Twenty years ago a home gym required an entire basement, half of which was dedicated to a NordicTrack Classic Pro Skier that cost close to a grand and prepared you, sort of, for some gentle cross country skiing. In hindsight, this was ridiculous. Our ideas about fitness have progressed in breadth and scope — generally toward functional workouts that have real-world application — and the equipment required has diminished in size and price. Theoretically, a guy could be very fit with just a pull-up bar and space for bodyweight exercises. But if you’re looking to set up the perfect home gym that gives you the opportunity for a huge variety of exercises, it helps to have a few more tools in your kit.

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