Do you ever sometimes dream of having your own home gym but don’t think you have room—in your home or even your bank account? Think again! Here, is our step-by-step guide to building the perfect cheap home gym setup for any space on any budget.
Step 1: Find a space in your home that you can dedicate to your workouts.
First, you need to decide where you want to set up your home gym. The spare bedroom, office, or even a back porch or patio, are all great spaces for exercise. And if you don’t have a spare room, a small area in your home (like the living room) that can double as your workout space will do.
Step 2: Stock your home gym. On the cheap!
You don’t need a ton of equipment or bulky machines to make your home gym an effective place to exercise. In fact, some of the best home workout equipment is actually quite small and inexpensive.
Make sure you have the easy necessities too, like foam rollers, because they’re so versatile–you can use them for ‘kneading’ out muscles, core strengthening, or as a prop for yoga poses ($7.99, Amazon.com). And you can skip buying a bulky treadmill for cardio if you don’t have the room, easily stored jump ropes are perfect for quick cardio. And no need for a bunch of weights or cable machines for strength training, invest instead in one set of dumbbells that you can adjust in weight ($69.77, Amazon.com) or if you have the budget, get the Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells.
You don’t have to buy everything all at once. Start with a few key pieces and then gradually build up from there. Save even more money by putting some items on your wish list for upcoming holidays or your birthday, shop at used sports stores or garage sales, or swap out with friends to rotate your equipment for free.
Step 3: Organize your home gym.
Once you’ve got all your equipment, you’ll need to store it in between workouts, especially if you’re using a shared space (such as the living room). If possible, dedicate a few shelves or bins to organizing everything you need for your workouts.
Step 4: Use your home gym!
Now that you’re all set up, be sure to put your home gym to good use! Invite a workout buddy over to train with you, or ask your partner to sweat it out by your side. Just like a real gym, it won’t do you any good if you don’t regularly visit it.