For everyone out there who values their fitness, but isn’t necessarily a fan of going to a gym, building a home gym is an excellent alternative. Home gyms not only offer a convenient way to get fit, but also a private workout environment, which, for the more sheepish lifters, is highly sought after.
However, if you’ve ever been to the gym before, you know how disorganized it can be. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to prevent the clutter of discarded weights and other equipment amassing in your home.
Get a Spot
Before you can start moving in your dumbbells, you need to dedicate a spot in your home to put all your workout gear. There are many rooms in your home that will suffice as a workout area, but if you’re looking for some serious results, it’s important that you choose wisely.
- Although spare bedrooms are the ideal spot for a home gym, living rooms work as well, especially if you want to watch workout videos on a large-screen television.
- If possible, choose a room that receives a lot of natural sunlight. This will boost your energy levels during your workout and make for a more pleasant fitness environment.
- Pick a room that you like to spend time in. Just because there’s some adequate space in your musty, old garage or basement doesn’t mean you need to work out there. Instead, set up shop in an enjoyable spot in your home. It will keep you motivated and coming back for more.
Keep It Simple
Although most gyms feature the latest and greatest fitness equipment on the market, your home gym doesn’t need to. In fact, for the home gym crowd, a little bit goes a long way, especially if there are specific fitness goals in mind that you want to accomplish.
- Rather than springing for a bulky, expensive treadmill for cardio, pick up some jump ropes. They’re cheap, easy to store, and when used properly, are great a way to get your heart pumping.
- Incorporate workout routines you don’t need a weight set to complete. This will save all kinds of space, and most importantly, money.
- However, if weights are necessary, buy them in increments as you get stronger and progress through your routine. Also, buy used ones whenever you can and donate any gear you don’t need to friends, family, or secondhand sporting goods stores.
Once you’ve selected which gear you’ll need on your quest to feel the burn, it’s time to solidify an arrangement. If you’ve never assembled a home gym before, there are some best practices to keep in mind that can turn any room of the house into a haven for breaking a sweat.
- Organize all equipment by priority and frequency of use. For example, if there is a set of particular weights or resistance bands that you use all the time, store them so they’re readily available as soon as you walk into your home gym.
- To prevent your home gym from becoming messy and disorganized, purchase furniture such as a lidded ottoman or a storage locker to pack up equipment when not in use.
- Don’t try and pack too much equipment into your home gym. Keep the environment clean, clutter-free, and balanced to avoid stressing yourself out before, during and after your routine.
As you can see, sculpting your physique doesn’t have to be done in the confines of a gym. You can start on the path to a healthier lifestyle from the comfort of your own home, all the while avoiding high monthly fees. All you need is motivation and a decent amount of space and you’ll be making gains in no time.