Setting up a home gym

Hi everyone and welcome back to my sports and fitness blog.

Did you know that 84% of US citizens don’t hold a gym pass, and 1 in 10 British adults had not walked for longer than 5 minutes in the past 4 week period.  80% of the British population fails to hit the national government target of working out for 30 mins, 12 times a month.  

One of the many reasons and excuses I hear from people about not getting fit and taking care of their health is because they don’t have the time to go to a gym.  Now i’m not going to bore you guys with the many reasons why everyone has time to go to the gym and how we can all fit in the time to take care of our health and fitness.  Instead today I’m going to tell you all how to make your home a great place to work out in so that you have no excuses.

Setting up your own home gym.

Setting up your own home gym is ridiculously simple.   You don’t need a massive amount of space or money.  Actually as little as 50 pounds is a great starting point to set up your own gym.  Check out second hand websites such as www.cheap.forsale/.

 
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  1. Find a workout space.

    The first step to setting up your own home gym is to designate an area for workout.  Now it doesn’t matter if this area can’t remain a home gym the whole time, just that you have a space.  Ideally it should be at least 2 metres by 2 metres, although this should be adjusted based on height.  This is for full movement range, and so that you don’t worry whilst working out that you’re going to hit something.

    Make sure that you have a soft mat, so that you have a soft and comfortable surface for an floor workouts.  

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  2. Everyday items can make great workout equipment.

    If you’re running low on funds, or have limited space then everyday household objects can easily be turned into exercise and workout equipment.  There are many different household objects that you can use, and it really depends on the type of workout that you’re looking for what you will be using.  Some great examples include using a crate or sturdy box for a step up, using a football or basketball instead of a medicine ball and using cans or tools instead of basic weights.  

     

  3. Purchase equipment

    Depending on the type of workouts you will be doing, or the exercises you are interested in you’ll be wanting to purchase different types of equipment.  You’ll also have to be very realistic and take into account the size of the space you have, and your personal finances.  If you’re interested in bodybuilding you’ll be purchasing completely different equipment as someone looking to run a marathon.

    A popular item to buy, especially over the seas with our american neighbours is a treadmill.  Now if you have the space and money to buy a treadmill it can have a huge benefit on your workout.  I personally have a cheap treadmill I bought online at http://www.cheap.forsale/treadmill.  But i wouldn’t quite say it’s one of the most important pieces of equipment you can buy.  Instead I’d recommend concentrating on outdoor cardio workouts, for example running outside and spending your money instead on buying more strength, flexibility or balance equipment.  Some of the best equipment to buy includes weights, I like to use kettlebells and you can get some great deals online, I bought some here; http://www.cheap.forsale/kettlebells.  I’d also recommend medicine balls if you can’t find another ball to use, a sand filled floor mat, which is great for push ups and crunches, and sandbells.  Soft equipment is great for at home gyms as they won’t roll away, and won’t damage your house whilst you workout!

     

  4. Workout videos.

    There are some great resources online for you to use to workout.  Look up videos on youtube, and through various other fitness sites.  Some gyms also have their own different workout videos where there gym instructors show different fitness workouts.  Here’s a useful article with 10 great workout videos.  Check it out!

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  5. Utilise a personal trainer

    Just because you don’t go to a gym full time does not mean that you can’t use a personal trainer.  Purchase a one day gym pass and get a personal trainer.  Tell them the equipment you have at home, or ask them what they recommend you buy extra and get them to show you a fitness routine that works for you.  This is great if you’re new to fitness and aren’t quite confident in your form and techniques.  If you get a good personal trainer you can also keep in touch with them and maybe they will do a home visit next time to help train you on your equipment.  

I hope this has helped anyone interested in setting up their own home gym.  If you haven’t please check out one of my latest blog posts about HIIT.

Thanks,

Jim