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All the advantages of the gym, none of the bad classic rock.
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1. The Big Item
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Life Fitness G5 Home Gym
The epitome of the functional fitness trend, this sleek Life Fitness tower ($2,999; offers dozens of tough cable-pulley exercises that provide resistance across a full range of motion, strengthening the way nature intended. The adjustable bench lies flat for a traditional bench press but can also be moved out of the way to make space for squats, ball exercises, simulated golf swings, and any number of other moves. The 160-pound (73-kilogram) weight stack is upgradable to 210 pounds (95 kilograms) ($149 extra), if you really want to feel the burn.

2. Fresh Take
Personal PowerBlock Set
Designed like a miniature weight-stack machine, this clever, space-saving system ($239 for a pair; replaces an entire set of dumbbells. Slip in the magnetic selector pin to grab 5 to 45 pounds (2 to 20 kilograms) of weight plates, and you'll leave the rest stacked neatly in the tray.

3. Back to Basics
A staple of Russian fitness regimens since the 18th century, this cousin to a cannonball delivers a blistering strength workout. The classic kettlebell swing works almost every major muscle in the body ($100 for 18 pounds (8 kilograms), pictured below left; $90 for 35 pounds (16 kilograms); To improve your form and learn other exercises, check out the well-done andcomically named instructional videos Cruel and Unusual Kettlebell Exercises for Real Men ($40) and From Russia With Tough Love ($30).

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