More people than ever are working out these days and gyms have never been so popular.
You’ve bought your gym membership, supplements and the extra food you need to build muscles. You might be bulking up, but your wallet might feel considerably lighter.
Here are our top tips for how to keep the expenses down and bulk up on a budget.
Buy a home gym
Monthly gym membership and trips to the swimming pool can put a strain on your finances over time, so bypass the crowded gyms and exercise at home.
Dumbbells, barbells and a weight bench are a great starting point and won’t cost an arm and a leg. Or spend a bit more and buy a home gym.
Chances are you’ll find a bargain, especially after New Year when people are strapped for cash and have given up on their own ‘getting fit’ resolutions.
If you’re going to do this right, then you’ll need to ensure that your intake of calories, proteins and amino acids are at the correct levels. Otherwise you won’t have the energy to work out and your muscles will struggle to grow.
Supplements can boost your diet with all the good stuff you need. Sure, they can be expensive — but not always.
Discount supplements are the way forward and you can make massive savings if you find a good deal. And, they’ll last you quite a while too if you buy in bulk.
Use your environment
You can work out just about anywhere and you don’t need to spend money left, right and centre just to exercise. Sit-ups, press-ups and working with free weights can easily be done at home.
A garage is the perfect space for setting up a punch bag — and if you don’t have a garage, then maybe a friend does.
For cardio work go for a run to your local park where you could set up a circuit-training routine. If you live near the coast, get your wetsuit on and swim in the sea or find your nearest wild swimming spot.
Get creative with your environment.
Buy foods in bulk
Once you start getting serious with your training, then you’re going to need a lot of fuel — supplied from a healthy, balanced diet. Daily trips to the shops or your local restaurants will empty your wallet in no time, so it helps to plan.
Best thing to do is get organized and write out a weekly shopping list. Then source the cheapest suppliers of what you need — supermarket deals, local markets for fresh fruit and vegetables.
Why not try buying your staples in bulk from wholesalers and your local cash and carry?
Many people train better when somebody else is setting goals for them — whether from a training partner or gym instructor.
It helps to be able to focus on achieving targets and increasing weights. So use your computer.
You can find exercise-tracking tools and all kinds of free apps online. These can assist you in maintaining a personal training programme and you can even share your results with other people.
There are also lots of free videos on YouTube that offer free advice and demonstrations on all areas of working out from diet, technique and actual training routines, which you can download.
Sleep on it
Free and easy and an hugely important part of your training regime, sleep doesn’t cost a penny (unless you live in a hotel). Sleep lets your body rest and recover and is actually the time when your muscle mass increases.
So sleep easy and grow steady.