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3/2/13 7:39 A

Handweights, resistance bands at least. I have a pull up bar and an elliptical too. You can substitute running outside for the elliptical. I ditto those who use DVDs too...Jillian Michaels is a good start.

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3/2/13 1:34 A

Over the years (25 of them) I've found the most vital piece of indoor equipment to be a boom box. I need some noise when I'm exercising, whether it's dance CDs or NPR's news reports.

#2 is a good strength training guide. I recommend Karen Andes' _Women's Book of Strength_, which can be used by both men and women. You can do cardio without a guidebook, but for strength training you really need one.

#3 is resistance bands, wrist weights, and a broomstick. The bands and weights can be combined for different strengths. The broomstick can be slipped through the handles of the resistance band (or it can be tied to the ends) to serve as a weight bar.

Other things are nice, but those are essential.

Oh, if you have a large bust, you'll find a good sports bra is also a must-have item. The newest ones are better than underwires.

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3/1/13 8:59 P

I've built up quite a collection of tools over the years, as I do 90% of my exercise indoors and at home, year round.

I have a treadmill with a space-saving footprint - not that I'd want to see it in my living room but at least it leaves plenty of floor space in my work out area. Alongside my treadmill I have a small dvd player so I can pace myself to music.

Free weights are a must, I think. I also have some kettlebells and love that workout.

You can jump rope without the rope - it works a lot better that way indoors. There's a good 12 minute jump rope video on SP under Cardio videos. and the public library are great for videos.

These are my "must haves" but I will admit to having additional equipment as joints become fatigued if I don't vary my routines. Your ideal home gym may include other items but should include weights or other strength training equipment.

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3/1/13 6:57 P

exercise dvds, hand weights, water bottle, bike or treadmill, pedometer good walking or exercise music, stretchy band. I prefer gospel music. Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and Tye Tribute just to name a few.

Edited by: GODZDESIGN95 at: 3/1/2013 (18:59)

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3/1/13 6:36 P

Supportive shoes, and anything to aid in keeping your muscles long and flexible.

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3/1/13 5:23 P

Dumbbells and a yoga mat, definitely.

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3/1/13 5:17 P

A source of fresh air, and good music.

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3/1/13 4:10 P

Must haves for me are simple. Dumb bells, yoga mat, strap and block, tons of DVDs and the bands. I find the exercise bands to be more challenging than the weights. Now for my fractured femur to heal so I can get back to my regular routines!

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3/1/13 3:30 P

My must-haves (other than a dvd player and dvds which aren't an option for you) include a yoga mat, a bosu ball, free weights, and resistance bands. I also have a jump rope but I live in an apartment on the second floor so I can't do that inside at home anymore.

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3/1/13 2:04 P

I started exercising this winter on a regular basis and have done most of it inside in front of the computer. You can use Spark People fitness generator to design a strength routine that takes zero equipment! I did this and when I want cardio I use the internet. If you want low impact there are lots of walk at home videos by different experts. I like Leslie Sansone's 1 mile, 2mile and 3 mile routines..they require no equipment.
If I do a routine occasionally that requires weights I use a household two big tape dispensers, lol, or cans of soup..So far my fitness has cost me nothing...and it's working! Good luck on your journey to good health!

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3/1/13 12:36 P

start small - just a mat and the internet. then buy more things as you see fit.

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3/1/13 12:03 P

rebounder (mini trampoline)
ab wheel (a.k.a. wheel of pain)
elliptical/cross trainer
free weights
yoga mat

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3/1/13 11:53 A

I have a recumbent bike but I love my fitness DVDs and Coach Nicole's videos.


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3/1/13 1:22 A

Depends on what kinds of exercise you want to do, of course. I no longer do heavy weight training, I get bored easily and need lots of variety, and I live in a one-room house. Other than walking, I do all my exercise at home. Things I use regularly are:

floor padding (to avoid jigsaw problems, see if the automotive department has 4x8 foot rolls of fatigue mat--I got mine at WM for $10)
yoga mat (keeps the sweat off the floor padding during floor work, etc.)
resistance bands
hand weights
mini trampoline (can also be used as a step!)
hoop (heavier than a hula hoop)
and lots of exercise DVDs and music

I have other things too, but those are my must-haves.
People are always getting rid of exercise equipment, so you can usually get used stuff free or cheap. Some "larger" items can be folded and put away when not in use, e.g., Gazelle. You can also get used DVD players cheap in charity stores, as lots of people are using iPods and other new technology instead. Meanwhile, YouTube has LOADS of exercise videos of various lengths and covering a wide variety of exercises and workouts. Having a good look at your living room situation is a great idea. You might decide you don't need all that furniture.
Good luck,

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3/1/13 12:08 A

You can also try Youtube for some exercise videos. They don't have everything, but they might have something you'd be interested in.

