A Home Gym for Under $40

With discount stores popping up all over the place, it is quite easy to get some basic equipment for little investment. Amazon is a great place to look, but so are TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, and the like. Here is an example of a very inexpensive home set up:
Yoga mat: $8
Kettlebell: $10-$15 depending on the weight you want. I like these vinyl ones for indoor work...they make fewer dents in the hardwood and that makes for fewer 'oh crap, gotta hide that' moments.
Dumbbells: $5-$25 depending on weight and type. If you go to one of the discount stores, you can easily find vinyl weights ranging from 2lb to 5lb. a store like Sports Authority or Dick's will have a much wider selection where you can choose what fits your budget best.

And now for a workout with your new gear. Repeat the entire circut five times. Seven if you're a badass.

Kettlebell swings: Begin in a low squat position with kettlebell between your legs, using the momentum from your swinging arms bring the kettlebell directly overhead as you stand, driving the weight through your heels.  Kettlebell Snatch: Place kettlebell to the outside of one foot. Grab the top of the kettlebell with knuckles facing out. In one motion, drive through the heels to standing while raising the kettlebell above your head, knuckles facing behind you. The other arm is extended to help achieve proper form and keep you from bending forward.

Kettlebell swings: Begin in a low squat position with kettlebell between your legs, using the momentum from your swinging arms bring the kettlebell directly overhead as you stand, driving the weight through your heels. 
Kettlebell Snatch: Place kettlebell to the outside of one foot. Grab the top of the kettlebell with knuckles facing out. In one motion, drive through the heels to standing while raising the kettlebell above your head, knuckles facing behind you. The other arm is extended to help achieve proper form and keep you from bending forward.

Curls: Stand (with soft knees) and weights down by your hips, palms facing up. Inhale and bend your elbows, bringing weights to the front of your shoulders, exhale on release. Repeat 20 times. Shoulder Press: Start with elbows bent to 90 degrees and weights directly above shoulders, palms facing out. Straighten arms, driving from shoulders until fully extended. Repeat 10 times.

Curls: Stand (with soft knees) and weights down by your hips, palms facing up. Inhale and bend your elbows, bringing weights to the front of your shoulders, exhale on release. Repeat 20 times.
Shoulder Press: Start with elbows bent to 90 degrees and weights directly above shoulders, palms facing out. Straighten arms, driving from shoulders until fully extended. Repeat 10 times.


Plank with weighted row: Come down to a plank on your sweet new yoga mat and grip both weights. Transfer your weight to your feet and arm that will remain stationary. With the working arm, drive with your elbow straight up...like you're elbowing someone you aren't particularly fond of.

Plank with weighted row: Come down to a plank on your sweet new yoga mat and grip both weights. Transfer your weight to your feet and arm that will remain stationary. With the working arm, drive with your elbow straight up...like you're elbowing someone you aren't particularly fond of.