More and more of us are eliminating expensive health club and gym memberships and are looking for ways to work out effectively at home.
Investing in some items of home fitness equipment can be a motivating way to get you on the road to slim, fit and toned!
Here are a few tips and ideas for getting you thinking about what you would like to create at home.
Even if you do not have much room there are ways to maximize your floor space to squeeze as much in as safely and effectively as possible. There are many choices out there from rowing machines, treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes and it can be rather overwhelming.
All in all there are three areas to think about when designing your home gym.
First, consider what your physical fitness goals are for your gym. Is your aim to tone, build cardiovascular fitness, build up muscle or lose weight? These factors will depend on your sex, age and your health and fitness levels and social factors like whether you have a partner, family or live alone.
Second there are some real ‘must haves’ in the range of home fitness equipment like free weights, at least one cardio machine, and dumbbell sets. Look for equipment combinations that are most suitable for your home gym while considering your personal fitness goals and the practical things like your budget and floor space.
You also will want to take a look around at pieces of fitness equipment or exercise DVD’s that you already have. There is a good chance that you may have stopped using these due to lack of motivation, but by having a home gym or specific place to workout you may find that your motivation will return.
If you currently have a piece of fitness equipment that you will no longer be using, think about selling it and putting that money towards your new equipment.
Third bear in mind the floor plan and layout you would like. Consider things like which pieces of gym equipment fit together in your allocated workout areas, floor space requirements, window positions along with mirrors and other exciting accessories.
So let’s look in more detail at the three main areas above.
Regarding your physical fitness goals, consider the areas of cardio, fat burn and weight loss and assess how overweight you are, if at all. It may be helpful to take a look at some height and weight charts to determine the type of aerobic and cardiovascular exercises suitable for you and how much weight training equipment is needed.
Notice how your weight is distributed. Are you top or bottom heavy? For example, if you are bottom heavy, focus on exercising the legs, so a bike or treadmill or elliptical is better than a strength training machine. If your weight is pretty much balanced, then having a general range of equipment is best.
Other things to think about regarding your objectives for your home fitness equipment are whether you have any injuries, your current level of fitness and who else will be using the equipment. Also, it is important to be clear about your objectives when you go to the store or buy online so you stick to your plan and are not influenced!
Regarding layout, basements are ideal as they can support the heavy weight of gym machines and weights. Be sure that you have enough space to stretch in all directions for mat based workouts. Keep cardiovascular equipment next to windows that you can open to get fresh air while you work out. Have the step, bench mat and weight rack in the same area.
It is a good idea to use mirrors in your gym and in fact is it essential when using free weights to ensure a good posture, so mount them on as many walls as possible. Put a full length mirror in your stretch area. Mirrors help to ensure you keep good posture at all times. You don’t need to mirror your entire workout area, but you should have at least 1.
These are great starting points to consider when designing your own gym at home. Assessing your own individual objectives further will help you to decide what kind of home fitness equipment you will need to create your ideal home fitness empire!