Gym memberships are expensive – but we can help you achieve the same thing except cheaper and in your home. Come with us into the world of cheap home gyms and workouts …
The average gym membership in the UK is a whopping £ 40 per month £ 480 a year. While this could be a great investment if you are using the most expensive equipment on a daily basis, you can actually make a pretty good imitation of many machines at home.
The gym can also be a nerve-wracking place while exercising from home provides security. Not only can you do your own exercises without feeling confident (like many), but you also don’t spend hundreds of pounds a year on fitness.
With that in mind, we’d like to show you how you can spend money unnecessarily and instead save money on the cost of an annual gym membership without sacrificing exercise or quality equipment.
Invest in kettlebells or dumbbells
Costs: £ 19.99 + per kettlebell / dumbbell
Home fitness equipment purchase is the basis of this guide. We have compiled a small list of items that you might want to invest in for your home gym.
First of all, we recommend that you buy your own kettlebells or dumbbells like these on Amazon.
Kettlebells and dumbbells can be used in very similar ways and are very versatile. In addition, they can form the basis for so many different exercises and activities, including home training for your chest, legs, and arms. Once you have some you may find that there is no more to buy!
If you’re wondering what exercises to do or how to do them, YouTube and Google are your friends – you can find so many different instructional videos and guides online that the world is your oyster. And in that sense …
Free online fitness classes
If you need a bit of motivation to do a home workout, it may be worthwhile using online courses to train with others.
Online fitness classes are especially helpful if you are one of those people who likes to feel comfortable in a group and can say no when they do free? And if it still doesn’t feel like it all Right, complete the course with a roommate or video call at the same time – then you can be social while exercising!
If you’re not sure where to find these online courses, we recommend you take a look at YouTube and search for “free yoga class” or “free peloton class” – there are always some out there.
Door frame pull-ups
Costs: £ 14.99
If you want to increase your upper body strength, pull-ups are a great way to do it. And while we’re pretty sure you’ve seen them in a prison movie or in a varsity fitness fanatic’s room, it’s worth noting that pull-up bars are an absolute staple in any home gym.
The bar fits on a door frame (above) and you can use it to pull yourself up. Depending on the type of chin-up bar you get, you may be able to work a number of muscles and try different exercises. We encourage you to search online for ways in which to challenge yourself using this device. We found a lot here for a pull-up bar.
Pull-ups work primarily on your lats (back) but also on your biceps. You can also change your grip so your palms are facing you and do pull-ups to focus more on your biceps.
Keep in mind that most door frames should be able to handle a chin-up bar (and without damage) without any problems Check the condition before attaching your device.
The last thing you want is to find out that the door frame is rotting halfway through a pull-up, as the damage could not only cost you part of your rental deposit, but the fall could also injure you.
Face fitness challenges
Sometimes a little competition is enough to motivate you to get out of bed and start a workout.
We found that apps like Strava or Nike + Running Club are great when you can connect with your friends. Seeing the exercise other people do can really inspire you to leave the house and running outside is always more fun than on a treadmill!
In the case of Strava, there is also the option to take part in challenges, which means that you will receive a (virtual) medal achievement if, for example, you complete a 5k run.
The app also shows you how quickly you have completed certain “segments” (stretches of road that other Strava users have given names). After each run or cycle you will find out if you have exceeded your record for a particular segment – believe us when we say you will become very competitive with yourself very quickly.
Regardless of which app you use, the main reason for downloading it is to get outside and get some fresh air – this is such an easy way to groom yourself.
Use fitness apps
In addition to the challenges of apps like Strava and Nike +, we recommend using other apps to fully immerse yourself in a “fitness environment” at home.
We particularly recommend SHREDDY or SWEAT as this is where you can train whether you work out from home or in the gym.
Apps like this sometimes have a monthly cost, or you can choose to pay annually (which often comes with a discount). If you’re not sure if it’s your cup of tea, by all means start with a monthly subscription. This way you will waste less money if you don’t like it or stick to it.
Of course, you can also find similar apps for free.
Make your own weights
Making weights at home couldn’t be easier, and you can usually do it with things you already have around the house.
In the past we have used empty 4 pint plastic milk bottles and filled them with sand – with the added benefit that the milk bottle already has a handle that you can use to lift it. But not you to have Use sand – you can also use water, rice, pebbles, or whatever is in abundance.
If you’re looking for something heavy, fill a backpack or holdall with books, magazines, tin cans, or anything else you can find! If you are looking for a super heavy weight, you can even fill the pouch with the milk bottle weights mentioned earlier.
Use what you already have
A home gym that costs around 50 pounds will never imitate a proper gym with thousands of pounds worth of equipment, but you can fill the void by taking full advantage of the things that are already in your house.
For example, you can turn your sofa or bed into a bench (prop up pillows as needed) or use a coffee table as a platform for triceps dips.
Walls don’t seem that useful in the scheme of things, but we’ve used them for weight training. Handstands are a great way to gain strength in your core as well as in your arms, and walls are great for leaning against for balance.
Tricep dips work on your triceps, while handstands are great for your core and shoulders. You can also use the side of your bed / sofa to tilt or lean against push-ups to work on your chest, shoulders, triceps, and core.
If you haven’t done a handstand before, check out YouTube for help – it could be a new and different way you train …
Determine a place for your workout
If you are lucky enough to have space in your home, we recommend that you use it for training.
Whether it’s a guest room, garage, or outdoor space, creating the right space for yourself is critical to keeping your motivation up when you are looking to exercise.
If you can decorate your room, consider putting some mirrors up. Not only does this make the room feel bigger, but you can also see your workouts.
We also recommend adding posters, motivational quotes, lighting, a speaker you might have lying around, and a lot more – whatever it takes to make it feel like it is Your Space for workouts. Typos have a wide variety of all of the above, so take a look here. Because mental health is just as important as physical health.
Get cheap exercise equipment accessories
Costs: £ 5– £ 6 for resistance bands, £ 3.99 for skipping ropes, £ 2.99 + for exercise mats
To complete your home gym, there are a few “accessories” that we recommend to enhance and improve your workout.
Using resistance bands can improve your squat routine and build muscles in your legs, while a jump rope will help you improve your cardio level without leaving the room you are in.
You may also need a yoga or exercise mat for some workouts. These are incredibly versatile as not only can they help with stretching and floor training, but they can also help with comfort.