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Work(out) From Home: Core Conditioning
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Peak PilateSystem Deluxe
Pilates is the ultimate stretching and strengthening workout. And though you can do a version of it on a mat, that's not how founder Joseph Pilates intended it to be practiced. To get the maximum benefit and a serious core workout, he designed a series of table-size machines. The only hitch? They weigh about 400 pounds (181 kilograms) and aren't so easy to move. Enter the new PPS ($3,899; www.peakpilates.com). The machine, which due to its hybrid design allows for mat, reformer, and cadillac exercises, is the only one on the market that folds like a sofa bed and can roll into a closet.

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Drishti Microfiber Yoga Mat
Tired of humid yoga studios turning your foam mat into a sweaty Slip 'N Slide? The Drishti ($65; www.drishtiyoga.com) has a quick-drying microfiber surface that actually becomes less slippery the more you perspire. As well, at 74 inches (188 centimeters) in length, it's a half foot (fifteen centimeters) longer than standard mats, so it's great for any height practitioner.

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Spri Ball With Legs
Stability balls, formerly used only in rehab and physical therapy, have become popular in recent years for the muscle-challenging instability they cause when being used as a base for everything from crunches to sitting dumbbell curls. Still, no brand really stood out, at least until one got legs. The six two-inch (five-centimeter) protuberances not only stop the Spri ($42; www.spriproducts.com) from rolling into the china cabinet after a workout, but also make good handles when you need to carry the awkward ball.


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