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Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


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  • Most of my exercise is done in my small living room. I have a good selection of DVD's, resistance bands, dumbells and a matt. I use TaeBo, Biggest Loser and a variety of Yoga/Pilates DVD's. I mix it up a little with ExerciseTV routines and Sparkpeople routines. There really is no excuse not to be able to do it at home and on a tight budget. One of these days I'll have a picture taken of me in the space where I exercise almost every morning. It costs me very little. I also walk almost every day...except for having to buy sneakers a few times a year, that costs almost nothing!
  • JAY75REY
    For cardio, I like a gym-style step. I use the lowest height on the step. No choreography needed at home; just find some nice music and go up and down. I bought a used one. Easy to store too, under a bed or into a closet.
  • Now I'm inspired! I have a bunch of fitness stuff, a spare room, and an old TV and VCR. Next rainy day, we're clearing out the junk and creating a fitness/sewing room!

    i have a weighted hula hoop that has done wonders for my waist and abs. i bought it at a ladies gym that has since closed. it comes in 3, 4,and 5 lb weights. i have the 5 lb one. it was very difficult at first - i could only do it for a few seconds. it also bruised my mid-section terribly. now i can go 20 minutes or more, and totally painless!!! i have seen similar ones on-line - they are about $50.
  • I have had a home gym for the past 10 years and can not imagine working out any other way. I have one machine for cardio and another for strength training and resistance. For me its no brainer fitness. I don't have to stand around a fitness center waiting for a machine to become available.When I consider the expense of having a gym membership year in and year out that I was never consistently using it made better sense to create my own gym. When the weather is warm on the East Coast I incorporate hiking and biking into my routine. In the winter when its bitterly cold or snowing am happy to jump out the bed walk in the next room and get a full body workout completed before I start my day. Home gyms may not be for everyone but for me its the only way to go
  • 4565S568SDS
    I would never use a home gym. Putting on my gym clothes and going to the gym puts me in a mental place to work out. If I only had to go into the next room, I think I'd put it off because it would always be there later.
    I found a step aerobics bench an excellent and inexpensive home gym piece of equipment. You can do step aerobics and you can also use free weights and strength train like you would with a weight bench. You can also stretch your calves, hamstrings, glutes.. all for about $20... and it doesn't take up any room!!
  • It is great to have some stuff at home, but I don't depend on that for my normal workout routine. The home gym is still missing one component that is essential for me and that is a workout buddy to help keep me on track with attending my workout sessions.
  • I have all of the basic things and I live in a small apartment. The weights and resistance bands can live under my futon, the stability ball serves as a chair and rolls around the living room, and the yoga mat doesn't come out much because I'm on carpet and I don't need it, so it stays rolled up and out of the way. For the most part all you need is between four and six feet of clear space to work out in. This gives you room to lie down and do crunches and pushups, and move around to do some aerobic activity. A wide variety of workout videos and you're all set!
    i am new at this so i find three lower body exercises suit me. But still getting trouble to fit them properly into my daily routine. I have time after lunch but i only want to sleep then. It is hard.
  • i am trying so hard to loose 40 pounds but the hardest thing is getting rid of this belly fat. i have one leg and i ride my exercise bike every day and i also work out on the total gymn, but it seems to be such a battle . is there something else that ishould be doing? it seem as though i am loosing weight but my stomach is not getting tone it just seem to be flabby. if u have some answers please share them with me. i do not eat a lot. i only eat 2 meals a day and they are not big meals. signed search11
  • I've been turning a spare room into a home gym - colorful foam floor tiles, a York home gym that I got for free on Freecyle, a treadmill for $100 from Craigslist, a ski machine for $60 from the local classified, and various free weights and an exercise ball. Painted it a nice bright color, and I'm now putting up $5 mirrors from Wal-Mart all over the place, plus some pictures! Feels fun to be in the room now.
  • we got a really nice home gym at Sears a few years ago for $400 - it has two separate stations and runs on pulleys - we did have to replace one of the main cables but it was a simple and fairly reasonable repair. we've enjoyed it a lot! (it does take up some space - although the stations are side by side which is nice because you can back it up against a wall)
    For pricier gym equipment (such as cardio machines and weight machines), try shopping around at used sports equipment places (like Play It Again Sports) and Craigslist during the summer. There's an influx of deeply discounted, barely used equipment around that time of year from people who spent a bunch of money on New Year's Resolutions to get fit, and then didn't touch their expensive home gym machine after January.
  • Yoga doesn't really require any equipment, nor does TaeBo. But building a home gym with a Stability Ball, Dumbells, Aerobics Step and Tubing are some of the things I've done. Great article.

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