Creating a workout space in your own home is a great way to get in shape without breaking the bank. With a bit of careful planning, your home gym can be everything you need and more! Read on for our best tips on planning, setup and equipment.
Do Your Homework
Setting up a great home gym begins…well…at home. Find places which are out of the way and used infrequently. This means you won’t be interrupted as much while you exercise, which will lead to more focus and more results.
You don’t need a lot of space. If you plan to purchase any large workout machines, figure out their total size requirements. Floor exercises are a big part of home workouts, so don’t forget floor space.
Once you’ve got your space requirements figured out, create a plan on your computer using real-world measurements. This will help you figure out where to put things.
Determine Your Budget
A home gym is designed, in most cases, to help you save money. However, it’s easy to get carried away and turn this money-saver into a very expensive endeavor. To guard against this, create a budget. Determine how much you can afford to spend. If you can’t afford to set up a gym all at once, start with the most important pieces and add to your fitness center as your finances allow.
Create The Mood
An important and often ignored factor in setting up a home gym is making it feel like a gym, not just another room in your house. There are many ways to do this, and they’re different for everybody. Think about what makes you feel motivated to work out. Is there a particular type of music that really gets you going? Does changing into your gym clothes make you feel like it’s go time? Whatever it takes, re-create it in your home gym. Without these little boosts, you may feel like your workouts lack the intensity you’re used to at a traditional gym or with a trainer.
Choose Pieces Carefully
Setting up a home gym does not involve purchasing every piece of workout equipment you see at the local fitness center. In fact, many fitness experts and personal trainers work with their clients using small, easily transported items you can find for far less money than those big machines. A set of resistance bands, an adjustable set of weights (available from 2 to 50 pounds), a stability ball and a yoga mat are, believe it or not, enough to accomplish most, if not all, of your fitness goals! If you really want a bigger piece of machinery, be sure you’ll actually use it, and rent it first – if possible – to make sure it’s worth the price.
Guard Your Workout Time
Children, spouses and even pets are great at interrupting a workout. With the exception of emergencies, let your family know that the time you spend in your fitness center is your time. Interruptions can cause you to lose focus, which leads to poor results. For most people, a workout lasts an hour or less. Older children can learn to respect your space, and younger ones can be watched by a partner. While you’re at it, leave your phone, tablet and any other distractions outside the door. A home gym is only as productive as the energy you put into your workouts, so make them as focused as possible!