Hello everyone and Happy New Year! This is when everyone heads to the gym and we all know that most people don’t make it past the first two weeks.
I used to have struggles getting to certain class times, like for spin classes that didn’t fit into my work schedule. They were either too early or too late, and didn’t allow me the luxury of being spontaneous or occasionally oversleeping.
I decided to create my own home gym, and at the time I was in a townhouse, so my gym was in my garage (it was an extended garage so it was pretty convenient.
Over time, I started to add pieces that were available for really great prices, and my home gym patiently grew. When I got married, I decided to take the gym inside and utilized that one room that everyone has that’s never being used and is a waste of space and furniture.
For less than $100 we were able to put shutter doors on it that we stained a really nice deep brown. One of our friends did some crown molding for us as a wedding gift as well.
Here are the things that I accumulated along the way!
I bought P90X, used version on ebay for half price. Same videos, no problems or scratches, and saved about $45 dollars doing that.
I did buy the bands for full price because you can get those online for about twenty dollars for the whole set. I also invested in a very affordable yoga matt and block.
Next, the gym that I was with at the time bought all new cutting edge spin bikes.
I asked them if I could buy one of the old ones, and at first they said no, due to potential liability if it went wrong. I then used my feminine wiles to throw a mini fit until they gave in.
Sometimes you do what you gotta do ladies, and now I have an awesome, professional spin bike. It occasional squeaks now, but I’ve had it 10 years and that’s nothing a little DW40 won’t take care of!
I love Facebook when it comes to equipment.
One of my friends sister had purchased a really nice Bowflex and Stairmaster and of course never used it. She sold both for only $700 and at the time I negotiated paying her $100/month for seven months so it was very convenient.
A couple of years later, a client posted on Facebook about a really high end treadmill that cost around $3000 and had only been used 2-3 times.
It had an incline and a ton of great features that I wanted, and I definitely did not want to pay that amount for it, so I offered to trade out on taxes for $1500 worth and they agreed!
You don’t know if you don’t ask right? Now my gym was almost complete.
At a garage sale I was able to get a rack with dumbells for an absolute steal!
One of the heavier dumbells was missing, but it wasn’t one that I used, because I am naturally strong and don’t want to lift to heavy and bulk up.
It was perfect for P90X workouts and other random exercises.
Awhile later my husband and I were at our friends house and happened to go into the garage and there was a huge machine – the kind that has no moving parts but you can do multiple exercises on it for pushups, dips, abs… She gave it to us for FREE just to get it out of the garage so she could park her car in there again. Score!!!
Now, here is my all time fav.
A friend of mine that I used to talk about infrared sauna’s with told me about a friend that was buying and new state of the art infrared sauna. Those are about $4000 and I was wanting one for a long time, and in fact used to pay to go to one frequently.
This infrared was very old, and very simple on the outside, but it was absolutely perfect. I got if for $500 cash! It’s amazing.
They don’t make things like they used to, so don’t be afraid of old equipment.
Now my gym is totally complete and looks like thousands of dollars for less than $1500 cash over several years. It’s easy to work out when you see the gym every day, even if you only work out for twenty minutes!
I even put a mirror on the wall so I feel like I’m at the gym. I can close the doors if we have people over or if I want privacy, and I have plenty of floor space to do something like yoga as well.
So start out with the space, even if it’s your garage, and start building. Look at Craigslist and Ebay, and watch out for social media posts. Be patient, negotiate, and you too will have your own home gym on a budget!