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Get Fit Without Leaving the House
Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable
9/4/2009 11:27:33 PM
I appreciate that all of the "basic" equipment discussed in this article was practical for small spaces. Until I'm in a larger location, I am limited in the type of equipment that will fit in my home. Between the SP workouts and fitness tracking options, I have the ability to complete a strength home workout using the basics.
9/4/2009 11:20:29 PM
I have most of the basic equipment mentioned in the article, as well as several medicine balls, kettlebells and a barbell. Because my living room doubles as a workout area, I hide most of this stuff under couches or chairs, and store the bigger pieces in a corner. As others have mentioned, you can get an incredible workout at home very inexpensively. I have sworn off big cardio machines, though. I used to own a spinning bike, which I used and enjoyed for over a year, then slowly grew to dislike.
9/4/2009 8:58:25 AM
Sadly, in the past some of these things have headed to the Goodwill bin... wish I had them now.
We found a great resistance/gravity type of machine from Weider called Total Body Works 5000. It's similar to the Total Gym I've seen advertised, but at a fraction of the cost. Easy to set up and store, and so many ways to use it. Order from the company and the shipping is free. We got ours last Spring of 2009 at $150.00. If you're looking for this type of thing, I recommend it!
Thank you for the stretch band exercises. I am in need of this for upper body strength. Lower body leg strength. Great that these videos can be printed out. I appreciate the help that sparkpeople gives for the maintenance of the body. Paula from WI, hugsss to all
3/22/2009 11:00:42 AM
Help! We have most of this stuff but I don't know where to start, and Lord know I need to start. I have never been trained on what to do with it or how much to do if I can figure it out.
3/21/2009 3:20:47 PM
oops I meant I started with an INexpensive video.
3/21/2009 3:19:56 PM
I started with an expensive aeorbic video that used weights. I didn't have weights at the time so I exercised without the weights. Then after I got used to the video I bought 2 pound weights. Then I bought a set of 3 ,5 and 8 pound weights. then went on line collage and bought more videos. A gradually bought more and more . Now I have mat ,step, weights, body bars and a Library of tapes and DVDs. I have enough to keep me busy every day.
This is a great article, and I already have most of what I need! I just need to get a few more dumbbells, pick up more Therabands, and inflate my exercise ball, and I'm all set. :)
I want to get a treadmill, because my favourite exercise is walking but I live in Canada and it's bitterly cold in the winter (and too dark outside before or after work). Being able to walk indoors when it's too cold, dark, or rainy outside would be wonderful!
I also like to take classes here and there; my favourite is aquacize (water aerobics). But mostly I don't like people being able to see me working out, so I'd rather do stuff at home.
Just and added thought - If you don't want to buy dumbells or have a limited budget consider the alternatives. Save your old plastic laundry detergent bottles, add water and use them as weights. They have a built in handle and you can start out by filling them up only part way then increase the weight by adding more water.
I started with my home gym in the living room - VCR and a few hand weights. Always had to haul everything out and put it all away. After a few years I moved it all to a spare bedroom and although it was crowded - more weights, DVD player, bow-flex and a barbell set at least I didn't have to hide everything away every day. Now we are in a different house with a finished basement and its great. Plenty of room and I can leave everything set up and ready to go in my own gym.
1/8/2009 8:29:09 PM
I had a treadmill that I rarely used and many exercise videos. I have found that walking and going to a class twice a week at the rec. enter keep me motivated.
Before you shell out hundreds of dollars for a cardio machine, check out craigslist or yard sales. I bought a gazelle for $25 through craigslist.com...the guy didn't have the workout DVD that came with it, so I purchased one online.
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