Building A Home Gym The Easy Way
You can’t beat the convenience of having your own home gym. Having a home gym means no more long trips to the gym, expensive memberships, fighting to get on a piece of equipment, hygiene issues and crowds of people to contend with.
Building your home gym is easy and not as expensive as you think! A home gym can be fitted out for around £5,000 which isn’t bad considering the price of gym memberships and the money you will safe on traveling.
First things first you need a suitable room. Ground floor rooms make for a better location to set up a home gym, but a spare bed room will equally work. Other options include using a basement, garage, outbuilding like a summer house, dining room or a conservatory. The room ideally should be around 3x4m or more to give you enough space to exercise safely and comfortably.
If you do not have a whole room you are able to dedicate to transforming into a gym, then you could consider using part of a large room by screening off an area or adding a portioning wall. A stud partition wall will cost from around £750 depending on the size of the job and the builder you use.
Ventilation is important so if the room has no windows consider adding a wall or ceiling fan. You may also want to add an energy efficient air conditioning unit for the warmer months.
Have a Budget
Before you start on your home gym you need to establish a budget. Work out what you want to achieve, what you are willing to invest and what will work in the space you have.
Invest in the best quality equipment you can afford there are options out there for all budgets. If you are doing any building work to the room for example strengthening floors, adding new flooring, rewiring, plumbing or fitting new windows and doors factor these costs into your budget as well as the equipment you intend to buy.
Take your own personal taste into account when it comes to designing your gym. So for example if you intend to use your home gym for yoga type workouts then creating a peaceful and calm environment to exercise in will work well for this type of exercising.
A full length large mirror should be included in the room, so you can see yourself from head to toe. This is not for vanity but to check your form and technic, this will help reduce the chances of getting an injury.
Add plants into the room they add life and oxygen into the room and will help to create an inviting area to work out.
The lighting in the room is really important and shouldn’t be over looked. Make sure the room has natural day light and the electric light fittings used provide good and suitable lighting for the room. A space that has good lighting often helps you stay positive and focused.
If your room faces out onto the street make sure you have privacy by using window blinds unless of course you don’t mind having an audience!
Some Basic Equipment to Consider
• Wall-mounted TV to make the workout more enjoyable and for playing workout DVDs.
• Music system.
• A 25mm thick mat, around 600x1200mm for floor exercises and stretches.
• You should fit items that will work your heart as well as strengthen and tone.
• Free weights, dumb bells, skipping rope, medicine ball, stability ball etc.
• Exercise bikes, treadmills and rowing machines are all good for cardio exercises.
• A multi-gym is a good option as it works the muscles and is also compact. (If you’re on a budget, go for weights and a bench).
Get Fit, Not Bankrupt
Only buy what you know you are going to use, there is no point fitting out the gym with stuff you know isn’t going to get used and will just gather dust or be used to hang your towel from. You can start with a few items and then build on this over time.
You can always consider renting some equipment to see how often you use it before investing.
If you go down the road of purchasing second hand equipment then be sure it is in good working order. Sites like Amazon and eBay offer the opportunity to buy items that people no longer use. But be cautious and find out why they are selling if the equipment is faulty or in need of repair you need to know in advance so you can decide if this is something you are willing to fix or you’d prefer not to consider.
When purchasing new large and expensive pieces of gym equipment do your homework and buy from a reputable and knowledgeable company.
Lastly let’s look at the Pros and Cons to help you decide whether this is going to work for you.
• No expensive gym memberships
• Train whenever you want
• No traveling
• No need to book sessions
• Home gyms allow you to train how and when you want
• Can take the gym with you if you move
• Limited range of equipment
• Having motivation from others
• Enough space to create the gym
If you do decide to create a home gym remember even the best home gym won’t work unless you actually do the work outs. So plan and schedule your training and make sure that you don’t get distracted by home life, the computer, phone calls etc.
When the neighbours start asking how you got into amazing shape, the choice is yours you can either tell them about your super-duper home gym or keep it a secret.