20 Cheap Buys for Your Home Gym

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FEEL THE BURN FOR LESS

Whether colder weather is driving you indoors or you're trying to save money by skipping the gym, home workouts can be a smart move for a waistline and wallet. The best part? You don’t need to invest in a bulky cardio machine or pricey strength-training equipment to get a great workout. Here are 20 cheap products that can help you stay fit at home for less.
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YOGA MAT

Price: $18 | Buy it on Amazon
You don't need to be a yogi to get use out of a yoga mat. This inexpensive, thickly padded mat will help protect your joints and gives a reliably non-slip surface for all sorts of moves.

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NEOPRENE HAND WEIGHTS

Price: Starting at $3.50 | Buy themat Target
These easy-to-grip hand weights, available at up to 15 pounds, are the ultimate in versatility. Get the light 2- or 3-pound weights to add some resistance to cardio, or step up to heavier weights for more intense strength training.

vinyl coated kettlebell
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VINYL COATED KETTLEBELL

Price: Starting at $12 | Buy it on Amazon
There are entire workouts built around kettlebells, but these compact wonders won’t take up much space at home. A flat bottom keeps them from rolling, while a textured handle helps even sweaty hands maintain a grip.

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MEDICINE BALL

Price: Starting at $31 | Buy it on Amazon
Particularly good for adding resistance to core and balance exercises, medicine balls allow for more dynamic movements than kettlebells. Textured all around, they're easy to catch and will even bounce on hard surfaces.

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BALANCE BALL

Price: $20 | Buy it at Target
Also called stability balls, balance balls are great for basic moves such as crunches and planks because they force muscles to work harder to compensate for the unstable surface. This Gaiam ball comes in three sizes and includes full-length digital workouts to get started.

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JUMP ROPE

Price: $11 | Buy it on Amazon
Ignore the latest workout fads with an old-school jump-rope workout. This lightweight, tangle-resistant rope is adjustable for different heights, and the foam handles are comfortable and easy to hold.

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FLAT RESISTANCE BANDS

Price: $11 | Buy it at Target
If you're truly crunched for space, skip the weights and try these resistance bands, which can be tossed in a drawer for storage. Made of latex, they provide from 20 to 50 pounds of resistance and come with an exercise guide.

amazonbasics foam roller
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AMAZONBASICS FOAM ROLLER

Price: Starting at $10 | Buy it on Amazon
Help massage those sore muscles with a high-density but lightweight foam roller. Available in four sizes and seven colors, it can also be used as an exercise support during balance, strength, and flexibility exercises.

doorway chin-up and pull-up bar
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DOORWAY CHIN-UP AND PULL-UP BAR

Price: $17.50 | Buy it on Amazon
Got a spare doorway? This chrome-plated pull-up bar adjusts to fit widths from 24 to 36 inches and includes comfort grips to prevent slipping. It includes weight-bearing brackets and accommodates up to 220 pounds.

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AB WHEEL

Price: $15.50 | Buy it on Amazon
That rare as-seen-on-TV that actually earns raves from buyers, the Ab Wheel is a great ab-toning alternative for anyone who’s sick of crunches. Made of stainless steel and heavy-duty plastic, it’s also durable enough to last.

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WOODEN BALANCE BOARD

Price: $22 | Buy it on Amazon
Add some challenge to basic exercises such as lunges, squats, and push-ups with this balance board, which forces you to use your core to stop from wobbling. Choose from five colors, each with an anti-slip surface and the ability to accommodate up to 300 pounds.

push-up bars
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PUSH-UP BARS

Price: $17 | Buy it on Amazon
Push-ups remain one of the best ways to build upper-body strength, but they can be extremely tough on the wrists. These push-up bars help minimize this pain, and their rotating base mean you can exercise at whatever angle feels most comfortable.

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CIRCUIT-SIZE AEROBIC STEP

Price: Starting at $30 | Buy it on Amazon
This compact version of a step you'd find at a gym won't take up as much space, but still helps add a level of difficulty to an old cardio routine. It includes two risers, and more can be added for an even tougher workout.

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CORE SLIDERS

Price: Starting at $8 | Buy it on Amazon
Whether on carpet or hard floors, these double-sided sliders can help you tone your core during exercises such as mountain climbers, planks, and lunges. Best of all, the workout is low-impact — your hands and feet never have to leave the floor.

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WEIGHTED HULA HOOP

Price: $36 |Buy iton Amazon
No one ever said working out at home had to be boring. Feel like a kid again and shake up a cardio routine with this 3-pound weighted hula hoop. It breaks down into six pieces for easier storage or transport.

wrist/ankle weights
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WRIST/ANKLE WEIGHTS

Price: Starting at $20 | Buy it on Amazon
Add resistance to aerobics, circuits, or just about any home workout with these adjustable wrist and ankle weights. They're available in weights from 1 to 5 pounds each, and they have reflective detailing in case you want to wear them on an outdoor walk or jog.

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STRETCH OUT STRAP

Price: $16 | Buy it on Amazon
Don't forget to stretch! This long, durable woven strap makes it easier to get a deeper stretch just about anywhere you need it. It also comes with a handy poster that shows 20 exercises to improve upper- and lower-body flexibility.

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SIMPLY FIT BOARD

Price: Starting at $19.50 | Buy it on Amazon
Looking for a simple way to work those all-important abs? Just stand on the Simply Fit Board while watching a favorite show and twist away. It can double as a balance board during other exercises. The board supports up to 400 pounds and comes with a workout DVD.

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MICROFIBER GYM TOWELS

Price: $13 | Buy them on Amazon
Leave the bulky bath towels in the bathroom and keep a few smaller, lighter microfiber towels with the workout equipment. They'll wick away sweat easily, dry a lot more quickly, and are easy to clean in the washer and dryer.

'100 no-equipment workouts'
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'100 NO-EQUIPMENT WORKOUTS'

Price: $16 | Buy it on Amazon
No equipment? Wrong equipment? There are no excuses with this book, which shows how to put together comprehensive workouts that dont require accessories — just a bit of space, time, and effort.

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