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Home Gyms are Practical and Affordable


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I just have to say that I lost 55 pounds working out from home. I bought a mini stepper and took advantage of the videos on SP as well as you tube. I just recently joined the gym AFTER reaching my goal weight ....more for the "final touches"!! Report
Our treadmill gathers dust in our basement at the moment, and I have threatened to use its handrails as a yarn swift (for balling hanks of yarn). Now that I am following SP I have decided that, rain or shine, I will put in at least 15 minutes on the treadmill every day--more time if it isn't nice enough to enjoy a 30 minute walk outdoors. I will use the treadmill to build my strength, as I am rehabbing after knee replacement. Report
A great investment was my treadmill. I have been using it to get me back into exercising. Because I work 12+ hr days I get to jump on it, then shower then go to bed in the evening and not loose time commuting to the gym. And how much money have I saved? A,LOT!!;-) Report
A great investment was my treadmill. I have been using it to get me back into exercising. Because I work 12+ hr days I get to jump on it, then shower then go to bed in the evening and not loose time commuting to the gym. And how much money have I saved? A,LOT!!;-) Report
You guys gorgot the workout videos there are some good out there... Report
A friend of mine, who is an avid Goodwill shopper, picked up a Cardio Glide for $12 yesterday. I've already begun working out on it when I fed the dogs last night. My new incentive??????? Report
I prefer gyms, but find that I tend to go only when I´m trying to loose weight and in spurts.

However we do have a treadmill, an elliptical, and my dear hubby just bought a TV so that we can do rumba at home. I tend to use these machines quite frequently. The convenience is well worth the investment.
Great incentive to get things moving here at home. I'm renting, and for now have a HUGE basement where I've considered putting down padding for exercises. Figure I could do it while waiting for my laundry, although up & down two flights of steps to get to my washer & dryer is exercise in itself! After reading this, I think maybe I could spring for an elliptical, which is my main attraction at the gym. Then I could get cardio daily, and hit the gym for strength training (it would take years to be able to afford all those machines!). Report
I bought my treadmill ten years ago for $350 brand new on Closeout from ShopKo. It is a Weslo and I love it! I have put many, many miles on it and it still works great. Craigslist is a good place to get inexpensive equipment. I got my Orbitrek on Craiglist. If you have a routine and a set time in which you exercise everyday, a home gym is great. The days I can't walk outside, I use my home equipment. I often watch TV while walking on my treadmill too. Report
I went through the list saying "got that, got that, I can make that happen easy with stuff I already have."

Got to the universal gym. Had one. The thing was so huge it took up my entire cellar. It was a monster. I have a membership at the Y so I got rid of that beast. It was free to me and it was free to the guy who took it from me. Report
The problem with buying used is you have to move it yourself.

I bought a new treadmill from Sears, got free delivery (into my basement) and they put it together. I bought an elliptical from a coworker who was moving. Paid her $150 and then realized my husband and I couldn't move it ourselves (either pick it up to put in a truck or get it down the stairs.) I had to hired 2 Marines and a truck and it was $250. So I could have purchased new for the same price (and got a warranty). So consider that when buying used BIG equipment. Report
Thanks for a great article. I would never in a million years go to a gym or take a class. I've had my yoga mat for years and use it regularly.I have no trouble with motivation: I am in pain and I want to bring it to a manageable level, maintain as much range of movement as I can, and strengthen my muscles so I can remain as independent as I can. I only have one-kilo dumbbells, but they work for now. Am on disability and don't drive, so seeking further equipment is not very feasible and not a priority. And even if working out at home only works for 10% of the people, it may well be that some of those 10% would never set foot in a gym or class. My daughter lost a lot of weight years ago with a treadmill and sheer determination, and later a fitness club near her job. Now unhappy with her weight again, but with 2 young kids and a full-time job, she bought an elliptical with her tax refund and as soon as her sweetie gets it assembled, I have NO doubts whatsoever that it WILL get full use. Different strokes for different folks; thanks for the support for those of us who need it at home. Report
I think another reason people hesitate to set up a home gym is that they have a stigma for being ineffective. I used to have a lot of equipment, and it never got used. That's why so many people find them cheap at yard sales. I have found, for the most part, that whatever equipment you buy will work out fine so long as you actually use them...ab rollers, exercise ball, free weights, etc. They only work if you put forth the effort. If you're willing to do that, then the money is absolutely worth it! Report
Over at Stumptuous dot com, Krista has two great resources for those without a gym pass. Krista is a fierce advocate for effective workouts that make women strong, and of keeping exercise fun!

Have a look at this "No weights? No problem!" article (
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My elliptical only cost $200!!! It works great and I love that I can workout when I feel like it... I used to be a gym goer but now I find more motivation when the machines are right there in front of me, calling out my name! ;) Report

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