I prefer gyms, but find that I tend to go only when I´m trying to loose weight and in spurts.
However we do have a treadmill, an elliptical, and my dear hubby just bought a TV so that we can do rumba at home. I tend to use these machines quite frequently. The convenience is well worth the investment.
Great incentive to get things moving here at home. I'm renting, and for now have a HUGE basement where I've considered putting down padding for exercises. Figure I could do it while waiting for my laundry, although up & down two flights of steps to get to my washer & dryer is exercise in itself! After reading this, I think maybe I could spring for an elliptical, which is my main attraction at the gym. Then I could get cardio daily, and hit the gym for strength training (it would take years to be able to afford all those machines!).
I bought my treadmill ten years ago for $350 brand new on Closeout from ShopKo. It is a Weslo and I love it! I have put many, many miles on it and it still works great. Craigslist is a good place to get inexpensive equipment. I got my Orbitrek on Craiglist. If you have a routine and a set time in which you exercise everyday, a home gym is great. The days I can't walk outside, I use my home equipment. I often watch TV while walking on my treadmill too.
I went through the list saying "got that, got that, I can make that happen easy with stuff I already have."
Got to the universal gym. Had one. The thing was so huge it took up my entire cellar. It was a monster. I have a membership at the Y so I got rid of that beast. It was free to me and it was free to the guy who took it from me.
The problem with buying used is you have to move it yourself.
I bought a new treadmill from Sears, got free delivery (into my basement) and they put it together. I bought an elliptical from a coworker who was moving. Paid her $150 and then realized my husband and I couldn't move it ourselves (either pick it up to put in a truck or get it down the stairs.) I had to hired 2 Marines and a truck and it was $250. So I could have purchased new for the same price (and got a warranty). So consider that when buying used BIG equipment.
3/23/2011 10:45:32 PM
Thanks for a great article. I would never in a million years go to a gym or take a class. I've had my yoga mat for years and use it regularly.I have no trouble with motivation: I am in pain and I want to bring it to a manageable level, maintain as much range of movement as I can, and strengthen my muscles so I can remain as independent as I can. I only have one-kilo dumbbells, but they work for now. Am on disability and don't drive, so seeking further equipment is not very feasible and not a priority. And even if working out at home only works for 10% of the people, it may well be that some of those 10% would never set foot in a gym or class. My daughter lost a lot of weight years ago with a treadmill and sheer determination, and later a fitness club near her job. Now unhappy with her weight again, but with 2 young kids and a full-time job, she bought an elliptical with her tax refund and as soon as her sweetie gets it assembled, I have NO doubts whatsoever that it WILL get full use. Different strokes for different folks; thanks for the support for those of us who need it at home.
I think another reason people hesitate to set up a home gym is that they have a stigma for being ineffective. I used to have a lot of equipment, and it never got used. That's why so many people find them cheap at yard sales. I have found, for the most part, that whatever equipment you buy will work out fine so long as you actually use them...ab rollers, exercise ball, free weights, etc. They only work if you put forth the effort. If you're willing to do that, then the money is absolutely worth it!
My elliptical only cost $200!!! It works great and I love that I can workout when I feel like it... I used to be a gym goer but now I find more motivation when the machines are right there in front of me, calling out my name! ;)
Different methods motivate different people. I find going to the gym harder on my ego, schedule & budget. Working out at home, I'll do! I scrounged stuff. soI don't think I have more than $75 in the whole collection.
I have a set of resistance bands (a buck a piece from a thrift store), 2, 3, 5, & 8 lb handweights (2nd hand cheap), weighted balls & a stability ball (sale at Ross' Dress for Less), jump rope (thrift store)& a $25 Craigslist NordicTrack skier. My "mat" is interlocking foam tiles from Costco. Found a bunch of great exercise videos on...cough...VHS for .33 at a thrift store.
Had a treadmill before & loved & used it, but had to downsize for a move. Started gaining when I didn't have walking so handy. I'm planning on adding a future treadmill that I'll be able to afford thanks to no gym fees. I need cheap, close & easy.
9/6/2010 12:34:27 PM
Not true! This will only work for 10% of the population. What happens to home gyms is that all of the equipment becomes large hangers. Another place to put clothes! Motivation comes when you go out and do it. It's too easy to say I'll do it tomorrow when you're not paying a fee. Money talks, equipment at home rusts.
You can always purchase a bike trainer for the bike you already have, rather than purchasing a stationary bike. The cost will be less, the trainer folds up rather small when not in use, and you will get more use from the bike you already own. I have been using the same bike trainer for more than 22 years!
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