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SOCAL_LEE SparkPoints: (43,325)
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8/22/13 12:16 A

Some cities and towns have public gyms that are free. Check with your local parks and recreation department.

CUDA440 SparkPoints: (84,832)
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8/21/13 11:53 A

I have met a friend at the local mall at her lunch hour and we can walk 2-3 laps around. (NO SHOPPING OR EATING!)
Fitness 19 - I have heard is around $15-$20 a month for the gym. See if there is one in your area.
Local pools? get in some swimming laps, or treading water for a minimal fee.
start a walking group in your area. see how many people will come out and walk with you.


KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (44,147)
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8/21/13 9:59 A

If you need a buddy, find a friend who wants to workout as well and do something at one of your homes. That way you plan for it, and if you have to go to their place or they are coming to yours, you may be less likely to create an excuse.

If you want some kind of atmosphere with others around, take your workout to a local park. You can get your cardio in there and use trees, benches, the ground, etc. to get in your ST workouts.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,271)
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8/21/13 8:57 A

You don't need a gym to get fit. It's helpful if you find gyms motivating, but it's not necessary, and certainly not work trying to finagle a free membership. Cardio is the easiest; take up walking, or if you've been walking a while, running. Ride a bike. Plenty of options!

Strength can be done with bodyweight, or simple resistance bands for less than $20.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,231
8/21/13 6:47 A

The suggestion of a job at a gym-- that'd get you use of the facilities for free. Also, some universities let their alumni use the fitness center on campus for free. Where I live there is a Community Center that offers exercise classes for cheap (though not free). It's a pay as you go system, so you only pay if you go to the class-- most of them are 3 to 5 bucks. The Y in our area has a sliding fee scale, but it's still not what I'd call cheap. Most gyms seem to have a free visit or 2 for free, before you have to sign up to keep going. I suppose if there were a lot of gyms in your area, you could visit each of them for free until you ran out of free visits.

I agree with the pp. I don't have the money for a gym and I've done all my exercise at home. There are tons of videos here on Spark-- all free. For cardio, I walk. I've "rewarded" myself along the way with fitness equipment-- a good pair of walking shoes, dvd's, some weights, a resistance band, etc. But I started out with nothing. I even started out walking in just my regular sneakers.

STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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8/21/13 5:15 A


Probably not what you want to hear but, truthfully, It's not realistic to think you'll get a gym membership for free. (except for the tip of getting a job there)

It reads like you've already talked yourself into an 'all or nothing' option by not wanting to do anything at home. I hope this isn't the case and you open your mind to more than the gym if that's not possible. Whatever your situation is, you can make it work for you.

My advice would be to do what you can with what you have. If the gym is not an option then do it at home, if weights are not an option do body weight or use house hold items. Check your local library for fitness DVD's (or youtube) to get yourself going - perhaps while you save up money for 3-6 months at the gym.

Good luck to you. You can do this!!

Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 8/21/2013 (05:16)
BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
8/21/13 4:39 A

You're either going to have to find money or motivation. If you want to exercise, you will.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (191,843)
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8/20/13 11:19 P

The secret to getting a free gym membership is to get a job there.

NEWMOM20121 SparkPoints: (77,322)
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8/20/13 11:07 P

Just a thought. But I started walking/jogging for cardio and used the spark people strength training ideas. Free. I wanted to make sure I was committed to this change before I invested in a gym. It also helped me have more confidence when I did join the gym because I was already doing some of the exercises the trainer was showing me. Honestly I started with just the band, then found some weights at a yard sale.

We don't have one, but I hear the Y is a great place.
Sorry wish I could be more helpful.

HEALTHY4UNI SparkPoints: (12,464)
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8/20/13 10:43 P

I have been wanting to start strength training and cardio but don't have money to join a gym!

I would like to know if there is a simple solution that is kind of a secret to getting free access to a goods or decent that most people are not aware of. Nothing illegal but a good steady way to get connected with others in a local gym that doesn't cost anything. I know it may be a crazy question but one I hope that is worth asking!

I know I could do it at home but I am not interested in doing it at home alone. Also, I have no equipment other than a band and I can't get motivated in my own home alone!

Any good advice from someone that has already solved this issue for themselves?

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