The 10 Best home gym equipment

Give expensive memberships a miss and turn your house into a health club with this range of exercise essentials

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1. York Fitness Active 120 cross trainer£300, amazon


You can pay thousands for a good home cross trainer, but this reliable and compact machine has all the bases covered, with 18 workout programmes and 16 levels of resistance, as well as a built-in fitness test for those who want to check out how fast they’re improving.

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2. Zumba Exhilarate body shaping kit, £70, amazon

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Zumba combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system – and now you can do it at home with this comprehensive kit that contains everything you could possibly need, even bonus toning sticks.

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3. Aero Pilates Arc, £116, QVC

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The gentle padded curve of the  Aero Pilates Arc can be used to either increase or decrease resistance during Pilates exercise, meaning that it offers support and assistance for beginners and challenges the more experienced. All you have to do it use it...

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4. Steel Abs, £49, amazon

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This machine promises you tight, sexy, superhero abs without all the strain and pain and while that’s never going  to happen for some people, it does a surprisingly good job of positioning your body to work your entire core, thus defining your abs and even getting rid of those love handles.

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5. John Lewis resistance band, £8, John Lewis

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This cheap and simple exercise tool will help you tone your upper and lower body, as well as improve your flexibility. It’s also great for modifying familiar exercises and you can easily combine it with other exercise equipment.

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6. Concept2 indoor rower, £860, amazon

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You’ll be hard pushed to find a bad review of this outstanding rowing machine. Yes, it’s costly, but it works more muscle groups than almost any other home machine. It’s also impact-free, a fast calorie burner and suitable for people of all ages, as well as having a useful performance monitor.

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7. Reebok gym ball, £17, John Lewis

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This balance ball is super-strong and suitable for all ages. Particularly good for cardio and strength workouts, it can help you develop great muscle tone, as well as core stability, posture, balance and flexibility. Even better, it comes with a workout DVD.

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8. York Vinyl Fitbell Kit in a Case, £25, amazon

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This set of high-quality light weights includes three pairs of dumbbells in a handy carrying case for easy storage. The vinyl coating is a bit whiffy at first, but that soon wears off. A great way to develop strength, burn fat, increase power, endurance, core stability and balance.

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9. Pro Fitness Trampette, £30, Argos

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Fitness trampolines can improve heart rate and circulation, as well as lower blood pressure, through gentle aerobic training. You can use this one indoors or out and you won’t strain your joints whilst you’re using it.

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10. ProForm 705 ZLT treadmill, £400, Fitness Superstore

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Most foldable home treadmills under £500 have short, narrow decks, making them suitable only for fast walking or jogging. But this one is both long and wide, as well as boasting an impressively powerful motor, a 10 per cent incline function and a wireless heart rate monitor.

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