10 Affordable At Home Gym Must-Haves

February 17, 2016  |  
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 Lucky for you, there’s a whole host of affordable exercise equipment items available that cater to your physical needs that won’t break the bank or take up too much space in your home.  With these at home gym must-haves, you have the added advantage of working out any time of day or night without having to step foot outside.  And with the video tutorial mecca that is YouTube, you’re guaranteed to find a workout plan that not only speaks to you but works for you.  So, get to sweating with these affordable at home gym must-haves, readily available for purchase at your favorite online retailers like Amazon and Target.

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Yoga Mat

You can use a yoga or general purpose mat for almost any strength training floor exercise like planks, push-ups, crunches or leg stretches.  And of course, a mat is also great for yoga and pilates.

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Dumbbells

If you want incredibly toned, fab arms like Angela Bassett, dumbbells will help do the trick.  Fixed weight dumbbell kits typically come in 3, 5 and 8 pounds.  You can create your own kit with various weights depending on your fitness level and needs.

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Jump Rope

You’ll be surprised at how fast you can break a sweat by simply jumping rope.  A great calorie burning cardio workout, jumping rope is not only fun, but it’s also cheap.

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Medicine Ball

Though they’re especially great for your core, weighted medicine balls can work your entire body.  Try one between 3 and 10 pounds and use it to help you do burpees, side-to-side slams, lunges and squats.

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Kettlebells

Kettlebells are a great way to tone your stomach and your arms, both so-called “problem” areas for a lot of women.  Since they strengthen upper body muscles and tone your core, they can also help to reduce shoulder, neck and back pain.

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Resistance Band

When using a resistance band for a bench press or tricep extension, make sure you pick a resistance that’s appropriate to your strength level.

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Foam Roller

If you have muscle tightness, a foam roller is your friend.  You can use it to work out knots and kinks, as well as an aid to perform certain exercises.

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Fitness Ball

You’ve probably seen one of these at work as a substitute for a chair.  Fitness balls, like many of the items on this list, can be used for a wide range of exercise activities that target your shoulders, core, arms, back and legs, for example.

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Interval Timer

Instead of doing a specific amount of sit-ups, you can use an interval timer to do as many as you can in 60 seconds.  Timers are great for customizable sets, for breaking up low and high-intensity exercises, etc.  If you don’t feel like buying one, you can always cue up an online exercise timer for free 99, or use your phone.

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Music System

Lifting weights without music?  Boring.  The right exercise soundtrack can help you stay motivated and have you working out at a swift pace.

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