The Best Work Out Equipment For Less than 25 US dollars

Paul Bright By Paul Bright, 27th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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For less than $25 US you can buy cheap, efficient workout equipment.

Work Out For Less Than $25 US

Working out doesn’t have to be expensive. You can safely lose weight while on a budget. Gym memberships can cost hundreds of dollars per year. Exercise machines could cost in the thousands. Specialized workout clothes can also eat up your budget. While these purchases can help keep you motivated to work out, a tough economy can make it hard to pay top dollar for these things.

Instead, consider these workout tools that, when used correctly, can help you burn fat and build muscle at home- all for less than $25 US. All have multiple uses, making them an even more efficient purchase.

Dumbbells

Most cost less than $1 a pound. Dumbbells are often overlooked as a weight loss tool. But it’s amazing how one pair of dumbbells can take you a long way in terms of building lean muscle, which eats up a lot of fat and calories- even while you sleep. You can hold dumbbells while doing lunges. Stand on your dumbbells for a more efficient squat. Hold a dumbbell against your chest while doing crunches to firm up your abs. Do a squat and throw punches while holding dumbbells to strengthen your arms and core. This list goes on and on. When you are used to the pair you have, trade them in to a used sports item store for a heavier pair, or buy another pair and keep the old ones for high-rep workouts.

Exercise Balls

Many cost between $6 and $20, depending on circumference and quality. The exercise ball is a tough, rubber or plastic flexible ball designed to strengthen your core. Purchase an exercise ball and you can strengthen more than just your core because every exercise you do with it requires more of your body muscles just to keep your balance. Sit on it instead of a chair so that your body is always in motion and burning calories. Put it between a wall and your back and try to keep it in place while doing a squat. Your sit-ups and crunches also become more challenging with an exercise ball.

Pull-Up Bar

The pull-up bar, for around $20, presents the challenge of fighting gravity. Even many fit athletes find it difficult to do a pull up because you are literally pulling your own body weight above your center of gravity. Yet training to do pull ups will work out your lateral muscles and back, which are large muscle groups that are big calorie-eaters. Pull up bars can also help develop your arms just from switching your grip. And if your pull-up bar comes with ab straps, you can do a multitude of upper and lower abdominal exercises.

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author avatar Paul Bright
I am a former military member that is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy. I am also getting in shape and wish to motivate and educate others what I've learned about exercise and nutrition. I live in the Bay area. ...(more)

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author avatar Pat Anthony
29th Sep 2011 (#)

Great points. I doesn't have to cost a lost to get what we need.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
17th Oct 2011 (#)

Great practical article...look forward to reading more

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author avatar Rose*
25th Nov 2013 (#)

It just goes to show how we've been brainwashed into thinking we need expensive equipment. The cheap dumbbell idea is great.

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