Budget Friendly Workout Equipment

A personal trainer walks into a gym….stop me if you’ve heard this one before…and she sees all of the fancy, sparkling, state of the art equipment and her mind races. “Look at all of this amazing equipment that I can use to help my clients get into the best shape of their lives”.  The next day the same trainer walks into a clients home that is free of equipment and she is asked by her client, “What equipment can I buy on a strict budget to help me get into the best shape of my life?” And again, the trainers mind races at the idea of all of the fun, inexpensive and effective ways to help her client get a great workout.

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on the latest gadgets to be fit and healthy. In this economy many of us have had to eliminate our gym memberships and workout in a cost effective way in our own homes. Here are a few items that I use with my clients that can be used in your home or when you travel and won’t put you in debt.

The Gymboss Interval Timer gives your workout the discipline and structure necessary to take your workout to the next level. The easy to use timer allows you to stay on track during your interval or tabata workouts by eliminating the pesky issue of checking the time during your intervals. Just set it, forget it and put all of your focus on your workout!

Resistance Bands are THE BEST way to workout in a cost and space effective way! Unlike free weights, resistance bands are lightweight and travel well. With dumbbells, each time you want to add or decrease weight, you have to go grab another set of weights. But with resistance bands, all you have to do is tighten or loosen your grip. It’s like having multiple sets of weights in one piece of equipment.

THE ULTIMATE  must have for the in-home exerciser is the TRX. The TRX system is great for the traveling fitness freak, an outdoor enthusiast or the average Joe who doesn’t have much space to work out. The TRX is a little more spendy, but it is your perfect all-in-one piece of equipment.  Hook the TRX up to a tree, pole or sturdy beam in your house and your set for a great workout using just your body weight. Cardio, resistance, stretching – the TRX can do it all.