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.
I live in a tiny studio apartment and still found a way to fit in a home gym ... cardio machine and all! It is said that we find time for what is important to us. I believe we find the space for what is important, as well!
11/9/2008 4:44:55 PM
After reading this article I am now inspired to do more strenght training. I live in a rural area and gyms are to far away from me to join. Now that I have a spare room I will use it for my training. When my son left home for the Army and now serving in Iraq he left some free weights at home so I guess I will put them to use. Just need to get a few more things. Not to much cause the room is small but at least it has a tv in it to keep motivated. I can excercise while watching the tv shows I like to watch.
Most of my exercise is done in my small living room. I have a good selection of DVD's, resistance bands, dumbells and a matt. I use TaeBo, Biggest Loser and a variety of Yoga/Pilates DVD's. I mix it up a little with ExerciseTV routines and Sparkpeople routines. There really is no excuse not to be able to do it at home and on a tight budget. One of these days I'll have a picture taken of me in the space where I exercise almost every morning. It costs me very little. I also walk almost every day...except for having to buy sneakers a few times a year, that costs almost nothing!
9/15/2008 12:45:30 PM
For cardio, I like a gym-style step. I use the lowest height on the step. No choreography needed at home; just find some nice music and go up and down. I bought a used one. Easy to store too, under a bed or into a closet.
Now I'm inspired! I have a bunch of fitness stuff, a spare room, and an old TV and VCR. Next rainy day, we're clearing out the junk and creating a fitness/sewing room!
9/4/2008 3:39:08 AM
i have a weighted hula hoop that has done wonders for my waist and abs. i bought it at a ladies gym that has since closed. it comes in 3, 4,and 5 lb weights. i have the 5 lb one. it was very difficult at first - i could only do it for a few seconds. it also bruised my mid-section terribly. now i can go 20 minutes or more, and totally painless!!! i have seen similar ones on-line - they are about $50.
I have had a home gym for the past 10 years and can not imagine working out any other way. I have one machine for cardio and another for strength training and resistance. For me its no brainer fitness. I don't have to stand around a fitness center waiting for a machine to become available.When I consider the expense of having a gym membership year in and year out that I was never consistently using it made better sense to create my own gym. When the weather is warm on the East Coast I incorporate hiking and biking into my routine. In the winter when its bitterly cold or snowing am happy to jump out the bed walk in the next room and get a full body workout completed before I start my day. Home gyms may not be for everyone but for me its the only way to go
9/3/2008 2:05:41 PM
I would never use a home gym. Putting on my gym clothes and going to the gym puts me in a mental place to work out. If I only had to go into the next room, I think I'd put it off because it would always be there later.
9/3/2008 9:37:25 AM
I found a step aerobics bench an excellent and inexpensive home gym piece of equipment. You can do step aerobics and you can also use free weights and strength train like you would with a weight bench. You can also stretch your calves, hamstrings, glutes.. all for about $20... and it doesn't take up any room!!
It is great to have some stuff at home, but I don't depend on that for my normal workout routine. The home gym is still missing one component that is essential for me and that is a workout buddy to help keep me on track with attending my workout sessions.
I have all of the basic things and I live in a small apartment. The weights and resistance bands can live under my futon, the stability ball serves as a chair and rolls around the living room, and the yoga mat doesn't come out much because I'm on carpet and I don't need it, so it stays rolled up and out of the way. For the most part all you need is between four and six feet of clear space to work out in. This gives you room to lie down and do crunches and pushups, and move around to do some aerobic activity. A wide variety of workout videos and you're all set!
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