You’ve decided you want to workout at home and you’re excited to get started! You know how much time and money you can save by working out at home instead of going to the gym, but when you look around your house or apartment area all you see is a sofa, a love seat, and TV. If you’re used to working out at a gym with shiny machines your whole life, this can be pretty demotivating! As we’ve discussed before, you don’t need a whole lot of equipment to reach your fitness goals at home, but for many people, that’s the way that they know how to train. So here are four questions to answer when outfitting your own home gym:
1. What do you like to do?
GASP! “What do I like to do??” You mean fitness isn’t about torturing myself and embracing a culture of “no pain no gain”? NO! The whole point of fitness and wellness is making it a part of a healthy, active lifestyle centered around being able to do activities you enjoy for a very long time to come. Now that’s not to say you should completely avoid things you don’t like, in fact improving at exercises you suck at is a fast track to great progress. However, if the idea of walking or running on a treadmill is more dull to you than watching Ferris Bueller’s teacher take attendance, then don’t buy one (or else it will quickly turn into an infamous clothes hanger treadmill)! There are a number of alternative ways to improve your health and wellness, and the process overall should be one that enriches your life, so start by picking tools, implements, and equipment that allow you do do things that you enjoy.
2. What are your goals?
Do you want to be able to do 10 pushups in a row? Squat twice your bodyweight? Run a marathon? Be able to go up a flight of stairs without being winded? Lose fat and feel better throughout the day? Clearly defining your goals will influence how to equip your home gym. If your goals are strength based such as barbell squatting a certain amount, you’re going to need a good barbell, free weights, a quality rack or squat stand, and collars to start. If your goal is to lose fat and feel better then there is far less specificity in what equipment you will need, and decisions will be much more dictated by your preferences, your budget, and your space.
3. What space and budget do you have available?
When it comes to maximizing your available space and budget, the options can be dizzying and it’s best to consult with a professional. If you’re in the northeast, Gronk Fitness Products / G&G Fitness Equipment is top notch, and we trust them to help out our clients. If you have no space and want to start out simple they have deeply discounted resistance bands and small items that we provide as a complimentary gift for our clients as needed. Have a couple things already but want to invest in a versatile piece of cardio equipment? The industry leading and compact WaterRower and RXM Air Bike could be a perfect solution. If you’re looking for a full high-end garage gym or basement gym build-out, they’ll take care of the design and planning of the space to make every inch as efficient, results-driven, and safe as possible, complete the install, and provide maintenance through the durable life cycle of the equipment.
If you’re someone who travels constantly, you can work with our trainers when you are local, then stay connected through our mobile training solutions, and if needed, find appropriate pieces of equipment to bring with you!
What if you have no budget but still want some equipment to work with? For most fitness equipment it definitely holds true that you get what you pay for, so we don’t generally recommend going for the lowest end version of the equipment you’re used to working with at the gym. This is especially true when there are so many alternatives available, such as training with bodyweight, household objects, or building your own DIY equipment!
If you want to get results, love working out with equipment at the gym, but think you can’t get the same workout at home while saving time and money, think again! There are solutions for every budget and every amount of space that will allow you to see the results you’ve always wanted, and enjoy doing it!
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