In the wake of the global pandemic, people have been forced to forego leaving their homes. For some, our daily routines changed little, but for others, not being able to go to restaurants, theaters, stores, or the gym was a major life change.
In response, one could learn to cook and entertain oneself instead of dining out and shopping, but what about the gym? Consider creating one at home. It can be done, and on any budget.
Budget: $50 or less
A home gym doesn’t have to be full of expensive equipment for you to feel the burn. A set of resistance bands is plenty to get started.
This set of 5 resistance bands come with handles, ankle straps, door anchor, and waterproof carry bag. Resistance weight ranges from 15 to 35 lbs, with each band a different color for easy identification. Bands can be stacked for a total resistance weight of 125 lbs.
Priced at $15.99 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Each of the latex bands in this 5-pack measures 12″ x 2″, but vary in resistance, ranging from extra light to extra heavy, so beginners and advanced exercisers can use them.
Portable, lightweight and versatile, these are easy to bust out in front of the television or take with you on vacation to sneak in a quick workout.
Priced at $6.99 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Beef up your training with this 6-in1 kit that includes a 3.2” wide ab wheel made of stainless steel, non-slip TPR and PVC that makes it strong, safe, durable and quiet. It’s capable of holding up to 600 lbs.
Kit also comes with two resistance bands, a knee pad, and Push Up Bars Handles Grips.
This kit helps target abs, hip flexors, shoulders, and back.
Priced from $26.98 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Budget: $250 or less
You don’t want to break the bank, but you’d like your home gym to look and feel a bit more well-rounded and complete.
With its curved track, separated sliders, 4 different training and resistance levels, this machine takes ab day to new levels while the smart LCD training monitor shows calories burnt, workout time and repetitions.
Comprised of a heavy-duty steel frame, high-quality knee cushion and foam-covered hand grips, you’re guaranteed high durability and a comfortable workout. It can safely hold up to 440 lbs.
It assembles in under five minutes, and can be folded for easy storage.
Priced from $159.99 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Quiet, smooth and compact, this rowing machine offers 12 resistance levels, adjustable pedal straps, stabilizers, and a digital monitor that tracks your time, stroke count, count total, calories, and scan function.
Enjoy a comfortable row with the pivoting foot pedals, foam handlebars, and cushioned seat.
Priced from $84.99 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Budget: $500 or less
The price tag may go up, but the space required for working out won’t. These options will work your body top to bottom all from one machine.
With this home gym, what body part won’t you work? Offering a 112 lb. weight stack and up to 280 lbs. resistance, tone from your head to your toes with the combination chest press/fly station, 4-roll leg developer, multi-grip lat bar and the high and low pulleys.
Comes with an exercise chart created by a certified personal trainer, 300 lb. User weight Capacity, and 90-Day Warranty.
Priced from $372.50 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Tone, strengthen, and conditions the whole body with the Total Gym. It offers 8 levels of resistance and 70+ exercises that permit low-impact, fluid movements for effortless transition from one exercise to the next. It’s ideal for all ages, height adjustable, foldable for easy storage, and supports weight up to 300 lbs.
The Total Gym comes with the wing attachment, squat stand, leg pull accessory, dip bars, exercise flip chart, Total Gym TV access, exercise & nutrition guides, owner’s manual, DVD and 1-yr. warranty.
Priced from $399.00 at Amazon (as of Oct. 2020).
Regardless of your wallet size, the most important part of building a home gym is to fill it with equipment you’ll actually use. You want to feel the burn, not have your purchase burn a hole in your pocket. Remember, you can always start small and build your way up from there.