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JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,593)
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2/19/12 12:30 P

All good ideas here. A good elliptical, treadmill etc. can take one into the thousands if bought new and it is true, they make good cloths hangers. So I would really checkout sites where you can take someones "clothes hanger" off their hands at a very reduced rate. Just be sure you check out at sports stores and such to understand what you are getting. If you go into it without proper info, you may buy a cheap item at the same price or just a bit lower than a good item.

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PGREENE3 Posts: 302
2/19/12 11:22 A

We (family of seven) joined the fitness center at a local church for $85 annually. The variety is as good as any fitness center. Hours are limited from 6am - 9pm.

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
2/19/12 12:28 A

I've gotten some dumbells and things at Target. I also keep an eye out at Ross, TJMaxx, etc. and picked up a medicine ball, yoga mat and weight lifting gloves there. Got my kettlebells from Sports Authority. They frequently send coupons for $10 off of $50 or $25 off of $75 and have good sales, too.

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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,909
2/18/12 11:37 P

It depends a bit on the item of equipment you are talking about.

Resistance bands wear out over time, and they are cheap enough that they are worth buying new. $10-15 at Walmart, although better quality bands may cost more.

2nd hand exercise mats can get a little icky, and who knows where they have been. Definitely another purchase new item.

Free weights don't really wear out, so it is definitely worth considering freecycle or craigslist.

Machines like ellipticals, treadmills and the like can often end up becoming very expensive clothes hangers. So it may be worthwhile getting a second-hand one until you are sure you are going to use it regularly. craigslist freecycle, or maybe just a local yard sale.


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MOBIUS31 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/12 4:07 P

Play It Again Sports, Freecycle, yard sales, trade swap pages

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/18/12 3:49 P

I got mine at walmart and Big 5 sports.

2/18/12 2:07 P


It's a yahoo group. Most major cities and even most smaller ones have a Freecycle chapter. I've gotten a free treadmill, a free exercise bike, a free yoga mat, and some weights.

Yard sales and the Goodwill store are my second favorite sources.

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LEVERB66 Posts: 490
2/18/12 1:09 P

I've been watching craigslist.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (160,716)
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2/18/12 10:27 A

I bought a treadmill at Sears, light free weights and an exercise ball at WalMart. Yard sales can be a great source of exercise equipment too.

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TELFERS01 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/18/12 10:17 A

Where do people get the equipment to do strength training at home.

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