I found a yoga mat that turns into a full gym in seconds


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You’ve probably seen your fair share of at-home gym set-ups. Typically, they have a few things in common: They’re super expensive and they take up way too much space. Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve discovered a genius product that makes it easy to work out from anywhere without draining your bank account. The Flobody Gym is essentially a yoga mat with about a dozen hidden bonuses. It’s kind of like Mary Poppins’ magic bag, but better.

At a glance, Flobody Gym ($119) looks like a thicker rolled-up mat. But it comes complete with removable weights, resistance bands, handles, and foot and hand straps that allow you to get the boutique studio treatment whenever you want, whether you’re into Pilates, yoga, HIIT, and more. A piece of equipment with so much going on might seem like it would be a nightmare to put together, but that’s not the case at all.

It’s hard to believe something so compact packs in so many tools, yet it does. From the moment you take the Flobody Gym out of the box, it’s incredibly easy to use—and anything you’re not quite sure about is explained in the detailed instructions and set-up videos available. It’s like a puzzle piece that fits together perfectly, and because of that, it’s just as effortless to roll out and use as it is to put away, making it a breeze to store it in your closet between uses or take it with you on your travels.

To kick things off, I had to do some Pilates—my all-time favorite workout. A few years ago, I splurged and bought myself an at-home reformer. It takes up a little too much space in my tiny apartment, but I love it and still think it was worth every cent. But when you hook up a resistance band and straps to the Flobody Gym’s body bar, you can do many of the same exercises for a fraction of the cost and space commitment. During my workout, I was amazed how challenging it was. I was working up a sweat. Then the next day, I was sore.

You can also get in an intense HIIT workout using the weights, attach the hand weights to the body bar for a challenging yoga flow, and hook your weights up to the resistance bands for an upper body workout. Switching things in and out only takes a few seconds, making it easy to follow along with the free workout videos the company has available online. It’s like having a pass to any type of workout you want, and I’m all about it.

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