Introduction to Home Gym:

home gym
home gym


If you’re looking to start up a home gym and don’t know where to begin, you’ve come to the right place! Whether your goal is to get back into shape, train for sports, or even just keep fit at home, your home gym doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Here are five simple steps that will help you find the right equipment, set it up and keep it organized, so you can stay on track with your fitness goals!

 

Starting a home gym:

One of the biggest challenges that people who are new to home fitness equipment have is figuring out what they need. To help you out, here’s a list of items we recommend when it comes to starting a home gym. Some links below are affiliate links. If you purchase these items after clicking on our links, we will earn commission (which helps fund more free articles). However, we would not recommend these products if we didn’t think they were great for your home gym! Also, all prices listed below are current as of November 2015.

In addition to these specific pieces of equipment, you’ll also want to make sure that you have plenty of space in your house where you can set up a permanent workout area and possibly some other items such as mats and towels so that you can make sure everything stays clean and sanitary while working out. And remember: Just because it isn’t included in this list doesn’t mean it isn't important or won't be useful—just remember there's no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to creating an effective home gym setup. We hope these recommendations prove helpful! Feel free to contact us with any questions about anything else related to setting up a home gym.

 

Tips for consistency:

Pick days and times that will work for you some people like to exercise before or after work, while others prefer an early-morning routine. Be sure your home gym time doesn’t overlap with other activities, such as classes or appointments. You’ll find it easier to stay committed if you go to the gym every day the more consistent you are, the more quickly you’ll notice changes in your body and in your motivation levels. In fact, researchers found that when study participants exercised four days a week for three months (for about thirty minutes each time), they were more likely to stick with their new exercise habits than those who had worked out only once or twice per week.


Gym helps from friends and family:

Sometimes starting up a home gym can be difficult. After all, there are many tools and machines out there to choose from. A professional gym has machines to help you with everything from cardio to strength training, but how do you know which ones are right for your home? One way to get started is by asking friends and family who regularly work out or belong to gyms. Find out what they use and why they like it. If possible, try some of their favorite machines before making any purchases. You may also want to ask them about their experiences using certain brands or types of equipment in a gym setting versus using them at home.

Build Your Home Gym:

home gym
home gym


Building your own home gym isn’t as hard as you might think, and it can save you thousands of dollars in startup costs. For example, if you’re planning to buy a treadmill, elliptical machine and exercise bike, it would cost more than $1,200. However, you could easily find all three items used for $300 or less. You can even build an entire home gym with quality equipment for less than $1,000—and most everything will last for years. Regardless of what type of equipment you purchase or how much money you spend building your home gym, there are some key steps to take when starting out The first step is to get rid of any old equipment that you have laying around.

 
Cross-training home gym:

Cross-training with gym equipment is a great way to stay active while also increasing your muscle mass. A home gym is generally much cheaper than traditional gym memberships, as well. It can be as simple as buying some free weights and setting up an area in your basement, or you can go all out and purchase machines specific to individual body parts. But whatever you do, here are four things that every home gym must have: dumbbells (free weights), a bench for sit-ups, and an adjustable weight bench for working out your upper body such as chest, arms and shoulders and something for working out legs such as leg extensions and squats.

 
Weightlifting home gym:

home gym
home gym


According to British personal trainer Daniel Cox, home gym workouts don’t have to be complicated. Instead of trying to create different exercises for each day of your week, pick two or three moves and rotate them through your workouts. Cox believes that focusing on just three key exercises can make sure you keep challenging yourself while also making it much easier to stay motivated. However, don’t think you need multiple sets of weights you can start with just one set of dumbbells and adjust as needed. For example, if you want to focus on your chest muscles, buy a pair of 3-5 pound dumbbells; for back training use 7-10 pounds; and for leg work try 12-20 pounds for women or 15-25 pounds for men.

 

Completing Your Home Gym:

Are you overwhelmed? Take it one step at a time. This doesn’t have to be an overnight project, nor does it need to cost you your life savings. Start by going through and figuring out exactly what equipment you want in your home gym and how much each piece will cost. Make sure that whatever you buy fits in your home and that it has enough room to work with (so think space and storage). Then, create a budget that matches what you want without putting yourself in debt. The last thing we want is not for people to set up their home gyms only to find out they spent thousands of dollars on something they don’t even use nor have room for.