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  • Don't forget about freecycle either. Post what you want, since it's all free lots of folks have this stuff sitting around and want to get rid of it as long as you pick it up. Happy New Years everyone. Donna
  • great tips... it can cost very little at home too
    I was just thinking I have no "proper" running attire other than shoes.... I wear yoga pants I got on clearance for $6, i do wear a dri fit shirt I got at NIke for $10 on clearance, and thats it!... regular hoodies, coats and socks.... bargain shopping love it - it may not always be the colour you want but it WORKS
    SPark on friends!
  • Here's a good tip for people on a tight budget:

    pushups and squats and core exercises at home in front of the TV. Zero cost, great workout!
  • I guess I am pretty lucky because my gym membership is just 20 dollars a month. There are no fancy swimming pools or workout classes, but I use the treadmill, bikes and machines. My gym is called YouFit (formerly Planet Fitness). I recently decided I wanted to take aerobic dance classes and so signed up for Jazzercise, which was more expensive, but since I had to pay ahead of time, it motivates me to go.
    The gym I'm considering costs less than $1 a day. I think it's worth it, I'M WORTH IT, even if I'm/you're on a tight budget. Try to give up a weekly/daily visit to the coffee shop for that fancy latte or something that's less important than a workout. Like the article says--negotiate for your best price. You can also join for a period of time, learn some routines and do them at home on your own mat or rent or tape a fitness video. There is a Fitness Channel on Comcast and I'm sure on the others, as well. Goes back to...No Excuses i.e. I can't afford it, it's too far from my house, I'm too tired. NO EXCUSES
  • None of these "tips" are very good for a person on a very tight budget. What about freecycle or craigslist for free items or going for a walk? I can't afford a gym membership even at the Y. I have gotten a recumbent bike and some 2 lb weights free from craigslist.
  • I don't see a comment here regards to Play it again Sports. That is were I got my mini tramp. Perfect condition for alot LESS than new!
  • I've found a LOT of great workouts right here at SP. As long as you have a high speed internet connection the workout videos are very good & show easier options for difficult moves. And they're free, just like SP. I got my resistance bands & the stability ball from Target/Wal-Mart for less than $40 for both.

    I'm also fortunate to have a fitness center that is part of the local healthcare/hospital provider. Their fees are very inexpensive at about $50/month & includes exercise physiologists on duty at all times to be sure you're using the equipment & doing exercises correctly so you don't hurt yourself. It's a great deal, no frills, but clean & well-maintained. That might be another option for people to check into...
  • I have found that the major added cost has been buying new clothes. Even though I will go to consignment shops and cheaper clothing places like Target and Old Navy - it still all adds up. Right now I just realized that I have absolutely nothing for spring/summer wear now that I have lost over 50 pounds. That's an additional cost that I wasn't completely considering as I was just excited to be getting new and smaller sized clothing. Which, let's face it, is pretty awesome - but it all still adds up!!
  • A couple of comments. First, I go to the YMCA - but it's despite the cost not because of it. We have a lot of gyms in our area, both independent and chain, and the Y is the most expensive of all of them hands down. They are also not flexible at all to negotiation. Your only hope is to qualify for one of their scholorships (we didn't).

    Second, a lot of gyms waive the registration fee if you work for a qualified employer. My employer was on the list so I got to waive half of our membership fee, but husband's half couldn't be waived because his employer wasn't on the list. Something to check into before you decide!

    Thanks for the other ideas, they are appreciated!
  • I went to the BODY MASTER and LIFE FITNESS web sites and learned how to use the equipment so when I went to the Gym, I understood all of the equipment. YouTube has videos explaining equipment. Of course, Coach Nicole has great ones to explain proper technique.
  • The part about people not using their equipment/ DVDs is true too... A co-worker of mine was complaining about how she wanted this hot new fitness DVD, so I offered to borrow and possibly purchase her old DVD so that she could use the money to cover the cost of the new one.
  • This is sooooo true. I went to a local gym in allentown, pa. The gym was fantastic untill I sat down with the sales(membership) team. They told me that it would cost $199 for the one time enrollment fee and first/last month membership fees at $34.99x2. After showing my resentment about joining the guy gave me a free 1 week pass. I used the pass enjoyed the gym free for the week and one night the manger from the gym called trying to get the sale. after talking with him for about 15 mins and explaining how I loved his gym however, I could not afford it he cut my enrollment fee down to $99!! and is letting me pay that over 2 MONTHS. I did have to pay the $34.99x2 BUT, I saved $100.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So Haggle... and I did this at the end of February. Hope this helps.
  • Thanks for the tips! I actually DID negotiate with the gym close to home. Had tried gyms with cheaper costs, but because they were a distance from home, and I'm kind of weird about using their showers, I was less apt to go...especially on a cold New England morn. Finally called the gym that's walking distance and though it was a bit over what I wanted to pay, I negotiated down - because I'm 57 & their senior rate starts at 60, the manager offered me the senior rate - with 2 personal training sessions. Great deal! So your suggestions DO work!

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