Here’s the starting list of equipment, supplements, and services for this challenge. I’ve averaged the total cost out over 12 weeks and subtracted the amount from my $40/week budget target, leaving $21.29/week for groceries.
Of course, anyone NOT planning on entering the official EAS Body-for-Life and/or Instone Nutrition Lifechange challenges can simply subtract the cost of the supplements I purchased to qualify as a contestant. Males might also omit the calcium 600 mg + D supplement, but females who don’t consume much dairy in their diets should seriously consider keeping it.
EAS only requires that one EAS product be purchased and used during their Body-for-Life challenge, but Instone’s rules state that participants need to buy one product per month to qualify. I decided to pick up one canister of EAS l-glutamine powder that should last the entire challenge. On the Instone side, I bought one bottle of the Pre-Workout Intensity caplets which contain, from what I can tell, an innocuous mix of caffeine, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), vitamin B-12, and cocoa extract. I plan to buy a 4 pack of Instone’s protein pudding each remaining month to meet the purchase requirements.
I opted for a cheap $10/month gym membership at Planet Fitness instead of picking up home equipment because the membership fee was very reasonable and no long-term contract was required. I’ll post an alternate starting list with a basic home gym set up of bench and dumbbells once I have a chance to check out prices at the local stores.