Home gyms have been around for a long time. The trouble with most of them is that they simply don’t get used.
Do you have a treadmill sitting in the corner of the room that’s used for hanging clothes on? You’re not alone.
The trouble is, very few people give their home gym the necessary thought and planning before they buy their equipment. Unfortunately, this usually means that it doesn’t get used and it’s only a matter of time before the gym membership gets renewed.
When it’s designed properly, a home gym can greatly improve your training sessions. There’s no commuting time, no crowds and significantly lower costs. It’s also a great way to focus your training towards your own personal fitness goals.
So, how do you go about designing your home gym?
Here are 5 tips to get you started:
Where will you put your gym? This is often the most important question. Make sure you put your home gym somewhere where you have enough space and where you won’t disturb others. A garage is always a very good option. Usually garages are simply used to dump unnecessary stuff that won’t fit in the loft. Get rid of this and you will be left with a perfect space for a home gym. Other options might include unused bedrooms or outbuildings that might be available.
If you are going to use your home gym on a regular basis it needs to be a place where you enjoy spending time. This might mean putting down some flooring and installing some heating for the winter months. You might also consider installing an inbuilt audio system! It’s worth spending time getting it right.
3. The Right Equipment
The great thing about a home gym is that you can tailor the space and equipment to help you meet your own personal training goals. What equipment do you need to meet these goals? Is there any specific equipment, that your current gym doesn’t have, that would help you reach your goals?
Some people take motivation from pictures on a wall, others need music and some people like to watch TV whilst they train. Hey, it’s your gym, you do exactly what you need to keep you motivated. Put up some pictures, play some music, you could even install a TV. It’s your space so do what you need to get the most out of it.
5. It’s An Investment
When you are setting up your home gym it’s tempting to buy cheap equipment. Unfortunately, this can mean that it breaks after only a few months of heavy use. Your home gym is something you are going to use for years to come. By using it regularly, you are also going to be saving yourself the cost an expensive gym membership. Invest that money in the best equipment you can afford and it will repay you time and time again.
Another consideration is that if you put time, thought and money into turning a room in your house into a well designed, fully equipped home gym, this could add significant value to your home.
A home gym can be a great asset to your home and lifestyle. It can also greatly improve your motivation and fitness levels. Just make sure you plan it properly to ensure you get the full benefits.