For those who are looking to save some money while building a home gym there are a few things you should keep in mind. In this article, here’s your first step by step guide to building a home gym for the perfect fit for you.
Step one: Find the right space.
Before you can get swinging kettlebells and doing hundreds of curls, you must decide where exactly you want to set-up your home gym. If you are a small and compact person, then consider putting it in a corner. If you have more space, then a corner, or even the middle, may be suitable. Once you’ve decided on the location, then the next step is to figure out the size of gym equipment you will need.
As mentioned above, if you are a small home gym, you will need a lot of power lifting equipment such as barbells, dumbbells, and even isolation machines. If you’re like me, however, you’ll need more than these heavy duty products to get started. So what you’ll need are home fitness equipment that are specifically geared toward those with smaller spaces.
There are many different types of home fitness equipment that are specifically designed for the smaller user. You can use one machine to target your chest and back or you can do a full body fitness routine using multiple machines.
The most important thing to do is decide which type of equipment is right for you.
Do you want a total body workout?
Do you want a strength training workout?
If so, then you’ll need a complete strength and conditioning system. If you just want to build muscle, then you can probably get by with one machine that can help you with a specific muscle group such as legs.
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After you’ve chosen your equipment, it’s time to figure out how big you need your gym to be. For example, you may want a smaller gym but only use it for one or two exercises. Or maybe you want a bigger gym but use it for a full body workout. There’s no right or wrong answer to this question. Just find out which you think is best for you.
The next step is to figure out how much money you are willing to spend. I recommend spending at least $100 on the things you will use the most (i.e. kettlebells, bench press, lat pull-downs, overhead press, etc.). If you spend more, then you’ll be able to buy more expensive equipment but you won’t have to spend as much time and effort putting them together.
Now, that you have all your equipment, put everything together and get your new gym going. It’s best to do it outdoors when the weather is good.
When you first set up your equipment, you should always start with a light weight and a dumbbell. The heavier the weights, the harder they will be to use, but you will have more control over the movement.
If you can’t afford to buy a whole set of dumbbells, get one for each workout. Then you can try the exercises until you can master the skill of using them. If you don’t feel comfortable using the weights, then you can always take the dumbbells back out of the gym and use them in the house or at work.
Always make sure that you’re keeping your home gym clean and well maintained. This means emptying the trash cans and washing your mat after every workout. Keeping the floor clean will keep you and your equipment cleaner and more comfortable.
Also, keep your equipment in your garage or another room so you can get to it quickly. Don’t leave your gym equipment in the bathroom or basement.