The Basics for Starting Your Home Gym
Thinking about setting up your own private place to exercise like a home gym? No, we aren’t talking about a huge room full of equipment either. It can simply be the corner of any room in the house with the proper exercise and equipment! Take a look at these simple tips to keep in mind when setting up your home gym!
Home Gym 101
There are many reasons why people choose to create a home gym. To some people, the thought of training at the typical gym is intimidating.
For some people, they like the idea of training while still having fun with the kids or while babysitting. In other cases, the commercial gyms are located too far away, making the home gym the perfect alternative.
Therefore, having a home gym is ideal for many people while even for those who love the gym but can’t always make it there!
For those looking to spruce up their current home gym or just get one started to begin with, here are a few pointer:
1. Find the Suitable Space
Choosing the right space for you home gym depends of course on the free space available. The gym can be in a big room or a small one in accordance to preference and available space.
You can also create room by clearing out the garage, corner of the living room or the guest bedroom.
When choosing the right room, it’s important to consider the electrical outlets, sufficient lighting and flooring. It is also advisable to have a full length mirror and speakers for music.
If you plan on using any instructional videos or online programs, your room must of course then have a TV or computer!
2. Strategic Planning
The space available for your home gym should be planned strategically to maximize the space. A gym template can be used to create unique dimensions in the space available. The couch can be replaced with a bike, AMT, treadmill or an elliptical as they would normally take up the same amount of space.
Just this simple switch can be a great way to blast calories while watching TV or having fun with the family.
First of all, you need to make sure you know how to properly use the equipment before you start chucking it in your home gym!
This can include stability balls, mats and Pilates for yoga, cardio machines, dumbbells, resistance bands…etc. It is important to choose equipment that is easy to use on your own, long-lasting and durable, especially with respect to weight loss exercises.
As mentioned, make sure you know how to use it properly before even purchasing it! The last thing you want is to hurt yourself in your awesome home gym or even damage part of your house.
4. Invest Smartly
It is important to invest smartly when planning to have a home gym. This helps to avoid sending the wallet into a cardiac arrest through blowing through the money. Take time to think about the equipment needed to make a home gym and how this will ease your training.
A few dumbbells may be enough for a person to meet their strength training needs at home and some will need more equipment.
It is important to be practical about the training needs as this will help to save money and make most use of the available space.
5. Shop Secondhand
Want to save money? Well then shop around for secondhand items especially if you have a strict budget – who doesn’t? The sparkling new items may be too expensive and out of reach for some people and used equipment will provide a better choice.
In most cases, hotels and gyms put some of their equipment up for sale at a cheaper price when they are upgrading. There are also some online sites that enable people to sell their exercise equipment that they don’t use.
It’s important to be cautious when buying secondhand equipment though and make sure to find out why its being sold in the first place.
This is because the equipment may be broken or damaged requiring technical repair. The equipment being sold should be tried out first to make sure it is in good working condition.
If you got the coin and are buying new, consider the equipment warranty as well, as this can save you a lot of headaches in the future.
6. Bottom Line
Strategic planning is very essential when making choices regarding your home gym. You should be smart when planning and laying out the equipment to be used and the money to be spent on the whole project.
You can even opt for at home online fitness programs.
In some cases, the only thing needed to start a home gym is a personal trainer and a small floor space. Some exercises like pushups do not require any equipment and when done correctly, are very effective.
A home gym can be very efficient as it provides a way in which to enjoy the company of family members and the comforts of home while exercising.
Remember: find a suitable space, plan your home gym strategically, shop secondhand equipment and investing wisely and before you know it, you will have an awesome, effective home gym where you can crush all your workouts!