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Looking to build an at-home gym on a budget?
I have been there before.
I used to love going to the gym daily. But, once I had my daughter it became almost impossible to continue that routine.
Between the time it took me to get ready, drive there, warm-up, work out, cool down, get ready to leave, + drive home… way too much time.
It was making me anxious + unhappy + I realized I needed to create a similar environment at home where I could get the same results.
I just didn’t have that much money to work with.
But, I have created a cute little nook in my basement + an area in my living room to make it work! Honestly, I don’t know if I will ever go back to the gym regularly again.
Now, I am addicted to waking up early before work + having my own time at home to work out in peace without other people around me [or caring what I look like!].
Want to know what I purchased when building my at-home gym on a budget? Scroll to see.
HOW TO KNOW WHAT YOU NEED WHEN BUILDING AN AT HOME GYM
Ok, so before I dive into each type of product I have purchased for my at-home gym, let me just explain how my workout setting looks like at home. I have 2 places where I work out:
1. My living room: I follow videos on my TV + sometimes even weight lift there while watching TV.
2. My basement: I walk on the treadmill down there + have the option to work out with a workout bench.
You can create your at-home gym setup however you see fit! My way works for me. But, we all have our own unique goals + layout of our living space.
For you? Maybe you want to just work out in your garage, a spare bedroom, or your back porch!
Note: I love to workout using videos that infuse lightweights as well as lifting heavy on my own with walking as cardio. That’s how I built my budget gym. Asses what your goals are + what items below you would need.
GYM PUZZLE FLOORING
Having gym-like workout flooring for your at-home gym is great if you’re lifting + accidentally drop a weight because it won’t damage your flooring. But, it’s also important for comfort, safety, + support if you’re laying on the floor or on your knees for an exercise. I chose gray because it matched my basement decor!
This is a must if you lift weights + want to have a range of motion for how you position your body for various exercises. You can do most bench workout moves by laying on your back. So, you can skip this if you don’t have the room or want to save a little. But, these are cheap ones with great reviews!
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I have 2 mats for my at-home gym: a thick workout mat that I use for weight lifting + a yoga mat for yoga/pilates. Since I weight lift the most the workout mat is the one I use the most [4/5 workouts a week!]. For me? It’s hands down a must-have + such a great price.
You don’t need to spend a ton of money on lots of weights for your at-home gym! Just get the ones you absolutely need to start with + build your collection over time as you get stronger + shift your goals. For 6 months I just used a 3lb pair, 5lb pair, 10lb pair, + the adjustable set below that went up to 20lb. All I needed! Over time I have added more weights in between.
If you’re interested in working on your ab game at all, this gadget is gold. The best part is that anyone can use it, no matter what level you are at ab-wise. It also works great on any surface level in your house — carpet, hardwood, tile, workout flooring, etc.
If you’re into yoga these blocks are great to help steady you + support you as you gradually work on your flexibility while practicing yoga. It helps me modify intermediate/advanced moves I am not yet balanced/flexible enough to complete by myself.
NON-SLIP LEG/BOOTY BANDS
The key is finding leg/booty bands that don’t slip! These are the ones I have + they don’t slip at all. I have bought the thinner ones in the past + they just don’t work. You need ones with thick fabric like these! Bonus? They’re not expensive + all + really help give you a good burn as you work out.
Ok, I need to invest in bands like these. To be honest? I saved some money by cutting my crappy thin leg/booty bands that always rolled up my legs + use them as resistance bands. They work for anything with my upper body! But, having simple, cheap ones like these are a great option.
I know… I know. Treadmills are a pricey item. Yes! But, this is the exact one I got + it is such a freakin reasonable price. If you love to walk or run for cardio + need to do it from the comfort of your home while the baby is sleeping or it’s cold/hot out… you really should invest in this thing. I LOVE it + it’s worth more than I paid for it for sure. So, if you want a treadmill + are on a budget, this one is the one to get.
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