With our busy lives, workouts help to relieve work-related stress, besides giving us a major boost of energy, self-esteem, and self-confidence. However, the hardest part is the commitment. Leaving work and going through traffic to get to your gym kills the motivation and with time, you find yourself gradually falling behind. Not to mention the limited gym hours, waiting for someone to finish using the equipment, and costly membership fees. But getting fit doesn’t have to be this stressful. You can easily create your own gym at home and train at your own will and free time.
Gym equipment doesn’t come cheap and a home gym isn’t cheap either. However, it’s also not that expensive, especially if you know where to look for the gym equipment. In this guide, we’ll take you through the tips and tricks that can help you build an awesome home gym, even if you’re on a budget.
When setting up your gym space, a lot of variants come into play. Everyone’s taste is different and you don’t need a big space to set up your home gym. You can create your gym anywhere in your house, including the patio, as long as you can work out peacefully.
The important thing is to work with the space you have. When space is limited, you will have to pick workouts that will work well within that space. Here, you also need to consider what motivates you. Is it good music, posters of curved athletes, or paintings on the wall? You may also need to install a TV or computer to play those training DVDs. An ideal workout space has plenty of natural light and allows good circulation of air.
The Basic Equipment
- A yoga mat or pilates mat for pilates, stretching, exercises that involve lying on the floor, and cushion against the impact from jumping ropes.
- A kettlebell. Kettlebells are essential despite what some people think. There are unique moves that offer more challenges than when using dumbbells. They are a worthy investment that will boost your workout intensity. Just be sure to buy a kettlebell with a big smooth handle.
- Dumbbells. Dumbbells are versatile and can be used in many exercises. They are good for upper body workouts. Buy adjustable dumbbells because they allow you to scale up to different loads while using the same handle. However, normal dumbbells are more compact and ergonomic than the adjustable ones and are easier to do overhead triceps extensions with.
- Floor Tiles. These are rubber or foam sheets that protect your floor. No matter how careful you are, you are going to drop dumbbells, weight plates, and barbells on your floor. Floor tiles prevent such damage.
More Stuff You’ll need
- Weight Bench. The bench has many roles, not just for lifting weights. You can also use it for core exercises for your upper body.
- TRX Suspension System. This equipment may look simple but is great for a full body workout as well as improving your balance and core strength.
- Medicine Ball. Comes in handy for strength training.
- Barbell and Weight Plates. These are essential for deadlifting. Get a high-quality barbell that will not bend within a few days. As for the weight plates, you can start from the lowest, which weigh 2.5 pounds and buy heavier ones as you get stronger.
- Deadlift Platform. If you deadlift, you will need a deadlift platform. They are thicker than floor tiles and offer more protection. Plus, they reduce the noise of your equipment. However, this is optional and you can buy it much later.
- A Foam Roller. You need this for stretching and massaging those tight and painful muscles.
- Power Rack. This is the one equipment you can’t afford to miss in your home gym. It has many applications, including bench press, chin-ups, squats, and pull-ups.
- Jump Rope. Jump ropes are great additions to improve your coordination and for your cardio too.
Buy Secondhand Equipment
You don’t need new equipment to set up your gym. They are expensive and might limit you. You can easily get used workout equipment on Craigslist, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, and local estate sales. You can even ask friends to spread the word that you’re looking for used workout equipment and you’ll be surprised to find affordable equipment nearby.
Now that you’ve got all the basic equipment, you need to organize them in a creative manner so that they don’t take up much of your space. If you can fit in a few shelves, you can store some of your equipment there to create more space on the ground. This is where your creativity comes to life, and the good thing is that you can arrange your workout equipment whichever way you want. With everything set up, nothing should stop you from hitting your fitness goals.
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