As with any personal goal, the key to creating the perfect home gym resides in filling that space with equipment that you’ll actually be able to use in your real life. It should go without saying that you can’t get fit based on intentions alone, otherwise everyone with a gym membership would be in amazing shape. So, to help you ward off the inevitable disheartening depression that comes with striving for something and missing the mark, this article is going to give you some tried, tested and proven tips to help you create an ideal home gym for you.
1. Determine Your Endgame
Your home gym set up is going to depend largely on your goals. So, before you start clearing space or ordering a ‘suped up decline bench press and rack, first have a clearly defined mission.
Do you want to get in shape to run a marathon or even just a 5km or 10km race? Do you want to lose fat and gain a some sculpted lean muscle? Do you want to significantly increase your muscle mass? Do you want to become yoga master? All these endgames will require drastically different equipment, so to spare yourself the time and money of shopping and paying for things you won’t need or want, determine what you want to do before anything else.
2.Set a Budget and Stick to It
Next up, set your budget and DO NOT budge from that limit. There are always ways to get gear at a good price by shopping sales and even buying gear used. Just beware that some gear is best bought brand new, to ensure it is safe and works properly. For instance, a dumbbell or kettlebell is fine to buy used, since if there is anything wrong with it you can usually tell right away. A treadmill or electrically run piece of equipment is a murkier matter, since you don’t know if there are any issues just by looking at it.
Whatever you do, don’t spend money you don’t have on equipment that won’t work. You may need to build your gym more slowly so you can afford it, but like all good gains, it will be worth waiting for.
3.Be Mindful of Your Space
Measure the exact dimensions of your home gym space to ensure all the equipment you gather can fit within in easily, while still giving you room to move. Measure doorways and stairways for move-in purposes. Measure the height of the room too. Being able to afford a brand new Titan rig to squat heavy weight safely is great, but your space may dictate a wall mounted rig is more suited to your space than one that stands on the floor and takes up valuable real estate.
4. Get Gear That Grows With You
Your health is a worthwhile investment, but you don’t need to invest more of your valuable resources than necessary. Opt for equipment that grows with your gains, like parallette bars, resistance bands, barbells and plates and a stability ball. Of of this equipment has the ability to instantly adjust for more difficult exercises, so when you’re in fighting form a year from now, your equipment won’t be obsolete.
Bonus: this gear is also lightweight and it doesn’t take up a lot of space, so you save money and room!
5. Outfit for Recovery
To avoid injury and falling off the fitness wagon, hardcore, you need to outfit your gym with recovery gear. A good quality yoga mat is essential, even if you don’t do yoga. Use it for a place to get into deep stretches safely and with traction. A foam roller is also great for massaging out aches, pains and tension without having to front the cash for a professional masseuse.
That’s it! You’ve got the intel, now start planning your perfect home gym and make this your healthiest year yet!