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!
7/12/2008 1:18:12 PM
i am new at this so i find three lower body exercises suit me. But still getting trouble to fit them properly into my daily routine. I have time after lunch but i only want to sleep then. It is hard.
i am trying so hard to loose 40 pounds but the hardest thing is getting rid of this belly fat. i have one leg and i ride my exercise bike every day and i also work out on the total gymn, but it seems to be such a battle . is there something else that ishould be doing? it seem as though i am loosing weight but my stomach is not getting tone it just seem to be flabby. if u have some answers please share them with me. i do not eat a lot. i only eat 2 meals a day and they are not big meals. signed search11
I've been turning a spare room into a home gym - colorful foam floor tiles, a York home gym that I got for free on Freecyle, a treadmill for $100 from Craigslist, a ski machine for $60 from the local classified, and various free weights and an exercise ball. Painted it a nice bright color, and I'm now putting up $5 mirrors from Wal-Mart all over the place, plus some pictures! Feels fun to be in the room now.
we got a really nice home gym at Sears a few years ago for $400 - it has two separate stations and runs on pulleys - we did have to replace one of the main cables but it was a simple and fairly reasonable repair. we've enjoyed it a lot! (it does take up some space - although the stations are side by side which is nice because you can back it up against a wall)
5/12/2008 12:23:49 PM
For pricier gym equipment (such as cardio machines and weight machines), try shopping around at used sports equipment places (like Play It Again Sports) and Craigslist during the summer. There's an influx of deeply discounted, barely used equipment around that time of year from people who spent a bunch of money on New Year's Resolutions to get fit, and then didn't touch their expensive home gym machine after January.
Great article! I really needed some tips on how to make a gym at home, which I'm thinking of doing. I guess for me, two other things I'd possibly include, would be a tv, with a dvd/video player and workout tapes. You can always do aerobic videos if you have the room. Of course a lot of people are like me, limited on space and doing their workouts in the living room, but it's just an added idea...
A home gym on a budget is realistic. My husband and I turned 6'x12' sun porch into a home gym. It is not glamorous, but we added equipment gradually, like a swiss ball, the bands and free weights. We live in a small town in Wisconsin that doe not have a gym, so this was a perfect solution. For cardio we have hung our bikes on the wall and bring them down and bike on rollers, which are also easy to store and don't take up much room. Another benefit is that you can plaster the walls with your motivational photos. You can't do that at the health club. Biking while looking at the white sand beaches of Jamaica is extremely motivating.
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