You don’t have to spend all of your money on a high performance exercise bike or gym membership when there are so many inexpensive, great home fitness equipment options, many of which are available online.
We researched the cheapest treadmills, indoor bikes, and rowing machines on the market and found some home exercise machines that won’t cost you a mortgage. We all want to be fit, but honestly, we can imagine how much more fun our money is. If you add in a yoga mat and some weights, and possibly a pull-up bar, you have a full gym at home. We also have suggestions for buying outside the box. As in cheaper than retail.
Retail alternatives for great deals
Let’s start with the ways you can buy home exercise equipment for less than retail, even if this route is the most unpredictable. You can’t always get what you want when you want it.
We Penny Hoarders understand that retail shopping is usually the most expensive way to make a purchase. So make sure to also visit websites like Craigslist, Marketplace or Nextdoor before buying home exercise equipment at retail prices.
I found my peloton on Craigslist for $ 1,800 and the seller gave me the mat, weights, heart monitor, and cycling shoes for free. Add that I threw the peloton in my trunk (no shipping costs!) And didn’t have to pay sales tax. I saved at least $ 500 on the deal.
You can also get cheaper home exercise equipment on the Facebook Marketplace. A search for Horizon T101 treadmills found that they were only $ 200. Try the device before buying, as conditions can vary widely.
Not in the market yet to buy something? To attempt with things around the house as exercise equipment.
And here’s an easy way to make one cheap home gym.
An overview of retail exercise equipment
If you’re ready to buy new gadgets but still want to save some money, some of the better home gadgets on the market can be found mainly through Amazon. Also keep an eye on Horizon Fitness for sales.
While many inexpensive treadmills can break after a few runs, this one is built to last, according to fitness experts. It is backed by a lifetime warranty on the engine and frame, and a one-year parts and labor warranty. So you can bet it will withstand the toughest, longest workouts of the most dedicated fitness professional. The Horizon T101 folds up and has wheels, so your gym can also serve as a living room. It has a 10 percent slope and nine programming options, so the content is very extensive. Countless extras are integrated, including Bluetooth speakers, a USB charging port, a tablet holder and a fan. Note, however, that the cushioning is nothing out of the ordinary. So if you have bad knees you may want a different profile.
Get it here: $ 999 (but usually available for $ 699) at HorizonFitness.
Treadmill with classes:
NordicTrack 6.5 p.
NordicTrack offers tons of courses through the iFit training program ($ 15 per month) and it’s less than ¼ the price of the Peloton Tread. This is the most affordable NordicTrack option, but it still offers live and 16,000+ on-demand workouts. It comes with a one month subscription to iFit, which offers fitness classes for every level. This model has a 10 percent slope and works. IFit membership is optional so you can use the treadmill without a program. However, one of the biggest advantages is the iFit.
Get it here: $ 668 at Amazon.
Pair your treadmill or bike with the Peloton app ($ 15 per month) and you’ve got that high-end instructor experience.
Budget indoor bike:
Sunny Health & Fitness Pro indoor bike
This is your basic indoor exercise bike. So don’t expect it to come with classes, a fan, a tablet, or even a tablet holder. However, at less than $ 300, you can guarantee a solid indoor bike that is durable and sleek. Plus, a lot of people have added a cadence sensor, tablet, tablet stand, and app to turn it into one Peloton cheated.
Get it here: $ 298 at Amazon.
Bike with accessories:
Yosuda indoor cycling bike
This quiet bike is easy to assemble (it will take most people around an hour). It’s also quiet and comes with accessories like a tablet stand, LCD monitor, and water bottle holder (all of these are accessories that most people add to their indoor bikes). This is a sturdy bike with two rolling wheels so you can easily move it around your home gym.
Get it here: $ 450 at Amazon.
Rowers with classes:
Women’s health bluetooth rowing machine for men’s health
This smooth rower has 14 resistance levels and measures watts, calories, time and distance. For an additional $ 15, the MyCloudFit app gives you access to instructor-led workouts and personalized programs designed to improve your strength training and cardio. The rower himself is practically silent and the seat is comfortable. You have to assemble it, but it should take less than an hour to finish.
Get it here: $ 399 at Amazon.
Low frills rowers:
Endurance ATS Air Rower
This is a quality rowing machine that comes with an LCD monitor, a three year frame warranty and a one year parts warranty. This doesn’t have too many extras, but is sturdy, durable, and gets the job done. It also folds up, making it great for tight spaces.
Get it here: $ 329 at Amazon.
Ancheer elliptical trainer
The robust elliptical trainer has 10 resistance levels and a backlit touchscreen that records your calories, time, speed and distance. Assembly for this device is easy and this is a great machine to use while watching TV or reading.
Get it here: $ 380 at Amazon.
All-round elliptical trainer:
Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical Trainer
With 16 resistance levels, seven workout modes, and 24 exercise presets, you’ll feel like you have a gym in your home. It’s completely quiet and has a 16-inch step, which is a decent length for an average height person (if you are tall, you can choose an elliptical with 20-inch steps). This elliptical does not fold, but it has wheels so it is easy to move.
Get it here: $ 530 at Amazon.
Danielle Braff is an employee of The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com