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Building a Budget Friendly Home Gym

If you’ve ever priced gym equipment you know that it’s expensive. Like other products, there are economy priced models but when you’re purchasing something that will inevitably take a beating over its life, the cheap equipment is rarely a good value. Once you put a price on the equipment you think you need, that $40 per month gym membership doesn’t seem so expensive anymore.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on home equipment and you don’t want to pay a monthly gym membership fee, there are ways to put together a home gym on a budget.

A Ladder

You’ve probably seen a fitness show on TV where somebody is running or jumping in and out of a layout that resembles a ladder lying on the ground. Fitness professionals all over the world use this simple setup to teach agility, speed, and produce a calorie burning work out that is heart friendly. Looking for a cheap way to do it? How does $42 sound? Check this out [3].

Adjustable Dumbbells

Luckily, dumbbells aren’t expensive but they’re versatile and able to target just about any muscle group on your body. For about $70, you can purchase adjustable dumbbells allowing you to place 2.5 to 12.5 pounds on each. Other adjustable models allow for higher amounts of weight and come at a slightly higher cost but there still cheap compared to other equipment.

Training Ball

Training balls cost about $25 and are great for abdominal or core workouts as well as other applications. Along with this 8 to 10 pound hand held ball, you may even receive a workout DVD or exercise chart with it. Training balls, along with the larger balls used to gain better balance, have a variety of uses at very little cost.

Yoga Mat

Don’t fancy yourself the yoga type? If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out on the full body workout that is underestimated by far too many workout enthusiasts. A mat costs $25 or less and makes the workouts a little more bearable especially when you’re on the floor.

The latest Fitness Fad

Fitness is like fashion. It’s always changing and what was loved yesterday may be hated tomorrow. If you’re somebody who likes to purchase the latest workout DVD only to have it go out of style months later, don’t feel bad. The truth is that although somebody people may be looking for an ultra efficient and scientific workout, most people just need to get moving.

If you’re purchasing these videos and using them as a workout, you’re getting positive benefits regardless of how stylish it is today. $45 for a DVD could burn just as many calories as a multi-thousand dollar machine over time if you stick with it longer than you did the elliptical.

Bottom Line

Although some of the expensive equipment is well worth the cost, there’s no reason you can’t get healthy without shelling out thousands for the machines. Use these budget friendly tips to get started and as you gain strength and conditioning, a more sophisticated setup may make sense later on.

Finally, don’t forget that the best workouts are often free. As long as you have a road, you can walk, jog, sprint, bike, or jump rope with little to no expense.

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