challenge your abs, glutes, obliques, and more. The Power Wheel also has foot straps so you can train your upper and lower body with an assortment of different exercises.

    Get it from Amazon for $50.

    7. Weight Bench

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    This bench is perfect for those with a set of dumbells who are looking for a workout that mirrors the one you get at your local gym. The Fitness Reality 1000 bench can be set flat, declined, or on an incline so you can get a serious workout at home using 12 different adjustable positions. The best part? It folds away for easy storage when you’re done. Even better than the best? An 800-pound weight capacity!

    Get it from Amazon for $88.

    8. Foam Roller

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    A foam roller is the type of thing you don’t realize you need until you do. It’s easy to overlook the importance of recovery until you finally feel those nagging trigger points. That’s where this guy comes in. It’s a great way to knead out those knots in your legs, lats, calves, shoulder blades, and butt so you can get you back to your routine ASAP. Use it before or after a workout, or break it out when you need to knead out the soreness.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    9. Body Composition Scale

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    Setting workout goals is important, but recording your progress can be the key to consistency. A standard scale and a mirror can be tricky because you can’t always see your hard work. That’s what makes measuring your body composition so invaluable. A number on any old scale means nothing if you don’t know your body fat percentage or muscle mass. Keep yourself motivated and on the right track with this body composition scale.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

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