How to Build the Gym You Need at Home
Thursday, November 10, 2016 — No Comments Yet
It’s not so much that you don’t like to work out. The main problem is finding time to get to the health club. Eliminate that issue by setting up your own home gym. The process is not as difficult as you may think. Here are some tips on how to create a place to work out any time you want.
Clearing a Space
Ideally, you want to set aside space for the gym to be set up permanently. Weight training equipment that can be collapsed and pushed under the bed is fine, but wouldn’t it be better to jump right into a workout without having to pull everything out and arrange it first?
Remember that the space does not have to be large. After all, you are designing the home gym for use by one or possibly two people at best. A spare bedroom will do nicely. You can also consider the idea of taking the workroom attached to the garage and setting up all the equipment in that space.
Choosing the Equipment
The nice thing about creating a home gym is that you don’t have to buy all the equipment at once. It’s easy enough to prioritize purchases based on the specific fitness goals you currently have.
For example, you may be mainly concerned right now with strengthening your core. That means investing in one or two pieces of equipment that will tone the stomach and add definition to your chest. If the plan is to build upper body strength, weight fitness equipment like a bench and some free weights will do the trick.
Decide what you need to work on the most and start off with equipment and gear that will address those areas. Over time, you can add another piece here and there to keep the rest of your body in good shape.
Mirror Mirror On the Wall
Having mirrors in a home gym are not a sign of narcissism. It’s important to observe your movements and form as you go through different workout routines. The goal is to make sure you are bending and stretching safely and not running the risk of damaging any of the muscle groups you are trying to tone. If you don’t want to mirror an entire wall, invest in a series of individual mirrors used on the backs of bedroom doors. Strategically placing them will allow you to make sure you are performing each repetition safely and getting the most from your efforts.
There’s other equipment that you need to make sure the home gym is ready to go. Any of the sports equipment stores online will carry things like mats, gloves, back support devices, and other essentials. Take the time to make a list of what you need, arrange the list based on how you plan on beginning your new home workout routine, and add to the gym as you go along. It won’t take long before you can’t wait to get to your gym, tone your body, and work through whatever pressures you encountered during the day.