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Set Up a Cheap Home Gym to Save Money

written by: Melinda F. • edited by: KJ Fitness,Ink • updated: 6/29/2011

Saving money is always in everyone's best interest and it's no different when it comes to fitness. People aren't required to shell out expensive gym membership fees each month to get in shape. Setting up a cheap home gym is an excellent way to save money.

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    You don't need an expensive gym membership to tone your body and get into the best shape of your life. If you can spend around $50, you can set up your own cheap home gym.

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    Dumbbells

    If you are looking to build your own cheap home gym, dumbbells are a great addition to have because they are very inexpensive and will help in strengthening your entire body. There are dozens and dozens of different exercises you can perform using dumbbells and there are a variety of weights and sizes to choose from. If you are a beginner, it's best to start out with 5lb dumbbells which you can get for under $4 at sports or major discount stores. If you want to save even more money, you can opt to use soup cans when doing certain strength training moves.

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    Resistance Bands

    Resistance bands are another great way to perform strength training exercises and they too are relatively inexpensive. They're a great addition because it allows you to switch things up so you don't get bored. Like dumbbells, there are a number of different exercises you can do using resistance bands. You can buy a set of resistance bands for around $30, or you can buy one band at a time. If you want to set up the cheapest home gym possible to get started, then just buy one band and make sure it's the lightest resistance. Once you have gotten used to using it, then you can gradually move up to the heavier resistance bands.

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    Exercise Ball

    A cheap home gym wouldn't be complete without an exercise ball. Exercise balls allow you to work on building your abs, back, chest, arms and more. Best of all, you can buy a brand new one with an air pump for around $10. They do come in a variety of sizes, so it's important that you get the size that fits you best. Remember to follow the instructions on the packaging prior to using an exercise ball for the first time. They are another inexpensive tool that will allow you to perform a variety of exercises to work your entire body.

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    Jump Rope

    Jump ropes are dirt cheap and they're also a great cardiovascular activity. Cardio equipment like treadmills and ellipticals are expensive and they aren't needed to burn calories and fat. Jumping rope is a great alternative and helps your body burn up to 750 calories per hour. The faster you jump, the more calories you burn.

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    See? Expensive equipment just isn't necessary when it comes to getting physically fit. All of these items will give any one person a great workout and the cost of every item combined is less than $50.