Workout Routines, Plans, Videos, Equipment, Clothes & Accessories For Under $50!
Getting into a workout routine can be expensive ya'll!
We feel pressured to stay in shape when we go off to college. Most of the time, we don't have our own homes, we rent tiny apartments and so we must pay for the price of gym memberships.
Then, life always has a way of pressuring us to stay fit. We may work full-time, go to school or have side hustles (blog!). After the birth of kids, there is an immense pressure to get back in shape to our pre-pregnancy figures. Arrgh! Our time is limited. And a steady workout routine at a gym is not always feasible.
However, there are ways to start building fitness into your home, in limited space, on a tiny budget.
Ready to get started?!
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Basic Equipment Essentials To Start Your Own Home GYM For Under $50
Early in my husband and I's marriage, we had gym memberships. It was fun. Something to do together as a couple. We had a tiny apartment and A LOT of debt. But, we made fitness a priority.
We kept an eye out for weights or fitness equipment that was being given away. This helped build up a nice stash of free weights in our home.
Eventually, we purchased our own home, and decided to use the money being spent monthly on gym memberships, to invest in our own home fitness needs that would satisfy our workout routines.
First, we prioritized the list of equipment and fitness accessories we wanted. Needless to say, it was easy to shop for each other's birthday present! It also served as a great list to give to family members who wanted ideas for things to buy us for Christmas.
Initially, we set a $50 limit/month on the basic fitness essentials for our in-home gym. It was exciting to buy something new each month, then work it into our workout routine. Things were definitely challenging in the beginning when we didn't have much. But we made it work and are really happy with the stash of equipment we built up.
7 Essential Pieces Of Equipment To Start Your Own Home Gym:
- Resistance Bands
- Yoga Mat
- Ab Roller
- Jump Rope
- Medicine Balls
- Stability Ball
Simple, fast and effective
Ideal for resistance training
Lightweight, thick & non-slip texture
AB Roller Wheel
Tones & strengthens abs, shoulders & arms
Great for warm-ups and cardio exercise
Develop core strength, balance & coordination
Muscle building, lower body gains, core & flexibility
Online Training Videos And Workout DVDs That Work!
I am just going to lay this right here...I had a huge collection of workout DVDs in the past! Anytime there was an infomercial on TV, I felt compelled to buy the DVD set or request it as my next birthday or Christmas present.
Workout DVDs for me though are a great way to stay motivated, learn different routines and get a good cardio workout in. They were a nice alternative to walking or running on a treadmill. And served a much needed purpose: avoid going outside in the winter.
P90X and RIPT90FIT
My favorite series of workout DVDs of course were the P90X. These helped me get in great shape for running half marathons. The best workout one of this series in my opinion was the yoga. It was crazy long (like an hour and a half). But, I felt amazing after I made it through the full routine. Sometimes I would only do about 45 minutes, using that as my warm-up to do strength or other cardio training.
Before I did P90X yoga, I would get stress fractures and have IT band issues from running. I eventually learned my body actually needed more strength, stretching and muscle building in order to carry me longer distances. When I faithfully did P90X and the yoga DVD about 3 times a week, it resolved my IT band issues and I haven't had a stress fracture since.
I still say Tony Horton's motto to this day, "Do your best and forget the rest." Which helps me get through the workouts if my body and mind is not feeling it.
The entire set is still on the more spendy side. But, I requested it as birthday/Christmas presents. As well as swore, "I won't buy another workout DVD the rest of the year!"
A cheaper alternative some of my friends have enjoyed is the RIPT90 14-DVD workout routine set. These videos are targeted for a specific group of muscles and also include stretching videos. My friends like them because they are high intense and only about 21-42 minutes long. Bonus: the whole set is under $50!
RUSHFIT and BODYSHRED
RUSHFIT may have been the only workout routine my husband bought as a DVD set. We were huge fans of MMA (mixed martial arts) back in the day. When one of our favorite ultimate fighters, Gearges St-Pierre, came out with a workout routine DVD set we had to invest in it.
I'm going to be honest, the first time I did one of the videos I threw up. It was too high intensity for me! I was not used to switching from cardio, to weights so much. However, being pushed that far, in my own home, was kind of inspiring. I didn't think I had it in me!
There were lots of videos that I could not do. Remember, these are MMA-style conditioning workouts! However, my husband, who was a former boxer in college, loved them as he was more familiar with the techniques and appreciated the challenge. I ended up mainly putting 2 of the DVDs into my workout routine.
Similar to P90X, RUSHFIT was on the spendier side. A cheaper alternative, that I liked because I am more pro cardio, was BODYSHRED by Jillian Michaels which is under $50. These are intense 30-minute videos and cover a different core muscle group each day. Jillian does coach on alternative, less impactful movements. Which, I find very helpful for those who have injuries or are just starting an workout routine!
12 intense, full-body workout routines
14 workout DVDs for resistance interval and plyometric training
Fast, efficient workout routines
Holistic resistance & endurance based workouts
Completely FREE Workout Routines & Plans With ZERO Equipment
Are workout DVDs becoming obsolete? We used to receive Netflix DVDs in the mail, now we stream it all. Previously, I liked workout DVDs for traveling. I would bring my little set, pop one in my laptop and get my workout routine on in the hotel room. For some things, I still prefer DVDs.
