Home Gym Equipment for Tiny Spaces

Whether you live in an apartment or a small house, you don't need a large area to get a good workout. You can turn a small space into your home gym with the right fitness equipment.

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Medicine Ball

A home gym is a blessing for busy people. You don't have to worry about wasting money on a gym membership you hardly have time to use. When you have a small break, head to your workout area and release some stress with a few exercises. This Adidas Dual Grip Medicine Ball is a great way to start conditioning and toning your core, arms, and legs. The dual grip allows you to train one-handed for a more targeted sweat sesh. All you need is enough room to lay down or swing the ball and you have yourself a full-body workout. ($80; ladyfootlocker.com) (Fitness is a lifestyle, not just a destination. Here's how you can get in shape with or without the gym.)

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Chin-Up Bar

Every time you pass through a doorway in your home, take a couple minutes to work up a sweat with some pull-ups. Attach this pull-up bar to a door frame and in a matter of seconds get a total-body workout. This PurAthletics Chin-Up Bar assembles easily and is a complete space-saver. A chin-up bar is perfect if you live in a small space and cannot devote a whole area to bulky workout machines. Keep the bar mounted when you want to get a few reps in or quickly put it away when you invite friends over. The chin-up bar is an essential for your small but mighty home gym. ($47; walmart.com)

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Balance Trainer

Transform your living room for an hour into a workout center. While watching your nightly run of TV shows, place the ProForm Half-Dome Balance Ball Trainer in the middle of the room and accomplish a successful workout. Work on your core and balance training and use the half-dome ball-side up, or challenge yourself and use it ball-side down. Bonus: The ball trainer comes with a workout DVD just in case you want to take a break from Netflix and try out some new exercises. ($60; kohls.com)

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Compact Ab Trainer

When space is limited, you have to be as economical as possible with your exercise equipment. One small machine in your home-gym arsenal can do wonders for multiple muscle groups. This Wonder Core Smart machine will have your core looking amazing by honing in on all parts of your abs: upper, middle, lower, and obliques. You can even target your thighs, glutes, calves, triceps, and biceps with this little machine. This is one piece of equipment that can work your whole body with just one session. ($70; target.com)

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Agility Ladder

Tiny spaces are no match for your fitness game. Sweat it out with an agility training Nike Speed Ladder. Work on your coordination and footwork wherever there is a quiet and safe place in the house, or take it out in the yard or a park for some outdoor training. For athletes of all skill levels, this packable ladder sports shatterproof rungs and stores away nicely when not in use. You set the time, you set the place, and you'll enjoy a good workout on your own terms. ($50; nike.com) (Try more at-home workouts to boost heart rate and calorie burn.)

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Stability Ball

Inexpensive, space-saving, versatile—that's what you get with the Adidas Gymball. There's a reason you see stability balls at gyms all over the place. This trusty gymball helps you build strength and stability through a variety of exercises. Some people even use gymballs as alternative office chairs to help improve their posture and core strength. The anti-burst material allows you to push yourself and work out with confidence. Whether you use a stability ball for your whole workout or for a quick warm-up, you don't need a ton of space to reap the benefits of this equipment. ($20; amazon.com)

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Push-Up Bar

If you're tired of ordinary push-ups on the floor, try using a push-up bar. Small enough to stash under your bed or in the closet, this push-up bar enhances your overall performance by granting you a fuller range of motion. The padded, non-slip bars reduce strain on your wrists and forearms, so you can complete more reps than you could before. Strengthen your upper body and tone your back by adding a push-up bar to your home-gym equipment. ($10; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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Dumbbell Rack

Eliminate excuses for not adding strength training to your regimen and introduce a compact dumbbell rack to your home gym. Adding just a little weight to simple exercises like lunges can make a huge difference. With 3-, 5-, and 8-pound weights, you can diversify your fitness routine and work up to different challenges. The dumbbell rack will keep your weights organized and your space tidy so you have all the room you need to take your workouts to the next level. ($60; amazon.com) (See how weights can help tone your abs without crunches.)

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Yoga Mat

If your tiny home gym isn't comfortable, chances are you won't get as much use out of it as you had hoped. Roll out a mat for yoga, sit-ups, or stretches to add a little more support for your body. Working out on a mat will also protect your floors from scratches and dripping sweat. The Gaiam Kiku yoga mat features a reversible floral design so you'll never get bored, and you can let the mat wear evenly. The mat's cushioning will ease back soreness so you won't have to cut your workout short due to discomfort. ($35; kohls.com)

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