The Body Shop

Declare your independence from stale health clubs.

    Photo: Illustration by Jonathan Carlson

Once you're equipped with the following eight essentials—all integral pieces of the five Shape of Your Life installments—you'll have everything you need to take care of endurance, strength, flexibility, power, and balance in the privacy of your own home gym. If you can't find some of these gadgets at your local sporting-goods store, go online to Perform Better ( or Power Systems (

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