Nowadays, our pace of life is too fast and it keeps speeding up – we don’t have time for so-called “vital human needs”, not to mention sport, entertainment and other things good for our soul and body. That’s why home gyms are becoming more and more popular as opposed to a real drag of making the trek to the gym, waiting for equipment, and going back home. Your own functional and affordable workout space would be a worthwhile investment, especially if you have the space in your apartment and suffer from the complete lack of time.
On the other hand, a home gym is not for everyone, as some people get motivation from the group environment, feel more secure under the guidance of a professional instructor and can’t force themselves to train on their own. So, to avoid a total waste of money, first ask yourself if you’re ready to workout at home, make sure your personal gym won’t be empty for months.
- Know Your Workout Objectives
“What am I training for?” – this question should come before buying any stuff for your home gym. Realize what kind of workout you want to do on the basis of your key objectives: these could be weight loss, strength training, cardio fitness, stretching, or a combination of them, and only after that start investing. Equip your workout space according to your needs: you probably won’t be using a treadmill, if your goal is to gain weight, so why pay big money for nothing?
- Choose Universal Gym Equipment
Remember that some gym equipment is so universal that it has deservedly gained fame of must-have basis for any type of training. Another positive side of such gear is its cost-effectiveness, which is an issue of great importance for most of us. You’ll not regret buying a step-block, kettlebells, pull up bar, jump rope, a punching bag, but it’s definitely worth spending on:
- Floor (yoga) mat – perfect both for the exercises that have you lying on the floor and for cushioning when jumping;
- A set of dumbbells – can replace a barbell and plate set (to some extent), serve as weights for cardio and strength exercises;
- Resistance bands – don’t take up a lot of space, but are extremely versatile (you can do squats, pulldowns, standing chest presses, shoulder-related exercises and that’s not all);
- Stability (Swiss) ball – great for plyometric exercises and for core strength movements.
- Create Your Own Space
Give careful thought to the location and interior of your home gym. It must be a separate spacious room with a locking door to prevent children and other family members coming and distracting you. In order to stay motivated, it’s very important to have personal space, your own zone of comfort, so work hard at it: make the room in your favorite style and colors, establish a timetable of your training and let your family know about it, don’t neglect appropriate sportswear and choose the best CrossFit shoes to avoid injuries and health problems that no one can feel secured against either in the gym or during home workout.
- Plug In and Be Creative
Don’t skimp on decoration and design of your personal gym.
- Floor. Choose an appropriate floor covering that reduces the sound level coming out of the gym, protects your property and helps make your gym equipment last longer.
- Ventilation. Remember that you’re gonna sweat in this room, so it should be very well-ventilated.
- Mirrors. In order to stay motivated and see own progress, you should have at least one full-length mirror in your gym. But be careful not to fall for a popular gym mirror trick: often people tend to work only on the muscles they can see, but not the ones they can’t see.
- Stereo system. Indeed! It’s a scientific fact that music motivates to push harder even if you have no power left. Too expensive? No problem! Just take a small radio, portable speakers, or even your laptop, where you can watch various how-to videos.
- More motivation. Put up “never-give-up” banners to keep you motivated, print some useful information about health and nutrition, the table of muscle training, a weekly photo collage of your progress, just anything that will make you carry on.
- Start From Little
Don’t try to buy all equipment and furniture at once – it’s up to your budget, and that’s OK to let your gym evolve and update over the time. If you’re not planning to spend too much, look for used fitness equipment online.
That’s nice if you can afford expensive machines like treadmill, stationary bike, rowing machine, ski machine, Pilates machine, stretch machine, but actually you don’t need that much in your home gym. First of all, they take up a lot of space that is definitely not good, besides, they do the same work as basic sports gear, mentioned in the second tip.
Hopefully, these 5 tips and some time spent online will help you to create your dream home gym, which will become a real zone of comfort, the place that motivates you to conquer new peaks.