How to Build the At-Home Gym of Your Dreams
Have you been considering installing an at-home gym in your home? There are a lot of benefits to going this route for your health and fitness. You will save time going to the gym, you will probably save money in the long-run on gym memberships, you can workout whenever you want, listen to any music you want, and don’t have to worry about the sweaty guy being on “your machine.” If building your dream gym or workout area in your home has been one of your dreams, here are some tips for making the most of your space, and some suggestions for top-of-the-line equipment that will take your workouts to the next level.
Choose Your Workout Space
Almost any size room can be converted into an at-home gym, especially with all of the new pieces of work-out equipment out there. An extra bedroom, basement, large walk-in closet, or garage can all be converted. Protecting your floor is very important, especially if you will be lifting weights because if you drop them they will definitely cause damage, which is why it’s important to install floor tiles.
Set the Scene for the Workout You Want
Set up a good sound system, give the room a fresh coat of paint, and hang up some motivational posters. Make sure that you have fans or good air circulation in the space as well. If you have space it’s nice to have a large mirror mounted to keep an eye on your form as well. You want to make your at-home gym a high-energy and fun atmosphere where you will be excited about turning up the intensity and getting a killer workout in.
Get the Basic Equipment
It’s easy to start racking up expenses when shopping for your new gym, but if you keep it simple your at-home gym shouldn’t break the bank too much. The main pieces of equipment that you will for sure want to invest in are:
This is a versatile piece of equipment where you will be performing your traditional exercises like squats, bench press, pull-ups, and chin-ups. It’s usually about eight feet tall, three to six feet wide, and has adjustable hooks to hold a barbell, which are also an important safety feature when you’re lifting by yourself.
This is what you will put your weights on, and there are a lot of exercises that use just the barbell without adding extra weights as well. If you’re getting a power rack, you will need a barbell to go with it.
A good starting point for weight plates in your at-home gym are at least two 2.5-, 5-, 10-, and 25-pound plates with six 45-pound plates. This will give you versatility and allow you to add weight as you need, but won’t fill your gym with weights that are too heavy to use. You can go out and buy heavier weights as you need them.
Another essential to an at-home gym, the bench is a very versatile piece of equipment. It can be used for both weight training and endurance, and you can use either weights or your own body-weight for resistance as well. Having the adjustable back makes it more convenient to target both your upper and lower body with just the one bench.
You can buy a set of free-weight dumbells, or if you are trying to save space adjustable dumbbells are a great option. These allow you to select different weights all while using the same handle, and you can still do just about any free-weight exercise with them. Some of them range from 5 - 90 lbs.
Get the Latest in Fitness Tech
Peloton is the latest big name in fitness tech with their stationary bake and now their treadmill. The equipment itself is high-quality, but the difference is that you can stream live or recorded classes on them. It’s like a private indoor cycling studio right in your at-home gym. The tread mixes live guided cardio with strength workouts for that private fitness studio feel.
Mirror is a similar concept, but instead of equipment (like a bike or treadmill), it’s a mirror you can hang on your at-home gym’s wall that plays workouts including cardio, yoga, strength, pilates, boxing, and barre.
If you don’t have a ton of space for your at-home gym all three of these are a great way to still get that full-body workout, led by trained professionals, without needing all that extra equipment.
If you know that avoiding the gym has been getting in the way of reaching your health and fitness goals, then investing in an at-home gym might be a great choice for you.
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