10 Essentials For Turning Any Room Into An At-Home Gym

♫ Wherever, whenever ♫

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You may not have an extra room just waiting around to be turned into a home gym, but with a selection of portable, easy-to-use products and equipment, you can turn pretty much any space into a gym temporarily. Even if you live in a small apartment, things like resistance bands and jump ropes take up minimal space, and can be stowed away so easily — same with sliders and ab wheels. Plus, workout DVDs can bring your favorite classes right to your living room, so you can still do yoga or dance without even leaving the house.

If you're looking for a way to fit a little more fitness into your home routine, here are all of the small, easily movable — no need to carve out space for a treadmill! — essentials you need, from weights to ab wheels and everything in between.

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1 Sports Research Resistance Bands
Amazon $13.95

If you only choose one item from this list, let it be these resistance bands — they're so versatile, you can get an full-body workout in, and they take up almost no space.

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2 Extra Thick Exercise Mat
Amazon $17.99

If you do yoga or pilates (or really, anything else that has you down on the floor!), you'll need an exercise mat that's actually supportive, like this one. 

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3 High-Intensity Dance Cardio DVD
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Hearst Products

Hearst Products
$24.99

Get your cardio on with an upbeat dance workout DVD — this one from Hearst Products comes with three 30-minute workouts and two 10-minute bonus routines.

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4 All-Purpose Dumbbell Set
Amazon $39.99

A set of dumbbells is a pretty standard investment for a home gym, and these come with tons of positive reviews.

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5 Dual Sided Core Sliders
Amazon $10.00

Sliders are one of Carrie Underwood's trainer's favorite core workout necessities, and these come in multiple colors if you feel like adding a little flair to your workout.

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6 Tone Fitness Kettlebell Set
Amazon $29.99

Kettlebells are another great weight option, because they're super versatile — you can do tons of difference exercises with these.

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7 "With Yoga" DVD + Yoga Block & Strap
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Hearst Products

Hearst Products
$29.95


If yoga's more your style, this DVD from Hearst Products will guide you through stretches, poses, and meditation — a more relaxing way to tone your muscles and build flexibility.

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8 Adjustable Jump Rope
Amazon $13.97

A jump rope is a great way to get cardio in from home, and it can be easily wrapped up and stowed away wherever you have space to spare.

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9 Sweet Sweat Ab Wheel
Amazon $21.95

Ab wheels are another great compact workout essential, as they work your core well but don't take up too much space in your home.

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10 Bosu Balance Trainer
Amazon $117.87

Balance trainers can be used in a number of ways, especially for things like upping the ante on squats and push-ups, if you want to push yourself further. 

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