Today’s article on how to build a home gym was written by guest author Harry Wilson. If you’d like to get in touch with Harry please check out his contact info at the end of the article.
Everyone leads such busy lives in today’s wired world.
Just grabbing the time to travel to and from the gym is often excuse enough to postpone the session. That’s before you’ve even thought about working out!
More and more people want to build a home gym on a budget.
We’ll give you some handy hints on creating a suitable exercise environment at home without the need for fancy equipment like inversion tables or recumbent bikes.
First Thing’s First
Before heading off to buy anything at all, there are 5 simple pointers to think about.
- Motivation: Home gyms are not for everyone. Some people need the discipline of an organized schedule or they lose interest and momentum. If you embrace a healthy, active lifestyle and have plenty of motivation, a home gym is cost-effective and saves you time. Be honest with yourself. Is this you?
- It’s Not A Race: Assembling a worthwhile home gym can take years. Start methodically with the essentials. Build as you progress.
- Reasons For Training: Analyze why you are working out. Is it for general cardio, weight loss or strength training? Perhaps it’s a combination or maybe some resistance training? Be clear about what you want.
- Space: You’ll ideally find a dedicated space or room in your house. As long as you have space for your equipment and a full-length mirror, you’re good to go.
- Budget: Work out how much you can afford to spend initially and stick to your budget. You can buy more equipment over time.
1) Weight Bench, Olympic Barbell, Weight Plates
The trusty bench and barbell should be the staple of any home gym if you want to lift weights.
This is heavy and bulky so buying this equipment online is a wise idea.
When using a barbell alone always be extremely careful not to overdo it. It’s always best to have someone close by to spot you.
If you want to use free weights, a good set of dumbbells is a sound investment.
Dumbbells are incredibly versatile. You can use them with or without the bench. For superb strength training, use these weights either individually or paired up.
You can choose from hundreds of exercises and target all muscles.
Boredom is the enemy of progress when you’re working out so mix it up with a good pair of dumbbells. Keep your muscles guessing and growing.
A third option for weights is a kettlebell.
Made from cast metal, this resembles a cannonball with a handle grip.
The traditional Russian version weighs 16kg. If you are ready to lift some serious weights, kettlebells are fantastic for squats, swings and other ballistic movements.
With all these weights, you’ll need a solid rack if you work out hard.
Seek out a rack which takes attachments so you can add on a pull-up bar and get more bang for your buck while saving space too.
5) Punch Bag
In addition to promoting high-intensity workouts, punch bags are a wonderful way to vent the stresses of modern life.
Put your body through its paces while also clearing your mind.
6) Rowing Machine
If you want a great cardio session that will benefit your arms, legs and torso, a rowing machine is a smart choice.
As well as the health benefits, rowing machines are generally lightweight and easy to fold up so they make a great addition to any home gym.
7) Elliptical Machine
Unless you are lucky enough to live in a mansion, space will invariably be an issue in most home gyms.
Rather than opting for a straight exercise bike, why not choose an elliptical machine instead?
Whether you want to tone up or lose weight, ellipticals offer a full-body workout and a fantastic burst of cardio.
8) Stability Ball
A stability ball, often known as a Swiss ball, looks like an oversized, reinforced beach ball.
These are great for really testing your abs, improving balance and stability.
An added bonus is that stability balls help with rehabilitation of hip, back or knee injuries.
9) Ab Wheel
These inexpensive and ingenious devices merit a place in any home gym.
An ab wheel is great for fully body tension exercises alongside its intended purpose of honing your six-pack.
This really will be ten dollars very well spent.
Last but by no means least is that full-length mirror.
This is not a question of vanity. Form is everything when you are training.
Pick yourself up a mirror and make sure that, rather than rushing through your reps, you watch yourself closely. Perform each move slowly, deliberately and to the best of your ability rather than obsessing about numbers.
OK, you now have the makings of a highly respectable home gym.
Remember, don’t think you need to accumulate all of the above equipment at once…
Go slowly, focus on what you need most and enjoy!
My name is Harry Wilson. I’m the author of www.goodhealthplanning.com. Whether it’s workout routines, diet ideas or a guide to the equipment you need, we’ll help you get in the best shape possible. Follow my twitter: @ghealthplanning