Everyone is getting fit these days and I t seems like there are so many different ways to push yourself to new levels of perfection, so how do you meet your goals without going broke? Let’s take a look at ways you can push your peak without breaking the bank:
1. It shouldn’t cost more than $50 per month for a decent gym membership. I know what you’re thinking…”but my gym has a pool/towel service/24 hour schedule/multi-club access..”. News flash, there are plenty of $50-or-less-per-month gyms that have all of this. My gym, for example, is short scheduled on Sundays and closes at 8, but is open 24 hours a day during the week. It also has a pool, fun classes, and multi-club access, for $21 a month. In a world of 24 Hour FitnessAnytime Fitness/LA Fitness/or Xperience Fitness, there is no reason to be overpaying for a gym with decent amenities. Just find the one that has what you need.
2.Your multi-vitamins should not cost more than $1 per day. GNC is excellent at ripping people off here, by trying to show the GNC vitamins have extra “stuff” in them, by showing how they break down in water, etc., but there are two things you are overlooking if you fall for this scam:
A. The extra stuff in their themed vitamin packs should almost always be taken at a different time than the vitamin to maximize their potency.
B. Your stomach can digest metal so how a vitamin dissolves in water has no meaning to your stomach-it will dissolve. If you’re pooping out a whole vitamin, you’ve got bigger issues.
3. Your protein should also cost under $1.40 per scoop. It doesn’t matter if it’s organic, grass-fed, magic protein milked right from the last male unicorn…$1.40 per scoop is the MAX you should pay for good protein, unless there is a protein blend, an IGF-1 additive, or it’s a limited time thing (like it was made with unicorn milk). There are also two other things to take into account:
A. Flavor is a big deal. GNC and some other brands will tell you their vanilla flavor is different (which means it tastes like garbage) because they focus on the added nutrition and protein blend, not the flavor. Vanilla should not taste like a plastic toy or burned coconut. Dymatize, ON, Bucked Up, Sparta Nutrition, and others make delicious protein that actually tastes like the flavor on the tub. Don’t overpay for crappy flavor.
B. Watch for amino spiking. For example, if the serving size is 33 grams, and the tub says 24 grams of protein, 11 grams of glutamine, 6 grams of leucine, the manufacturer is substituting amino acids for “protein” count. Your protein grams plus all of the amino acid grams should be equal to or make up around 80% of the serving size. Furthermore, you should never buy the “multivitamin in my protein” kind of protein. Some nutrition is okay, but if the protein is equivalent to your multivitamin, you’re buying garbage disguised as protein.
4. Your sleep supplement shouldn’t contain more than 4mg of melatonin. A sleep supplement can help with recovery, growth hormone development, and overall well-being…but if your sleep supplement is more than 4 mg of melatonin, you’re wasting your money. A proper sleep supplement should have GABA, valerian root, EAAs, phenibut, and some other things if necessary, but a high melatonin count means your body will eventually develop a tolerance to melatonin, and that the manufacturer wanted to add a cheap sleep ingredient for a high price and make a buck off of a sucker like you.
5. Your thermogenic shouldn’t be a caffeine pill. Fat burners are a decent addition to help burn some stubborn fat, but while a thermogenic could have SOME caffeine, any thermogenic that has over 75% of the total ingredients comprised of caffeine is a joke. A good thermogenic should have any of the following: L-Carnitine, CLA, Yohimbine, Rawuscoline, Vitamin B, Caffeine (some), Phenylalanine, Eria Jarensis, or DMHA. Just watch out if you’re taking any anti-depressants or other medications.
6. You do not need a meal coach. There is enough info online to put together a solid meal-prep for a week…you do not need to pay someone to do this for you, unless they pay for the food AND cook it for you.
7. The majority of fitness clothing you see in FB or IG ads is a ripoff. Leather-free shoes for $200? $80 CrossFit shorts? A lifting shirt for $40? Just say no, people. TJ Max , Sierra Trading Post (my fave), and Amazon all sell fitness clothing from reputable brands for a reasonable price. My Merrill trail running shoes would have cost $140 regular price, but they were $40 at Sierra Trading Post. Unless those leather-free shoes are going to last 5 times as long as normal shoes with twice the comfort, they aren’t worth it.
8. Your at-home fitness videos won’t provide long term benefit. We’ve all seen the friend who posts at-home fitness routines on social media with the “hands on hips while leaning forward toward the camera like they have a back problem” pose. For quick and short-term weight loss, these programs work well…but for long term benefit, nothing burns fat and protects bone density like dense muscle and you won’t get dense muscle without lifting a decent amount of weight. It’s the secret these dance in your living room video programs don’t want you to know: you WILL eventually plateau and they WILL try to upsell you to “take you to the next level”, but you could do this with a simple gym membership and some actual weights. My advice here is use them while you can (if under $50 a month and if you have kids or a fear of sweating around others), but eventually get your ass to the gym and lift.
There you have it…8 ways to help you get or stay fit without breaking the bank. Try a few, or all 8, and put your savings toward a masseuse or some ibuprofen-you’ll need it.