Advice from the top men’s fashion and grooming magazines say going to the gym is a great way to keep fit and stay in style. When you sign up you have experts on hand to help you, a wide range of equipment to use and lots of other gym goers to help keep you motivated. However, despite all these advantages, going the gym, in the traditional sense, is hardly the most convenient way to keep fit.
Big fitness chains can be extremely expensive, while going to the gym can involve travelling there and back, moreover, if it’s busy, you can find yourself waiting to use equipment. Luckily, there is a simple way to enjoy all the benefits of the gym without having to endure the drawbacks: build your own.
A home gym is the best of both worlds. You have all the equipment that you need at hand, there are basically no travel time and just one off payments that soon payback the initial outlay. If you’ve got the internet in your house, then you’ve got a team of experts too. Furthermore, as you’re the only member, and the gym owner, you have complete control in your environment, this goes for temperature, music, equipment, dresscode, lighting and everything else.
The equipment that you have in your home gym will, to an extent, depend on the type of exercise that you want to do. If you prefer to doing aerobic exercise then you’ll need to have some fitness gear about the place, whereas if you’re trying to build muscle then your gym will need to be equipped with weights. If part of your motivation for creating a home gym is to keep costs down, then it’s a good idea to keep away from expensive gimmicky equipment, instead, stick to the basic stuff; free weights and basic fitness apparatus like a skipping ropes, punch bag of exercise bike.
Where to put your gym
A garage makes an ideal place for a home gym because it’s out of the way of expensive furniture and ornaments. However, even if it seems like you haven’t got a spare room in your house there are ways around size limitations folding beds are great if you want to turn a bedroom into home gym, while piles of pillows make a perfectly suitable substitute for a weights bench.
To avoid injuring yourself, you should make sure that you read up on exercise techniques on the internet or books. Moreover, when trying a new exercise for the first few times, make sure that you start on low weights, to allow the muscles to become accustomed to a new movement. As well as not damaging yourself, you also need to avoid damaging your house, you should be mindful to exercise away from electronics and other valuables, while investing in some sturdy mats can really help to protect floor tiles from getting chipped