How to Buy an Effective Yet Inexpensive Home Gym

by Theresa on May 2, 2009 · 0 comments

Inexpensive home gyms can be more effective than some infomercial fitness products. You don't need any fancy equipment or a full set of weights. If you want to save time and money on a home gym, fitness expert and personal trainer Laura McDonald shows us how. In this video, she heads over to Target and buys everything she needs for a [tags]inexpensive-home-gym[/tags]grand total of $100! That's less a full year's membership at a gym! This home gym doesn't focus on the cardio aspect. It's obviously more for firming up.

Inexpensive Home Gym

The home gym includes the following....

Total Body Toning Kit which includes an

  • Exercise ball
  • Toning ring
  • 2lb soft weights

She also bought...

  • 5lb weights - For medium level resistance exercises
  • Jump rope for cardio
  • Exercise mat for yoga stretching and ab work
  • 6lb medicine ball - Used for coordination and working your waist
  • Resistance bands - Good for stretching and also increase amount of weight your using for resistance exercises.

Great Exercises You Can Do With Your New Home Gym

You can mix and match any of these exercises and change the resistance according to your fitness goals. I like Laura's style. Simple, direct and to the point...exactly like her exercises. They offer you the best workout in the least amount of time.

Laura's friend Ruth demonstrates the moves...

  • Five minute warm up using the large exercise ball. You can also use the jump rope.
  • Stationary lunges with the 2lb weights. Then Ruth adds lateral arm raises with each lunge.
  • Bicep curls with either of the following: 2lb, 5lb weights or resistance tubing.
  • Overhead tricep extension with the medicine ball.
  • Use the 5lb weights for tricep kick backs.
  • Squat with exercise ball against the wall. Add overhead press with the 5lb weights.
  • On the floor with mat, lie back on exercise ball and do chest presses with the 5lb weights.
  • You can do ab work on lying back on the exercise ball. Do 10 sets of 10. A great ab workout!
  • Hamstring pull in with legs on exercise ball. Bring tail bone up from the mat. Start off with 3 or 4 of these.
  • Cool down stretch with the Pilates ring.

The large fitness ball that Laura uses is perfectly fine for abdominal work. Although, if you're interested in using a smaller ball for your abdominal work, here's a stability ball specifically for that purpose. It's called Bender Ball. There's actually less expensive alternatives.

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