Creating a Home Gym for Free

By Karen Psiaki, RD, LDN March 6, 2015

Sometimes the hardest part of going to the gym is, well, going to the gym. Whether it’s late, it’s dark, it’s a long way to the gym, you’re short on time, or there’s something else standing in your way, it can be a seemingly insurmountable challenge!

But don’t let the hassle of getting to the gym stop you from working out! It’s totally feasible to exercise at home, even if you don’t have a fancy “home gym.” All you need to make your own personal workout haven is a bit of open floor space, a few household items, and internet access to stream a workout video or download an exercise plan! Here are some tips and tricks to create a home gym for FREE.

The first step is to pick a workout. There are plenty of great videos available on the internet for all different exercise styles, skill levels, and time allowances. (*Pssst… guess who has some great videos?! Yup, you guessed it…right here!) If you just want a list of exercises but would rather rock out to some tunes while you sweat, then you’re covered in that department as well.

Next you’ll need a place to do yo thang. That’s an easy problem to solve! Obviously your options will be limited based on the layout of your home, so just make sure the area is safe and clutter-free with non-slippery flooring (especially since you’ll be sweating up a storm!).

Lastly, you’ll need some “equipment” to assist you in your workouts. If you have weights, a step, medicine ball, etc. then great! More power to you. But if not, then you’ll need to improvise.

Instead of dumbbell weights, use full water bottles or large cans/jars of food. Don’t have a step? A regular ol’ step stool, a small ottoman, or a stack of books will substitute quite well. A basketball is a bit lighter than a medicine ball, but in a pinch, it will work! Towels or camping mats are a great alternate for a yoga mat.

Now all you need is to roll off that couch and get your booty in gear!

*This post was originally published on Karen’s website, For more from Karen be sure to visit

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