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Think about what you spend each year on gym memberships and the time and money spent driving there and back. That’s more  than enough to put toward a decent home gym. Working out from home can be motivating, but it’s also time and money saving. New baby? Train during naps. Tight schedule? It’s a short commute. You may have to work on your state of mind and focus when it comes to avoiding distraction, but I assure you, with the right gear, a small yet effective home gym can easily become a reality. There’s a plethora of quality stuff out there, and these are just five items that stuck out as affordable and user-friendly and deliver a solid well-rounded workout. It would be nice if we all had a power rack and a cable station in our living room, but let’s be realistic. These items are effective, inexpensive, and space saving alternatives for when life gets in the way of that trip to the gym.


THE PRODUCT: Perfect Fitness (see picture above)
Multi-Gym Pro
Price: $40
Maybe it’s my military background, but I have a serious affinity for pull ups. Enter the Multi-Gym Pro from Perfect Fitness (a company founded by a former Navy SEAL, but I’m not biased). For the price, this system offers a vast workout for the entire upper body and abs. I like that it’s adjustable for different door dimensions and has frame guards that protect molding from damage. On to the exercises—you can perform three kinds of pull-ups to build the back and bicep muscles: wide-grip, hammer grip, and chin-ups (palms facing you.). Bonus, you can easily remove the Multi-Gym Pro from the door frame and place it onto the floor to do push-ups, sit-ups, and dips for a full upper-body and ab workout. The Perfect Fitness website is also full of exercises, instructions, and ideas depending on your goals.



THE PRODUCT: Bowflex Select
Tech 1090 Dumbbells
Price: $600
The price is steep, but this gets you a full arsenal of dumbbells with the footprint of a single pair. Weight is adjusted by simple selection dials ranging from 10 to 90 pounds in five-pound increments. I saw some online reviews complaining about this process, but I assure you, it is simple. I also like the quality, with a soft layer over the metal plates to prevent clanking noise. I highly recommend the stand ($140) to avoid constant bending to the floor to lift up the weights. The bench ($200) is high quality, and everything comes with a six-week full refund and three- year warranty. Replacing 17 sets of dumbbells seems like a pretty smart and space-saving option for your home gym.
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