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25 Ways to Get Fit for Less Than $25

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  • Scored fitness bands, hand weights, & an exercise ball at thrift stores for about $2 each. For bigger equipment & a warranty on used, Play It Again Sports is excellent & services or installs some things. - 7/9/2015 1:12:00 PM
  • I got a treadmill off Kijiji (similar to Craig's list) and it died after just 3 days! Wish I could afford new equipment instead of playing Russian Roulette with used :( . At least I was only out what I paid for the treadmill. Got a freezer the same way once and it lasted a month before dying and taking all our frozen food with it !! - 1/29/2015 8:25:03 AM
  • GREAT ideas, thanks for sharing. - 7/22/2014 5:56:29 PM
  • I have bought used equipment and see nothing wrong with that. You have to clean/maintain equipment even if you buy it New anyway. - 7/22/2014 5:54:53 PM
  • went to website to purchase SparkPeople's NEW Fitness Starter Kit, and it is NOT $24.95!
    - 4/18/2014 1:31:10 PM
  • Noticed you mentioned the local recreation centers. I haven't met one other Sparker who will even consider the rec centers here (Denver), but most of them are kept nicer than the big name places (I have read quite a few complaints about them) and they offer fitness classes (mostly drop-in), weight rooms, gyms where you can play basketball, etc. Plus they have arts and crafts, some have cooking lessons. There are a lot of classes for youth (the one closest to me is geared toward youth). And most several have pools. Cost for membership is less than the big name places and includes the drop-in fitness classes. I started going to the rec centers 8 years ago after the YMCA wanted $25/month plus initiation fee on their disabled scholarship program and have found the people there much nicer than those I ran into at the larger fitness centers I was at before. - 3/25/2014 4:44:06 PM
  • I would be somewhat hesitant to buy used equipment from a garage sale unless you knew what you were getting as there are a lot of people who sell damaged equipment at garage sales. I know you can get a bargain but is it still a bargain ( if a weld fails on a weight bench for example) and you get hurt? - 10/15/2013 10:13:55 PM
  • I found a stability ball at a local dollar store for only $5.00! I love it for doing sit-ups because I have a back problem, so it's impossible to do sit-ups on the floor for me. Great buy! - 10/15/2013 1:23:47 PM
  • We have also found that some of the very large churches in our area have fitness centers and for a small fee, they will let anyone use the fitness center, even non-members. - 10/11/2013 1:19:09 PM
  • Great. Loved all of it. - 9/9/2013 2:49:03 PM
  • SERENITY23M
    Thanks so much these are great - 10/16/2012 3:23:53 PM
  • KATYBUG4789
    Great ideas! Worth every penny....if they cost any ;) - 10/10/2012 10:50:28 PM
  • Glad I read this article! There's lots of great ideas! - 7/27/2012 7:41:20 AM
  • Glad I read this article! There's lots of great ideas! - 7/27/2012 7:41:19 AM
  • A lot of really good ideas here - 3/1/2012 12:46:53 PM

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