Why (and How) I am building an affordable home gym

If you read my 18 for 2018 post last week, you’ll recall that one of my goals is a home gym.  As I start this process, I’ll document here because I *think* what I’m doing will be attainable by people who are interested in the same thing!  If it’s not attainable, even by me, we will certainly find that out together as I post my successes and struggles.   And even if it’s not attainable, maybe it will be entertaining!

To answer the first question: Why do I want this?  Fitness is and has always been an important part of my life.  In an alternate world I would be a personal trainer for stay at home moms and dads.  Since that is not in the cards (at least not the immediate future!) I aspire to make working out as easy for me and my husband as possible.  Enter: Home Gym.

The second question, How, will essentially be answered over the next few posts.  Now, affordable means something different to everyone and people prioritize different equipment more than others.  My goal budget for this gym is $1,000.  What I mean by affordable, is that while I would like a high-end WaterRower (because they are awesome!), purchasing one item that exceeds my entire budget is off limits.  Keep in mind this is a forward-looking budget…anything we already own is fair game for the gym but is not included in my budgeted goal (I will, however, include it for a total cost at the end).

$1,000 may seem like a lot of money, but I am anticipating most of these items lasting at least 10 years.  And, if you add up two gym memberships per month, you can recoup the costs fairly quickly.  Two memberships x $49 = $98/month – the costs would be recouped within the year.

“When you’re not practicing, remember that someone somewhere is, and when you meet him, he will win.”

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Spartan Race April 2017

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