Home Gyms For Under $100

Gym memberships usually spike in January, but with the average membership costing hundreds of dollars a year-perhaps it's time for a home gym.

Consumer Reports offers this advice for setting up one for a fraction of the cost.

"You can get a great workout at home with a few key pieces of equipment," said Consumer Reports Gayle Williams.

First, get a cushy floor mat. You can use it for sit-ups, yoga, and stretching.

The cost..about 15 to 20 dollars.

Think you need fancy machines to tone muscles and do strength training? Consumer Reports says not necessarily!

"Dumbbells and elastic bands are great for improving and keeping muscle tone," said Williams.

You want to get a least two sets of dumbbells-one for regular use and a heavier pair for more challenging workouts.

A set like these should cost about $15 each.

Consumer Reports recommends buying two pairs of elastic bands as well-ones that have different levels of resistance.

The cost...about $10 to $15.

For core workouts you can do sit-ups or invest in a stability ball.

It can add a variety of new moves to improve your core muscles.

A stability ball costs anywhere from $20 to $40.

For a cardio work-out, a treadmill can be great, but Consumer Reports says you can save money and space!

"There are so many good workout DVDs out there and they only cost about $15. You want to make sure you're looking for one that has a combination of strength, flexibility, and cardio routines," said Williams.

Consumer Reports also tested treadmill and says the Proform Crosswalk 580 is great for walking work-outs. It costs $500.

If running is more your speed, the Pace Master Platinum Pro VR is a Consumer Reports Best Buy at $2000.

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