You don't need a pricey gym membership to lose weight and build strength. All it takes is 3 key types of equipment (with a total price tag of less than $100) and these expert-designed workouts. "Affordable gear, like resistance bands, can work muscles just as effectively as expensive items, such as dumbbells, which can cost hundreds," says Gregory Florez, a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, CEO of personal coaching company www.FitAdvisor.com and the designer of our program. To get the most bang for your buck, do 2 sets of the following moves 3 days a week, with at least 1 rest day in between. You'll see results in 4 to 6 weeks. Now that's priceless.
By Sarah Robbins
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Start the following exercises with the green (lightweight) band. If you finish a set and can do at least 3 more reps with perfect form, switch to the red (medium) and then the blue (heavy) for more resistance.