How To Create An Effective Home Gym (even on a small budget)
Many people think that creating
a home workout gym is either too intimidating or too costly. So, often they
instead invest their money in a health club membership not realizing that for
the same amount of money (or even less) they can create a very effective gym
right in their own home.
For an effective home gym, all that is required is a little bit of planning. Don’t fall into the trap of purchasing random fitness equipment because of fancy advertising for the latest infomercial fad or the great “sale” at your local fitness store. That type of purchasing leads to a house littered with equipment that’s only use is as a clothes hanger or dust collector. This often happens because the equipment is either useless, poorly constructed or quickly loses its value because it doesn’t progress with your fitness level.
To avoid having a basement filled with expensive dust-collecting equipment, keep these points in mind when making a purchase:
1) What are your fitness goals?
2) How often do you realistically think you will use the equipment?
3) What fitness level do you expect to be at in 3, 6, 9 months?
4) Will the equipment meet your needs as you get more fit (at the 3, 6, and 9-month marks)?
5) Does the equipment offer enough variations in use that you can change your workouts frequently to prevent your body from hitting a plateau?
6) Will you enjoy the exercises or will you quickly grow bored of them?
7) And, of course how much can you afford?
Once you have answered all of the above questions then you are ready to make some purchasing decisions. Of course, how much you can afford to spend may dictate what you can actually purchase. Don’t get discouraged. For as little as $100, you can have a very effective total strength training home gym. Even for as little as $35, you can create an effective workout that will tone your entire body.
Regardless of what your fitness
goals are, there are a plethora of equipment options to consider. For building
muscles and/or toning-up you can choose from free weights, selectorized
machines, resistance bands, benches and even no-equipment. For cardiovascular
improvements (e.g. running, walking, etc),
there are even more options. They range from treadmills, to elliptical
trainers, to bikes and beyond. So, answering the previously mentioned questions
is very important.
To help make your decision
easier, below are several recommendations based on costs and needs, along with
benefits of the exercise equipment.
If you want to create a gym that will provide you with a total body workout (cardio, strength and flexibility) and you have a budget of at least $1000, consider the following recommendations:
If you want a home gym specifically for building muscles (or just can’t afford cardio equipment), and can afford at least $100, consider the following recommendations:
If you want a total body home gym but can only afford less than $100, consider the following recommendations:
If you are limited to
purchasing just one very affordable piece of equipment, consider buying a
Fitness Ball. As mentioned above, it provides many different exercise options.
With the ball you can get an upper body workout, a lower body workout, very
challenging abdominal workout and a stretching/flexibility workout. And, you can
get all of this for around $35.
Also, don’t underestimate
what you can do with things that are already in your house, like stairs, a
chair, milk jugs and others. There are a lot of exercises that require no
equipment at all. For example, push-ups, tricep dips, squats, calf raises, etc.
You can even create your own “weights” through milk jugs filled with water
As you can see, there are a lot
of options available for creating a home gym that will meet your individual
needs and will provide a lot of workout variety. Even on a shoestring budget,
you can still make a wise purchase that will be invaluable in helping you get
more fit and healthy. And, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of working out at
What are the benefits of working out at home? Well, here are some highlights:
Of course, you will need
previous knowledge of how to use your home equipment or you will have to be
willing to learn. But, it’s not difficult. Most equipment will come with basic
instructions and a few sample exercises. You may want to enlist the help of a
fitness professional to provide additional exercise options and guidance that
will ensure that you get the most out of your fitness equipment through every
fitness level stage.
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