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You could do a lot with just two old-school dumbbells like these. But our preferred weight kits offer quite a bit more. Cyril Saulnier v

You don’t need an expensive gym membership to get fit, but investing in a few tools will certainly help you increase your strength and help you lose more fat. And while strict cardio is great for your health, strength training shouldn’t feel optional. Squats, deadlifts, and weighted carries help you complete daily tasks, like getting out of a chair or lifting your suitcase, and are key for maintaining muscles and independence into old age.

Below, a few of our favorite at-home weight sets.

These dumbbells are made for use inside your home or in your backyard. Amazon

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This dumbbell set comes with yellow, blue, and grey dumbbells on a custom stand and would likely nice in the corner of your apartment. The 60-pound AmazonBasics weight set comes with two 5-pound dumbells, two 10-pound dumbbells and two 15-pound dumbbells. Each weight is neoprene coated and has a non-slip grip. This is great for beginners or people who want to add weights to their cardio routine.

Each of these 15.75-inch dumbbells are compatible with the Bowflex SelectTech training app. Amazon

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This dumbbell set from Bowflex is essentially 15 sets of dumbbells in one compact set. Just turn the dial to change the resistance anywhere from 5 pounds to 52.5 pounds. The nice thing for beginner lifters is the weight can be changed in 2.5-pound increments for the first 25 pounds. These weights also come with a case to hold them in.

Weights for your ankles. Amazon

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If you want to increase the intensity of your pilates, jump rope, or agility ladder routine, consider padded ankle weights. This adjustable pair lets you add sandbags to built-in pouches In order to increase the weight. With velcro fasteners and reinforced stitching, these weights are durable and will stay hooked on your ankles while adding a nice amount of resistance to your workout.