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The 15 Must-Have Pieces of Fitness Equipment for Home Workouts

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If you’re going to create a home gym in a small space, make sure these items are on your list.By Rozalynn S. Frazier and Health Editors December 19, 2018

Want to work out more often, but don’t want to shell out for a gym membership or pricey boutique fitness classes? No more excuses! These workout essentials will help you sweat it out at home—no gym membership necessary. Pick and choose from our curated list of gear (weights, medicine balls, yoga mats, and much more) to create a home gym room that works for you.

1Weighted arm bands

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A little weight goes a long way, and Tone-y-Bandsare proof. Clocking in at 0.5–1 pound, this colorful wristwear adds a touch more resistance to everyday exercise.available at amazon.com $50SHOP NOW

2TRX bands

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When anchored to the wall or a sturdy door, the TRX Home2 System becomes a full-body training system that helps you build muscle while perfecting your posture and alignment. You can var the degree of difficulty by changing your body angle.available at amazon.com $200SHOP NOW

3Weighted jump rope

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Did you know one study found that just 10 minutes of jumping rope can be equivalent to a 30-minute jog? Exactly. What’s more, the P90X Adjustable Weighted Jump Rope comes with removable 1-pound weights stashed in the handles.available at amazon.com $30SHOP NOW

4Resistance bands

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Want a rounder rump? Place one of the bands in Mark Bell’s Sling Shot Hip Circle Sport Pack around your quads, ankles, or knees during squats, bridges, or banded walks to help wake up those lazy glutes.available at amazon.com $40SHOP NOW

5Medicine ball

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A simple all-around fitness tool, the 10-pound Spri Xerball Medicine Ball can be lifted, thrown, or slammed to beef up your strength and conditioning.available at amazon.com $69SHOP NOW

6Dumbbells

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With a quick turn of a dial, you can choose the perfect poundage—from 5 to 52.5—on the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells.available at amazon.com $299SHOP NOW

7Kettlebell

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From single-leg deadlifts to swings, a kettlebell allows for myriad strength moves in limited space. Our fave: the Titan Fitness Adjustable Kettlebell Weight, which converts from 5 to 20 pounds.available at walmart.com $69SHOP NOW

8Balance ball

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The Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball challenges your posture while forcing you to work those core muscles. Plus, it’s a great tool for stretching.available at amazon.com $20SHOP NOW

9Exercise dice

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Featuring exercises (think push-ups, lunges, and more), plus rep and time allotments, the Spri Exercise Dice help you keep things feeling exciting and freshavailable at amazon.com $8SHOP NOW

10Sliders

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Spri Sliders enhance classic body-weight exercises like lunges, mountain climbers, and pikes by creating a greater stability challenge as you glide across surfaces.available at amazon.com $18SHOP NOW

11Exercise bench

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Thirty years later and the Step High Step Aerobic Platform still reigns supreme. Here’s why: You can use it for cardio and explosive exercises, to advance moves or make them easier, or simply as a trusty bench.available at amazon.com $59SHOP NOW

12Yoga mat

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Whether you’re moving through a yoga sequence or just stretching it out after a tough workout, a cushioned mat like the Sugarmat Dreamcatcher is a must.available at amazon.com $79SHOP NOW

13Use a block

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The Manduka Recycled Foam Yoga Block allows you to perfect certain yoga poses by helping keep your body in proper alignment, but it can also double as a mini toning tool. Place it between thighs while owing from Down Dog to Up Dog for greater ab activation.available at amazon.com $16SHOP NOW

14Yoga strap

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Multiple hand- and footholds along the 7-foot Gaiam Restore Multi-Grip Stretch Strap ensure that you get a good post-workout stretch no matter your level of flexibility.available at amazon.com $13SHOP NOW

15Treadmill

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Cardio your thing? The Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Folding Treadmill is a good bet: It rings in at an affordable price point, and can be folded up, making it perfect for a home gym. Also good? iFit Ready technology, which boasts tracking and trainer workouts.

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