Having a home gym is more convenient than traveling to a fitness center, and can cost less than a gym membership. Some well-meaning individuals run out and invest in exercise equipment, park it in an area that’s in the way or just not accessible enough. Before long, the good intentions fade away and the equipment is an expensive clothes hanger.
Before you jump into creating a home gym, think about the space you have and the exercise you want to enjoy there. You don’t necessarily need a big space for a good workout.
A home gym can be as simple as the corner of a room where you have a few small weights, stability ball, resistance bands, chin-up bar, and a yoga mat. As long as it’s a place where people aren’t going to disturb you or trip over your exercise equipment, you have a home gym that will work your entire body.
Of course, if you want something more sophisticated—like full throttle machines and weights—you need to explore the available spaces in your house. Look for a well-ventilated space, or something where you can utilize a fan or ceiling fan. The garage is often the “go to” space, but extreme temperatures can limit its use. Once you find it uncomfortable or inconvenient to use your home gym, you’ll abandon it, so choose the space wisely.
Be sure you have sufficient supports for heavy equipment and that the sound of your workout isn’t going to disrupt other members of your household. A rubber mat is a good investment to protect the floor and provide noise reduction.
The basement is a great place to escape for a good workout. You’re on a sturdy foundation with no one below to be disturbed by the clanking and pounding of your equipment. If you plan to include exercise machines, check the ceiling height first.
Your home gym is a place where you can combine cardiovascular exercise with muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. You don’t need all the kettlebells and whistles of a professional fitness center. Just determine the exercises you need to include in your workout and determine how to achieve a healthy goal in the space you have.