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Affordable Exercise Equipment For Decking Out Your Home Gym On A Budget
Squeezing in a pre-work sweat sesh or a spot of lunchtime yoga is far more achievable when the studio is in the next room. But until recently, we’ve held home gyms in the same category as the home cinemas, tennis courts, steam rooms and bowling alleys that we usually only get a glimpse of during jaw-on-the-floor celebrity house tours.
However, given the current circumstance of 2021, working out from home has quickly moved from a luxury to a necessity.
So if space and spare cash are both limited but you’re still interested in getting fit from the living room, here are our top product picks for setting up your at-home gym on the cheap.
Fila FID Bench
Now this adjustable steel frame will really legitimise your home gym. With flat, incline and decline positions, you can take your core strength to a new level and start sculpting that six-pack.
$89 at Target
65cm Gym Ball
Available in three soft, pearly shades, this gym ball is as pretty and affordable as they come. Use it to assist your stretching and promote better posture.
$7.50 at Kmart
Fila Yoga Block
Delve deeper into your stretches and enjoy support throughout your yoga practice with your own stability block. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced yogi, any level will benefit from having the extra help on hand.
$4 at Target
PTP Pilates Balls
For effective stimulation of the smaller, hard-to-reach muscles, these unassuming yet lethal balls are an essential sidekick to any pilates and barre workouts.
$29.99 at Rebel Sport
GAIAM Performance Coreplus Pilates Reformer
Designed to mimic the workout of a reformer machine, this manual workout uses X-shaped resistance bands to tone, strengthen and stretch. And if you’re not exactly sure how to use it, each band comes with a free online workshop.
$39.95 at The Iconic
The Yogi Mat
Rolled out in your living room or in a nice sunny spot in the park, this ultra-cushy mat offers the traction and grip needed to perform yoga poses. Don’t be fooled into thinking Kmart’s price tag reflects the quality, either. It works a treat!
$29 at Kmart
4 Micro Stretch Bands
For small motion exercises, these resistance band levels range from light to extra heavy. Adjust accordingly.
$7.50 at Kmart
TOPKO Suspension Trainer Training Straps Body Strength Exercise Fitness Home Gym Kit
Suitable for avid athletes or first-time exercisers, this at-home approved tool anchors to the back of any door and allows users to instantly strengthen their chest, back abdominals, arms and legs.
$29.99 at Dick Smith
Celsius Deluxe Skipping Rope
If you’re after a total body workout, skipping will raise your heart rate and provide rapid, all-over toning. Just ask Catherine Zeta-Jones’ abs.
$14.95 at Rebel Sport
Kettle Bell 8kg
If you’ve been using bags of rice or pots and pans as makeshift weights, it’s time to treat yourself to the real thing. These affordable, cast iron kettlebells range between 2-12 kilos. And whether you’re after just the one or the entire set, move fast because these home workout essentials sell out quick.
$25 at Kmart
Do you work out from home? If so, which equipment do you rely on?