Are you tired of paying a couple of hundred dollars each month for gym membership? Want to save on the commute time you spend going to and from the gym? If so, it’s a good idea to look into the possibility of installing a fitness center in your own home. It doesn’t have to be huge with lots of different equipment and, despite what you might think; it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Let’s look into some of the best tips for setting up a home gym.
Consider Your Budget
First, you need to determine what space/room you’re going work on. Do you have any renovations to make? How expensive are they going to be? Next, think about what kind of equipment you’d need to get started. How much will that cost and is there a way to save money without cutting corners? Add up the figures and check them against your budget. Do you have enough cash? Or do you need to take out a personal loan to put down a floor or invest in the best possible equipment? Once you have the max figure in your head, you’ll have something to work towards and no one will be able to shuffle the figures, increasing the risk of overspending.
What Kind of Equipment Do You Need?
The next thing is to choose equipment that you’ll actually use. If you’re interested in cardio, consider a treadmill or an elliptical machine. These pieces of equipment are great for burning calories and strengthening your heart. If you want to build muscle, invest in some weightlifting equipment. This could include dumbbells, barbells, or resistance bands. Getting a bench is always a good idea as it will give you somewhere stable to lift. Don’t forget about stretching. A yoga mat or foam roller can be a great addition to any home gym.
Where Should You Put Your Home Gym?
If you have space, the best option might be to set up a dedicated room for your workouts. This will give you plenty of space to spread out and store your equipment. However, if you’re short on space, there are other options. You could put your gym in a spare bedroom, or even in the garage. Wherever you choose, just make sure the area is well-ventilated and free from clutter.
Safety is Key
As you discover ways to keep your body moving and exercise at home, safety will play a key role in the setup of your fitness center. First and foremost, make sure that the equipment you install is fit for purpose. Check for any loose nuts or sharp edges. Cover the seats where possible with a soft and hygienic cushion. Make sure each machine is operating as it should be and always check the power outlets to ensure there is no exposed wiring. Get a professional electrician out if you’re unsure of voltage etc. and look into putting down some specialized gym flooring. The mats can be made out of vinyl, rubber, foam or plastic so choose wisely.