We all know for a fact that being a fitness buff isn’t exactly what you might call a cheap hobby. More than once, you’ve probably ended up spending ludicrous sums on fitness equipment which, by now, ended up collecting dust. Well, this will end here and now. In this article, we’re going to show how to make fitness equipment fit your budget, and, of course, how to choose it.
Can I Buy Home Fitness Equipment on a Budget?
The answer you were seeking is “yes, you can” but there are some things you should take into consideration, so you don’t make the same mistakes. First and foremost, you will need to think really hard about what kind of home training you’re into.
This is crucial. For instance, if you’re into running/jogging, it’s not really to a good idea to buy a treadmill when you have a whole city out there. Same thing goes for cycling — if cardio’s your thing, then you should definitely invest in a stationary bike, which is cheaper, than a regular bike.
The second thing you should take into account is that price range buying is a lot more pocket-friendly than impulse buying, not to mention that it’s marvelous hoarding restraint. One last thing before we show you how to shop for home fitness equipment on a budget — research.
If you’re going to choose the right home fitness equipment, you need to do a little research.
You should definitely read more about what types of home fitness gear are out there on the market and, of course, if they match your budget. Don’t forget to check specifications to make sure that you get the right equipment for your specific needs.
So, with these stuff in mind, let’s see what we can do about finding the ideal home fitness equipment without you spending a truckload of money. We have some pretty nifty gear, and, to make things easier, we’ll sort them by price range.
1. Jump rope
Yes, we know that the jump rope brings back a lot of school-related memories, but it’s the ideal fitness equipment if you’re on a budget.
You can probably buy one for ten bucks, even less, depending on the retail. Jump ropes are great for training those cores and leg muscles.
They’re also a cheaper alternative to cardio machines such as stationary bikes and treadmills. The beauty of it is that when you’re done exercising, you can simply pack it and put it away literally anywhere.
2. Yoga Mat
Yoga mats are great because they offer a base for physical exercises. You don’t necessarily have to practice yoga to have one at home.
They’re suitable for all kinds of exercises such as push-ups, bodyweight squats, roll-ups, planks or opposite arm and leg lifts. You can probably pick one up at your local sports store for $15 or less.
3. Ab Roller Wheel and Knee Pad
A simple axel-and-wheel home training device is great for working out your arms, abs, backs, and shoulders.
It even comes with its own rubber mat for extra knee support. You can probably buy the set for $17, depending on the retailer.
4. Gliding disks
Glide disks do wonders for your cores. More than that, they’re cheap, and they can fit into an apartment, no matter how crammed it is. This workout device cost around $10 and can be found in virtually any sports store.
Between $20 and $50
1. Multi-grip bar
If you want to stretch that budget out a bit, you could opt for a multi-grip bar. Ideal for pull-ups and/or chin-ups, this high-grade steel bar is the perfect choice for upper-body training. With a little L&R (luck and research) you can probably pick up the bar for $30 to $35.
2. Balancing Ball
Balancing balls have a great number of benefits. They’re great for people with back issues and, most importantly, they can work out every muscle group. You can probably buy one for $32.
3. Gymnastic Rings
This type of home fitness equipment can really improve your workout sessions, since they can train various muscle groups, depending on the type of exercise.
Gymnastic rings are not that expensive — they’re around $38 to $45. But there’s a catch; you will need to find a way to secure them into the ceiling, and that’s pretty tricky, especially if you live in a small apartment.
4. Aerobic step
Basically, it’s a height-adjustable platform which helps you to work out your lower-body muscles. It’s easy to store, and you can probably buy it for $25.
Between $50 and $100
1. Punching bag and gloves
There’s nothing more satisfying than beating the living daylights out of something after a hard day at the office.
And the punching bag and gloves set is the ideal choice.
Combining lower- and upper-body workouts, the punching bag is not only healthy for your body, but for your mind as well. A sturdy punching bag costs around $75.
2. Incline Bench
A classic gym equipment which allows you to train various muscle groups: abs, cores, arms, backs, and legs.
You can crank up your workout using stuff like dumbbell or kettlebells. You can pick one up for $70 or $85, depending on the retailer.
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3. Elliptical trainer
This is the home version of the elliptical trainer commonly found in the gym. Small in size, but equally efficient, this device will surely help you improve your stamina and work out your lower-body muscles. An elliptical trainer is around $90.
1. Power cage
The ultimate workout equipment for fitness buffs who don’t mind spending that extra buck. The set included an inclined bench and a cage for weightlifting workouts. You can probably find one at around $350,
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2. Power tower
Yes, there’s even the home version of the gym machine. The power tower’s very useful for pull-ups, chin-ups and will definitely work out your biceps, forearms, and laterals.
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As you can see, you don’t need to spend a lot of money just to stay in shape. There are always alternatives and, some of them, are better than the others. Figure out what you really want and start using the soul out of that fitness equipment.