A Home Workout Equipment for under $100

A Home Workout Equipment for under $100

Posted on 27. Apr, 2010 by in Exercise Equipments

Nowadays, people are looking for convenient solutions to their problems. A home workout equipment is a great way to remedy the problem of not having enough time to go to the gym and/or not having the money to pay for a gym membership. Having your fitness equipment at home is also helpful because you can workout whenever you want on your workout days and don’t have to worry about getting child care if you have kids. Not to mention that you’ll save yourself the trouble of fighting to get your hands on gym equipments if you go to the gym during peak hours.

Lately, I’ve been working out at home and I enjoy all the benefits that I just mentioned above. If you’ve never worked out at home before, you might think that you’d have to spend a lot of money on expensive home fitness exercise equipment like the Bowflex. To be honest, I’ve never tried one of those and I probably never will. Most home gyms cost somewhere between $300 and up and I don’t even have the space to have one at my place. So, I’ve found a great alternative to my dilemma. Today, I get a very effective, full-body workout with kettlebells.

beach_workout [You can even workout outdoors or do a beach workout with just body weight exercises if you don’t have any exercise equipments at home. Photo by Gettyimages.com]

Women usually start with an 18 lb or 8 kg kettlebell while men will do well with an 35 lb or 16 kg kettlebell. An 8 kg kettlebell costs about $63 plus shipping while an 16 kg one costs about $79.95 plus shipping at Dragondoor.com. Either way, both options are still under $100. You might think that you can’t really do much with one kettlebell. I used to think so too until I got a full workout from just one kettlebell while I was training for my instructor certification. Granted that my husband has a 35 lb one but I didn’t use it until I was a little bit more advanced which took me about 8 months of focused training.

Here are some exercises that you can do with one kettlebell:

  • Swings
  • Turkish Get-ups
  • Snatches
  • Cleans
  • Presses/Military Presses
  • Lunges
  • Squats/Goblet Squats
  • Rows
  • Halos
  • Around the world/Slingshot
  • Figure 8
  • 1-leg Squats
  • Clean and Jerks
  • Windmills
  • Bent presses and many more

I mainly use kettlebells for our weights in the bootcamp along with some jump ropes, resistance bands, and body weight exercises. This just goes to say that you can have an effective, full body, home gym workout with minimal equipment without the cost of expensive ready-made home gyms out there. If you think about it, you never have to buy another kettlebell for awhile because these things are so durable that they would probably last for your whole lifetime. Just don’t leave them outside otherwise they’ll get rusty. And, just like with anything in life, in order to really use these equipments to their full potential, you’re going to have to do some learning on your own to perform the exercises well or get a good workout program that is designed to be done with minimal equipment.

One of the programs I highly recommend if you want to do full kettlebell workouts is Kettlebell Burn by Master RKC, Geoff Neupert. I mentioned to Geoff that we named our programs the same and he said that “great minds must think alike.” So, if you know about my kettlebell e-book, just be sure that you don’t confuse mine for Geoff’s new program. His program lasts 16 weeks and it comes with a training log and a nutrition guide. After buying Kettlebell Burn and reading through it, I immediately decided that I’m going to follow it for the next 16 weeks. Geoff has designed it so that I make progress in every workout. It is a solid program.

Last note, kettlebell exercises can be technical so make sure that you take some classes with a certified instructor. The cost of paying for classes versus paying for a gym membership will be a lot cheaper in the long run because you don’t need to be paying for instruction or classes forever. Compared to a gym membership that you have to pay month after month, getting a home gym is the way to go in terms of cost and time as long as you know what you’re doing.

If you’re doing a kettlebell workout, please do let me know how it’s going in the comments section. Everything else on your mind or questions, please leave a comment as well.

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  • Nick

    Hi Anna,

    Just wanted to shoot you a reply to say i agree totally with your artical. I workout with kettles 2 times a week and enjoy the variety i can get out of them. Now i have my own home gym with dumbells and bench, and any of the gyms on base. But as soon as we started to get kettles it added a larger range of exercises i never thought of. the only thing i dislike about them is the cost. i use 4 different sizes depending on what im working.

  • admin

    Hi Nick, glad to hear that you’ve discovered the fun world of kettlebells 🙂 The cost may be a little high but like I said in the article, they are so durable that you can use them for your whole lifetime. Unless you lose them or let them rust outdoors, you’ll have them forever.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Anna

  • Good post! People always assume that getting in shape is expensive. Funny, when the ancient Greek soldiers wanted to get in shape, they just grabbed a buddy and a big rock. Why must we always over-complicate things?

    -Drew

  • Anna,
    I totally agree with you on kettlebells. People really underestimate what a great workout you can get using such a simple piece of equipment.

    However, I’d increase the budget and get a pull up bar as well. Kettlebells, pullups, pushups, and a few other bodyweight exercises can easily burn fat and build muscle. Why waste time and money in the gym?

    Dave

  • admin

    Hey Drew, yes, I think part of the expensive part is the fault of marketing by big fitness companies. They pretty much that say we have to spend more to get more results which we know is not true.

    Dave, I agree with you on the pulls up bar. It totally is a great addition to kettlebells!

    Anna

  • I workout from home sometimes, I have some weights but never considered a kettlebell, but I think I will try your option, I think its a good one.

  • admin

    Alejandro, I think you’ll be surprised how much you can do with kettlebells. Get some soon and let me know how it goes!

    Anna

  • Love it! So many people underestimate the value of bodyweight exercises. Pullups are amazing and I swear by them, as much as I hate them some days 🙂

    PS I have family all around you – my grandma lived in Hercules forever and we would always go to the Marriott in Berkeley for Christmas dinner when I was a kid… small world 🙂

  • admin

    Craig, I know what you mean about pullups. I have a love/hate relationship with them some days too but I do see how simple and valuable they can be.

    We’re opposite in terms of our families. Most of my family lives in Long Beach and Orange County 🙂 Maybe we can meet up someday.

    Anna

  • That’s crazy yeah we flip-flopped 🙂 Yeah I’d love to see one of your kettlebell workouts one day – you can put my fitness to the test! 🙂

  • admin

    Just let me know when you’ll be in town and I’ll hook you up!

    Anna

  • Sounds good – lookin’ forward to it!

  • Agree on the kettle bell. It’s one of my essentials for creating your own home gym.