Building a Home Gym Without Breaking the Bank

You want to get back into shape, or stay in shape, but are sick and tired of the gym memberships and crowded fitness studios. You want a way to get a good workout in the comfort of your own home. If you are a self-motivated individual with a good understanding of general fitness practices, then a home gym is the perfect solution for you.

Unfortunately, gym equipment is expensive. There are reasons why gyms charge so much for memberships, because their overhead is costly. However, you can create a home gym that is perfect for your specific needs that won't cost you a small fortune to create or maintain. Here are some methods you can use to create the perfect gym in your home.

Consider the space you have to work with

Most of us have limited space to work with when creating a home gym. You may want to have a boot camp style obstacle course in your home, but it is just not practical. Look for space-saving pieces of equipment, or pieces that you can store away when you are not using them to have more space in your gym to work.

A great, versatile example of this is a set of adjustable dumbbells. There is a wide variety of exercises you can use dumbbells for and having one set of adjustable dumbbells instead of a rack of dumbbells in varying weights will save you an extreme amount of space without sacrificing variety.

Find equipment that will do double duty

Look for equipment that you can use for more than one exercise, like dumbbells, or equipment that works more than one muscle group at a time. The most commonly used example of this is the door-mounted pull-up bar. You can use a pull-up bar for a number of different exercises, not just pull-ups, and simply remove and store the bar when you are done.

Allow room for growth

The point of your home gym is of course to increase your fitness level. Even though you might be extremely out of shape now, you will grow out of your beginner equipment eventually. When purchasing equipment, think about how you can progress with those items and how expensive new additions will be, if needed. Again, items like adjustable dumbbells will allow you to increase weight without buying a new set of weights.


Consider the best investment pieces for you

When you have obtained all the inexpensive pieces that you want in your gym, like an exercise ball and yoga mat, you can move up to picking out the best investment pieces for your gym. If your favorite form of cardio exercise is walking or hiking, you might want to buy a god elliptical or treadmill. If you like to have really loud music playing when you work out, your best investment might be a good sound system.

These items, however, are always expensive. They are an investment in your home gym and your health. You can take out a small loan to make up the difference and pay in small increments, or you can use financing options from the store where you buy your equipment.

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