As contract gyms get more and more expensive, an increasingly large number of people are relying on a home gym to meet their fitness goals.
A home gym can be as simple as a single treadmill to a full set of weights and exercise machines.
If you're interested in building your own home gym, here are some things you should know.
What are your goals?
First, do some soul searching.
What do you want to achieve with your gym?
For many, their main motivation for exercising is weight loss. If that is the case, you should definitely outfit your gym with at least one cardio machine, and maybe some free weights as well. You don't need a lot of equipment to attain your goals if you use what you have efficiently.
It's possible to lose a substantial amount of weight with just a treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike.
For others, their goals are to put on muscle and substantially tone their bodies. If this is you, you will want to invest in weight training equipment that allows you to meet those goals.
A weight bench is one of the best ways to achieve a full body workout.
Make sure you're aware of how your body reacts to exercise before purchasing any exercise machines. If you are prone to any specific injuries, be aware of certain machines that would make those injuries worse.
For example, those with chronic joint issues may find running on a treadmill impossible. The motion of running on a treadmill, although it burns a lot of calories, can be hard on joints, especially the ankles and knees.
If you have these issues but still want to lose weight, you may be better off with a lower impact machine, such as an elliptical. You can still reach the same goals with different machines.
Be aware of your body so you don't waste money on equipment that you physically cannot use.
Know Your Space
One of the major drawbacks of creating a home gym is the lack of space.
A lot of people do not have the luxury of a large, open space in their homes.
For this reason, you must be able to use your space economically. But don't overcrowd a single room with exercise equipment. This hinders exercise for many people.
Make sure you're comfortable in your space and the equipment you do have, and you should be able to see results.
Atmosphere is Essential
A lot of people are attracted to the idea of a gym in their home because it puts them in control of the atmosphere.
Public gyms can be intimidating spaces, especially for people who are insecure about their bodies.
Traveling to the gym can also be a hassle, and many people seek to create home gyms for this very reason. They believe that having a gym in their own home will enable them to stick to a strict exercise regimen.
A home gym gives you the freedom to make the space what you want. Make your space inviting and motivating. Play music that gets you pumped. Lay out your equipment in a way that makes your gym easy to maneuver.
The right atmosphere will keep you working hard and will ensure that you see results and meet your goals.
It doesn't have to be expensive
Most people assume that exercise equipment will cost them a lot of money. This is simply not true.
There are many options for exercise equipment at varying prices. You will be able to find what you need in your price range, hands down. Don't be afraid to purchase used, either.
A lot of used equipment for sale is barely worn, mostly because people purchase gym equipment with the intention of using it, but never get around to it. Buying used can save you tons of money, and some of these machines are as good as new.
You should also be realistic about the equipment you want to purchase.
If your goal is to become a bodybuilder, then it is fine to spend a lot of money on state of the art weight training equipment.
But if you just want to gain a little bit a muscle and define your body a little more, you may not need such expensive equipment. However, don't sacrifice quality for a good price.
If you're still not sure if you will get good use out of a gym in your home, buy one or two machines and see how easy it is to stick with them.
Once you get into a rhythm, you can add more machines, depending on their usefulness.
Don't let fear hold you back
Fear is the only obstacle preventing you from meeting and exceeding your goals.
At the end of the day, a home gym is an investment in yourself and an investment in your body. Only you can ensure that this investment pays off.
Ultimately, every home gym is unique, because everybody is unique. If you are set on creating a home gym, know that although it can be a pricey endeavor, it doesn't have to be.
And it can be immensely rewarding.
For many people, home gyms have a major perk that public gyms simply do not: convenience. You're probably more likely to get your daily workout in if all you have to do is walk downstairs to the basement. The convenience of a home gym can also increase the frequency of your workouts.
Essentially, home gyms make it possible to lose more weight, with less struggle.
So if you're going back and forth about home gyms, take the leap.
All you have to lose is the weight!
Have you built your own home gym? Let us know in the comments below!