I joined the gym 4 months ago. My membership ends in April since I paid up front for 6 months only. Instead of dropping another $200 for another 6 months, I'm thinking of adding some equipment to a room that is an office for the time being. I have limited space since the rooms dimensions are 10X11. I already have a computer desk in one corner and an elliptical against one wall. I have some space available and am thinking maybe a bench and some dumbbells to start off. I originally wanted the squat rack,olympic sized barbells, etc., but not sure I can fit all that in this room.
I'm currently doing a upper/lower body split 3 days a week and cardio the other days. A lot of my workout consists of just dumbbells and a bench currently, but I would be losing out on the lat pulldown, weighted cable rows, and tricep pulldowns. I'm pretty sure I can figure out my leg workouts at home by doing some squats, etc instead of having to have a squat rack for now.
Anyway, I am currently down 97 pounds. I still have about 50 pounds to go and then I will really want to concentrate on more weight training to build more muscle and lose the last bit of body fat, tone up, etc. I just want to be able to get the same benefit of working out without hindering my progress working out at in the convenience of my own home. The kids will be home for the summer and it will make it more difficult to get to the gym. The gym is also 14 miles from my home one way so if I add the gas I'm spending driving to and from, I'm wasting a lot of money that could be put into something else (like equipment for home).
Is it possible to get enough equipment for home use utilizing a small space and still get an adequate workout? I would love to be able to not have to worry about wasting 50 minutes of my day driving to and from a gym, the time spent getting ready in the morning to go, and the gas to get there!