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Fitness

The Best Fitness Tools for Your Home Gym

Yes, you can get slim without the gym. Here, the top tips and tools you need to tighten and tone right at home no matter your budget.
Basic fitness equipment Basic Workout Tools for Less Than $100

1. In a Jamb
Loop your resistance band or tubing through the Xergym Door Attachment to anchor your rows and other reps. ($4, spri.com)

2. Feather Weights
The GoFit Flat Band Kit includes three bands of varying resistance -- light (equivalent to a 5-pound dumbbell), medium (10-pound), and heavy (15-pound) -- as well as a clip to attach, lengthen, or shorten them, so you can sculpt at every level. ($20, store.gofit.net)

TIP: "This is a good move to start with if you're new to bands," trainer Michelle Lovitt says: Stand with feet hip-width apart on the center of the band, holding the band's ends in each hand, arms by sides. Bend elbows by sides, curling hands up to shoulders, palms facing you; then turn palms forward and press arms overhead. Lower hands to shoulders. Repeat press. Do one to three sets of 12 to 15 reps.

3. Pump. It. Up.
For the best flat-belly workout you can get, do your ab exercises with the Firm Core Stability Ball. ($17, including a workout DVD and a pump, gaiam.com)

TIP: Pick the right size stability ball (in centimeters) for your height.
4'8" to 5'5" = 45-cm ball
5'6" to 6'0" = 55-cm ball
6'0" to 6'5" = 65-cm ball

4. It's a Stretch
Whether you're doing push-ups or yoga poses, get a grip with this PVC-free Natural Fitness Eco Smart Yoga Mat. ($30, including a free yoga workout download, naturalfitnessinc.com)

5. Cardio Dynamo
Melt 10 calories per minute with the nine-foot Spri Speed Rope. It won't kink or get tangled up while you jump your booty off. ($6, spri.com)

6. Easy Glider
Celeb trainer secret weapon: Reusable 9-1/2-by-5-3/4-inch Furniture Sliders that act just like exercise disks. These work especially well on carpet and are available with foam padding to cushion hands and knees. ($15 for a set of four, bedbathandbeyond.com)

TIP: "To really work your core, do walking planks across the floor with the gliding disks," trainer Joe Dowdell suggests. Start on the floor in full push-up position with the balls of your feet on the foam side of the disks. Walk hands forward a few inches, then, keeping legs straight, drag the disks forward.

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