Setting Up a Home Gym: Budget-Friendly Ways to Get Back in Shape

by Ben SanfordApril 14, 2016

Getting the Workout You Need Without Breaking the Bank

There’s a very good reason why the best time of year to score used home workout equipment is in February and March. The amount of folks who were either gifted a home gym over the holidays or  purchased one for themselves, only to succumb to discouragement a couple of months later, is depressing. For many, summoning the discipline to workout consistently at home is tricky. For this reason and others, it may be prudent for those interested in building a home gym to start off small rather than investing in expensive equipment that may end up collecting dust or coats prior to making an appearance on Craigslist or eBay.
Top view portrait of a young woman doing yoga exercises on yoga mat at gym
There are some who would argue that investing in expensive equipment will act as a motivator to use that equipment–if only the reality matched their hopes! Here are a few cheap and easy ways to get into shape at home without breaking the bank.

Creating Dedicated Space

Chances are good that if you’re contemplating a home gym, you’ve already got space that you can dedicate to it. The ideal scenario is to have a space set up that is specifically for working out (at least most of the time). This will help your mind and body be prepared to take workout time seriously when you step into your workout space. This may also help with distractions like children, the spouse, etc. that can pull you out of your workout midway through.

Non-Workout Equipment

As important as the actual workout equipment is, there are a few pieces of non-workout equipment that are also important. A loud stereo or good headphones can help cut down on distractions while providing you with encouragement in the form of highly energetic music. Some experts even recommend making sure that you can watch yourself working out in a full-length mirror, which they suggest can help you stay motivated.

Workout Equipment

Yes, you could spend your entire savings on a multi-station home gym as well as an elliptical trainer and a treadmill. But, if you’re trying to get the greatest return on the smallest investment, you should be able to get by with far less equipment.
Home Gym on a budget
The basics are a yoga mat for stretching and core workouts (or yoga, or pilates – if you are going to install a TV/DVD combo as well in order to watch instructional videos), a set of adjustable dumbbells for strength training, and a jump rope for cardio. With just these simple tools, you essentially have everything you need to get (and stay) in shape on your own. And you won’t break the bank doing it, either.

You Can Always Add More

Keep in mind that if, after establishing and maintaining a workout routine, you feel like not having a specific piece of equipment is holding you back–you can always add it to the mix. Starting off small will help to keep your budget in line with your actual practice. If you find that you need to get out of the house in order to get motivated, then at least you’ve only invested the bare minimum in equipment (some of which can come to the gym with you). Good luck with your fitness goals, we know you can do it!


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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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