We are fortunate to be living in a big enough house that we can devote a room to it. But equally a garage or similar space could do.
I say it has been invaluble because of time constraints really, and having 2 kids to look after and busy lives!! :) And the accountability factor that I have absolutely no excuse that I can't make it to the gym...its right there!!!
Anyway, you might be thinking...ooh rich "Baxter" with his home gym...but the purpose of this post is to show you how we did it...and how little it cost us (when compared with gym memberships for 2 people).
Above is a rough panorama shot of our little home gym. Here's what you'll find!
- Cross Trainer
- Multi-Gym - weights machine
- Punch Bag
- Skipping Rope
Anyway, what may be surprising is all that only cost us a grand total of €534
Here's the breakdown of each item and where we got it!
- Treadmill - from Argos - €116
Great manual treadmill. Deceptive little rascal.. on incline constantly, not motorized so you keep it going.
- Cross Trainer - from Argos - €134.99
Great machine, good full body workout. Great to start out on, but would go for a better one next time as ours has gone kaput from overuse!!!
- Multi-Gym - weights machine - Ebay - now € 192
We paid €250 inc. delivery from UK but has come down in price since. Fantastic buy. Great range of resistance training available on it. Pain in the arse to assemble though! took me two evenings, a workout in itself.
- Stepper - LIDL - €27
Something we picked up one day shopping in Lidl. Comes with resistance straps, which personally make it more interesting to use. similar item can be got at Argos for €29
- Punch Bag - Argos - FREE! (we got as a gift) but normally €41.79
Sitting in gym at moment, not getting used yet. Have to get my hands on a hook to hang it up. But comes with gloves, easily assembled.
- Dumbells - Argos - €19
A great starter kit. 3 Sets of dumbells. I'm using these regularly at the moment to target shoulders and arms etc. bargain price really.
- Skipping Rope - Argos - €2.99
Again deceptive. Try keep going at this for 20mins. One good cardio workout.
Between all those items we have enough for a real good workout, and again it doesn't cost thousands upon thousands to do and less than many gym membership fees that people are paying.
Anyway as I say, if you can find the space, I'd reccommend it!
Take it easy!