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Get Fit Without Leaving the House

Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Over at Stumptuous dot com, Krista has two great resources for those without a gym pass. Krista is a fierce advocate for effective workouts that make women strong, and of keeping exercise fun!

    Have a look at this "No weights? No problem!" article (
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  • 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.

    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!
  • I have all the basic equipment plus an eliptical. It makes it so easy to come home and hit the "gym" right away in your own zone versus being in a crowded gym.
    I have the metal and the ball. I need some bands!
  • Due to the fact that I'm unemployed and can't find work, this hasn't stopped my efforts to lose weight. I've successfully lost 84 lbs. with my home "gym". I have gone to thrift stores and have found used work out videos,weights, and a universal gym. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to make healthy changes in your life. Nothing is impossible if you work hard enough.
  • I was thinking about this the other day....this is how I did all of my exercise for FREE and with SUCCESS. There is no excuse not to be fit when everything is there for you to use at your own convenience. Speaking of which...the dungeon is calling me for some cardio!!
  • Using most of the mentioned equipment has really caused me to progress. WooHoo!
    I also have most of the basic equipment listed and I recently put them to good use! I love being able to work out in my own home without costly gym fees or having to feel embarrassed at the gym with bean poles and big burly body builders walking around. :-)
  • I have everthing that is mentioned. I bought a pre built shed, insulated it, added a window, heat and air and put in a gym. I love it.

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