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Low budget workout room for a small space

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

My husband and I live in a small apartment and we both dream of having a very large workout space, but for now, we've usurped some space in the bedroom. I thought I would share my setup. My laptop gets used for playing the workout videos, and goes on the TV table, but is not shown.

Workout videos - $10-20 each
"Rarely used" 2lb weights as book ends - $0
Jump Rope - $5
Tube style stretch bands - $10
Removeable hangers - $2
Mirror - $15
Exercise ball - $20
Pilates mat - $12
Adjustable weight set - $45
3lb and 5 lb weights - $6-8 each
Stretch bands - $10
TV table stolen from living room - $0

Total cost to recreate: $237
Total space needed: 7' x 6'
Items I don't use much: tube style stretch bands
Items I use constantly: 5 lb weights, workout videos, pilates mat, exercise ball
Wish list: BOSU or other balance ball, weight bench, more workout videos

Now many of these things were either given to me, found on sale or borrowed from other parts of the house, and I've pulled it together slowly. I've barely noticed the cost. If you were to buy these things all at once you might need to save a little money first. I would suggest starting with the highest priority items and purchasing slowly, much like I did.

What is your home gym like? Any low cost or small space tips?
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAYOTIC 12/12/2009 7:50PM

    I just keep my equipment in the living room (both at my house and at my boyfriends where I spend most weekends). Since I live alone, it's no big deal. Over the years I've collected a number of DVD's some light weight that I rarely use, and I have 2 yoga mats, one at home one at bf's since I've been big into the at home yoga lately. I have a gym membership, so I do my major cardio and ST there during the week, and on weekends, my bf and I are trying to get out and do our cardio outside. Can't wait to start skiing!

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JOPAPGH 12/9/2009 2:42PM

    Great use of a small space!

My cardio workout space is a basement with low ceilings. I have a treadmill and a mountain bike on a stationary stand with a tv, vcr, dvd player, connection to the tivo upstairs and a place to hook up my MP3 player.

Still haven't decided where to set up for strength training.

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