If you have been going to a gym for some time, you’ll realize that occasionally you can’t make it there. Maybe you are busy with work, or you have other matters to attend to. As a result, you end up missing your exercise schedule.
One way you can combat this is to build your own gym at home. It can act as a temporary space when you can’t make it to a local gym. In fact, you can even build one to workout at home and stop going to your local gym completely.
Whether you want to get a home gym so you don’t miss a workout, or because you don’t want to go to a public gym for personal reasons, building a home gym is a good way to get a workout on a budget.
Why it’s good to have a home gym
It doesn’t have to require much space and money (although you can create one with a large space). There are many benefits of having your own small gym. Among them are:
- You save money on recurring membership fees. This money that you save can be put towards buying gym equipment for your home. The equipment is a one-time purchase too, so once you buy it, there aren’t any extra fees to spend. You can even save more money if you have the time and skills to create your own equipment in a DIYfashion.
- You save time on commuting to a different place. This is a significant factor if you find yourself often lazy to go to the gym. Having one at home means you can just go downstairs to the basement or garage and start working out within minutes.
- Other members of your family can use it. Even if you buy the equipment for yourself, your spouse or siblings or even your parents or kids can join you and use it too. Usually, this would require a separate gym membership, but with your own gym you buy one equipment for many.
What you should consider before building a home gym
Of course, there are also downsides to a having your gym at home:
- It can take a large upfront cost. Depending on the equipment you choose to buy, it can cost upwards of $1,000 to build a home gym. This is especially true if you are used to the machines at your local gym. Even so, you can opt to start small with a low budget and work your way up from there.
- It can feel lonely working out alone. If you are the type of person that easily loses motivation, a home gym may not be right for you. Going to a local gym means you get to meet new people and friends. If you enjoy the motivation you get from group training and peers, you might want to consider keeping your gym membership.
- It takes up space in your home. It’s true that you can build a small home gym, but space will always be a big consideration everytime you purchase a new piece of equipment. You need to plan out how much space you have before you buy a new item to put in there.
- It may bother other members of your family. If the other people who live in your home don’t work out, they might not like the equipment in your garage or basement. Make sure you talk to them before you build your own home gym. Get their permission and agreement, and tell them the benefits and why you want your own gym at home.
From the benefits and downsides above, you can see that a home gym is not for everyone. However, if you still want to continue, then here is a three phase blueprint you can use. This plan will help you to start out cheap before moving on to more expensive gear.
The first phase: start with a dumbbell set and bench
With a dumbbell set and an exercise bench, you can do many exercises for all parts of your body. The good thing about working out with free weights such as dumbbells is that you train more muscles of your body. You can train your lower body, upper back, chest and shoulders, upper arms and your core with just a basic dumbbell set and bench.
This basic set is popular with people who are doing P90X. You can also compliment it with weight free training, so you can get a fuller body workout. For more reference on the best equipment to buy, read the following articles:
The second phase: add weight bars and plates
Although you can do plenty with just a dumbbell set, you will progress along and need heavier weights. For this purpose, it’s time to add weight lifting bars and a set of weight plates to your artillery. With this equipment, you can do heavy exercises, such as deadlift and bent over rows.
This is also a good time to add a pull up bar to your home gym. Usually, pull ups are difficult to do for beginners and take some time. Once you have developed some strength though, pull ups are great to do more exercises and get more shape. Read these articles for further reference:
- Do You Have These 4 Types of Weight Lifting Bars in Your Home Gym
- What Are the Best Weight Plates for Working Out at Home?
- Short on Workout Space at Home? These 5 Pull Up Bars Do the Trick
The third phase: finalize with a home gym or smith machines
You will probably only need this equipment several years once you workout regularly. It doesn’t make much sense for a beginner to own this equipment, since they are quite expensive. Even so, you can get a complete workout with just one of these machines.
You can go with a home gym that will give you hundreds of exercises. You can also opt for a smith machine which can also give you multiple exercises. Either way, they take up a large space in your fitness room, so have a look at these articles before you buy:
As stated above, building your own home gym is a good choice. You can save money and time, and exercise in the comfort of your own home. Start small with the recommended equipment in the posts above, and upgrade as necessary. In time, you will achieve your goal of losing weight and enjoy more health and vitality in your life.