How to get free (or very cheap) workout equipment
Today, I’m going to teach you how to get workout equipment for free, or very cheap. Calisthenics and most bodyweight exercises typically refer to exercises that don’t really require equipment, and some people are totally “anti-equipment” but I’m pretty unbiased when it comes to how I get my workouts done, as long as it will help me reach my fitness goals and won’t interfere when trying to reach those goals. You can use this method to get free/cheap exercise machines, dumb bells, barbells, benches, boxes, you name it, you can probably get it free or for only a few dollars.
This method uses the following (all free, don’t worry)…
First, set up an account at ifttt.com (it’s free). Ifttt.com stands for “If This Then That”, and it’s designed to “Put the internet to work for you”. What this site does is that you can set it up to automate little tasks for you, it can text/email you the weather in the morning, post your tumblr updates to twitter, text/email you the final score of a sports game, whatever really. It’s limited only by the things they support and your own imagination. One of the features that it’s got is to text/email you posts on craigslist that meet a certain specification, be it price, category, or both. You can use this to set up a “automatic notifier” for when a free rowing machine or whatever you’re setting it up to notify you.
Setting it up is easy, search for what you want, in the section you want on, so lets say you live in New York and you want a free rowing machine. You’ll go to craigslist, go to the freebie section, and search “rowing machine”. Once you’ve done this, fine-tune the search parameters as much as you’d like, then research. Now open a new tab and go to your ifttt.com dashboard.
First you’ll need to add the craigslist and email channel, so click, “Get more channels” and get those added. Next return to the dashboard and click create a task. Then you can click, “this”, then select the craigslist channel, then click “New post from search”, then copy the URL from the search on craigslist, and paste it into box titles “search results URL” on ifttt.com.
Next you click “that”, click on email, then click “send me an email”, then edit the format of the email if you’d like (I leave it as it is). Then click through to the finish and then that’s it!
Now, whenever anybody in your area posts a rowing machine in the “free” section, you’ll receive an email with a link to the post to check it out! If you want it, you can just contact the buyer as you normally would through craigslist (phone call/email).
Hope you find this tip useful, I know I have. You can use this method to get great deals on purchases, and get free things people tend to give away because you’ll be the first to know about it!