Cost Evaluation of Fitness Equipment

If you're looking to add some fitness equipment into your life but are not sure whether or not to do it at home or go the gym route, bankrate.com has evaluated the cost of some common equipment to help you along in your decision.


Here's a good list to get you started:

  • Jump-rope: Most will run between $10 to $40.
  • Workout-related books: Most will run between $7 and $50.
  • Fitness tapes/DVDs: Most will run between $5 and $30.
  • 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. The more accessories, the more it's likely to cost.
  • Elliptical machine:. Most elliptical machines cost between $170 and $1,800.
  • Stairs: Free. And it's easy to work into your daily routine.

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