Saving Money on Exercise Equipment

Exercising at home can save you a lot of time and money. Finding the right deals on the equipment you want or need is key. This is a guide to saving money on exercise equipment.


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September 11, 2015 Flag

Foam rollers are all the rage now for after workout muscle pain relief, therapy, and injury prevention. I bought mine online for around $30 and cannot be without it. However, I'm not willing to pay that price over and over again every time I travel and don't want to carry it around with me. Here's how to make your own for under $5.

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 foam roller


  • 1 6 inch x 2 foot PVC pipe
  • 1 towel or yoga mat
  • 2 large rubberbands


  1. Take your towel or yoga mat and carefully roll it around the PVC pipe on the floor. Make sure there are no wrinkles.
  2. Secure the towel or mat on to the pipe with your two large rubber bands. The thicker the towel or mat, the more gentle it will be on your muscles. If you want a gentle massage, keep adding layers of fabric.
  3. Get on and roll away!
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June 8, 2008 Flag

Some folks think that you have to have a bunch of expensive exercise equipment to get a good workout. Walking is completely free, just start doing so. A comfortable pair of shoes does help out tremendously. A couple of 1 gallon milk or water plastic jugs filled with water or sand, closed off with a tightened lid can work as weights to lift. Pushups are free to do, same with crunches. It's all in the mind, self motivate and get started or better yet, find a friend to help you get on the right track and stay on it. Good luck!

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June 9, 20080 found this helpful

WOOOHOOO! You Go girl! Thanks for the motivation. This is so true!

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September 17, 2005 Flag

Looking for cheap or free exercise equipment? Visit garage sales. After a weekend or two of going to garage sales in your area you probably could outfit your own gym for as much as it cost to buy one treadmill at a sporting goods store. Also, subscribe to your local freecycle list. For more information visit People are always giving away exercise equipment on my local freecycle list. One word of caution, exercise equipment takes up a lot of space. Make sure you have more room for it and make sure you use it!

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September 17, 20050 found this helpful

While Garage and Yard sales are a great source to

find anything you want at a reasonable price, Freecycle is even better because it's all FREE. To

find out if you have a Freecycle Group in your area,

go to < … ion=US%20Pacific > , scroll down to find your

state and city nearest you, and join. It's all FREE and

you'll meet some of the nicest you get

to clean out your own home and garage, and have

it all hauled off for FREE. :) You won't believe the

things that people want and need.

And don't forget , you'll find the things you need for


All the best to everyone,

Julia in Orlando, FL where we have no less than

6 Freecycle Groups at the moment. In the original

Orlando Group, we have more than 5000 members

alone. It's the best way to recycle the things you don't need and the only way to keep them out of landfills...cluttering up our Earth.

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November 25, 2013 Flag

Instead of purchasing a kettlebell, use a large empty plastic laundry bottle filled with water. Tighten the cap before each use to be sure it is on tight.

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June 3, 2005 Flag

Tips for creating or acquiring inexpensive exercise equipment. Post your ideas.

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February 20, 20050 found this helpful

If you enjoy step aerobics but not the cost of the step, completely wrap an old phone book in duct tape.

It's great for beginning to intermediate levels and the duct tape is non-skid.

By Fran Marie

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February 25, 20050 found this helpful

good will stores get alot of exercise equipment

pretty cheap,also garage sales,and auctions.

at auctions anything to do with exercise stuff

it goes cheap!

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February 27, 20050 found this helpful

I use two large equal sized vegetable cans (3lbs) as my hand weights. I use my sons giant bounce on ball, the kind with the handle we had as kids that he sits on, as an abdominal/sit-up ball. I have a hula-hoop for keep my waist in shape. A jump rope for cardio work-outs. And I go to the playground to do chin-ups on the monkey bars. Best part about all this is that my 6 year old son and my 1 year old daughter love to particpate thinking that Mommy just really loves to PLAY.

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June 3, 20050 found this helpful

Backing up steps around my home is my lower leg exercise.

By tcandmh

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June 4, 20050 found this helpful

Check out for a group in your area - sometimes people actually give there stuff away for FREE and check out - for stuff for sale that is very well priced. This site reminds me of a newspaper.

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June 6, 20050 found this helpful

Exercise bands and handweights are fairly inexpensive and provide good resistence training. You can pick up good exercise tapes for less than $10 at places like Target/Walmart/ Ross/TJ Maxx, etc. Walking/running provides good aerobic exercise and doesn't cost anything. As far as shoes, I recently read that you don't really need those fancy $100 plus high-end sneakers- just look for ones that fit your foot, hit the instep right, don't rub on the heels. And, as the ad says, Just do it!

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June 6, 20050 found this helpful

Rummage sales. Every one I go to. So far this month I have seen a "Total gym" 25 dollars (300 new) perfect condition. A treadmill 25 dollars, motorized. I stair stepper 5 dollars/ 4 or 5 body by Jake, all 10 and under a gazelle- 10 dollars. all of these in great shape.!!!!!

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July 19, 20050 found this helpful

How about a jump rope? You can make your own or buy one for about $4.00.

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