I go through phases with working out. Sometimes I’m all about the hardcore, military style workouts that leave me shaking and sometimes I’m all peace, love, and yoga. However, I’ve found that if I don’t have access to a gym or feel like being around the Hollywood douchebags that go to them, having a home gym, keeps me motivated and on track. No matter the size of your home, there are items you can invest in that will help you transform your body.

When I moved back to Los Angeles this past July, I had a really hard time finding a building that would take my dog. He’s about 80lbs. When I found a building that didn’t have a weight limit for dogs, they didn’t have a one bedroom available the week I had to move… so a studio became home. It’s actually quite large, but I’m on the 2nd floor, so I’m very mindful of noise. There is not popping in Insanity and jumping up and down for an hour. A great perk of the community is an AMAZING gym, but I still like having my own equipment for home workouts.

So, I thought it would be fun to write a blog about creating a home gym for every living situation. Whether you’re in a studio apartment or a mansion, you can bring the gym to you… that means: NO MORE EXCUSES.

Smaller Space

So, you may not have room for machines, but hat doesn’t mean you can’t tone and sculpt your body. I love these things because I can put on a movie, park in front of the TV and get a great workout!

Tone Fitness Neoprene Dumbbell Set with Rack, 32 lb. $46

Sivan Health and Fitness 1/2-InchExtra Thick 71-Inch Long NBR Comfort Foam Yoga Mat for Exercise, Yoga, and Pilates (Green) $20

Wacces® Set of 5 Premium Stackable Latex Exercise Resistance Bands Tubes Cords w/ Door Anchor and Ankle Straps $10

 Tone Fitness Kettlebell Body Trainer Set with DVD, 30 lbs. $30

Mantra Sports Exercise Ball Bundle: 65cm / 75cm Fitness Ball with Stability Ring, Resistance Bands, Foot Pump, Tape Measure & A1 Size Workout Poster | Complete Home Gym System 65cm Black & Orange $35

 Stamina 55-1602 InMotion Elliptical, Green $80

Medium/Large Spaces

If you have more space, try adding these larger items into your home gym. Great equipment and reasonably priced… especially that spin bike! They can cost and arm and a leg sometime…

Adidas Essential Combo Training Bench with weight Set, 100 lb $152

Sunny SF-B1110 Indoor Cycling Bike $279

Weider Power Tower $99 

Pilates Power Gym ‘Pro’ 3-Elevation Mini Reformer Exercise System with 3 Pilates Workout DVDs and the Power Flex Cardio Rebounder $350 

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-T7603 Motorized Treadmill, Grey $340

Fitness Reality E5500XL Magnetic Elliptical Trainer with Comfortable 18″ Stride $298

Thinking about your space? Maybe you have a spare bedroom that you don’t use… I say, put a gym in there! Make it YOUR workout space. Design it so you’ll use it. What about a garage? My dad actually started building a small gym in his and it’s kind of amazing, so that’s another space that you can redo into a home gym. Infuse your life with health and fitness. Make it your own. Make it fun. And never step inside a crowded gym again.