Shape your summer body: Must-have items for a home gym

Feb. 15, 2011 at 8 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.

Summer is on the horizon, leaving us little time to prepare our bodies for swimsuits and thinner clothing.

If you're one of those people who pay for gym memberships and then never go, you might consider equipping your home with a few fitness essentials, from Academy Sports & Outdoors, that use your own weight to help you work out.

Lifesmart adjustable dumbbells

With a slide-and-lock system of attaching weight plates, these dumbbells have five adjustable positions.

BellFit resistance bands

Emulating the cable pulley machine at the gym, these resistance bands are available in medium, heavy and extreme resistance levels. It also includes a door attachment.


Combining cardio, body toning and ab workouts, this portable stair-stepping machine uses the same principles as the air pump to work out your whole body. Includes resistance bands.

Stability Ball

Known for strengthening core muscles and increasing flexibility, balance and stability, this tool can also be used as a weight bench or office chair.

Slendertone Revive Muscle Conditioner

This system relaxes sore muscles after working out using electronic muscle stimulation and is used by professional athletes.

Information compiled by GC staff



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