No clothes, no equipment. In the comfort of your own room with just your birthday suit, you can get yourself ripped.
You don’t need a thing to workout.
Seems like an obvious statement but the cost of exercising can be used as an excuse to not work out or try a new form of fitness.
You can use the structures around you get strong. A park bench, the concrete underneath your feet and your own body weight.
At my first Nike Training Club (NTC) outdoor class, our surroundings became our equipment. NTC trainer Jenny Thomson led us through an hour class on a cool Saturday afternoon. I was planking on a cement plant retainer, doing bench dips on my partner’s knees, and shuffling my feet on the playground.
Without any equipment, I got a workout that had me sore for days.
If you’re just starting a new form of fitness, there are many ways to make it easier on your wallet. There’s no need to shell out big bucks for something you may not like.
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Top tips on saving money
- Browse around for first timer deals. Many companies give a complimentary class. Do that at all the local spots and you can try out a variety of studios/classes and see what suits you.
- Free apps. If you’ve got a smartphone, you’ve got a trainer at your fingertips. There are tons of different programs to try out that will keep your body guessing.
- Head to the park. Your local playground will have enough equipment for you to do a plethora of exercises.
- Running and cycling clubs are typically free. Check out your local shops to see what’s around.
- Borrow equipment/clothes or head to your local thrift shop.
- Don’t forget the power of bartering. If you have skills that may be of use to to a club/team/studio, see if you can work something out.
Once you decide on committing to something, do take the time to invest in quality gear and more importantly, quality people. It’s certainly possible on a budget.
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NTC classes are free. You need to reserve a spot in order to attend.