How to Build a Home Gym
There are many reasons you might want a home gym. The closest gym might be too expensive, too far away, you don’t have the time to drive to the gym everyday, or running outside is either too cold or too hot. Home gyms can be a much more convenient alternative. There’s no commute and you can work out in your underwear if you want to. Whatever your reasons, here are a few tips to get you started on your new home gym.
Admittedly there are some downsides to home gyms. One of the main negatives is that it’s harder to stay motivated and on top of your goals. So set yourself up for success, and start your home gym by getting a whiteboard and marker. Write down your goals and monitor your daily progress. If you need another person to stay motivated, get a workout buddy or join an online forum where you can discuss your progress with other people.
Find the Space
Finding a space for your home gym is simpler than it sounds. If you can lie down and make a snow angel, and if you can stand up and wave your arms around, then you have enough space for a gym. Of course, your gym can be as big as you want. Ideally, you should find a space away from laundry hampers, running children and any other distractions. Set up a TV or stereo to block out outside noises. Finally, set up a mirror so that you can watch yourself work out, as this will decrease your risk for injuries.
Get the Equipment
Again, set yourself up for success. Everyone’s preferences are different, and so if you know that running isn’t your thing, don’t buy a treadmill just because you’re setting up your home gym. If you really want to work on some cardio, consider a bike or an elliptical. Here are some other basics to include in your gym:
Even if you don’t like lifting weights, you should consider getting dumbbells. Cardio will help you lose weight at first, but soon your body will adjust and your weight will stay the same. Get dumbbells for your resistance training, as they are relatively cheap and don’t take up a lot of space. They are quite versatile, and can be used for almost any workout. Bonus: A great way to save money and space is to buy adjustable dumbbells.
Another piece of versatile equipment is a burst-resistant stability ball. These are a great way to work on your abs, as it isolates the abdominals and supports the spine. Stability balls can be a bit bulky, so one way to accommodate their size is to use them as a chair around the house. You’ll get a workout even sitting down!
If you’re tight on space, or don’t have the money to shell out for a treadmill or elliptical, consider getting a jump rope instead. You’ll get a great cardio workout and be sweating in no time.
The best thing about your home gym is that you can customize it to fit your style. If you’re into lifting, get an adjustable bench so that you can lift from multiple angles. If you don’t have a lot of space and enjoy more of a peaceful workout, get a yoga mat and some calming music. On the other hand if you like to have some fun when you workout, set up a TV and pop in a Richard Simmons video. Your gym should be all about your tastes and preferences and helping you reach your goals.
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