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Cost of exercise equipment

One of the most important considerations in choosing between joining a health club and setting up your own home gym is the cost.

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Before you write a check or throw down your credit card, take a look at how much some of the various options will cost you:

Jump-rope: $2.10 on toysrus.com; $10 to $40 on walmart.com.

Workout-related books: Most between $7 and $50 on barnesandnoble.com.

Fitness tapes/DVDs: Most between $5 and $30 on barnesandnoble.com.

Joining a walking or running group: Often free or minimal cost to become a member, and many welcome nonmember participation.

Walking/running: The price of a good pair of shoes usually starts around $50.

Health club membership: The average is $34 per month or $408 per year, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. For commercial clubs, the median is closer to $54 per month, according to the association.

Workout with a personal trainer: About $47 per session on average, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.

Home treadmill (new): Most will run between $100 and $4,000 at dickssportinggoods.com. The more accessories, the more it's likely to cost.

Elliptical machine: Most elliptical machines cost between $170 and $1,800 at dickssportinggoods.com.

Stairs: Free. And it's easy to work into your daily routine.

For a look at some of the things to consider between joining a health club or working out at home, see "Home workout or join a gym?."

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-- Posted: Aug. 28, 2007
 
 
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