10 Essential Pieces of Home Exercise Equipment You Can Find on Amazon

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Working from home doesn't have to mean putting an end to your exercise routine. There are still plenty of ways to stay active without a pricey gym membership, and you'd be surprised how simple (and cheap) some of the most effective home workout equipment is. Take a look at some of the best home exercise equipment you can find on Amazon right now.

1. Perfect Pushups; $27

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Pushups are one of the best bodyweight exercises you can do at home, and you can get even more out of them with the Perfect Pushup handles. By rotating 90° back and forth throughout the move, and eliminating the need to have your wrists bent on the floor, the Perfect Pushup takes stress off your joints and engages more muscle groups, including your core.

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2. Jump Rope; $13

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Jump ropes aren't just meant for the schoolyard—they're also an easy way to get a cardio workout in while also improving your coordination. Just clear out a little living room space or find a place outside to work up a sweat.

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3. Suspension Trainers; $145

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By using your own bodyweight to hit the major muscle groups, suspension trainers offer an alternative to dumbbells and barbells that’s easier on the joints and puts more of an emphasis on functionality and form. The design is simple—they’re basically just incredibly sturdy straps that can be set up around any structurally sound anchor point. From there, you use the handles for either your hands or feet for upper- and lower-body workouts. There’s a learning curve here, so don’t hesitate to peruse some YouTube tutorials. Once you get the basics down, you’ll be able to get gym-worthy workouts in under 30 minutes. And since the straps themselves fit inside a compact nylon bag, they can travel with you wherever you go.

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4. Ab Wheel; $14

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Ab workouts are rarely anyone’s favorite, especially when you’re doing them at home. But the ab wheel is a ubiquitous piece of equipment at gyms around the world for a reason: It works, and you don’t even have to spend more than $20 for one. As long as you follow the instructions and work on your form (there are plenty of online tutorials), you’ll realize that you can get a solid workout in between video meetings.

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5. Grip Strengthener; $9

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Squeezing this handle over and over may not seem like the most worthwhile exercise on the surface, but give it a few minutes and you'll realize why these grip strengtheners have been a go-to piece of workout equipment among athletes and gym-goers for decades. And since they fit right in your pocket, you’ll be able to squeeze in some exercise whether you’re at your desk, in line at the DMV, or just making your way through your Netflix queue.

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6. Yoga Mat; $30

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If you’re looking for the perfect workout to do from home, give yoga a try. It can help reduce stress, relieve pain, and increase productivity, along with numerous other benefits. But, if you’re going to start practicing your downward dog and child’s pose, a good mat is essential, as it can help you keep your balance, protect you from getting injured, and much more.

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7. Medicine Balls; Various

Using a medicine ball during your workout is a great way to engage your core while improving your flexibility and hand-eye coordination. And with a range of different weights available, you can start lighter and work your way up.

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8. EveryMile Wobble Balance Board; $41

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Balance boards can help improve your core strength, stability, and coordination. Once you're comfortable balancing yourself, you can try various exercises on the board, like squats, deadlifts, and pushups.

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9. Water Bottle; $15–$22

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This bottle is the perfect visual representation of the amount of water you should be aiming to drink every day to keep your body properly hydrated for your new workout routine.

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10. 100 No-Equipment Workouts; $17

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By now, you're probably getting the hint that you don't need to pay monthly gym fees to get a proper workout in, but if you're still not convinced, this book offers another 100 ways to stay fit at home. With these no-equipment workouts, you can learn functional training routines tailored to your goals, whether you're looking to build strength, burn calories, or shore up your core. The moves have step-by-step illustrations to make sure you've got the form down, and the routines are broken up into three difficulty levels depending on your experience.

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Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games

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- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

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- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

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- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $169 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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Black Friday Deals on Retro Gaming Consoles and Drones Are Here

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