I love my gym. It’s just 5 minutes from home, so I have no excuses not to go. It’s a ladies only gym, so I don’t feel too self conscious rolling up at 7am in the morning with bed hair, plus they have a good range of classes and equipment, although some better, heavier weights would be good! Another good point is it’s affordability – my membership is £27 a month or £324 a year, a lot less than some other gyms I know of.
Another reason I love my gym membership is because we live in a little one bedroom flat and the option of having any kind of home fitness equipment is just not happening – don’t get me started on the fold away rowing machine James bought that I had to hide behind a screen in the living room for 4 years! If we moved to a bigger home, it’s my dream of having a garage converted into a small home gym. That got me thinking, could you create a decent home gym for less cost that an annual membership. Let’s see!
- Fitness Mat – £20
- Kettlebells – £40 (for 3 different weights)
- Power bag – £50
- Stability ball – £15
- Medicine ball – £63 (for a rack)
- Skipping rope – £10
- Hula Hoop – £30
That is just where I would get started (all prices are averages based on what I could find on www.bestgymequipment.co.uk) I think that range of equipment would enable you to perform workouts such as these:
- Full body kettlebell workout from Muscle and Fitness
- Kettlebell workout – total body fitness from Men’s Fitness (don’t be put off ladies, we can workout like men too!)
- 25 must try medicine ball exercises from Greatest
- Hoop yourself slim workout from Health.com
- Powerbag workout from Daily Motion
Would you be tempted to trade in your gym membership and build a home gym?
*post in association with Best Gym Equipment, all content and opinions are my own