Health And Fitness How To Make Cheap Home Gyms

A brief article with suggestions for creating a cheap home gym for fitness.

Creating a gym in your home is great way to get in shape without having to go to a gym. There are many reasons why people do not want to go to a gym, lack of time, too many people on the equipment and long workdays. Having a gym at home can be a good thing but you will still have to motivate yourself to use it. Setting aside a certain area of your house or garage can help you use home gym equipment regularly. If you plan to use home fitness videos for encouragement, routines and instruction, an equipment list is usually listed on the back.

Before starting to purchase equipment, take some time to set some goals. You need to figure out if you are more interested in aerobics, weightlifting or both. Do not buy any piece of equipment that you know you do not like. If you do not like it at a gym, you will not like at home. When doing cardiovascular workouts, do you want to perform aerobics, step or use a piece of equipment? These are just a few of the questions you may want to ask yourself.

If you do not want to go the expensive route of buying a home gym system on the market, there are plenty of options. For weightlifting routines, buy a decent mat that keeps the weights from damaging the floor if dropped. Nice sets of dumbbells and free weights can be purchased from specialty to discount stores. If you are just starting out, you do not have to purchase the larger dumbbells and big free weight systems. Add in a pair of good workout gloves and some instructions and you are ready to get to work.


For cardiovascular workouts, you can use a machine and/or workout videos. When selecting a piece of equipment, be sure to give it a good workout in the store. A decent bike or treadmill can be purchased without spending a fortune. Look for warranties, ease of assembly and range of motion when deciding on what to buy. If you wish to use step aerobics, buy a good quality, full size step. They have risers to adjust the height and workout and can double as a weight bench, thus saving money. Mini-trampolines should be included as cardio equipment as are fun for the whole family. Even a jump rope is an effective workout.

Resistance bands, medicine balls and stability balls are all great options for effective workouts at an affordable price. Look for packages that contain posters with the various workout options for that piece. They should list the exercises that can be performed, options to make moves easier and suggested routines for weight loss. This type of equipment is also very portable and takes up little room to store.

Other tips for keeping expenses down are buying used equipment. Bring along an educated friend if you are not sure what to look for or buy from a store willing to place a guarantee on the equipment. If there is an updated model being released, you can get a good deal on the current model.

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