The gym isn’t for everyone and if you’d prefer to work out at home, you can build a functional and affordable gym in order to achieve your fitness goals. Before building your home gym, there are two key areas to focus on — budget and overall atmosphere.
When building a gym, it doesn’t need to be overly expensive. Be selective in the equipment you choose instead of investing thousands of dollars, only to find that you barely use the equipment you selected. Used equipment is a good place to start, as many people purchase fitness equipment and then quickly sell it.
Start with the basics and from there, you can expand your home gym collection. Next, where are you going to put your home gym? Focus on a space that is both relaxing and encouraging. Tailor this space to match your personality so that when you walk into your home gym, you feel excited and motivated. Now, what you’ll need.
The Essential Equipment Needed to Start a Home Gym
There are basic pieces of inexpensive equipment that can be used to target a range of areas and selective muscles. Here’s a shortlist to get you started and then depending on your personal goals and needs, you can expand as your goals evolve.
Perhaps the most important piece of equipment, a barbell set offers a foundation for so many effective workouts. Real results come from working your body, not the flashy equipment that you use. Barbells are a piece of equipment that have stood the test of time for a reason — they work.
When using a barbell set, there are a range of basic exercises that can be completed. While working the legs, barbells enhance the effectiveness of front squats, back squats, lunges, and deadlifts. There are also a variety of exercises that work the shoulder, back, chest, and arms, all utilizing the benefits of barbells.
A stability ball
This light and inexpensive piece of equipment help strengthen your core while improving overall balance. With this one piece of equipment, you can perform hamstring curls, squats, body bridges, crunches, and so much more. Invest in a good quality ball so that it will last. When you’re not using it, it can easily be stored.
These low-tech bands are not only effective but highly versatile. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there are exercises that take advantage of resistance bands.
Simply incorporate them into exercises you already know, such as stretch training moves. The added resistance benefits your workout, yet you do not need to learn a complicated routine.
You may need to go outside for this one, but a skipping rope will encourage a beneficial cardio workout. The up and down motion of your body will also tighten the muscles surrounding your organs. If you want to stay indoors, you can purchase ‘ropeless’ options that mimic the same benefits.
If your source used barbells, you can begin to build your own home gym for less than $200. These items will get you started, increasing your level of motivation. As you progress, you can add more heavy-duty equipment to your collection. Remember, you want to become, not bankrupt.