Budget Friendly Home Gym

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One of the biggest excuses that I get from people who want to get into working out is the cost. They either don’t want to pay for a gym membership or think that having a home gym is too expensive. WRONG. A gym membership is expensive but working out at home is more convenient, cheaper, and no pressure/intimidation. Here I am going to bust the budget conundrum of working out.  

Most of the Beachbody programs require little to no home equipment to get an amazing workout in and get amazing results. However, there are a few that require some weights etc., such as P90X programs, 21 day fix and Body Beast. So, how do you build your home gym/supply the equipment that you need for these workouts without breaking the bank? Basically, in this post I’m going to go over how I have built my Budget Friendly Home Gym!

My first and favorite equipment that I absolutely love and recommend to everyone is to get a good set of high quality resistance bands. Beachbody   has a great set and I love them. The great thing about bands is the wide range of resistance that they provide and also the portability. I love being able to toss my {small} bag of resistance bands into my travel bag and take them anywhere. It means I can get a great strength training workout in wherever I go no matter what! There are different set options for you to get depending on the amount of resistance you need. Or you can get the ultimate kit that has 10 bands with 5-50 pounds of resistance. So, For $40-120 you can have a set of bands that covers all of your strength training needs. These are all anyone truly needs, honestly. I can even do Body Beast with bands instead of weights. Which is awesome!

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Now you might be wanting to progress from bands to weights or you might not like the idea of bands. Hey, that’s fine, to each their own. I feel like there isn’t as much value in weights as the bands so to do a budget friendly home gym bands are the way to go. BUT , if you are like me and absolutely love dumbbells (I truly do) then what I recommend is shopping around for the right price. In my area, Academy Outdoor and Sports has the best price per pound for dumbbells so that is where I am getting all of mine from. Keeping the budget friendly home gym aspect in mind. I don’t recommend going out and buying a full set of dumbbells all at once. A) you don’t get them at a better price per pound doing this so it isn’t worth it and B) you don’t need all of those weights all at once. What I have been doing is I started with buy a pair of 5lb and 8lb dumbbells. After I started to outgrow those I bought a pair of 10lbs. Buy your dumbbells as you need them and grow in strength. Simple as that, no need to go out and spend $200+ all at once for a set when you don’t need them all right now. You will end up spending that much in the end but you will spread it out over a year or two more than likely.

Here is what mine currently looks like:

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Keep in mind I have been building mine up for about 2 years now so I didn’t buy this all at once. Also the orange things are my dad’s home creation of a Lebert Equilizer! He is pretty awesome. He also made me my pull up bar that is not pictured as well.

I also have a t-grip bar that I got for my birthday last year. I use this instead of the ez-curl bar. I love it’s versatility. However, it is a little more pricey than the EZ curl bar that Beachbody has. Or click HERE to get your own t-grip barbell!

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Additionally to the t-grip bar, weights, homemade equilizer, an resistance bands I have a stability ball which is irreplaceable! They are really inexpensive at Walmart or target….like under $10.

Must Haves:

1. stability ball

2. resistance bands

3. a few dumbbells

that’s it. Nothing fancy. Not a whole dumbbell set. Just a few things that you can probably spend less than $100 on to get you started. That would be less than 2 months of a gym membership. Add in a little beachbody on demand and you are ready to go!

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