Gym memberships, personal trainers, and fitness equipment can be insanely expensive. But with these essentials recommended by fitness expert Lyzabeth Lopez, you can build an inexpensive but still very effective gym at home.
Foam Roller, $20 - $40
This gets your body ready for the workout by bringing needed oxygen to the muscle. It’s also great during the workout if you feel you may have created a knot during the workout. Make sure not to get a spongy roller — get one that's foam based.
Stability Ball, $10 - $50
This is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment! You can achieve a full body workout with this one piece. It can also be used as a bench to assist in working stabilizer muscles due to the imbalance of it. Lyza recommends investing in an anti-burst ball.
Mat, $10 - $60
This is a staple for all floor work. When it comes to mats you can go inexpensive, which will do the trick as padding for floor exercises and stretching. However, since this is one of the most used pieces of equipment, Lyza suggests investing in a higher-end mat for great support.
Resistance Bands, $10 per band
There are many different types of resistance bands out there. Ones with handles, no handles, varied resistance, tubing, etc. You want to make sure you find the right one for you, so test out a few before you buy. Lyza likes to use the flat Pilates bands as they are very versatile. If you use a resistance band properly there will always be resistance on the muscle. You can use them often to train the small stabilizer muscles like the rotator cuff.
Jump Rope $10-$50
These are fun, inexpensive, and you can take them anywhere! Skipping moves the lymphatic system to assist with detoxing and it can burn more calories than running on the treadmill. Start with your basic bounce and work up to fancy footwork.