Challenge your body not your wallet with Amazon's best fitness gear under $35

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Yoga blocks, dumbbells, and ankle weights from Amazon.
Challenge your body without challenging your wallet. (Photo: Amazon)

Now that we're in the second half of January, how is your New Year's resolution going? Remember the one about paying more attention to your health and fitness? Yes, that one. If you haven't made much headway— or you need a push to keep going — consider adding new fitness gear to your life. Right now Amazon has some great equipment available for less than $35.

We've selected several gizmos geared to novice exercisers but still challenging enough for people who are fit already. Each item is sure to elevate your stamina and diversify your routine. The sooner you add these to your cart, the sooner you can challenge yourself with a new workout. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get fast, free shipping on these items. Not yet a member? You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And even those without Prime get free shipping on orders of $25 or more).

Degol Skipping Rope

If you liked skipping rope as a child, you'll love it even more as a workout. (Photo: Amazon)
If you liked skipping rope as a child, you'll love it even more as a workout. (Photo: Amazon)

Unlike the jump ropes you used as a child, this one from Degol is specially engineered for an adult's cardio workout. It features anti-twist technology and can be adjusted easily to meet your height. The price, however, is just like it was when you were a kid — only $8.50 with the on-page coupon (down from an already low price of $9).

"This was my first jump rope purchase since grade school, and it was a good one," said one satisfied customer. "The rope is super light. The bearings spin great. The large padded handles are extremely comfortable to grip."

$8.50 with on-page coupon $9 at Amazon

Spri Xertube Resistance Bands

Red resistance bands
These resistance bands come in five different weight categories. (Photo: Amazon)

Resistance bands are a perfect way to add strength training to your routine without buying a set of dumbbells. These Spri Xertube resistance bands with handles are made of high-quality rubber, which makes them less susceptible to breakage. If you purchase the version with a door attachment, you can increase your exercise options to tone your back, shoulders and arms.

"I ordered the blue [heavy weight] with the door attachment. It has the perfect amount of resistance for upper body work out. It is secure in the door. I also used it for lower body exercises, and again it performed very well. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the handle covers are hard plastic tubes that roll independently of the cloth handle so when your hands rotate during a move, there is no slippage or friction on your palms. I am very pleased with it, especially for this price point," said a happy shopper.

$14 $17 at Amazon

Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands

Five resistance bands with blag bag.
Everyone needs a solid pair of wearable resistance bands in their fitness haul. (Photo: Amazon)

One of Amazon's best sellers in exercise equipment, the Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Band kit comes with five color-coded bands, from extra light to extra heavy. If you're new to the world of resistance training, Fit Simplify also included a handy guide to show you how to use the loops for legs, arms, back, shoulders, ankles, hips and stomach.

"OKAY. This is the BEST product I’ve bought on Amazon in a while," wrote a delighter shopper. "I’ve incorporated them into my workout, for my glutes, thighs and abs. I swear to god I have lost 5.5 pounds in three weeks, and gained muscle in all the right places. Just increase your resistance each week, and be consistent. I can’t believe I went this long without these. If you’re wondering if they work, I promise you they do."

$12 $15 at Amazon

Gaiam Yoga Block + Yoga Strap Set

Grey yoga block and band.
New to yoga? Then you need these are two must haves. (Photo: Amazon)

As you work on your downward dog and triangle pose, get a hand from the Gaiam yoga block and strap combo set. These high-quality tools will help you maintain balance, increase range of motion, and sustain proper alignment.

"Get these now!" says a new yogi. "I started doing yoga at home because of the pandemic and these have been essential for stretches. I’m a total newbie and so it’s hard to hold some poses and stuff without assistance and these are great and don’t hurt my hands. I wish I had gotten them a long time ago. Love love love!"

$12 $15 at Amazon

Amazon Basics Adjustable Ankle Weights

Black wearable weights.
These wearable, adjustable weights will quickly up your fitness level. (Photo: Amazon)

Weighing in at five pounds apiece, the Amazon Basics ankle weights will sneakily add intensity to your everyday activities without you noticing the extra work. Or wear them during your morning walks to up your cardio effort. If you want to reduce the load, just remove some of the sand-filled weights.

Said one workout enthusiast: "These are superb! They're extremely well made. Strong and durable for sure! There are several options for adjustments depending on your fitness level. It is very easy to remove the little one-pound sand bags from the pouch to lighten your load. The velcro straps adjust in a couple of ways also. They're outstanding! I'd definitely recommend them!"

$19 $20.50 at Amazon

Amazon Basics Neoprene Workout Dumbbell Set

Pink, purple and yellow exercise weights in black stand.
Talk about a great starter set. (Photo: Amazon)

This Amazon Basics neoprene dumbbell set comes with two, three, and five pound dumbbell sets. The weights are perfect for people looking to tone instead of building mass, and the neoprene-coating means the dumbbells won't slip no matter how sweaty your hands get. The included stand keeps your equipment well organized.

"I don’t give 5 stars very often but for this I did," wrote one fan. "These are very well made and packaged perfectly... The stand is assembled and well made - just tighten a little and it’s good to go. Very pleased with everything."

$35 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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