14 Tricks to Building Your At-Home Gym
Are you bored of your gym? Do you find it hard to find the time to travel there? Does it cost too much? Is it too busy? If you answered yes to any one of the above questions, it may be time to consider creating your very own personal gym at home! This might sound daunting, with pitfalls like being seduced into buying overly expensive equipment and questions over how to make the most of your space, however, we are here to help! Check out 14 tips to make sure you put together a home gym that is practical, fun and has all the essentials for an awesome workout!
Easily the most enjoyable part of creating your very own gym space! Create a personalised workout area that not only motivates but also reflects both you and what you want to achieve. Install a TV for visual entertainment or a sound system to pump out your favourite tunes!
Proper appropriate flooring protects both your house and gym equipment as well as helping to soundproof your space. Ideally you should aim for commercial grade foam flooring (you’ll find it in interlocking squares).
Gyms have these for a reason and so should you. Being able to see yourself working out not only motivates but also helps you to improve your form.
#4 Rack Up Your Gains
If you can afford the space a power rack should be the centerpiece of your home gym. The handy pins will save you if you miss a lift, and with J-hooks and attachments such as dip and pull-up bars this structure allows you to perform a huge variety of exercises.
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#5 A Foam Roller
Other than giving you a feel-good massage, foam rolling is great for increasing your range of motion, injury prevention, and core strengthening.
#6 Pull-up Bar
Pull-ups and chin-ups work a variety of muscle groups in the arms and back, and the bar is not only cheap and easy to install, but doesn’t require much space, all of which explains why they’re a staple of most home gyms and should be in yours too.
#7 Yoga Mat
Every workout space should include a simple yoga or pilates mat. Even if you’re not into the downward dog, a good mat comes in handy for both exercises that have you lying on the floor and to cushion the impact from impact moves.
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#8 Resistance Bands
These are increasingly popular, versatile and don’t take up a lot of space. Just right for a home gym.
#9 Adjustable Dumbbells
It wouldn’t be a gym without dumbbells. Unless you have a lot of space, opt for a couple of bars that you can add weights to.
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#10 Fitness Jump Rope
Skip buying an expensive and bulky treadmill and get a killer Rocky-style cardio workout at home by investing in a jump rope. Cheap and easily stored, these are a perfect addition to any home gym.
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#11 Start A Social Hour
If you miss the buzz of the gym when you’re working out at home, why not invite your friends over? Make sure they bring the delicious and healthy post-workout snacks!
#12 Organise Like Your Wardrobe
Storing and displaying your gym clothes, equipment and other workout bits and pieces in a wardrobe helps keep things ordered but still homely.
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#13 Keep Things Compact
Get creative with your space. A good home gym doesn’t have to take over a whole room or the entire house!
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#14 Stay Safe
Make sure your home gym is always a safe environment to work out by checking and fixing equipment regularly and never be reckless when you’re in there alone so as to avoid injury.