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Setting Up a Home Gym

If you’ve ever thought about setting up a home gym, this article contains everything you need to know in order to get started! With the growing awareness of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, home gyms and home based exercise regiments are becoming a simple and cost effective alternative in order to achieve great health and fitness benefits.

A Home Gym is Economical

With the rising cost of living, and fast pace of everyday life, maintaining a gym membership on a yearly basis can be challenging and prove costly. An average gym membership can cost anywhere from $600-$1000 per year, which is a significant amount of money and not something everyone can afford. To add to the cost, most will travel to and from the gym via vehicle which over time contributes substantially to petrol consumption and overall cost.

Why Install a Home Gym?

Imagine having the ability to come home from a long day at work and not having to worry about making a mad dash to the gym during peak period. During this time, it is acceptable to be greeted by a large amount of people and a lack of free equipment. The last thing anyone wants is for a 45 minute gym session to turn into a two hour marathon of intimidation and equipment queues.

Customise Your Home Gym to Meet Your Needs

The comfort of working out from home would appear much more appealing for most. The home environment is a place of comfort and a place where you are in control! By working out from home, you have the ability to train at your own pace, and you’ll never have to queue for a piece of equipment! Within a home facility, you decide the variables, such as what music you’d like to listen to, the temperature of the room, what equipment the gym should contain. Your gym may also contain a small TV so you don’t miss beloved daily shows.

Home Gym Cost

Setting up a home gym can also be very cost effective in the long run! Compared to purchasing a gym membership year after year, setting up a small home facility for under $1000 is very achievable and much more cost effective. It is also something that can be built upon and the best part is, it’s yours! You have the ability to use it whenever you please. No more late nights at the gym and an end to worrying what other people think while you work out!

Gym Location, Location, Location!

The location of the home gym facility is ample for motivation, and comfort. It needs to be located somewhere you feel at peace and are inspired to exercise. Here are a few simple location ideas:

  • Designated room, customised to have what makes you feel comfortable within it, e.g. Stereo, TV, DVD player etc.
  • Home garage
  • Back veranda
  • Next to a window or glass door with a view of a particular outdoor setting

Aim to locate the gym equipment somewhere you won’t feel cramped or uncomfortable.

Types of Home Gym Equipment

The beauty of a customised home gym is that you get to decide what equipment suits you. When customising your gym, take into account the type of surface you plan to use. The surface must be stable and have the ability to support heavy equipment. Thin, flat carpet is ideal however, interlocking flooring mats can be used and are quite safe and sturdy, as well as cost effective.

Home gym equipment ideas:

  • Cardio equipment e.g. Treadmill, elliptical cross trainer, stationary bike, rowing machine.
  • Strength equipment e.g. Multi stationed pin loaded machine, cable crossover machine, free weights such as interchangeable dumbbells and barbells, small multi-purpose bench.
  • Medicine balls
  • Swiss balls
  • Skipping rope
  • Resistance bands
  • Kettle-bells
  • Chin-up bar

To conclude, home gym facilities are a very affordable, time efficient and convenient way to stay fit and healthy. By having the ability to train from the comfort of your own home, there is no excuse as to why a regular health and fitness routine cannot be carried out on a regular basis.

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