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5 Tips for the Perfect Home Gym


Building a home gym doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many people who have found success in getting a great workout with limited space and equipment. This blog post is about how you can get started on your own journey towards fitness, without breaking the bank or sacrificing your sanity. We will discuss 5 tips for building the perfect home gym!

Tip No. 1: Decide on the type of exercises you will be doing

There are numerous types of exercises, and each one requires a specific piece or pieces of equipment. If your goal is to do yoga, for instance, you will need mats and other items that go along with that practice. You may also be interested in weightlifting, such as free weights or machines. Some people might prefer cardio workouts like running or spinning class if they have space for cycling classes, but not much else.

An important consideration when deciding what kind of gym you want is figuring out how compatible your desired workout would be with living spaces around it – meaning, whether there’s room enough to set up an elliptical machine next to the couch without getting off balance while stretching! For example: some people might prefer to work out in the garage, so they can do pull-ups on their own ladder, but this may not be practical if you have a small home.

A final consideration is what kind of activities your desired workout would support – for example: yoga requires space and time beyond that which many people might want to give up by being at home exercising; weightlifting could also require more equipment than some households are able to house or afford. 

The type of exercises you do will determine what equipment and layout you go with.

Tip No.2: Determine your space needs.

What do you need to accomplish in the space? Does it have to be multipurpose? Is it only a gym, or will it also be a play room for your kids? Write down exactly what the room will be used for and what your space needs are before purchasing equipment.

Measure the space you have in your home to see how much room you can make for a garage gym. If it’s just an area of floor, try setting up one or two mats with some equipment and measure from wall to wall without counting the equipment. For example, if there are five feet between walls and three feet between walls respectively, then that is 18 square foot mat space available which would be enough for stationary bikes, rowers etc.

A typical full set of weights will take at least twice as much space, but most people don’t need this amount, even if they want access to free weights too.

Most people only use a few free weights at a time, so you can keep the ones you are not using in a corner until you need them.

If you are a grappling practitioner, you only need a few mats, and you’ll have more than enough room to practice drills on your own, with a dummy, or with a partner.

Tip No. 3: Use Multi-purpose Equipment.

A home gym should not have all free weights, so try to get a bench with an adjustable incline. This way you can work on your chest as well as your back and legs when using the bench.

It will also be good for abs exercises like crunches or leg raises because there is just enough room behind it for some extra space if needed. Having this piece of equipment will eliminate needing to buy other pieces that are more specialized but only used occasionally, which saves time and money in the long run!

Another piece of equipment that can be used for many exercises is a cable machine. They can be used for chest presses, bicep curls, shoulder shrugs as well as a variety of other exercises. A cable machine is more versatile than free weights because it combines the benefits of resistance and suspension training with many options on how to work out your upper body.

The last multi-purpose piece of equipment you should have in your home gym is a power rack. This could also be called a utility bench or squat cage depending on what type and style you get, but this one will allow for all types of weightlifting movements including squats, bench press, hang cleans and overhead lifts such as military presses; in addition to being able to do dips when using an attachment bar that goes over the top bars at either end.

Tip No. 4: Buy equipment used.

Used equipment is less expensive and a better value for your money.

Buying used will also help you save time because it’s already been set up, cleaned, and broken in.

You can find higher quality items at garage sales or on Craigslist by checking the reviews first.

Many times you can find older pieces of equipment that are very well-built for a fraction of the price of new, cheaply made, modern equipment.

This can be a great way to get workout equipment without breaking the bank.

Tip No. 5: Set Boundaries with Your Family.

It is important for the adults in the family to “have their own thing” That means time out with friends, classes they go to, and personal growth. If you are going to be using your gym to change your life, live longer, be happier, and be there for your family in a better way…then it will benefit everyone if you can have some space to yourself.

Don’t let the gym become a storage room or kitty litter place mat. It may be tough at first, but be persistent that this is important to you and get used to saying no. A healthy dad is a happy dad. Everyone benefits from a happy and healthy dad!

Another idea is to set aside certain hours of time, or even days of time, as “family only” times when kids are not allowed in the gym area at all during that specific timeframe.

A lot of times, adults will use their home gyms as more than just a tool for exercise, but also as an escape. Everyone needs a reset once in a while. You come back ready to father better than ever!

A Home Gym Can Change Your Life

A home gym can be a game changer for your fitness routine. You’ll never have to worry about what’s going on at the gym, and you’ll always feel energized after working out from the comfort of your own home. The key is to create an environment that will motivate you every time you walk in, with all the equipment needed for a complete workout. Have fun creating!

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