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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Home gym on a shoestring

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Strength training is vital for physical health. The recently revised US Physical Activity Guidelines  specifically recommend at least two sessions of strength training per week, with a session that works all major muscle groups typically taking between 20 and 30 minutes.

CHOICE found that with a little shopping around, some creativity and just $100, you can establish your own home gym based on resistance bands and/or free weights for your basic workout, and some optional extras for added benefit.

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