Costs

  • DrH93

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    Sep 03, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    Undoubtedly , motivation and discipline are the most important parts of bodybuilding , but how much would you say it costs to fund a lifestyle of bodybuilding ?

    i.e Gym Membership , Costs Of Eating etc.

    Thanks for reading

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    Sep 03, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    Very good topic.

    I have a somewhat high cost to maintain this lifestyle or hobby however others want to call it. Between 2-gym memberships, accessories (including books), foods and supplements, I spend between $5K-$ $6K @ year. Mostly the highest cost comes from the food and supplements.
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    Sep 04, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Supplements are really the most expensive part. But lots you can do at home for free hard to get really big that way though.
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    Sep 04, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    yeah but think comparatively...

    Poor health and bad habits cost just as much, most of my peer group blow double what I do on booze, drugs or gambling
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    Sep 04, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    Gym membership is nothing. You can find deals all the time. I pay $20 a year for mine. Or if you have the space, build your own gym in your garage. It will be a lot of money up front, but it's an "investment" that will last a long time, especially if you're committed to fitness as a lifestyle. You can get a power rack, adjustable bench, and a basic olympic weight set for under $800. Then add more weights and equipment as you progress.
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    Sep 04, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    I'm no bodybuilder but you should look at the bodies on this thread and pick the guys you want to look like and use their suggestions. Otherwise, you could be spending a lot of money for shit. Looks like a couple dudes are spending a lot of money with underachieving results....
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    Sep 06, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    Depends what kind of goals you have really and how you plan to achieve them, but it can be expensive.

    Food is generally a wash, I find. Healthy food is more expensive (especially since protein sources are so much more expensive than carbohydrate sources), but if you simultaneously cut out restaurant food and probably most of your booze then it evens out a lot of that.

    Gym memberships are important, but not a significant burden I find. My gym is $15 a month and gets me everything I need.

    Supplements are where the money pit is going to be. Creatine, vitamins, proteins, thermogenics, pumpers, strippers, stimulants... all kinda pricey if you want to participate. Even more expensive if you want to dip into prohormones or steroids.

    The financial commitment, I find, isn't so burdensome that it becomes not worth it (even for someone like me who does not have a huge disposable income at this point in my life). The main cost of the lifestyle is in time and concentration. Not only are you spending time at the gym, you're spending time reading, researching, prepping meals, planning lifting routines, scheduling workouts around your life, calculating nutrients, buying supplies and supplements and special groceries... Yeah. The main cost is time and concentration icon_smile.gif.

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    Sep 06, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    Suppliments are the most expensive. I only use two and only the protein would be considered pricey. My gym membership is $29 a year (yeah, I got a great deal at 24 hour fiteness).

    Food shouldnt really be a huge issue. You should be able to source good food at a decent price.