Build a Dream Home Gym

Build A Dream Home Gym: On Any Budget

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I hear you. You want to look great, but you can’t afford to break the bank to do it. While you could always go for a run, hike, bike, canoe, or engage in a myriad of activities in the great outdoors, not everyone likes being outside, and not every day provides beautiful weather for it.

So, if you have the discipline and a bit of floor space to designate to exercise, you can do a lot with a little.

Building on a Budget

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Simple Home Gym

  • Yoga mat
  • Free weights
  • Exercise videos

Yoga mats aren’t just for yoga. They come in a variety of colors and thicknesses, and are great for preventing slips and falls while doing lunges, squats, and other barefoot exercises.

There will come a point where lifting your own body weight just isn’t enough to make you break a sweat. When that day comes, you’ll want some 5, 8, and 10 lb. weights on hand for bicep curls, tricep kick-backs and a ton of other exercises.

Sometimes, we just don’t want to torture ourselves, so we pop in an exercise video to have an instructor do it for us. That being said, there are a lot of quick, fun exercise videos available on Amazon to add to your library, or you can find a fitness guru on YouTube to follow.

Quick Options:

This yoga mat from NewMe Fitness comes in six colors and provides 70 illustrated poses of yoga moves right on the mat for you to follow. (5mm thick, 24″ wide x 68″ long)

This BalanceForm dumbbell set includes 3 lb., 5 lb. and 8 lb. dumbbells that should see you through the first few months of your exercise journey.

A Bit More Bang For Your Buck

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Whether you hate nature, inclement weather, or the general public, you want to keep your workouts indoors. If you have a bit more space and money to invest in your health, then consider this middle-tier home gym. 

Middle of the road:

  • The basic setup above
  • Resistance (elastic) bands
  • Bosu ball
  • Step or bench

For moves that are two awkward or not made for dumbbell use, there’s resistance bands. They add extra resistance for inner and outer thigh work, crab walks and pretty much any type of leg exercise.

A bosu ball challenges your balance. Try doing simple things like flipping it over and doing push-ups on it, or maintaining your balance while doing curls. The added challenge provides an additional calorie burn.

A step (or bench) is great for incline or decline push-ups, one-legged squats and lunges, step-ups, and a host of other exercises.

While none of these items are absolutely integral for you to get a good workout, they certainly help. So, if you have the space and budget for it, consider adding them to your home gym.

Quick Options:

Each band in this 5-pack from LetsFit is marked with its resistance level. Each measures 2″x 12″, with the thickness determining the resistance, which goes from 5 lbs. up to 40 lbs.

The Fitness Reality 1000 Super Max weight bench adjusts to allow its use with a variety of exercises. The seat and back rest measure 12″ across, with a weight capacity of up to 800 lbs. 

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You don’t care what it costs or how much room it takes up in your house, you’re getting the home gym of your dreams.

The works:

  • Everything listed above
  • Punching bag
  • Treadmill
  • Row machine
  • Elliptical

All of this equipment makes it easy to flip on the television or blast your tunes, go to town on the treadmill (or any of the listed machines) for 30 minutes and call it a day. These machines will monitor and track your heart rate, calorie burn, distance, and progress. The only thing they don’t do for you is the work. 

Quick Options:

The Fast88 Portable Elliptical machine is equipped with 8 levels of resistance, LCD monitor for distance, calorie burn, time, speed, and heart rate, and supports up to 250 lbs.

This rowing machine from Concept2 supports up to 500 lbs. and provides a full-body, low-impact workout. It’s easy to assemble and comes with a 5-year frame warranty.

Whatever your budget or space, there are ways to get a good workout at a fair price. So, if you’ve been putting of your workout for lack of equipment, there’s no more excuses. Time to get up and get moving.

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