Is a Home Gym Becoming a Necessity?
We are in the middle of a global pandemic and medical experts have advised that we all stay indoors as much as possible and to practice social distancing when we come in contact with other individuals. As a result of this, all commercial gyms have been closed indefinitely to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Now, for many people out there, this is probably something they are not bothered the least about anyway, however, for regular gym-goers, this is definitely bad news.
Being unable to go to the gym for your usual workouts must be driving you up the wall by now. We know how that feels. And with all the uncertainty in the air, it is hard to tell when things will be back to normal again. Nevertheless, there is a silver lining to this.
Why not build a home gym? You read that right. Creating a gym at home for yourself. You do not have to put your workout routine on hold for any reason. And guess what, there has never been a better time to do this than now.
In this article, we will shed light on 3 things:
- Benefits of having a home gym
- How to build a home gym without spending too much
- Essential gym equipment to purchase for your home gym
What Are the Benefits of a Home Gym?
Having a gym at home has many benefits that include, but not limited to, the following:
Safety from Germs
Normally, saving money would have come at the top of the list of benefits but for obvious reasons, we have decided to give more priority to hygiene.
Not sure if you are reading this for the first time but studies have shown that commercial gym equipment is far dirtier than public toilets. You may assume that all gym equipment is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected but this is far from the truth. Practically speaking, gym owners cannot clean a particular equipment every time a person touches it. It is just not possible. This is why commercial gym settings are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and viruses.
Having a gym at home will save you the trouble of using dumbbells, treadmills, etc, that numerous sweaty people have already laid their sweaty hands on. You will be the only one using the equipment at home, thus, less worry about germs lurking here or there.
Building a home gym is not going to happen overnight especially if it’s on a budget. The average gym membership cost in the UK is about £40 per month. That’s £480 in a year, not mentioning the money paid for commuting from your home to the gym. Creating a home gym gradually over time by using this money will save you much more later on down the road. It is important that you invest wisely on gym equipment and not be seduced into purchasing a lot of unnecessary and expensive stuff that you may need to replace with something new and better in the near or far future.
No Time Wasted
There’s no denying that we’re all busy people and making time for workouts at your local gym is becoming a difficult task by the day. A significant amount of time is wasted packing your gym bag, commuting to the gym, waiting for others to finish using particular equipment in order for you to use it, etc. This is definitely not a good use of our time.
A home gym not only saves you money, but it saves you a lot of time as well.
Flexibility & Freedom
We’ve all skipped going to the gym for one reason or another. Something unexpected came up, busy schedules, family issues that you needed to address, probably even laziness, you name it. Exercising becomes an extra chore added to your day’s program that you may not be able to commit to. We’ve all been there.
With a home gym, you have the flexibility and freedom to train whenever you want without worrying about your busy schedules. If you prefer training in the morning but missed it because you had something urgent to take care of, you can still make it up later in the day whenever you’re free.
With a home gym, you’re the boss and this means, you set the rules.
Comfortable Working Environment
Commercial gyms are crowded with sweaty people hustling and bustling all over the place making workouts difficult sometimes. Building your own personal gym makes you enjoy exercising in a fun and comfortable environment that you’ve created.
How to Build a Home Gym without Spending a lot of money?
We can assure you that a home gym does not equal a big room with a lot of bulky machines. So do not let your imagination run wild.
The number one reason that stops people from creating a home gym is affordability. Most people are under the impression that building a gym is expensive which is true but only if you have your eyes on a gym flooded with all sorts of equipment. Such gyms can cost you way over £40,000 but if you have the money and can afford it, then you can spend that much on the gym of your choice. It’s not wrong but at the same time, it is not necessarily a good idea. The truth of the matter is, you can still have a gym at home for as low as £1000.
Tips to Help You Create a Home Gym
If you have an extra room in your home that isn’t being used, then you can transform it into a gym. It doesn’t have to be a big room. Many exercises such as pushups, squats, lunges, sit-ups, pull-ups, and some cardio exercises, etc, don’t require a huge space anyway.
However, if you do not have an extra room in your home, then you can dedicate any small space in any of the other rooms such as your living room, patio, garage, etc, for your workouts.
Buy a Mirror
Commercial gyms place mirrors almost in every corner for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it makes the space larger than it really is, and secondly, people love to workout in front of mirrors because it motivates them to give more in terms of performance.
Install a mirror against a wall at one side of the room that you will be using as your home gym. It’s not a necessity per se, and if you can do without it, then leave it out. However, if you feel training in front of a mirror helps with your morale and boosts your energy level, then have one installed. It also helps with correcting your form.
Start off with Essential home gym Equipment Only
As we mentioned earlier, when creating a home gym, it is so easy to get tempted into purchasing too many machines or gym equipment that will eat up a lot of space and cost you a lot of cash. Start off with a few basic equipment only and gradually add more later on if needed.
Whether your goal is shaking off some weight or adding muscle, focus on equipment that will provide two things: effectiveness and efficiency.
The basic equipment that you should buy initially for your home gym include the following:
You have the freedom to purchase all of the above or get only what you need. At the end of the day, this depends on your workout routines and fitness goals.
Avoid at all costs gym equipment that you see on infomercials. They promise you fast results, but in all honesty, the items shown are cheesy, expensive, and just not worth your time or money.
Organizing and Storing Your Equipment
If you are using a shared room for your workouts such as the living room, then you will need your gym equipment organized and properly stored. For example, you can use ottoman benches to store away all your stuff after exercising. Alternatively, you can get a few bins or shelves and dedicate them to your fitness equipment or gear.