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Time and money. I think you already know where I’m going with this, am I right? Time and money are the biggest excuses people have for why they don’t work out and/or eat right. And you may have gathered already if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time that busting those excuses is a bit of a hobby of mine. Today I’m going to bust your excuse about money. Specifically, I’m going to teach you how you can get buff at home with minimal to even NO money.

Right now you’re either thanking me or you’re cursing me because you know there’ll be no turning back after this and you won’t be able to use the excuse “But I can’t afford it” when it comes to getting fit ever again. I don’t care which one you do as long as you’re sweating while doing it!

Fitness facilities can provide a lot of amazing things: great equipment, trained staff, people to meet and motivate you, classes to keep you interested. They can also be expensive and although I am all over the idea that quality food and fitness items should be seen as investments and not expenses, you don’t actually NEED a fitness facility to work out. My preferred workout area? My own home! I’m a huge advocate for at-home gyms and although some people find that they simply can’t get motivated at home and HAVE to get to a gym, a lot of us can do just fine if we know how to utilize our space properly. You don’t even need to buy anything to work out at home but I’ll give you two options: no cost and low cost.

How To Create A No Cost At-Home Gym

  • All you need as far as equipment goes is yourself. You already know you don’t need a machine to get your cardio in but also don’t need equipment to strength train as well. Your own body weight is the most effective piece of equipment you need to strengthen and tone your body!
  • A plan. Even plans are free. If you like fitness DVDs, head to your local library! You can rotate each week so you don’t get bored and you have a trained professional telling you exactly what you need to do, just find the ones that don’t require any equipment and you’re good to go!
  • If you’re not into DVDs there are a whack load of places online you can turn to for free. Check out my blog on Free Online Exercises for a list of my favourites.
  • Another simple way of getting in an effective workout is to do a circuit interval. This means you’ll alternate from cardio to strength right away so that you always keep your heart rate up and burn calories while you’re doing so, a sample may look like this:
    • 1min jogging in place
    • 30sec squats
    • 1min jump rope (you don’t even need a rope, just mimic the movement)
    • 30sec push-ups
    • 1min high knees
    • 30sec plank
    • Repeat set 5 times
  • The trick here (as with any workout plan) is to vary things up to keep your body guessing. You may want to do your plan one day and then a DVD the next. Make your plan in advance and schedule it in so you won’t forget or make excuses!

How To Create A Low Cost At-Home Gym

  • As far as equipment goes, you don’t need much, I would suggest the following items:
    • A mat
    • A few sets of hand weights (3, 4, 5, 6 & 8lb would suffice) or a set of resistance bands (they’re very affordable)
    • A stability ball
    • A collection of workout DVDs (I suggest starting a sizeable collection so that you don’t get bored, fitness DVDs are quite inexpensive unless you buy programs. If you don’t want to invest until you know if you like them, go to the library and test drive them before you buy!).
  • Your plan can be the same as a no cost gym, you can either work with DVDs, online workouts plans or make your plan but this time you have a bit more variety due to the equipment. To get ideas you just need to do a Google search about which equipment you have and ideas on how to use them. Check out online fitness magazines as they tend to have a lot of ideas with all sorts of equipment.
  • I suggest having your equipment out in the open, not tucked away! Put them by the TV if you can so it triggers you to work out. When you hide them away you forget about them. Buy a nice basket at the dollar store for the smaller items and tuck your stability ball in the corner. I also have a CD case specific for my workout DVDs that I keep close at hand!
The last thing you need to do for either option is to have a place in which to work out. You really don’t need a lot of room to work out so take a tour around your house to find the best spot, even if that means moving the coffee table like I have to! If you live in a very small space, take your workout outdoors! Do it in the backyard but be judicious, don’t accept excuses from yourself and go work up a sweat!


Never let money become your excuse as to why you don’t do what you want to do, everything is figureoutable!

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  1. Kristen says:

    Way to go on banishing those excuses!!! :-)

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