Do you want to get fit and healthy without breaking the bank? With the skyrocketing prices of gym memberships and personal trainers, your best bet would be investing in a home gym instead.
Get Fit Right in Your Own Home
There are quite a few reasons why going to the gym outside your home can be quite a chore.
- First, you lose money just to lose a few pounds. Aside from the registration fee and monthly gym membership costs, you also spend for athletic wear, transportation or fuel costs, and even eating out (because face it, you sometimes cannot resist getting take-out food after getting exhausted from gym training).
- You also need to make the extra effort to dress up and go out, wasting precious time, energy, and resources to do so.
- The weather can also be a challenge. Any sudden changes can bring your training schedule to a screeching halt.
For these reasons, going to the gym can also be a challenge, especially for people who do not have much time to spare.
The best solution for this is to simply bring the gym to you, by building your own home gym. There are reputable gym equipment suppliers where you can get professional home gym equipment that suit your budget, lifestyle, and fitness goals. With this one-stop shop for fitness equipment, you can get the essential items without losing an arm and a leg.
Here are three simple ways to get started on putting together your own home gym:
1. Set up a designated area
First, you need to find sufficient space. This should be enough to accommodate the gym equipment that you have in mind.
You could use an extra room in the house, a basement that is due for renovation, or an extra area in your garage. This way, you can focus on your fitness program without the distractions of someone watching the TV, or pets or kids running around. You can also have the freedom to set up your equipment and other fitness accessories according to the order of use.
If you are limited on space, you can also opt for a dual or multi-use space where you can fit all the essentials that you need. For example, you can turn your living room into an exercise area or designate a corner of your bedroom for your treadmill, bikes, or other fitness equipment.
If you can, you should also invest in quality gym flooring to make sure that you go through your exercise regimen on a safe and comfortable surface.
2. Buy the essentials
When building your gym, also remember where you are in your fitness journey as well as where you want to be. This way, you’ll know what equipment to get. A good rule of thumb is to get equipment with multiple uses.
For starters, you would do well with a good set of dumbbells. You should also invest in resistance bands as these are good in-home or on the go. Another home gym essential would be a kettlebell. You can already do core work, curls, deadlifts, overhead presses and squats with a 30-lb one. What’s more, it doesn’t require much space.
Another solution is to get all-in-one comprehensive training equipment. This machine can be your solution to targeting bodybuilding, strength, power, muscular endurance, plyometric, and other fitness programs, with the possibility of further expansion.
3. Build it up
Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, don’t expect your home gym to be fully furnished in one go. Slowly build it up as you go along and purchase additional equipment when necessary.
If you’re a beginner, you can start with the basics and work your way up to other professional gym equipment.
Your equipment will also depend on your fitness program. If it’s cardio that you need most, then you can invest in X-trainers, rowers, and the like. If you are more into strength training, then you can start with barbells, dumbbells, or plates. You can also invest in combo machines that can be custom-made as you progress.
Work It Out
Exercising is more fun when you don’t have to force yourself to go out or spend money just to lose the excess weight. You can do it in the comfort and privacy of your own home with a home gym that has all the right quality equipment.
Your fitness journey starts with the small steps you take. Whether you bike in place in a small corner of your house or convert a whole room to a full-fledged home gym, the most important thing is that you believe you can do it and enjoy the whole experience.
Kelvin Garner is the founder of Garner General Trading, a one-stop solution for all fitness needs in the UAE. The Garner team have put many years into sourcing a high-quality and affordable range of home and commercial gym equipment. From selecting the right equipment for your personal needs and space available, to the professional setup in your home, Garner General Trading is there each step of the way.