Building a Home Gym on the Cheap


If you're like me, then you're stuck behind a desk for the majority of your day but still want to be in shape, and with fall right around the corner, you're options are becoming limited. One common thing a lot of people do is start a gym membership, but those cost money and you need to factor in travel time. For me, the decision on fitness was simple... I spend eight and a half hours at work every day that starts and ends with a forty minute drive, adding the extra commute time just wasn't in the cards for me. Instead I started working on my own home gym.

On average, most gym memberships cost around $20 a month. They have a lot of great equipment, it's hard to argue against that, but if you're going to build your own home gym instead, you now have a minimum budget of $240 that you can spend guilt free, and if you have anyone else living with you that'd be doing the same gym membership, you can now double that number.

A lot of people get scared off by the price of exercise equipment, and that's because it's easy to spend outragous amounts, but you can do it on the cheap. I recommend starting off light, which is what you'd likely do at a gym anyways. Get a jump rope, some resistence bands, and some free weights. A nice jump rope will still cost you under $10 and free weights typically cost just under a dollar a pound. Next check Craig's list for a weight machine, tread mill or even a exercise bike. You can likely find one of each of those for under $100 each. And this will start you off on your home gym.

After living in my house for the last three years, I have a decent set of weights, a tread mill, weight machine, exercise bike, and my favorite, the punching bag and a whole assortment of boxing gear. It makes it easy to always keep the work outs fresh and there's always still room for sit ups, push ups, and crunches. The best part about this is, there's no monthly fees, and I'm able to workout whenever I want. If I have a free hour at night before bed, or if I feel a push in the afternoon, it's always just a few steps away.

70lb everlast punching bag16oz boxing gloves and training gloves for when I have got companyMy assortment of boxing gearMy workout machine - complete with a number of weight optionsSet of free weights