Kettle bells are good, resistance bands, stability ball, balance ball, various sets of weights. Little trampolines aren't a must-have but can be fun once you get used to them.

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2/28/13 11:54 P

Resistance bands and a jump rope will store in your sock drawer when not in use. An exercise mat rolls up and stores anywhere you can find the room. A stability ball when inflated is a bit of a space hog but does lend itself to finding a place to be in an apartment. Big ticket and big footprint items are not needed nor desirable in an apartment.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 3/1/2013 (10:44)

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2/28/13 9:34 P

I have been thinking about what everyone suggested. Any ideas for how to neatly store it in an apt.? The space is there, just not a lot in each room, especially for machines like treadmills,ellipticals. Thinking I might need to rearrange my living room and see where that leads for space and storage areas.

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2/28/13 9:15 P offers exercise videos to download to your computer. I have done that with several of my workouts and it is much easier than messing with DVDs and stuff. also has videos you can look into. I don't know if they have downloadable versions though. You might check out too. I love their videos. You could always jump rope, skate, hula hoop, trampoline, or even just walking fast. Good luck! emoticon

Edited by: GZELLEFRO at: 2/28/2013 (21:16)

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2/28/13 8:25 P

I use hand weights, exercise DVD's, and exercises from SparkPeople. Plus I have a group of awesome ladies on FB that we all share tips and exercise that work for us. And, I wear a pedometer to track my steps over and above my fitness goals I set for myself.

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2/28/13 8:17 P

stability ball, weights, roll ab machine, step,

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2/28/13 6:03 P

Cardio machine to get heartrate really high for HIT, resistance bands, stability ball, yoga mat and weights.

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2/28/13 2:20 P

resistance band, stability ball, weights

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2/28/13 1:06 P

Right now at Sam's club (with the office stuff in our store), there's a great padded flooring product. It's one of those foam puzzle-piece floor covers, grey on one side, primary colors on the flip side. My husband and I do Tapout XT and needed something to pad the tile, and this product works beautifully. AND it stays together no matter how crazy the video's exercises get. We had to use tape to get our old floor to stay together (it was the same concept, but all grey). 8 2x2 squares for $20ish. Great deal, great product!

This is the product:

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2/28/13 10:46 A

Treadmill for sure!!! Dumbells and fun exercise dvds!!!

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2/28/13 10:41 A

it was a HUGE expense, but since it has lasted more than 6 years already well worth it... the only way to get through our long, cold winters with great cardio - my treadmill!

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2/28/13 9:53 A

Treadmill or spin bike

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2/28/13 9:47 A

Stairs are your best friend! Great for modified angle pushups, cardio, even changing up lunges!

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2/28/13 9:18 A

If you do decide you want a weight bench or stationary bike, or even small bits of workout equipment, check your local thrift store. We got a weight bench for $10.

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2/28/13 8:48 A

someone said "I can't do proper on the floor push up, but I can do suspension push ups at an angle to build strength in the same muscles" - for those who also can't do push-ups but would like to be able to my cheap solution to the equipment mentioned is stairs. Start by standing just in front of the lowest stair and doing pushups on whatever stair your arms are comfortable at. (This is even easire than the floor push-up from your knees - just about everyone shoud be able to do this - if not see below). When you can easily do 15 move back and let your arms go down a stair - eventually you will be doing nearly a full push-up with your hands on the lowest stair - from there it's just one more step to a full push up.

If even the first level of stair push-up is to difficult start with wall push-ups - Hands on wall, feet a few feet away from wall. As you get stronger move your feet a little further from the wall but keep checking to see if you can manage the steps because if your feet get too far away you may end up doing a face-plant on the floor - ouch.

But on topic, there are a lot of good exercises here on spark that require absolutely no equipment, they use your body weight for the resistnance and if you think that can't possibly be of any use try doing 50 squats.

