There are many advantages to working out at home. There are no membership fees; you have all the privacy you want and you are in charge of the gym equipment’s sanitary condition. There are also many good reasons to build a gym or workout room at home. Perhaps you’ve just become a parent and you don’t want to give up exercise or time at home with the baby. Or maybe you work from home and exercising on your breaks relaxes you during the day. Whatever your reason for building a home gym, these tips and guidelines should help you in the kind of equipment that’s available and how it can fit your needs.
1. Get equipment that fits your space. Although the ad for the giant resistance machine makes it seem like the ideal workout equipment guaranteed to give you the hock hard body you’ve always wanted, perhaps it is not the best purchase for your studio apartment. There are many good exercise machines and other equipment that can neatly fit beneath couches, etc. Of course, if you have the space, get the best workout machines you can.
2. Buy equipment that fits your type of workout. Are you training for a sport or just getting in decent beach shape? Are you building muscle or are you lowering your heart rate? These are the questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing home gym equipment. Weight sets and resistance machines are good for building muscle mass, but treadmills and bikes are better for strengthening your cardio.
3. Start small then go big. There is a reason you see exercise bikes and the like at garage sales – people don’t use them. Make sure that working out at home is something that you will follow through with before spending thousands of dollars on that perfect home gym. Start out with a simple exercise ball and some weights, or a pull up bar that fits in a doorway. If you find that your home is too distracting to workout at, then you can always return to the gym and you haven’t invested too heavily on home equipment.
4. Research the products you buy for quality. Buying anything that breaks after a few months is always upsetting, but with home gym equipment there is also a safety factor to consider. Poor equipment can be dangerous. Check online for any safety ratings given to the product and ask sales reps at the sporting goods stores which equipment they recommend. You don’t want to be getting injured while getting healthy.
5. Expand your workouts. Once you have a routine down and you are happy with the workout system you have, you may want to consider expanding your home gym. When you do, be sure to buy something that works out a different part of your body. If you have a bike or treadmill, get some weights. If you have a lot of upper body workouts with your machine, get something for the legs. Variety is the spice of life and a whole body workout will bring you more fantastic results.