vs. Home Gym
First, consider the cost of a
gym membership. In my town, the
nearest gym is Power House Fitness.
It's currently about $35 a month
for a single membership, and half
the people I know initially sign
up the whole family, "It'll
be great! We'll get in shape."
Sure you will. Once you join,
if you manage to get back for
your "introductory session"
that's a miracle, and to continue
to go, week after week, day after
day, seems such a stretch it's
not funny. Gyms hope you don't
return. If all the members actually
used the facilities, they'd go
out of business because it would
be too crowded.
$35 a month X 12 months = $420
a year, and that's just for one
person! Family members are usually
closer to $50 or more. At $50
a month you're looking at $600
a year and now we're talking a
budget for home gym equipment.
That same $600 could buy you a
decent starter gym setup. (I'm
not saying don't join a gym, just
consider the options).
I've posted some photos of my
home gym. Nothing fancy -
just a basic, home gym set up.
I've had the equipment in a spare
bedroom and now I have a larger
space in the basement, but you
don't need lots of room. I had
my workout equipment in the living
room - which I highly recommend,
especially if you don't use that
space anyway. If I can workout
on the deck of a 32' sailboat
you can do it in your tiny apartment.
You'll want to cover the basics:
1) Something for resistance such
as dumbbells, and 2) barbells
are great too if you have the
space. If not, just start with
a small set of dumbbells or a
set of Powerblocks.
out the links below for equipment.
Remember, this stuff is heavy
so whether you buy online or in
a store, they'll deliver to your
Who will be using the equipment?
I'm the weakest in my house and
my weights are plenty for me,
but my son, 17, is outgrowing
the weights as is my husband.
They both could use a set up to
about 300 lbs. so keep in mind
if it will be only a female or
only a male or both, that makes
a difference in how much weight
you and your equipment can handle.
Powerblocks which I linked to
above are a great way to get a
lot of weight for little cost.
Individual dumbbells are much
you can, get yourself something
to do aerobics on such as an exercise
bike, rowing machine, or elliptical
machine. Running is great too,
if you can run and like to run,
just put on some good shoes and
go for it.
Toss out the crazy notion that
living rooms are for nothing but
sitting around with company and
use that space for your gym equipment.
I know one family who has their
living set up with a big pool
table in the center and exercise
equipment along the sides and
it's a blast to go over there!
No couches and end tables in sight.
Think outside the box.
Equipment for Home Gym More Likely
to Use it
If you can only get one piece
of equipment, start with what
you think you will use the most.
For me, I bought my bike first
- I wanted a bike because I was
starting to ride the bike in the
gym for longer and longer periods
of time and I didn't want to stay
at the gym for a couple of hours
at a time. I wanted to be able
to do aerobics at home.
I originally spent $550 for
my bike, but that was nearly 20
years ago! That bike is still
going strong. Good equipment will
last a lifetime - don't be afraid
to buy quality and whatever you
do, don't buy junk. If your equipment
is junk, you won't end up using
it. Poor quality equipment is
unstable, prone to breakage, and
is dangerous. Leave the $29 weight
bench for a clothes hanger and
get some real equipment. Check
your newspaper. There are always
people finally selling the equipment
they bought and never used. Don't
be one of them though! If you
buy equipment, make a commitment
to use it.