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Get Fit Without Leaving the House

Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


  • 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) - 5/12/2008 2:28:27 PM
    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. - 5/12/2008 12:23:49 PM
  • 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. - 5/12/2008 3:47:15 AM
  • I have a home gym set up in our garage. I'm not sure where you got the prices for the equipment but you CAN find them less expense. Try or hit the yard sales in your area. - 3/21/2008 11:58:56 AM
  • Great article! I really needed some tips on how to make a gym at home, which I'm thinking of doing. I guess for me, two other things I'd possibly include, would be a tv, with a dvd/video player and workout tapes. You can always do aerobic videos if you have the room. Of course a lot of people are like me, limited on space and doing their workouts in the living room, but it's just an added idea... - 1/27/2008 8:39:59 PM
  • A home gym on a budget is realistic. My husband and I turned 6'x12' sun porch into a home gym. It is not glamorous, but we added equipment gradually, like a swiss ball, the bands and free weights. We live in a small town in Wisconsin that doe not have a gym, so this was a perfect solution. For cardio we have hung our bikes on the wall and bring them down and bike on rollers, which are also easy to store and don't take up much room. Another benefit is that you can plaster the walls with your motivational photos. You can't do that at the health club. Biking while looking at the white sand beaches of Jamaica is extremely motivating. - 1/6/2008 9:53:38 AM
  • These exercises are great to do at home, and they really do work, and are worth trying. - 12/19/2007 10:26:23 PM

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