The on-the-go, 41-year-old sales executive wanted home exercise equipment so that she could keep in top shape. She turned to personal trainer Lou Gaudio for help. With about $6,000, Gaudio and his client transformed a spare bedroom into a complete home gym that included weight equipment and a stationary bicycle as well as mirrors, lights and a video screen built into the wall.
The average home gym needn't require $6,000. "A few dumbbells and barbells are a good start. Later you can decide to buy more if you like," said Gaudio, 42, who has been a personal trainer for six years and last year opened a training studio in Dana Point.
Here's his prescription for a complete home gym:
* Start with a good dumbbell set, which should include weights from 2 1/2 to 20 pounds for women, 5 to 50 pounds for men. The women's weights will cost about $350, the men's twice that. A flat or inclined workout bench, at about $250, also will be needed.
* For more variety, buy a weight-resistance, two-station pulley unit, which costs about $1,600. It works to develop muscles by being pulled down from above the shoulders or up from foot level.