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8 Things You Need To Build A Home Gym Under $100

No time to use your $30+/month gym membership? Try a home gym instead!

No excuses, just plan and execute. Body weight training is a phenomenal, cost-free way to get in shape but it will only get you so far. You’ll want a few pieces of equipment to amp up your progress. Would it be helpful to have a bench press, squat rack, barbells, treadmill, etc.? You bet. But, if you don’t have the money to invest or the square footage necessary than I’ll show you how you can spend under $100 on a home gym.

20 Minute Full Body Home Workout

1. Body Weight Exercise List

Make a list of your favorite body weight exercises. Sprinkle in a few that you also hate, like burpees, jump squats, and mountain climbers (based on the reaction I get when I do group exercise classes and I tell people to do these exercises). Incorporate 4-5 body weight exercises in your routine for 3-4 sets each.

20 Minute Living Room Workout

2. Jump Rope

I like the jump rope because it takes up very little space, it’s a great exercise to do in high intensity spurts of 30-60 seconds, and it can pretty much be done anywhere. Invest the $10 (if that) in a jump rope for your home gym.

3. Doorway Pull-Up Bar

I just bought one of these but my roommates always had them and I used them constantly. Invest another $10-20 in a doorway pull-up bar so you can do a variety of different pull-ups, leg raises, dips, and push-ups (most are designed for multi-purpose use).

4. Ab Roller

Not only is the ab roller a tough exercise, but it can fit in a small box and costs $20 or less unless you get something fancy. An ab roller is a good way to escape planks, sit ups, leg raises, and crunches.

5. Resistance Bands

For $15 or less you can get a variety of different intensity resistance bands for your home gym. I like resistance bands because you can change the resistance based on where you step on the band so 1-2 resistance bands can actually go a long way.

6. A sturdy chair or raised surface

This won’t cost you anything unless you literally don’t own a chair in your home. Use a chair or the edge of your bed frame for exercises like dips, reverse crunches, step-ups, or other core exercises.

7. Trigger Point Rollers

Whether you use a foam roller, tennis ball, lacrosse ball, trigger point roller, tiger tail, or some other make-shift myofascial release tool, recovery is necessary and it deserves a place in your home gym. You can even spend 5-10 minutes before bed rolling out sore muscles if you don’t want to take away from your workout time because you’re under hard time restraints. These can cost you anywhere from under $1 to over $40. Budget however it makes sense to you but definitely consider adding some recovery tools to your arsenal.

4 Keys to Faster Recovery

8. Bodyweight

Because bodyweight exercises make up about 60% of my home workouts, I had to include them on the list. Learn as many bodyweight exercises as possible so you can change up your workouts every few days and hit as many muscles as possible.

Also Worth Looking Into

Kettlebells
A dumbbell set ranging between 10-25+ lbs (none of that 5 and below nonsense).
Battling Ropes (if you have the space for them)
Stability Balls
Bosu Balls
Core Balls

20 Minute Full Body Home Workout

It’s the coldest time of the year and you don’t want to drive to the gym, let alone go on a jog around the neighborhood. What’s your next best solution? A quick, 20-25 minute full body, fat burning, muscle building home workout. There are times where I’d rather light myself on fire and run to the nearest body of water than run on a treadmill for 30 minutes. That’s why I put together a very simple, yet effective, at home workout that will boost your metabolism, tax your muscles, and best of all, save a lot of time and hassle.

Take a 30 second break between each set and each exercise. If you find the workout too easy you can perform two exercises in a row and then take a 30 second break, or increase the reps/time of each exercise.

1. 100 Push-Ups

Perform 5 sets of 20 pushups with a 30 second break between each set.
or
Perform 10 sets of 10 pushups with a 30 second break between each set.

plankpic

2. 100 Bodyweight Squats

Perform 5 sets of 20 squats with a 30 second break between each set. If you want to make it harder, jump at the end of each squat and once you land go right back into your squat.

3. 100 Reverse Lunges

Perform 5 sets of 20 reverse lunges, alternating legs, and make sure you drop that back knee all the way to the floor before returning to the starting position.

4. Planks

Perform 5 sets of 30 second planks with a 30 second break between each set.

plankpic

(note: the picture above is a TRX saw plank in action. When you perform your plank you want your shoulder to be in line with your elbow)

5. 100 Leg Raises

Laying on your back, raise both of your legs keeping your legs straight until your legs make a 90 degree angle with your torso. Perform 5 sets of 20 reps, or 10 sets of 10 reps, taking a 30 second break between each set.

Give this workout a shot and let me know how you like it! As always follow my instagram and my Facebook page for more workouts, meals, and advice.

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20 Minute Full Body Home Workout

It’s the coldest time of the year and you don’t want to drive to the gym, let alone go on a jog around the neighborhood. What’s your next best solution? A quick, 20-25 minute full body, fat burning, muscle building home workout. There are times where I’d rather light myself on fire and run to the nearest body of water than run on a treadmill for 30 minutes. That’s why I put together a very simple, yet effective, at home workout that will boost your metabolism, tax your muscles, and best of all, save a lot of time and hassle.

Take a 30 second break between each set and each exercise. If you find the workout too easy you can perform two exercises in a row and then take a 30 second break, or increase the reps/time of each exercise.

1. 100 Push-Ups

Perform 5 sets of 20 pushups with a 30 second break between each set.
or
Perform 10 sets of 10 pushups with a 30 second break between each set.

plankpic

2. 100 Bodyweight Squats

Perform 5 sets of 20 squats with a 30 second break between each set. If you want to make it harder, jump at the end of each squat and once you land go right back into your squat.

3. 100 Reverse Lunges

Perform 5 sets of 20 reverse lunges, alternating legs, and make sure you drop that back knee all the way to the floor before returning to the starting position.

4. Planks

Perform 5 sets of 30 second planks with a 30 second break between each set.

plankpic

(note: the picture above is a TRX saw plank in action. When you perform your plank you want your shoulder to be in line with your elbow)

5. 100 Leg Raises

Laying on your back, raise both of your legs keeping your legs straight until your legs make a 90 degree angle with your torso. Perform 5 sets of 20 reps, or 10 sets of 10 reps, taking a 30 second break between each set.

Give this workout a shot and let me know how you like it! As always follow my instagram and my Facebook page for more workouts, meals, and advice.

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