We all want to exercise regularly, but things can often get in the way. For a lot of you, there might be time constraints on your life. You want to work out, but you don’t have the time to go to the gym on your lunch break, and maybe it’s too far away to go to before or after work. So, you end up doing nothing and blaming time!
For others, your concern is more confidence based. It’s common to feel overly self-conscious in a commercial gym, so you stay well away from them. As a result, you don’t end up working out as well as you could.
Thankfully, there’s a solution to this; creating a gym in your home. If you have space – perhaps an unused garage or spare room – then it’s such an excellent idea. You have somewhere to workout whenever you want, free from anyone else’s eyes. If you are going to do this, then there are a few tips you need to know before creating one:
Only Buy What You Need
The beauty of working out is that you don’t always need loads of equipment. A lot of the stuff you do could be bodyweight only, and you may need a few resistance bands as well. But, think about the workouts you do; what equipment might you need? Some of you may only need a few dumbbell weights, and possibly a kettlebell or two. If you don’t have much space in your home gym, then equipment like this is very useful.
However, you might want a rowing machine or treadmill – possibly even a gym cable machine or squat rack. It varies from person to person, depending on the type of workouts you do. So, think about what you’re going to do and then buy what you need. There’s no point buying gym stuff that you won’t use as it will be a waste of money. Plus, you stop yourself from cluttering up the entire area with equipment that just ends up collecting dust.
Buy Second-Hand Equipment
When you’ve decided what equipment you need, my suggestion is to buy it second-hand. Gym equipment can be pricey, and there’s no need for it to be brand new. I mean, when you go to a gym, you’re using equipment that’s been used thousands of times already – and it still works fine!
All you need to do is make sure the equipment is in good enough condition for you to use without it breaking or causing safety worries. There are plenty of sites like selloscope where you can search for second-hand items on sale, so take advantage of these. You’ll save so much money, which might let you buy more equipment than you initially thought.
Protect the Floor
Generally speaking, I think garages are the best place for a gym. It should be on the ground floor of your home – or your basement. You shouldn’t have your home gym on the first or second floor as you risk going through the ceiling to the room below – especially if you drop a heavy weight!
So, keep your gym on the ground floor, then make sure the flooring is protected. You can get special padded protection to put on the floor, so it absorbs anything falling on it and protects the structure beneath. For me, this is essential to stop cracking a garage floor or completely obliterating the flooring under carpet inside your home. Also, it protects your gym equipment and weights as well, so it’s well worth the investment.
If you only plan on using resistance band, TRX straps, and weights on the lighter side, you may not need to worry about what level of your home your gym is on, but protecting your floors will still be important.
Make Sure There’s Proper Ventilation
Ventilation is an absolute must for your home gym. There are few things as bad as working out in a room that feels really hot and sweaty. When you do home workouts, it’s common to feel this way. In a gym, you tend to have air conditioning overhead, so it cools you down as work out. At home, you might not have this, so your home gym can get stuffy really fast.
Now, you could buy and install an AC unit in your home gym – or you could purchase some fans. Either option works, but you will rack up additional costs on your energy bill every month. Instead, there’s a simple solution; make sure you have windows! Windows in your home gym can be opened to let fresh air in and stop your gym from stinking up and smelling of sweat. It’s horrible when you have the smell of sweat and the heat from a workout lingering in a room. So, windows offer expert ventilation and are cheaper than getting your own AC unit or fans.
Buy Protective Covers
My final tip is to make sure you have protective coverings for all of your equipment in your home gym. I’m pretty sure you can buy thing specifically for gym equipment and machines – and you may even get a cover with the equipment when you buy it. If not, then just buy something like a car or motorbike cover. It still does the same job; protects your gym stuff from dust, water, and anything else that could cause issues.
Don’t neglect this last step as it will help you keep all of your gym things in good working order. You should also make an effort to clean them every week, just to prevent sweat or dust from clogging up parts of your equipment and damaging it.
Right, that’s all you really need to know to create the perfect home gym. Remember, and this goes back to the first point, the ideal gym for you might differ from someone else’s idea of perfect. Create something that you will get lots of use out of, and that isn’t just a waste of money.
There are so many benefits to having a home gym; you save money on membership fees, there’s no need to travel, you can work out in privacy – the list goes on and on. So, if you’re searching for a convenient way to encourage yourself to exercise more, then follow these tips to build your own gym at home.