I Like My Glutes Like I Like My Budget, Tight AF
Your fitness doesn’t have to suffer if you aren’t shelling out for expensive club memberships.
How to stay fit on a tight budget
Not all gyms are equal of course. There are definitely some places out there that are reasonably priced for what is provided. A couple of factors can come into play when deciding if you actually need a gym membership:
Where you live: Obviously if you live in a place where the air hurts your face during the winter, it only increases the need for a gym membership, depending on what kind of activities you are looking for.
What level of activity you are wanting: If you aren’t using some pretty significant weight, most of what you need to do could be done outside of the gym, for next to no cost. And even if you are looking for a more intense regime, it isn’t impossible without a gym.
If you do strive to be more than just fit and feel you can’t live without a gym you’ll have to start searching around for the best deals in your area. Normally they start going up fast in price when they get quite large, have pools or saunas, juice bars etc. Just try and find a rack and a bench plus weights for the cheapest possible price. Or consider joining a friend at their gym on a discounted buddy pass if that is available.
No Gym, No Problem
If Britain’s most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson can reach the level physical ability he has living in solitary confinement for most of his life, hold the records he does all while maintaining a strict prison food diet, there really is little excuses anyone can make for not getting in shape without going to the gym.
You can get in great shape without a gym if you are willing to get creative with the space you have on hand.
Progression is Possible
You can use body weight or calisthenics, and by increasing reps or resistance you can create the progression that could match having a gym membership. Several outstanding core and cardio strategies also exist for fitness on a budget.
If you want to save those membership fees but still get in great shape the internet and YouTube are going to be your best friend from here on out.
You might have to invest in the odd thing here or there. Maybe that’s a skipping rope, a heavy bag. You can either try to install a pull-up bar of some kind yourself or buy one of those contraptions that fits into a doorway. Resistance bands have a wide range of use including rowing or adding resistance to body weight work-outs.
You can increase the intensity of your work-outs greatly with just a few affordable items like that. Do some research on which products are the best, and you’ll still find they won’t be breaking the bank.
You don’t have to be a Loner
If you enjoy the social aspects of fitness, you don’t have to give that up either. Try and find out if there is any body-weight work-out fanatics in your area, or join a jogging/biking club. You’ll get to meet new people and still be able to crush your new years resolutions.
Savings are there if you want them
At the end of the day if you are willing to do some research and get creative with your space you can save yourself the potentially high cost of a gym membership.
In my opinion, discipline is the same at home as it is going to the gym. If you want to go to a gym because you don’t think you will work out at home, you probably wont end up going to the gym either.
Good luck in your search and hopefully you can discover new ways to get fit in your local area or at home without spending a bunch of money.