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Home Gym on a Budget

You may remember Angelena Riggs, she’s a personal trainer with a passion for helping people change! She helped out with the tutorial for the 30 Day Arms Challenge. Now she’s ready to get Eat. Drink & be Skinny’s readers even farther out of their comfort zone by providing this two part series:

Building a Home Gym on a Budget

Thank you Angelena for your passion and commitment to helping us bust through barriers and eliminate excuses when it comes to finding fitness and all the beauty that comes with it!


Are you looking to excuse proof your workouts?

Then building a home gym is the best way to do it.  When I say building, I don’t mean adding another room to your house to “build” a gym, I mean shopping for some awesome  fitness items that you can keep in a spare room, your room, or anywhere that you can get a good workout in the space that you have.  If you wake up and see your equipment staring at you it will motivate you to get your butt out of bed to workout.  We are all pressed for time in the fast paced world and usually the first thing to get cut is the workout! Why?  Because we say, “I don’t have time for that today, I will get to the gym tomorrow, I PROMISE!”  How many times have you said that to yourself and before you know it a whole month has passed and you haven’t made time to workout?

Well, here is your answer…Build your home gym…on a budget!

I have put together a list of what I feel, being a personal trainer and a busy mom, are the best fitness tools to have at home so you can get your workout in and stop making excuses.

1. Dumbbells

These are a must have for any strength training session!  You can create this collection slowly, but the first two sizes to get are a 5 and 10.  You will want both, there will be some exercises that will target smaller muscle groups and you will want the lighter weight, conversely you will want the heavier weight for the larger muscle groups and to challenge your self.  Most sets will run you $10-15, you can find them sold together or separately. Hit up your local sporting goods store because shipping these can get pricey (unless you have Amazon Prime).

2. Stability Ball

Besides being fun to bounce on, this ball is great to build up your core stability.  It is such a versatile tool to have in your home gym, you can do crunches, use it against a wall for squats, or laying down for hamstring curls.  I have included a diagram to show you exactly how to pick the right size for you, this is awesome, because now you can pick the right size so you fit correctly while working out. Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 11.11.26 AM

Depending on the size expect to pay $20-35 for the ball.

3. Resistance Band Set

When it comes to adding variety to your workouts resistance bands are your best friends!  Plus if you have a vacation planned they fit great in your suitcase so you can get a quick workout in where ever you go!  They come in a variety of resistances and I usually like to have easy, medium and hard.  Every company color codes differently, so make sure to check out what the package says.  I have a set that has two handles and three bands that can be used separately or together to create multiple resistance combos.  These are great for bicep curls, tube walks, and shoulder presses.  A set like the one pictured below should cost around $30.

 4. Kettle Bells

I love kettle bells, so much so that I became a certified instructor.  They provide a functional workout which means you can do strength, cardio and flexibility movements that help with movement in your everyday life.  Not to mention you burn a ton of calories working with these babies!  There are a ton of exercises that can be done with these, and even the most seasoned athletes can benefit from adding kettle bells to their routine.  Kettle bells can be expensive so I would start with a 15 pound which will be about $20-30.  Also, make sure that you buy a kettle bell that is once piece. CAP is a great brand, these are more sturdy than some of the others and will last forever!

5. Bonus Item – Padded Exercise Mat

There are a few other items that you can add depending on the space you have available and the surface you are working on.  If your workout area will have hard floors, I would invest in a padded mat, these are not too costly around $15-20, but will be appreciated during floor work.

6. Bonus Item – Jump Rope

Love to jump?  Add a jump rope, this classic will help you to get your heart rate up during your workouts and burn some extra calories.  If you don’t have space indoor you can always head outside to get a few sets in, and at $10 or so its an easy addition.

7. Bonus Item – Step System

The last optional item is a step system, however if you have stairs in your house those will work fine for step ups.  If you are looking for more of a cross-fit jump type workout investing the $50-100 is worth it.  The step can also be used as a bench for chest presses, tricep dips and dumbbell rows.


Now go shopping!

I put a few links in here to get you started, buy you can hit up your local sporting goods store, Target or Walmart and get this budget friendly home gym set up in a matter of an hour for under $100! Next week I will share Angelena’s home workout to get you rocking and rolling in your new excuse-free workout zone! So stay tuned and let us know if you have any specific questions!


Angelena RiggsAngelena is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has been working in the industry for over 5 years.  Before becoming the Founder/Owner of On Fire Fitness Personal Training and running the On Fire Fitness Healthy Living blog, she worked at Lifetime Fitness.  When she is not working out or writing she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking and watching movies.  She aspires to help other reach their health and fitness goals while living a healthy lifestyle!

my blog is www.Onfirefitnesspt.blogspot.com I call it On Fire Fitness Healthy Living.

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