Are you tired of expensive gym memberships and driving back and forth to the health club? How about being wait-listed to use the machines you need, having to purchase expensive workout gear and share the showers? Maybe it’s time for you to create your own gym right in your own home where you are the boss and can do what you want when you want to do it. So, what do you need to make your own home gym? It might be easier than you think.
In addition to the other benefits of a home gym, you can not only replicate the machines and weights from a traditional gym that you want, you can include things commercial gyms don’t offer, such as some of those specialty machines sold on TV. The only person you have to please is you. However, you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot of money to create your perfect home gym.
For obvious reasons, there are many used, or slightly used, pieces of gym equipment for sale. You can find this equipment through the classified ads in your newspaper or on websites such as Craigslist, for sometimes pennies on the dollar. You can even make do with stuff you already have such as cans of vegetables for hand weights. You have workout weights as well as a side dish for dinner!
Of course, you will need a space dedicated to your home gym; however, it does not have to be large or even a separate room. If you have a garage that can be converted to a workout space that is perfect, but a corner of your living room, den or even bedroom can suffice for adding a stationary bike, treadmill and/or hand weights and an exercise ball.
Many people find that adding some music to their workouts helps keep them motivated. So consider adding a stereo, CD player, or hooking up your iPod, or, if you prefer, you can add a wall-mounted TV. Many people join a gym for the purpose of participating in a workout class to keep them motivated. If that’s you, team up with some friends and have your own class.
Once you define the space, you will need to decide what equipment you would like (or afford) to add. If you don’t have the room or the budget for a treadmill, jump ropes are great for a cardio workout, are easy to store and inexpensive to purchase. The next thing that experts advise is a good set of dumbbells with adjustable weights. These allow you a lot of versatility, store easily and don’t take up a lot of room.
Many professional athletes swear by resistance training equipment that uses your own body weight to build muscle and increase endurance. For an upper body workout, use a chin up bar designed to work various muscle groups. A stability ball can be used for many different purposes; you can substitute this for a workout bench, using it to sit on for lifting weights, doing sit-ups or planks for the maximum burn, and it is great in an aerobic workout.
Setting up your own home gym doesn’t have to be expensive, space consuming or contain fancy equipment. Now that you know the skinny, maybe it’s time to consider taking on this project for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.