Achieve Total Fitness At Home With These Cheap Fitness Equipment Favorites

You Can Get A Great Workout At Home.

There’s no need to shell out between $500 and $800 per year for a gym membership (that’s the average cost in 2010, though people in big cities will tell you they pay a lot more) plus more on top of that for a personal trainer. Just turn your place into a perfectly private workout space. Sure, there aren’t any expensive machines, but there’s also no waiting in line and no wiping off other people’s sweat.

There's No Place Like Home

But you might be wondering—can a woman really get a full workout at home? “That’s how I do it,” says Mandy Ingber, a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor who coaches fitness-inspiring figures as Jennifer Aniston. Ingber's advice: Make the room or corner where you’ll work out as distraction-free as possible. You might even want to add candles or fresh flowers, and anything else to entice you into the area. Her one caveat: “Without a trainer there, you are going to have to pay a little more attention to how the alignment of your body feels, or looks (if you have a mirror).”

Freebies Are Everywhere

The recommended activity guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine don’t call for a rowing machine anyway, just some form of cardio and strength training. Debi Pillarella, an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, does suggest one particular piece of equipment, though: a notebook, so you can keep a log of your workouts and your measurable results so you’ll be less likely to cheat. That, and a DVD player. For guidance, remember to load up your Netflix Instant queue with workout shows and check out the hundreds of free videos on ExerciseTV. You’ll save cash and still lose inches. So go ahead—get sweaty.

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  • Jojo

    Such a helpful piece! thanks, LV!!

  • Guest

    These kind of look like torture devices

    • Savvy

      That’s because they are LOL

  • Anna

    Just food for thought, not an instructor myself, but doing yoga without a guide can cause problems. You may thinking you are aligned right but actually you are doing damage that you may not feel right away. Yoga is great, I love my studio. As a poor grad student I opted for buying group passes and finding a studio that caters to people of all types. I also do yoga work at home intermittently, but I feel better about it because I have been corrected. 

  • gues

    So many places on the internet that talk about fitness need to be updated to reflect the fact that netflix took their exercise DVDS- all of them- off streaming a long time ago.