How to Create an Inexpensive Home Gym

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A home gym doesn't have to be a huge expense. With thoughtful planning to ensure you've got the right equipment, you can build a gym that motivates and engages you. A home gym built with inexpensive, but not cheap, equipment helps save you time as well as money. You won't have to worry about getting a parking spot at the gym or dealing with traffic to get to class. Get a home gym that keeps you going back for more.

Things You'll Need

  • Jump rope
  • Dumbbells
  • Resistance bands
  • Stability ball
  • Exercise mat
  • Define a space. If you're purchasing cardio equipment, you'll need between 10 and 20 square feet. If you're using a jump rope as your main cardio, make sure you have clearance above your head and to your sides. If using step and DVDs, you'll need 3 to 5 square feet.

  • Select cardio equipment that you will use. If your budget is limited, avoid cheap equipment that's prone to breaking down. You need something that you will use continuously for up to 150 minutes per week to maintain your current weight. If you want to lose weight, you'll need to plan to be on the equipment for longer. Two inexpensive options are a jump rope and a step bench with risers and DVDs to lead you through a class.

  • Select strength training equipment. Dumbbells are relatively inexpensive, but are more expensive and require more space to store than resistance bands. With either, place a mirror so that you can check your form easily while using the equipment.

  • Purchase a stability ball. A stability ball costs is an expensive workout tool that is versatile and requires little space. It doubles as a bench to perform exercises like chest presses with your dumbbells. It also provides a tool to work out your abdominal muscles.

  • Purchase a mat if your home gym is in a room with a hard floor to protect your joints while you exercise.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't forget that there are plenty of exercises you can do without equipment, such as shadow boxing and pushups.
  • Check with your physician before beginning any exercise program.

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