If you鈥檙e sick of the gym, you鈥檙e not alone. Between all of the amazing YouTube fitness options, like barre home workouts, and the rising cost of ClassPass memberships, it might be time to set yourself up to sweat it out at home. But building up a legit gym can get expensive 鈥 and if you only have a small space for聽your home gym, you鈥檙e gonna want to skip the full-on weight room and cardio studio setup. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get an effective home workout without breaking your budget 鈥 or making a StairMaster and treadmill key parts of your home decor.

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1. Yoga Mat:聽Whether or not you鈥檙e actually doing yoga with it, a yoga mat is literally the foundation of a good home workout. Hardwood floors don鈥檛 give enough cushion, and regular carpet doesn鈥檛 give enough support. The yoga mat is juuuust right. Plus, the non-slip surface makes stretching and floor exercises easier to move through. If you鈥檙e a true yogi, invest in a yoga block and a strap. (Photo via Brit + Co)

2. Foam Roller:聽Once you start stretching out tight muscles with a foam roller, you鈥檒l never want to go back to plain ol鈥 regular warm-up stretches. It鈥檚 especially useful for loosening up your hamstrings.

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3. Resistance Bands:聽Believe it or not, these stretchy swatches of rubber can help you build muscle just as effectively as hand weights. Choose your resistance level, and remember to use slow, controlled movements to maximize your training. (Photo via聽Getty)

4. Jump Rope:聽Jumping rope isn鈥檛 just for kids. It鈥檚 one of the easiest, cheapest ways to get a crazy-intense cardio workout. Plus, you get to channel your inner badass boxing champion.


5. Light Dumbbells:聽Strength training won鈥檛 turn you into a 鈥榬oid-fueled muscle maniac, but we can promise feeling stronger will be pretty empowering. Start small with three-pound and five-pound dumbbells, then work your way up to eight- and 10-pounders when you鈥檙e feeling a little stronger. Your beautifully toned shoulders will thank you. (Photo via聽Brit + Co)

6. Table or Chair:聽You probably already have one or two of these sitting around (no pun intended), and they鈥檙e about to do double duty. Chairs are great for moves like push-ups, tricep dips and squats.

7. Gliders:聽Get into a deeper side lunge than you would have thought possible with these slippery discs, specifically designed for lower-body workouts. Hint: You can also try using a towel or paper plate for an even cheaper option.

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