Dropping the holiday weight or getting ready for swimsuit season takes a lot of commitment and discipline. For many people the thought of creating a home workout gym is intimidating and expensive. And following the holidays come all the infomercials and latest fads promising a better body. Often for these reasons people rather spend their hard earned money on various gym memberships. If you fall into this category keep on reading. Nothing could be further from the truth and with some innovative thinking, time and little investment you can create an effective gym right in your own home.
What are some of the benefits of working out at home? Well, here are some examples:
No expensive gym memberships.
No waiting to use equipment
Usage in the privacy of your own home
Working out on your schedule whenever you want
Saves gas from having to drive back and forth to the gym
Comfort of being in your own home
You play your music of your choice as loud as you want
Motivation knowing you created a space catered to you.
First take into account that you will need some working knowledge of how to use your home equipment or at least be willing to learn. But, don’t let that deter you from your fitness goals, it’s not difficult. Most equipment will come with basic instructions and sample exercises. You may want even want to enlist the help of a friend to provide additional exercise options and guidance that will ensure that you get the most out of your fitness equipment through each and every fitness level goal you want to reach.
To create a great home gym, all that is needed is a bit of planning. There is absolutely no need in purchasing expensive equipment because of brand association or run out and buy the television fad to lose weight. All that will accomplish is gathering dust in the corner or better yet become something to drape your clothes on. Now who wants that? When trying to create an effective work out space you should first plan the goals that you want to achieve with your home gym. Question you may want to consider are:
1) What exactly are your fitness goals? (Weight-loss, strength gains, athletic training)
2) What is your fitness level?
3) Are you willing to commit to working out?
4) What equipment will serve your needs at the moment?
5) Most importantly…..what is your budget?
After answering all of the questions above then you will be ready to decide what to purchase to start your home gym. How much you can afford will be a determining factor but you don’t have to break the bank. For as little as $100 or less, you can have a quality home gym. There are countless deals that can be found at second-hand fitness shops to suit every fitness goal. All it takes is good planning and patience to find out what will work for you.
No matter what your fitness goals are, there are plenty of equipment options available. Various gym equipment doesn’t have to be purchased new to attain your fitness goal. Check out thrift stores, owner sales and second hand stores. Many of these stores offer equipment at a fraction of the cost of newer models. Just take the time to figure out your goals and have fun searching.
Now that you have an idea of what your fitness goals are, the fun part is figuring out what to put in your home gym. For starters you want to have the basics to get the ball rolling. Over time for variety or as your goals change you can always add more gym equipment to your space. The following is a checklist of various items to help you along your journey to better body.
• A dumbbell set with various weights ranging from 5 pounds to 20+ pounds – Weights are great for toning, and strength training to help build muscles. They are probably the least expensive yet most effective items in any workout space.
• A work out mat – This can literally transform any space into a place to workout. A mat is used to protect the body from the stress of high impact workout as well as cushion the body from floor exercises
• Workout bench. Also considered a fundamental piece of gym equipment. A bench helps assist in resistance training with weights and helps round out any fitness program
• A treadmill – Still a popular choice amongst exercise equipment purchasers. A treadmill provides an effective cardiovascular workout. It is gentle on the joints and can be used to walk or jog. Additional most treadmills have various settings to adjust the speed and intensity to create an even more challenging workout.
• Resistance bands – Another inexpensive option for strength training. Resistance bands also challenge the muscles in ways that free weights cannot. When purchasing bands look for higher quality bands because they break down quickly from all the stretching.
• Pull-up Bar – Most fit standard door frames and are great for maximizing your upper workout. These are relatively inexpensive and will improve your strength gains.
• Punching Bag – A useful item to utilize the whole body. If at all possible try to purchase a larger one that you have the choice to hit or kick. When punching the bag, it is great for the upper body and awesome abdominal workout. When kicking it, it engages the all of the muscles in the legs, the glutes and even the back.
• Fitness Bal – Another option for toning and stretching
• Jump rope – An excellent choice for a whole body workout and increasing the heart rate through high intensity training. Jumping rope is a great calorie burner and can be used to warm up prior to working out or simply as a workout alone,
If you’re on a tight budget there’s no need to worry. Never underestimate what can be accomplished with items that are already in your house. Items like a set of stairs, cans, bag of fruit or potatoes, a chair, milk jugs and others. There are a ton exercises that require absolutely no equipment at all. So don’t let a tight budget stop you from attaining a better body. For example, body weight circuits like push-ups, tricep dips, lunges, squats, calf raises, jumping jacks, mountain climbers etc. Something as simple as a PVC pipe can be used to help in your workouts. Don’t have any dumbbells… create your own “weights” using gallon milk jugs filled with water or sand. Get creative and be resourceful, you never know what you may have lying around that can help you get closer to your fitness goals.
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 the tightest budget, you can still make a wise purchase that will help you get more fit and benefit your overall health tremendously. And, as an added perk you’ll enjoy all the benefits of working out at home. You don’t have to have tons of fancy gym equipment to achieve your goals and get fit. All that is needed is commitment and the willingness to put in the work.