How to build a home gym on a tight budget

The Spri Step360™ step pro aerobics platform (MSRP $149.98) is a new way to burn calories and lose weight at home.

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series on how to build a home gym. Today, we take a look at how to put together a low-cost gym that still helps you get great workouts.

Research has shown that people with a home gym were 70 percent or more likely to exercise that those without one. If you’re short on money, you’re not out of luck when it comes to having a home gym.
You can build a low-budget home gym and still get a high-quality workout day after day.
Here are six tips how to do that:
1. Find inexpensive ways to perform strength training, such as kettle bells, dumbbells or even using your own body weight for pushups, dips, pull-ups, etc.
2. Exercise balls are a great way to turn just about any exercise into a great, core-building challenge. BOSU medicine balls are also great for combining traditional exercises, such as a pushup, with core-building.
3. The Spri Step360™ step pro aerobics platform (MSRP $149.98) is a new way to burn calories and lose weight at home. The unique platform is unlike any other step aerobics equipment because the top platform is actually set on two adjustable air chambers designed to create instability.
4. One of the best ways to get a great cardio workout is to purchase something many of us never use after our school days: a jump rope.
5. Other exercise gear such as a stretch tubes or stretch bands are also very beneficial.
6. If you are able to afford a low-priced treadmill, one of the best machines that combines value and quality is the 3G Cardio 80i Fold Flat Treadmill (MSRP $2,099, AHF Sale Price $1,499). It’s also a great space saver because it can fold flat or vertically to just 9.75 inches for storage.
There are many other options for a low-budget home gym to consider when dealing with your local specialty fitness store, such as any of At Home Fitness’ four superstores in Arizona or their website

At Home Fitness consultant Aaron Dorksen’s blog deals with a variety of fitness topics, ranging from workout tips, motivational ideas and feature stories on how exercise impacts people’s lives. Consult a doctor before making any significant changes in your exercise routine or diet. E-mail him with comments, questions or ideas for future blogs at