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.
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?
Thanks so much for including libraries in your list! Not only do we (I'm a librarian) have lots of workout DVDs, we have music CDs, books on fitness and diet, cookbooks, free downloadable music, and lots more! And it's - F-R-E-E!
Also, Check out Freecycle.org It's done by local regions with a goal of keeping usable goods out of the landfill. You can request anything you're looking for, maybe someone will have one they don't use any more. Also a great way to find a home for something you no longer need
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