Frugal Exercise Equipment?

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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By cheryl (Guest Post)
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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By Donna (Guest Post)
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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By Claudia (Guest Post)
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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By Beckie (Guest Post)
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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