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For almost two years I lived in an apartment where going for a walk or run (or any outdoor exercise) wasn't exactly an option. During this time, my mini-trampoline (I think "rebounder" is the proper name) was indispensable. I still use it when it's raining or I am pressed for time to do some quick Tabata sprints. Of course, it can't compare fully to the benefits of outdoor sprinting, but it is better than nothing. (Here is a great online Tabata clock for when you are stuck inside doing sprints: http://www.beach-fitness.com/tabata/ )
Also, medicine balls, kettlebells, and resistance bands are great inexpensive choices if you are stuck inside for a work-out.
It's a box made of bars that is open in the front, back, sides, top, and bottom with hooks on the side bars to rack your barbell.
You have about a 2 foot range of motion forward or back so if you sway forward or back in your squat the barbell taps the bars and you don't tip over. It lets you squat heavy loads without needing a spotter.
Some of the fancier models include a pull-up attachment and dip/leg lift handles.
This is a Power Rack (does not link to porn, I promise):
you can also slide a bench in and use it to spot you on that, and if you have two sets of rack pins you can set one high and one low to help spot you so you can go heavy....it really is the only reason I joined a gym, so I could lift heavy.
I mean I don need the gyms pool for swimming, I live right by lake Erie.
I don't need the gym's track, There are highschool tracks by me and my yard is a few acres, perfect for barefoot sprinting.
I don't do any cardio that would require me to have any of the hundreds of fancy machines at the gym.
Wow...I just realized I really am paying every month just for squats