Convenience is key for many when it comes to getting in shape and working out. The most common excuses to avoiding a workout is usually “I’m too tired to go to the gym” and “There’s no time to go to the gym” but these excuses are a thing of the past if you build a gym right in your home. There’s also no worries of distractions, obnoxious people, feeling self conscious and intimidated or terrible music blasting through the speakers. When you have a home gym, you can enter your own world, in the convenience of your home, and get the workout you want.
1. Buy the right equipment
Many people avoid building their own home gym because they fear that it’ll cost them a fortune, but this is not the case if you know what type of equipment to buy. There are some home gym essential machines that are extremely versatile and will save you the money of buying other machines. The centerpiece of your home gym should be a power rack. Power racks are especially important because when working out at home, you most likely won’t have a spotter so the pins on the rack can prevent injuries when lifting. You can also basically do any free weight exercise with the assistance of a power rack. Of course, using a power rack requires that you also buy some free weights.
Another essential unit is an adjustable bench. An adjustable bench will save you money from buying an incline, decline and flat bench. Alternatively if you are not a fan of free weights, you can also opt to purchase a functional trainer. This is an all-in-one strength machine that will help you perform both upper body and lower body exercises.
No matter your choice in terms of strength machines, you will also need a cardio machine to have a complete home gym. Cardio machines are essentially up to preference. The number one factor you should be looking for is enjoyment. If you’re not going to buy your favorite cardio machine, then you’re not going to want to use it and won’t be as motivated when you’re on it. Space is generally limited in a home gym so a great move would be going for an all-in-one cardio machine, such as the Precor AMT 100i Elliptical.
Even though you’re creating a home gym, it is highly recommended that you do not go for equipment meant for the home. They’re built far less durable than commercial grade machines.
2. Location, location, location
You need a space dedicated to your home gym. You shouldn’t make half of your living room into a home gym, but rather have a space that is purely created to motivate. The most common choice is a garage which works great since it has ample space and can be free of distractions. Setting up your gym with speakers can also help with motivation. It’s a great feeling to have the beats and pounding bass pumping through your veins. It would also be a good idea to get a mirror so you can see yourself workout and fix your form if you are having trouble.
3. Have a plan
This is pretty obvious but it’s a good thought to keep in mind. We’ve given you the outline and essentials, but ultimately this is your gym. This is the space you’ll be getting fit in and hopefully spending hundreds of hours in so you should be happy with it. Before you start purchasing equipment, create a list of everything that you absolutely must have. Draw out a floor plan and make sure that all the equipment can fit comfortably. Hang up some motivational posters to inspire you. Make it your own.
We hope this guide has helped you begin the planning stages of your home gym. If you need more help or advice, or want to buy some commercial grade gym equipment for a discount price, contact us!