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2/28/13 8:03 A

two 900grams cans some duct tape, walking grip sox, an extremely clean shower, a lot of steps very close, and lots of room on a carpeted or wooden floor but not stone floor.

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2/28/13 7:30 A

Balance board and dumbbells, but I think I will check out the Bar. As my upper body seems to be my weakest area.

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2/28/13 7:30 A

I have a great variety in my studio............ Bought a stationary bike (lots of resistance), use Coach Nicoles' videos often ................. kettleballs, weights, and bands. Keep it fun.

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2/28/13 6:35 A

I agree with ERICNJ28! A doorway pull up bar is the way to go. You can work out your entire body with only that equipment - combine it with lots of bodyweight exercises with zero equipment.

I like to wear weight lifting gloves when doing pull ups on some bars; if the bar has a nice cushiony feel to it, then I don't.

A jump rope is a great way to get in some cardio.

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2/28/13 5:13 A

Doorway chin-up bar. Pull-ups will work your back and biceps. Drop down and do some pushups, which will hit your chest and triceps. Do some slow squats which will work your legs. Done!

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2/27/13 8:17 P

I think the stability ball, a set of light weight dumbells (3 & 5 lbs), and a mat and optionally a resistance band would cover most of the beginning level SP on line videos I've seen. Also, of course you need appropriate workout shoes and clothes,

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2/27/13 7:58 P

dvds and stationary bike

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2/27/13 7:41 P

My favorite thing right now is my rebounder

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2/27/13 7:28 P

I live in the winter climate. I use dvds, treadmill, and bike. It helps from getting bored if I switch things up.

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2/27/13 6:45 P

roller, hand weights, shoes specifically for indoors

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2/27/13 6:33 P

I love Barbells and a roller.

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2/27/13 6:31 P

Go to Walmart, get a three bands set of resistance bands with handles( you will get a door anchor and exercise DVD and chart with the kit), get a proper size Swiss ball, jump rope and an exercise (yoga) mat. The total cost will be under $50. You will never outgrow this combination.

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2/27/13 6:30 P

I need to get some home equipment, I want a resistance band and a new balance ball.

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2/27/13 6:01 P

I bought a box of weigh plates with bars and clamps for 25 bucks at walmart. They are nice because you can go up in weights. I also got my resistance band at big 5.

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2/27/13 5:49 P

I recent bought a suspenion trainer which I LOVE because I can do all kinds of body weight strength training, and by adjusting the angles I work at can set the level of effort eg I can't do proper on the floor push up, but I can do suspension push ups at an angle to build strength in the same muscles. I also love it because I have dodgey knees and it gives me extra security and stability for squats and lunges.

Resistance bands, and stabilty ball or BOSU are also good additions that don't break the bank.

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2/27/13 5:32 P

Get an exercise mat, some kind of weights I use kettle bells, exercise videos or just watch some on youtube.

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2/27/13 5:00 P

There's a whole exercise program called Be Fit in 90 available for free on YouTube; I'm currently using that. All you need is a soft surface (yoga mat on tiles for me) and a pair of weights (filled large water bottles for me). Free and can be done in a small space if space is an issue for you! You can do it!

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2/27/13 4:38 P

I would get myself a new DVD player. Good ones can be bought for less than $50. Then I would go to the library an check out some exercise DVD's that do not use equipment. I believe you will get more bang for the buck that way.

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2/27/13 4:15 P

Stability balls and resistance bands are a good option. Maybe an exercise mat if you don't exercise on a carpeted surface. I wouldn't recommend ankle weights. Other than that, body weight exercises are highly effective. Also, SP has lots of free videos, and there are also a ton of routines on YouTube.

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2/27/13 3:43 P

I am thinking about trying to get a few things so I can start exercising inside. I have looked at stability balls, resistance bands, hand/ankle weights and all sorts of other things I could exercise with. I would do dvd's, but I need a new dvd player since my old one wont work and my computer freezes with them most of the time. So dvd's are not an option until I find a replacement. I cant go too crazy expensive either at first, maybe find a few things that are versatile and upgrade or buy more if needed later. If anyone has experience with Scheels, that would be great, there is a new one opening about 10 minutes away and I havent been in one to see what they carry for merchandise or online.

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