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Best Inexpensive Home Exercise Equipment

Inexpensive, low-cost and cheap ways to stay in shape for sports.


Updated May 15, 2014

Staying in shape for your sport doesn't have to cost a lot. There are many ways to find inexpensive exercise equipment or create free workout routines when you're on a budget. Here are some of the best exercise equipment values and free workout ideas for staying fit while on a budget:

1. The Jump Rope

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This may be the ultimate piece of workout equipment. Jump ropes are inexpensive, small and portable and offer a scalable workout that can be easy or extremely challenging, depending upon your fitness level and goals.

2. Fitness DVDs

For a fairly low investment, you can get your own trainer in your living room. The right DVD should be a safe, balanced workout and interesting, so you don't get bored or outgrow it too quickly. Here are some ideas: Another solution is to visit your local library. Most have many fitness DVDs that can be sampled for free.
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3. Dumbbells

Dumbbells are relatively inexpensive and provide an amazing variety of resistance-training routines. Check out the sports equipment section of your local Craigslist or Play It Again Sports for better deals. For good dumbbell workouts, see the Dumbbell Exercise Program.
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4. Running Shoes

Running is a great low-cost workout. Shoes are important but needn't break the bank. Research shows that moderately priced trainers work just as well as expensive ones. Look for a shoe that works for your foot type and running style.

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5. Body Weight Workouts

Body weight workouts are a combination of simple calisthenics. Body weight exercise may require a bit more creativity and personal initiative than other types of exercise, but often provide better results. Develop a routine of exercises and move from one to the next quickly. Consider the push-up as the foundation of this workout, and add squats, lunges, jumping jacks and so on.

6. Fitness Boot Camp

A fitness boot camp is type of outdoor group exercise class that mixes traditional calisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. These fitness classes have grown in popularity over the years primarily because they offer a new way to get a low-cost, efficient and challenging workout.

Also See: How to Find a Good Fitness Boot Camp

7. Pre-owned and Used Exercise Equipment

If you know exactly what you want, you can often find it on your local Craigslist, Play It Again Sports or in the Classified Ads. Before you spend a lot of money on the equipment, though, make sure it's in good working order, of a high quality and something you plan to use. Even if you aren't sure of your longterm intention, though, buying used equipment will save you money.
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