Putting together a home gym can be a daunting task, but it does not have to be too complicated. And the rewards would also be worth it in terms of convenience. Here are a few things to consider for putting together your very own setup.
A basic setup does not have to include big, fancy machinery especially if you have limited space. Get home gym equipment that are small and compact. First off, you need to figure out and allocate some space in your home. It could be any room in the house or in the garage or attic. The thing to remember is that it should be open, with no obstructions for free movement. There should also be ample headroom, lighting and ventilation. The area would be totally dependent on what equipment you intend to bring in and how much you are willing to invest in your new home gym. Here are a few must haves if you are just starting out:
- For cardio, it is nice to have at least a basic treadmill. Running is a full body workout and having one available at home lets you run no matter what the weather is. A stationary bike is also a good investment.
- A good bench press is also ideal. Pick out a nice one with adjustable positions to allow you a variety of exercise positions. Paired with a good set of free weights, you could get a full routine of strength training exercises for this piece of equipment. Home gym equipment manufacturers now produce dumbbells with adjustable weight plates. This is a nice space saver and occupies much less storage that individual weights.
- Pull up bars can be mounted above doorways keeping it from being an obstruction. They are affordable and compact, making them perfect for home gyms.