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What's the Best Home Gym Equipment?

Is it just me, or is the sun hotter than ever? I’ve been wanting to dive into more outdoorsy stuff in my weight loss journey, but I’m a recent Texas transplant. Coming from Wisconsin, it’s a hard transition. Standing outside even just a few minutes rushes all of my bodily waters to the forefront of my pores. And people here have no idea what “double-digit temps” means in the summer.

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I’m also a stubborn wearer of jeans and Timberland boots, and I might as well dress myself up in a preheated oven with that kind of wardrobe. It’s all just folly and madness! So now I mostly stay inside where that bully of a floating fireball can’t find me, but then I’m stuck face-to-face with my mid-day snacking cravings in a death battle to the finish. And yes, I give in from time to time—I am a popcorn addict, after all.

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To counteract, I need some decent workout equipment that’ll help me maintain a fat-burning heart rate at home. I don’t have money for a miniature Planet Fitness or the spare room to build one out, so I’m looking for more versatile items like dumbbells, resistance bands, or all-in-one machines like a Bowflex. I’m also in the market for a treadmill for my family’s cardio needs.

Let’s hear it. Co-opulace: I’m looking for your best suggestions on home gym equipment that’ll help me break a sweat without breaking the bank. Let’s try to keep our budget to $1,000 or less. Ideally, your options will be fit for people of varying sizes, ages, strengths, and needs.

1) Your nomination should contain the name of a specific piece of workout equipment, any required accessories, why you think it’s the best, a link where it can be purchased, and an image.

2) You can nominate multiple products, but please put each one in a separate comment.

3) Vote by starring someone else’s nomination.

4) Please do not duplicate nominations.


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