Space-Saving Fitness Gear That Still Delivers a Satisfying Workout

Blue and pink weights on a dotted mat

Valuable space in your home doesn't have to be consumed by bulky exercise machines. We rounded up small yet mighty fitness essentials that can transform any area into a mini home gym.

Pink balance trainer from Dicks Sporting Goods photo

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Bosu Balance Trainer

If you're looking for a convenient way to tone at home, we suggest adding a balance trainer into your routine. Lift it above your head in sets to work your upper body, or put it on the ground flat side up to make planks more challenging. It features a nonskid base so you can even stand atop the dome for various balance exercises. ($100; dickssportinggoods.com)

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Two blue and black glider discs from Walmart photo

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EDX Core Gliding Discs

Whether you have carpet or wood floors, these easy-to-use sliders can effectively strengthen your core practically anywhere in your home. Their seven inch diameter fits most hand sizes so you can comfortably roll into and out of a planking position, not to mention they provide low-impact exercise that's gentle on joints. You can also use them to do lunges while watching your favorite TV series. Bonus: Thanks to their slim, travel-friendly design, they allow you to always sneak in a workout even when you're on the go. ($9 for two; walmart.com)

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Purple exercise ball from Gaiam photo

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Total Body Balance Ball

This balance ball kit comes with not only an exercise ball but also a set of digital workouts to target and challenge different muscle groups. Inflate the ball using the included blaster pump (make sure to follow the instructions according to the size you ordered) and you can immediately start sculpting your arms and legs. Plus, reviewers point out you can also use this exercise ball as an office chair to help improve posture and strengthen your core while you work. (from $20; gaiam.com)

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Light blue, dark blue, and pink resistance bands from Amazon photo

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Gymser Resistance Exercise Bands

Unlike rubber or latex resistance bands that can break during use, these polyester stretch fabric ones are built to last won't roll up while you're exercising. Exercise enthusiasts, including a gymnastics coach and fitness competitor, give these durable resistance bands five stars for their outstanding quality. Pick from three included levels of resistance and enjoy strengthening your glutes, abs, and more. ($16 for three; amazon.com)

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Blue rolled up exercise mat with black straps from Walmart photo

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Everyday Essentials Yoga Mat

No workout station is complete without a stable (and comfortable) base. This nonslip exercise mat is available in 1-, 1/2-, and 1/4-inch thickness so you can choose your preferred level of comfort. This mat isn't just made for yoga; it's also great to use for crunches or stretches. The moisture-resistant surface can be easily washed between uses, and the convenient carrying strap allows you to transport and store the mat wherever you please. With seven colors to choose from, you can decide which one would go best with your room's existing theme. (from $8, usually $10; walmart.com)

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Purple, pink, and green dumbbells on a rack from Amazon photo

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AmazonBasics Neoprene Dumbbell Set with Stand

Whether you're just starting out or have already picked up an exercise regimen, a dumbbell set is a must for every home gym. This particular set includes three pairs of weights ranging from two to five pounds. There's also a three-to-eight-pound set available, depending on your needs. Once you've completed a workout, neatly stack them on the included stand. ($29 for 20-pound set; amazon.com)

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