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There are only two times a year when you're full-on expected to think about getting in shape: January 1, when you make your New Year's resolutions, and the first day of really nice weather. And you can guess what yesterday was. With temperatures climbing into the 60s in Chicago and New York, it's time to get movin'.
You could, of course, just sign up for a monthly gym membership, or even clean out the garage and set up a home gym, with your very own Nordic Track ACT Elliptical Trainer ($674.10 via "NTCY10" with free shipping, a low by $276). But why not start small with items from today's roundup, which focuses on inexpensive exercise equipment and fitness products that'll help you jump start your workout. And remember to check out our daily fitness equipment deals for your other exercise needs.
Is It Worth It?: As many have famously misheard, KISS wanted to rock and roll all night — and part of every day. Even if you use it only 30 minutes every other morning, Tony Little's Rock 'n Roll Stepper and fitness DVD is a step in a healthy direction. The DVD offers instructions for a number of exercises including arm swings, rock squats, arm raises, and core twists. What's more, this contraption features a 250-lb. weight limit and an LCD screen that counts your repetitions, time, steps per minute, calories expended, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Set up and hop on this Roman / hyperextension bench for a full upper body workout, and get a good stretch in when you're through. This bench can hold up to 250 lbs. and features a 2x2" tube frame construction, boxed upholstery, a powder coated finish, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Boxing is an extremely fun — and often underrated — way of keeping fit. With this 6-piece speed bag set, you'll have all of the necessary equipment to get you ready for the ring. This set includes a speed bag and swivel, a jump rope, bag gloves, and hand wraps. It even comes with a mounting kit! Sounds like a knock out deal, right? Well that's what makes it an Editors' Choice.
Is It Worth It?: While this stationary recumbent bike is the most expensive piece of fitness equipment in this roundup, we are fond of it because it offers 10 different workout programs, 16 resistance levels, six distinct course profiles, an LCD screen, and much more.
Is It Worth It?: You'll probably need some new workout clothes and footwear to suit your new workout regime. Head to Reebok and you'll save 20% on sale items including men's and kids' basketball shoes and apparel. But use coupon code "MADNESS40" for an extra 40% off, and you've got a slam dunk Editors' Choice deal. We like the Reebok Men's Buckets V Basketball Shoes in Black/Silver (pictured), White/Navy, or White/Black for just $29.99 after the coupon. The DMX Ride technology and the removable EVA sockliner see to this shoe's cushioning; these sneakers are available in sizes 7 to 12, although not in all size/color combinations.
Front page photo credit: Need Coffee