Most of us haven’t seen the inside of a gym since early 2020 — can you believe that this is actually a thing? It is hard for me to wrap my head around it too. Research shows that there were over 64 million gym memberships in the U.S. this time last year! 64 million! Multiply that by an average of $50 per membership and we are talking about a $3.2 billion dollar industry.
Here’s the thing, I truly can’t imagine stepping into a gym for quite a long time now. The reality of this pandemic and the impossibility of gyms returning 100 percent to normal just doesn’t feel real to me.
I also realize that everyone doesn’t have the space or the extra funds to drop $1,000s of dollars on bulky gym equipment to store clothes on (you know it’s true) in your home. So I was quite surprised myself when I realized that discount stores like TJ Maxx really have all you need to create your own home gym for $100 or less! Here’s some of my best finds!
Grab any yoga mat from $9.99 and up! While you are there, you can even grab yoga blocks or gym squares to complete a whole gym floor to protest your joints from impact. A yoga mat is perfect for any on the floor movements including sit ups, push ups, mountain climbers, etc.
An exercise ball is a great find. Make crunches, sit ups, squats, lunges, and more easier and more effective with the help of a resistance ball priced from $4.99-$9.99. Be sure to look for height restrictions.
Sliding disks will improve your range of motion for high impact exercises like moving planks, push ups, and more. A $4.99 price tag makes this a good investment even if your a beginner.
Booty bands and resistance bands are always available. Resistance bands are great and can offer resistance without weights in various different sizes. Use traditional resistance bands to build arm strength. Use booty bands like this to build leg and flute muscles to intensify your squats, lunges, and even your walks. These booty bands were $4.99 and you can find resistance bands for around the same price. Add in some light weights or kettlebells ad you are set in the weight department. I’ve seen weights and kettlebells starting at $9.99.
This hex grid was such a cool find for me this week to increase speed and agility. Even if that’s not your goal, a fun cardio workout to change up your normal routine for $9.99! If this is your jam, look for agility or drill cones and other obstacle course building items too!
When was the last time you picked up a jump rope? Did you know jumping rope is an amazing warm up or full cardio exercise? Grab a jump rope for $4.99, turn some music on, and send yourself back to your elementary school days for a full body workout!
While you’re here, pick up other accessories that you need like a reusable water bottle. Depending on what you’re going for, you can score one at a much lower price than traditional stores. Staying hydrated during your workouts is paramount!
I’m pretty sure the last scale I bought was at least $40 and did not have any of the bells and whistles that this digital scale has! Saw this one for $19.99. I didn’t grab it since I have two scales at home. But someone else definitely should! Other accessories you might find at TJ Maxx (or Ross, Marshall’s, etc.) could include sweat belts, foam rollers, massagers, and definitely athletic wear!
Can you think of any other great finds?! If so, please share below or continue the conversation on Instagram!
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