Post # 1
My FI and I are into the gym and, even though we don’t have a lot of space in our apartment, some home gym equipment would probably be great so we can still get in good cardio and weight lifting at home. On our own, we probably wouldn’t buy this stuff for at least another 5 years for money reasons. So 2 questions:
1 – anybody have recommendations for dumbbell sets or cardio equipment? (I love elliptical and spinning, my FI loves treadmill but hasn’t tried anything else. We both use free weights/dumbbells)
2 – anybody ever register for home fitness items or have recs for what home fitness items are most appropriate to add to our registry? (I know REI and amazon both have these items available for registries).
We’d probably both continue to run outside and have gym memberships, but this stuff would be nice when weather is horrid, if we want to exercise while watching our shows at home, and when a baby might make it harder to get out. I posted a long time ago about registering for trainer sessions or personal workout clothes, etc., but home workout equipment seems more appropriate for a registry potentially.
Post # 2
Shkragoldfish: I have a Proform treadmill and I know they make bicycles and ellipticals as well, they have the insert for ifit cards so you can get special workouts for the equipment (I have a Jillian Michaels treadmill workout and it kicks my butt). The treadmill has held up nicely over the past three years with some fairly heavy use, so I’d recommend that brand. I believe FI ordered it on Amazon during a black friday sale.
I am curious to see what other Bees say about adding home fitness equipment to your registry, because FI and I have had our house for over 5 years and have already gotten a lot of the regular household goods one typically registers for and we are looking to make our home gym a little more legit. I think it’s a good idea, and would be happy to purchase items like that for a friend. But I could see some of my older relatives being upset at the idea.
Post # 3
Orchid71: my relatives definitely aren’t the stuffy type and all of our guests know and like that we’re serious about fitness. The older folks also appreciate and have realized just how important staying in shape is.
nice to hear about that treadmill brand. Do you know what model you have or approximate price?
Post # 4
For apartment living, definitely recommend an adjustable dumbbell set like one of the following:
I have used a Bowflex adjustable set in the past and found it easy to use and great for a small space! There are several on amazon to compare reviews and prices.
I don’t think it would be wrong to register for something both of you will get a lot of use out of at home. I don’t see much difference between that and registering for pots and pans, but some of your more traditional guests may not agree. For that reason, gift cards are always nice! 🙂
Post # 5
What’s wrong with registering for it? If people feel like its weird they just won’t get it for you. Then you can just use some of the cash gifts to buy it afterwards. I don’t know for sure since I am very recently engaged but when I see odd things on other people’s registries I forget about it 2 seconds later lol.
Post # 6
Shkragoldfish: Have you thought about a TRX training system? I know it’s not your typical dumbell workout, but I find it to be be very versatile. It’s also great for space saving.
Post # 7
GG_Vega: hmm, I’m not familiar with TRX – I’ll look into it. I’m debating maybe only registering for a budget stationary bike because I actually do already have a good set of elastic resistance bands that are pretty good for “lifting” that I bought for travel.
If I can get a good enough setup, I’m thinking about maybe not starting a new gym membership when we move because there’s decent outdoors running nearby, I’ll have a long commute a few days/wk, and the gyms are further than mine usually are (15 mins instead of 1-2 blocks).
Post # 8
I think we’ve settled on a bike maybe – the sunny belt bike (sf-b1002 on sale for as cheap as $320 W free shipping). I also like the sole sb700, but it costs nearly $800 and I’m not sure if there’s enough difference in the bikes to justify that extra cost.
The sole bike has a little computer we probably won’t use much and it has a great warranty. I was able to try it out in a store and it’s perfect- better than the spin bikes at my gym. I can’t find what the sunny warranty is (sold by overstock and sears) and Im having a hard time trying to find it anywhere to try it out. The few reviews out there (it’s a newer model) are good and the older/cheaper model has amazing reviews and a realt good warranty (the warranty/service for the cheaper model might be because it’s sold by amazon but the model I want isn’t. the model I want is available on amazon from another seller but amazon doesn’t stock or ship).
Maybe we’ll leave both on the registry. Not sure
Post # 9
My shower was a few weeks ago and, thanks to some generous gift cards, we’re getting our bike! 😀
Post # 10
you should absolutely register for fitness equipment if you want it.
i know REI has a wedding registry section.