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Lightweight Workout Tools to Pack When You Travel

Portable Kettlebells

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Empty, this portable kettlebell (from $45; weighs less than 10 ounces. But fill it with sand (or use a bladder to fill it with water), and you've got an adjustable weight you can bring with you anywhere.

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Crossrope Burn Set

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You could get an amazing workout with any old jump rope, but this set ($65; lets you swap in a weighted rope for an intensified workout—and easily fits in even the smallest travel bag. Plus, it comes with reference cards to guide you through your first workout. The Ultimate Jump Rope Workout can also help you torch calories.

Schwinn Loop Bike

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This urban bike ($300; folds up, so it easily fits into your car. When you arrive at your destination, stretch your legs and get a little exercise while you bike around town.

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Trigger Point Grid Mini Foam Roller

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Whether you do a full workout on vacation or just want to work out the kinks that come from lugging your suitcase around, the GRID mini Foam Roller ($25;, which is just four inches long, will help keep your muscles in top shape. Fit it into your bag or just loop it to the outside of your carry-on.

Manduka eKO Superlite Travel Mat

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A rolled-up yoga mat is an akward shape for carry-ons. But this mat from Manduka ($40; can be easily folded and stowed into your suitcase. And at just two pounds, it won’t weigh down your bag, either—making it perfect for downward dogs on the go. PS: This Fat Burning Yoga Workout is a great one to try the day after a big holiday meal.

Hoopnotica Travel Hoop

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This weighted hula hoop ($50; gives you a workout while you relive your playground days. And since it comes apart and packs up easily, you can take it with you when you travel.

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Puma Bubble XT Hyper Cross-Training Shoes

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Fit in a class or quick workout while you’re on vacation without lugging heavy gym shoes around with you. The super-thin uppers make these shoes ($65;—which weigh in at about a quarter of a pound—easy to roll up and stow.

Spy Optic Fold Sunglasses

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These multi-hinged shades ($120; fold up neatly, so they take up minimal room—better yet, they're built from virtually indestructible materials, so they won’t get broken when you shove them in with the rest of your gear.

Lifeline Power Chin-Up

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If you're working on mastering pull-ups or chin-ups, bring these handles ($20; with you wherever you go. They easily attach to most doors, so you can do reps in your room or the hotel gym.

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Trigger Point Nano Foot Roller

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Sore feet from hoofing it through airports? Super stressed from travel? Get the effect of a professional foot massage with this mini roller ($25;, which has a quilt-patterned surface to penetrate deep into your foot.

TRX Home Fitness Kit

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TRX workouts build strength, flexibility, and endurance. Bring this tough training method into your living room...or into your hotel room, since this kit ($200; easily packs and sets up.

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Black Mountain Stackable Resistance Band Set

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Turn any room into a gym with this set ($33;, which includes five stackable bands, cushioned foam handles, a door anchor, and ankle strap, and a starter guide—which all fit into the included carrying case. And for Total Body Sculpting, The Resistance Band Workout will help you burn fat and tone.


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