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There are many, like me, who have our gym memberships on auto-debit every fortnight. It seemed like a cost effective way to get access to all those group fitness classes, “state of the art” equipment, and the Olympic-sized pool. I had every intention of taking advantage of all these benefits. But the reality is, I can’t drag myself out of bed early enough to get to the gym before work, especially now that it’s cooler and darker. And at the other end of the day, preparing dinner and running around to various night time activities takes up most of the evening.
Recently, I noticed that my fortnightly payments increased ever so slightly to keep up with the cost of providing me with that state of the art equipment I hardly visit. When I looked at my credit card bill more closely, I realised just how much I could save by switching from a gym membership to a home gym with fitness equipment from Gumtree.
Gyms around Australia range from large expensive chains with all the bells and whistles to cheaper but unstaffed 24-hour versions. While they will all try to sell you their particular benefits, the least expensive gym will probably cost you about $1,000 per year and significantly more for the “gold” standard fitness centre. Unless you’re training for an elite sporting event, you probably don’t need to have access to all the equipment that a commercial gym offers. For most of us who just want to be fit and healthy, a home gym will do the trick. In fact, there are benefits to having a home gym.
|Commercial Gym||Home Gym|
|Costs $1,000 – $2,000 per year||No ongoing cost, modest initial set up cost|
|Travel to and from the gym is time lost||Ready when you are…no travel time required|
|Cost of child care while you’re at the gym||Kids can be home while you work out|
|Wait times and limits on equipment||The equipment is always there, just for you|
|TV’s are never set to the channel you want||Personal TV at home, or skip the screen entirely and exercise outdoors|
|The germs and the sweat!||Need I say more?|
A home gym can be the smarter choice as it can save you time and money in the long run. Setting up a home gym doesn’t have to cost that much. Whether you’re into yoga, cardio or weight training, you’re sure to find affordable fitness equipment on Gumtree.