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Get Fit Without Leaving the House

Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


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  • I was thinking about this the other day....this is how I did all of my exercise for FREE and with SUCCESS. There is no excuse not to be fit when everything is there for you to use at your own convenience. Speaking of which...the dungeon is calling me for some cardio!!
  • Using most of the mentioned equipment has really caused me to progress. WooHoo!
    I also have most of the basic equipment listed and I recently put them to good use! I love being able to work out in my own home without costly gym fees or having to feel embarrassed at the gym with bean poles and big burly body builders walking around. :-)
  • I have everthing that is mentioned. I bought a pre built shed, insulated it, added a window, heat and air and put in a gym. I love it.
    I appreciate that all of the "basic" equipment discussed in this article was practical for small spaces. Until I'm in a larger location, I am limited in the type of equipment that will fit in my home. Between the SP workouts and fitness tracking options, I have the ability to complete a strength home workout using the basics.
    I have most of the basic equipment mentioned in the article, as well as several medicine balls, kettlebells and a barbell. Because my living room doubles as a workout area, I hide most of this stuff under couches or chairs, and store the bigger pieces in a corner. As others have mentioned, you can get an incredible workout at home very inexpensively. I have sworn off big cardio machines, though. I used to own a spinning bike, which I used and enjoyed for over a year, then slowly grew to dislike.
  • ROBBIE110
    Sadly, in the past some of these things have headed to the Goodwill bin... wish I had them now.
  • We found a great resistance/gravity type of machine from Weider called Total Body Works 5000. It's similar to the Total Gym I've seen advertised, but at a fraction of the cost. Easy to set up and store, and so many ways to use it. Order from the company and the shipping is free. We got ours last Spring of 2009 at $150.00. If you're looking for this type of thing, I recommend it!
  • The hardest problem once you have the home gym is actually using it. We have the equipment we like, but there are just days when I can't seem to make myself do anything.
  • Thank you for the stretch band exercises. I am in need of this for upper body strength.
    Lower body leg strength. Great that these videos can be printed out. I appreciate the help that sparkpeople gives for the maintenance of the body.
    Paula from WI, hugsss to all
    Help! We have most of this stuff but I don't know where to start, and Lord know I need to start. I have never been trained on what to do with it or how much to do if I can figure it out.
    oops I meant I started with an INexpensive video.
    I started with an expensive aeorbic video that used weights. I didn't have weights at the time so I exercised without the weights. Then after I got used to the video I bought 2 pound weights. Then I bought a set of 3 ,5 and 8 pound weights. then went on line collage and bought more videos. A gradually bought more and more . Now I have mat ,step, weights, body bars and a Library of tapes and DVDs. I have enough to keep me busy every day.
  • This is a great article, and I already have most of what I need! I just need to get a few more dumbbells, pick up more Therabands, and inflate my exercise ball, and I'm all set. :)

    I want to get a treadmill, because my favourite exercise is walking but I live in Canada and it's bitterly cold in the winter (and too dark outside before or after work). Being able to walk indoors when it's too cold, dark, or rainy outside would be wonderful!

    I also like to take classes here and there; my favourite is aquacize (water aerobics). But mostly I don't like people being able to see me working out, so I'd rather do stuff at home.
  • I love excersise videos! I take my laptop to my "gym" room, pop in a DVD and go!

    Oh, and you can get weights at about .89 a pound at Dicks. They aren't the "pretty" ones, but whatever... I got a set of 5 lbs for less that 10.00 a couple weeks ago.

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