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From yoga mats to pull-up bars, a few essential items in your home gym can help improve your strength and core. Image Credit: Pexels/Karl Solano

When we think of exercise, running, swimming and cycling are often at the top of the list. But some of the most rewarding workouts happen when you engage in structured, repetitive movements that create lean, strong muscles. Strength training helps you transform your body, increases your metabolism, improves your ability to do everyday activities, and protects your joints from injury. We bring you a curated list of strength training equipment that is essential in every home gym. Get these delivered to you as early as tomorrow with Amazon Prime.

adidas Yoga Mat 

A good yoga mat should be comfortable, supportive, have enough grip to keep you from slipping and should be easy to clean and carry. Adidas’s yoga mat meets all these requirements – with 8mm thickness, it provides the right amount of cushioning, and its ridged base gives added stability. It’s lightweight and ideal for yoga and your pre- and post-workout stretches.

Prosports Vinyl Kettlebell with Firm Grip Handle, 8kg 

According to kettlebell makers Kettle Bell USA, the average, active man and woman can start with a kettlebell between 8kg and 12kg. By using kettlebells together or individually, you can hit almost every muscle group in the body by squatting, swinging, pulling or pushing them. Pick the size you need with Prosports, which makes solid cast iron kettlebells, with ergonomic handles for easy portability, and scratch-free vinyl coating to prevent rusting.

Sports Resistance Bands Set 

These versatile strength training tools are light, portable and cost less than a gym membership, yet they provide an incredibly rewarding workout with a diverse range of moves. This set of bands is made from 100% natural latex, and is durable and stackable. Use it for full body workouts – it even comes with a flyer that shows you a number of exercises you can do with the bands.

Skyland Unisex Adult Environmental Adjustable Dumbbell and Barbell Set 

Precisely target muscles in your body with this adjustable dumbbell and barbell set. Easy to assemble and disassemble, the entire set occupies minimal space because of its collapsible design and storage facility. With anti-skid handles, you can ensure you get in your high-intensity workouts without fear of injury.

SKLZ 2881 Trainer Med Ball - Self Coaching Medicine Ball 

Training with medicine balls has been around since the ancient Greeks discovered the many health benefits of exercising with weighted balls. One of the oldest forms of strength training, it’s used to improve health, speed and endurance. SKLZ medicine ball weighs about 3.6kg and includes visuals with exercise sets and repetitions as part of a patented program designed by the US-based athletic training company, EXOS. Add it to your training regimen and watch your body transform.

Sports Research Ab Wheel Roller with Knee Pad 

It’s time to get toned – give your core a workout to remember, and tone your abdomen, arms and back with the ab wheel. Three inches thick, it offers great stability, and its ergonomically designed handles ensure you don’t slip when you’re in the middle of a workout. A handy knee pad protects your knees and a workout guide helps you correct your form as you perform targeted, core-shaping exercises.

Warranty: 1-year warranty offered by the manufacturer.

PASYOU Adjustable Weight Bench 

With a study base and adjustable angles, a workout bench is an underrated, but significant part of strength training exercises. This PASYOU bench is designed with 7 back positions so you can get in a wide range of upper and lower body exercises, while incorporating dumbbell use. High-density foam padding makes sure you have a secure seat and helps reduce muscle fatigue as you work out.

Bonus: Book an in-home installation service by an Amazon Home Services professional for Dh85 per bench. 

adidas Door Gym Pull-Up Bar 

A great way to improve upper body strength, pull-up bars help you work the muscles of your biceps, lats, upper back and core. A neutral grip, with palms facing each other, targets the muscles of your forearm, while a supinated grip, with palms facing you, targets your biceps. Adidas’s Door Gym is designed with a counterbalance mechanism and has three grip positions that help you get the most out of your pull-up exercise.

TRX GO Suspension Trainer System 

Finally, a training system that can be used literally anywhere – whether you’re at a park and can attach it to a tree, or you’re at home and want to use it on the doorway. With training straps and anchors, this system helps you use your own bodyweight and the Earth’s gravity to get results. By just changing your body position, you can increase or decrease the difficulty level of your exercise. It’s also excellent for strengthening core muscles. This particular kit comes with six months’ free access to the TRX Premium app, which you can use to try out fast, fun and effective workouts.

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