However, one can become extremely fit with ZERO equipment for FREE. Thanks to the internet and YouTube, we can find something for any type of workout routine! A big trend out there right now is using your own bodyweight as resistance. Yes, I'm talking yoga, pilates and all those other types of plyometric moves.
Google anything you want to do, and it'll be right there for you in one click! Such as I wanted to find basic, core moves with zero equipment. This article from Buzzfeed has great pictures to show you the proper forms of 12 exercise moves that are essential for anyone who wants to be able to do a workout anywhere and anytime.
If you have a Pinterest account, you pin all the moves to a personal fitness board. Boom - easy to pull up on your phone in your Pinterest account and do anywhere without even googling.
Don't forget about YouTube. There's a ton of fitness trainers with their own channels and workout routines all ready for YOU! Such as Fitness Blender has over 5 million subscribers and receives awesome reviews for their cardio and strength training videos:
Reap The Benefits Of Work Wellness Programs
Most employers offer wellness programs or fitness membership discounts. Employees are valuable assets! And exercise is a great way to reduce stress and start living a healthier lifestyle which. A healthy employee also means less sick days that may need to be taken at your workplace.
The type of discounts and benefits offered will vary greatly from employer to employer. I know businesses that pay up to 50% of your gym membership. As well as there are companies like Microsoft that pay for full gym memberships. Even working for places like Whole Foods offers amazing employee discounts on food and has other great benefits packages as described in The 44 Healthiest Companies to Work for in America.
If you are seeking new employment, be sure to ask about their Wellness benefits, especially if it is important to you. The savings can add up! Sometimes employers have incentive programs like Wellness Bucks that you can use to purchase fitness trackers, workout equipment and apparel. Companies might want you to sport their logo on your T-shirt when you workout at the gym and would pay for it!
9 Fitness Clothing And Accessory Ideas For Under $50
If you have built up the equipment in your home to accomplish a workout routine to satisfy your needs, then you can think about purchasing additional accessories if you can work it into your budget.
2. Primo Chalk
Just as you see gymnasts chalk up their hands before hitting the balance beams, primo chalk is great for weight lifters and those who want to protect their hands and firm up their grip with pull-ups.
3. Good Socks
Annually, I look forward to receiving new socks in my stocking at Christmas. I'm very particular about the kind of sock I use in my workout routine. I don't like no-show nor too high. I've been wearing low ankle, plain, black Nike socks for years! The toe fuzz is a little aggressive when they are new but it gets less after a few washes.
4. Loose or Moisture-Wicking Tanks & T-Shirts
I am not a fan of compression tanks or anything clinging to my body when I am working out. I prefer a good sports bra and a loose-fitting tank or T-Shirt! Under Armour is great for a moisture-wicking material in my opinion.
Water-resistant cell phone case
Wireless and anti-sweat
5. Cell Phone Accessories
If you have an expensive smartphone, such as an iPhone, you not only want to use it during your workout routine, but you will want to protect it with a case as well! Regular earbuds never stayed in my ears and they were always falling out. However, the new shape of the in-ear earbuds has been working out really well and do not fall out when I'm on the treadmill.
Fits phone, personal items & water bottles
For waist and ankles/wrists
6. Hydration Belt and Reflective Gear
When I got my first hydration belt back in the day, it was before big iPhones! Naturally, the little pocket that came with my hydration belt barely fit a tissue and a spare key to my house. Hydration belts have come along way to accommodate runners, hikers and walkers!
I also used to walk my dog in the early morning hours before sunrise. I highly recommend reflective material as street lights can't offer the visibility as reflective clothing can.
Relieves muscle tension & increases muscle reflexology
Inactivates muscle knots, warms muscles & increases circulation
7. Foam Roller & Massage Stick
Have IT band issues or other muscle aches and pains? Then you need a foam roller and massage stick. Not going to lie, it was super painful to rub my IT bands out when I first got these. But, it eventually worked well enough to the point it wasn't painful anymore. And I started seeing improvements with my muscle pains. The foam roller is also great for massaging my back when I roll on top of it if you have no one else around (or willing!) to work out the knots in your back.
8. Blender Bottles
After a workout routine, it's important to refuel within the next half an hour. Blender bottles make a nice to-go option for bringing your drink with you to consume. Or, having a quick option after your workout.
9. Footwear Traction
If you live in an area that receives lovely snow and ice in the winter time, you know the frustration of shoes on slippery surfaces. I was grateful to be gifted a pair of Nanospikes during one of my pregnancies to avoid slipping in icy parking lots. After first wearing them, I wondered where these have been my whole life! They can be used with running, walking and any outdoor activity where you need better traction.
Summary And Final Thoughts On Frugal Ways To Get Fit For Under $50
- Build fitness into your home by prioritizing a list of basic workout equipment to purchase within your monthly budget.
- Essential pieces of equipment to start your own home gym: Resistance Bands, Dumbbells, Yoga Mat, Ab Roller, Jump Rope, Medicine Balls and Stability Ball
- Check out online training videos and workout DVDs such as RIPT90 and BODYSHRED.
- Look into completely FREE workout routines & plans on YouTube, Google and Pinterest.
- Reap the benefits of Work Wellness programs if they are offered by your employer.
- After you have built up your in-home gym, check out other fitness accessories for under $50 such as a foam roller and in-ear earbuds for your smartphone.
Have you started an in-home gym to get in your workout routine? What's in yours or has been working for you?