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XYLsports Jump Rope
Who needs a treadmill? A jump rope is “simply great” for all types of cardio, “from warming up to high-intensity interval training.” This “highly durable” rope has comfortable foam grips and can be shortened from 10 feet to any length you prefer.
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
“An oft-recommended cult favorite,” Bowflex’s adjustable dumbbell set is like having 15 different pairs of weights. Turn the dial on the dumbbell’s side to select the total weight of the plates you lift—from 5 to 52.5 pounds.
Prosource Exercise Puzzle Mat
Floor padding is a must, and these interlocking 2-foot-square foam tiles will do the job for floor-based workouts such as sit-ups, lunges, or Pilates. If you need padding under weights or heavy equipment, use rubber instead.
6 for $21, prosourcefit.com
Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Pro
This clever pull-up bar won’t damage your door frame, thanks to its unique rectangular supports. Rated for up to 300 pounds, it offers multiple grip options and can also be used on the floor to help with sit-ups, push-ups, and dips.
Fit Simplify Exercise Bands
Never worked out with resistance bands? Try Amazon’s best-selling set. Each of the five latex loops represents a different resistance level, and they’re useful for everything from gentle physical therapy to advanced strength training.
Source: Health.com ■