Do you want to be fit and healthy, but squeezing regular gym time into your schedule is impossible?
There’s no need to worry. You can still achieve your fitness goals by getting yourself the best home gym equipment available and setting it up at home. With this in your abode, you don’t have to think about missing out on workout hours.
Stock Up on Savings
With the right home gym equipment, you can achieve the dream body that you want. Aside from saving yourself commuting time from your workplace to the gym and back to your home, you also get to save in other ways.
You save on energy and effort since you won’t need to step out of the house if you feel the urge to work out. If you’re coming from work, then you don’t need to make a pit stop at the membership gym and risk wasting time in traffic. Instead, you can go straight home, freshen up or rest, then simply do your exercises in the comforts of your own home gym.
Of course, you also save on gym membership costs. It is common knowledge that gym membership fees can cost an arm and a leg. Additionally, most gym memberships are actually seldom or never used. This may be due to lack of time, too much traffic, or spotty weather.
If you want comfort and convenience while still hitting your physical fitness targets, then a proper home gym will work to your advantage. Here are some helpful tips for setting up a gym in your own living space:
1. Identify Your Goals
Before anything else, you need to discern what your fitness goals are. Do you want to improve your stamina, build muscle, or improve flexibility? Are you a beginner or already on the advanced level when it comes to your physical fitness?
Depending on where you are in your fitness journey, you can choose from a range of home gym equipment that will address your specific needs. If it’s general physical fitness you require, you could start with an exercise mat, a set of dumbells, and some training bands. If you want to improve your cardio, then you can look into getting a treadmill, a stationary bike, or a freeform rowing machine.
Don’t forget to consider how many people will be using the home gym as well. If there are several family members or housemates who plan to use the home gym, then you all need to discuss your fitness levels. It would be more cost-efficient if you can agree on getting equipment that will address each member’s fitness needs.
2. Allocate Enough Space
When you have identified the right equipment to get, then you should also consider the space that you’re going to use as a home gym. Some convert their garage or spare room into the fitness room. This gives more leeway to purchase bigger equipment. It would be better if it is also well-ventilated and has good lighting.
For those without too much space, make sure that you take into consideration the ceiling height as well. Only purchase fitness gear or home gym equipment that will allow you to move comfortably around the workout area. Spaces that are too tight can pose risks as you do not have freedom of movement.
3. Do Your Homework
Not all home gym equipment are created equal. Aside from choosing only what you need, you must also bear in mind to buy only from reputable home gym equipment suppliers or shops. Check online or from local establishments whether a specific make or model has been recalled. Read client reviews to assess reliability and satisfaction ratings.
You can also ask trusted family or friends who are fitness enthusiasts for their tried-and-tested home gym equipment recommendations. There may be cheaper ones on the market but you haven’t read any positive comments on it. Look around to determine which one fits your budget and also properly addresses your specific fitness concerns.
There is a whole range of home gym set-ups that you can choose from based on your fitness goals. You can also consider getting an all-in-one home gym equipment. This kind of apparatus gives you a comprehensive training solution that may be expanded as you progress. This can prove to be a practical and cost-effective choice in the long run.
4. Go for a Test Drive
Much like buying a car, you should also try out the home gym equipment that you are planning to buy. Get on the treadmill or try out the weight machine. After looking up the reviews online, try to visit the physical store. This will be a perfect opportunity for you to not only try out the equipment you’re eyeing, but also ask the sales attendant for more information.
If the equipment that you are trying is not comfortable to use or offers no allowance for making further adjustments, then move on to the next choice. It is better to invest time in checking which one fits you best rather than buying impulsively and regretting the choice later.
5. Set Up for Safety
While going around and checking home gym equipment, ask if you can easily install it yourself. If not, then ask if they offer installation services. It is better to be sure about how to set it up properly than finding it out too late. Improper installation can be a safety risk.
When you can set it up yourself, know that gym equipment can be heavy or bulky to carry and move around by yourself. Ask for assistance if needed so you can avoid pulling a muscle or meet other accidents caused by improper handling.
Setting up a home gym can be a fulfilling task that will also produce satisfying results. Of course, that all depends on how committed you are to your fitness goals.
Physical fitness can be fun when you are comfortable in your own space. Setting up a home gym is a good step towards a rewarding health and fitness journey. You should also remember to complement your home gym regimen with a balanced and nutritious diet. Balancing your indoor workouts with fun outdoor activities is also good for your health and well-being.
Most of all, remember to enjoy the process. It may be tough to work out at times, but when you finally reach your target, you will certainly feel that everything has been worth it.
Hassanein Alwan is the Managing Director of Mineral Circles Bearings with more than 10 years’ experience in the bearing industry’s technical support division, sales and marketing, plus strategic business development consultancy.