Help me outfit a budget home gym
October 8, 2012 12:58 PM Subscribe
I have $800 in "stay-fit" benefits to use before the end of the year for my job. Help me put together a simple home gym for going into the winter.
I want to outfit a simple home gym for around $800. I own no exercise equipment other than a Jamis hybrid bike. I have a carpeted basement to put it all in. I'm a single male in my mid 40s, six feet tall, around 185 lbs. I don't have much muscle mass in my arms, my legs are OK. I get bored easily with exercise. I need some cardio and strength I guess. I can do a few pushups at a time, squats are OK. I don't like driving to a gym, generally.
I'm starting with an elliptical that's around $600 (already selected a model so I don't need feedback on that).
So I have $200. Do I get weights? A bench? Some kind of system? Mats? Trainer? What? Bonus points if it's stuff my kids (11 and 10) might be interested in to make sure they have a fit lifestyle.
By the way, the $800 renews again in January, so I can expand it in a few months.
Here's the list of eligible expenses.
Health Club/Gym Membership
Health club/gym membership dues and initiation fees are eligible.
A health club/gym membership that offers the following minimum services is eligible for reimbursement:
Cardiovascular equipment (for example, treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, rowing machines)
Strength training equipment (for example, free weights, weight machines)
Family memberships at a health club are eligible for reimbursement as long as the employee is also a member.
Group Exercise Classes
Group exercises classes covered under the benefit are limited to:
Aerobics for expectant or new mothers
Home Exercise Equipment
Home exercise equipment covered under the benefit is limited to:
Bicycle, custom (new bikes only), limit of one bicycle per calendar year
Bicycle, preassembled (replacement parts for a bike or replacement parts for a custom built bike are not eligible), limit of one bicycle per calendar year
BOSU Balance Trainer
Skier's Edge stationary ski equipment
Stationary bike stand
Stationary rowing machine
Universal machine (for example, Bow Flex, Smith systems)
Upper body ergometer
Weights – benches, bars, racks (cables, accessories, repairs are not eligible)
Weights – dumbbells, medicine balls
Weights – plates for bars
Personal Training Services
Personal training services purchased from a certified personal trainer may be submitted for reimbursement.