Do you dream of being able to work out from the comfort of your own home? Want to turn that into a reality? You’re in the right place! Here, we offer three top tips for setting up a home gym. Wave goodbye to expensive gym membership costs and say hello to exercising easily whenever you want!
- Set a budget
No matter how big or small your new gym will be, you’ll need to set a budget for the set up and renovation of the space. It’s easy to get carried away buying the latest state-of-the-art equipment, lighting, flooring, décor and more, so prioritise what you need and create a realistic budget to avoid overspending. If you do decide to make a bigger purchase, you may need to look at different financing options − just make sure that you’re comfortable with any repayments.
If you’re keen to create an inspiring space without spending the big bucks, then consider getting second-hand equipment and versatile items that can be used for multiple workouts, like resistance bands.
- Choose the best location
One of the most important decisions to make is where to set up your home gym. There are a few things to consider, including the size of the space you’ll need for your equipment. If you’re investing in large cardio equipment – you’ll need a space big enough to house it all, so you may wish to renovate your garage or basement. Whereas if you’ll be doing body weight exercise, yoga or Pilates, you may simply need a space large enough to roll out your mat and keep a few resistance bands – so a corner of your spare room may be the best spot!
- Select appropriate equipment
Don’t waste money on fancy equipment you won’t use. Instead, choose items you’ll get a lot of use out of in line with the type of workouts you’ll be doing. For example, if you’ll mainly be doing weight training, you could invest in dumbbells, a barbell, weight plates and so on. Whereas if you’re keen to focus on cardio, you could fill your gym with a treadmill, bike, cross trainer and/or rower. It’s also worth getting a mat for stretching, warmups and cool downs, a mirror to check your technique and sanitising spray to keep everything clean.
By carefully monitoring your spending, choosing the right equipment and finding the best location, you can set up an efficient home gym that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.