Not to worry, there are some low costs and no cost ways to start building your own at home gym. Following are ideas for free, cheap (under $30) and saving money on the big pieces of exercise equipment.
Free ways to Work Out at Home:
For strength training:
- Bodyweight exercises – good old fashioned sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, and squats work. Not sure what to do? Check out the online library of exercises at ACE fit or head over to YouTube.
- Running or Walking – put on a pair of shoes and hit the road!
- Stair climbing/Running – find a set of stairs that you can run up and down. Not only is it great cardio, but it is great for your glutes (Who does not want a great butt)!
Cheap Ways to Start Your At Home Gym:
Want to start using exercise equipment at home but don’t have much money (or space), these are great buys to get you going (I tried to keep these under $30 each):
- Resistance Bands– a great way to add resistance without breaking the bank. Brand new you can get a complete set for $30. And don’t let these bands fool you; they are a killer workout – especially for your arms.
- Fit Deck – I love the FitDeck Company! It is not really a piece of equipment but instead decks of cards that help you create your own workout based on your needs. They have a wide variety so you are sure to find the right one for you. I personally have the bodyweight deck, the dumbbell set and we also have the FitDeck Junior for our son. They also have one for resistance bands, yoga and more! Even better is that you can take them anywhere, so you can workout on vacation, in the park or anywhere else you want to!
- Kettlebells – like the resistance bands getting just a few sizes of these can do wonders for your workout. While a little bit more expensive than the bands you may prefer these.
- Jump Rope – they might look small and easy but 10 minutes of jump roping and you are burning more calories than you thought. Great for cardio or add a couple minutes in between a circuit of FitDeck body-weight and you have a complete workout.
How to Save Money on More Expensive Exercise Equipment:
When you are ready to start adding bigger exercise equipment items to your house, here are some ways to keep those costs down.
- Craigslist – you’d be amazed at how much exercise equipment that hasn’t been used is on there. And not just equipment such as dumbbells and treadmills, but also full video programs such as P90X and Insanity. So instead of picking up the phone and ordering from that 800 number, try Craigslist first.
- Second hand equipment stores – this is a great option for any piece of equipment, but especially if you’re just learning how to do an exercise. If you’re just learning how to golf, go get your clubs from there. This way you can try it out without spending a fortune.
- Garage sales – It’s a great way to find used equipment at a discounted price. Often times cheaper than both Craigslist and second hand equipment stores. You just have to spend a bit more time searching for what you want.
Finally give yourself time to build up your home gym. I have been working on adding equipment to mine for a long time; it took about 10 years to get just the right amount of equipment for me. So don’t rush yourself because you feel you have to have a full arsenal of exercise equipment today instead budget it in over time
Take some time, do some shopping and soon you will be working out at home without breaking the bank!