How To Build a Complete Gym in Your Home and Afford It

Apr 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm |

How to Build a Home Gym Cheaply

Yes, you ready that title correctly…I’m not only going to help you build a home gym, but I’m going to show you how to do it for cheap!

Let’s face it as much as I love a good gym workout sometimes there just isn’t time to pack a bag, get in the car, drive there, figure out what machines to use, shower, change clothes, and get back home (Whew! that was a workout just writing that sentence!).

Plus, most gyms are expensive and require you to make at least a year commitment. Even if you do decide to keep your gym membership, just by adding these few key pieces of equipment you now have added another workout option to your wellness arsenal.

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I can honestly say I personally own all three of these items and I use them often in my tiny TINY NYC apartment. So, I’m confident they will fit anywhere!

Ok, so now what if I told you that you could get a well rounded full body workout in the comfort of your own home for under $50! You interested?!? I thought you would be!

Start Jumping

speed rope

The first thing you are going to need is a speed rope (aka a jump rope that has thin rope). I know most of us haven’t picked up a jump rope since grade school, but trust me it’s just like riding a bike and in no time you will be skipping rope like a champ.

You will be using this jump rope for the majority of the cardio portion of your workouts. You will be amazed at how many calories you will burn just doing a simple workout of 4 minutes of jumping rope with 1 minute rest.

Repeat that 6 times and there you have your 30 minutes of HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training).

jump rope

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The options and combinations you will find just using the jump rope are endless! Soon you will be reaching for that rope often and creating your own combinations and trying to beat your time. So. Much. Fun!

Not Just for Your Circus Routine

stability ball

Ok, so we have our cardio portion carved out. Next you are going to need to invest in a stability ball. You know the ones that hang out in the stretching area of the gym that look like they belong in the circus? Yep, you are going to get one of those.

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Most people look at the stability ball and only see a tool for crunches, which, I will admit they are GREAT for abdominal work. The thing is they are so versatile and can be used for anything from a weight bench to one of the best body met-con tools available.

For example, let’s say you want to workout those glutes (you know your rumpshaker), start with a traditional forward lunge and instead of keeping your hands by your side you pick up that stability ball and hold it in your hands parallel to the floor. Every time you lunge to the floor you raise the ball over your head followed by returning it in front of your body parallel to the floor as you return to a standing position. Continue this pattern 25x on each leg raising and lowering the ball as explained above and HELLO skinny jeans!


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Gaining Weights to Lose Weight


Your third and final purchase will probably seem obvious, but that doesn’t make them any less effective. I’m talking about a set of either 3 pound or 5 pound hand weights or dumbbells. I know what you are thinking: ‘Really, Olivia only 3 or 5 pounds?’ Trust me one of the most valuable things I learned at The Biggest Loser was that it’s usually not about how heavy the weight is, but about how many times you lift them. Repetition is going to be your BFF when using these weights. The options are limitless for arms, back, abs, & legs.

Remember that stability ball we just talked about? This is where you combine it with these weights. Lay on your back on the ball at an angle with one weight in each hand. Bring the weights up chest-height with the arms fully extended. Inhale, and on the exhale separate the arms and bend them by your side to a 90 degree angle. Take another breath in and exhale pushing the weights back to the starting position. Now you have completed one chest fly press. Repeat this 25 times keeping a consistent tempo and you have a recipe for a strong & lean upper body.

How To Build a Complete Gym in Your Home Cheap

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See, I told you with just three small purchases you have options galore to not only get in a great workout, but customize it to your environment.

Like I said before, the best part is all of this can be stored in a small space and is easy on the wallet! Let Hannah and I know here on Living After Loser if you would like to see some in depth workouts using these awesome at home tools! What are you waiting for Summer is just around the corner let’s start sweating!

Stay Happy and Healthy!!

Olivia xo

Get yourself a home gym on the cheap and watch the pounds slip away.