A home gym for less than a membership with Leigh-Ann Allaire

At the beginning of the year, I dished out over $600 for a gym membership. With the exception of the two times I went in January, because of my “resolutions”, I have barely gone.

According to a recent study*, Canadians spend upwards of $800 a year on a gym membership, and I’m going to venture to guess that many of those people also fall into the “never use it” category!

Here’s the thing, I prefer to workout in the mornings, but since I’m often on solo school-drop-off duty in the a.m., there’s no chance of slipping out early to pump iron a la Arnold Schwarzenegger. So, I recently decided that if I can’t get to the gym, why not bring the gym to me?

Now that my boys are edging towards “tween” status, they’ve completely outgrown what was once their toy-filled (and often cluttered) playroom. Subsequently, the playroom has sat unused for about as long my unused gym membership – and the barely used furniture, electronics, and toys were simply taking up space!

I devised a plan to transform the playroom into a home gym by posting and selling the majority of the contents and then put all earnings towards buying second-hand furnishings and gym equipment.

I’ve had great success in the past selling my items quickly online, and knowing that the average Canadian earns $1,134 per year from selling in the second-hand economy, I was confident that I could create my own workout space for a fraction of what my membership cost.

After only a few weeks, I had sold almost everything! A futon for $80, book shelves for $100, a gaming system and video games for $125, and the drum set for $180.  With the addition of books, toys, and a heap of outgrown costumes, I made a whopping total of $712. Not too shabby for items that we didn’t use anymore!

With a stack of cool cash in hand, I set out on a search to find some used gym equipment to create my home gym.

Fun Fitness Fact: There are over 30,000 treadmills, 11,000 dumbbells and 20,000 ellipticals available on Kijiji, so there was definitely no shortage of options when I started my own search.

I found a weight bench for $30, a set of hand weights for $25, and a BRAND NEW TREADMILL with the tags still on it for $175!  I looked the model up online before purchasing it second-hand, and it was listed at a local retailer for almost $800!  If you consider that the average Canadian saves $825 a year by shopping second-hand, I was feeling pretty good about my $600+ savings on the treadmill alone!

After investing in some additional paint and materials to makeover additional gym storage, I spent a total of $720. Now, I’m no mathlete, but after earning $712 and spending $720, that means my total home gym makeover cost $8! That’s literally ONE PERCENT of the average cost of an annual gym membership! ANNNNNND I have my home gym forever with NO annual membership fee! Say what?

I’m thrilled with how my new fantastically-fit-and-frugal space turned out, but the only downside is that now I’m fresh out of excuses for NOT working out!

 

 

 

 

*MoneySense Study

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