5 Steps to Setting Up a Home Gym
There are a number of advantages to setting up a home gym instead of purchasing a membership and going to one. First, you will be more likely to exercise since you won’t have to go out and dress a certain way. Secondly, you will save money on membership fees, not to mention travel time.
Lastly, you will never wait for equipment and you will always have what you need in the place you need it. The drawbacks? It is also easy to skip working out at home, as you are not accountable to anyone. It is easy just to shut the door or to use your exercise machines as expensive laundry drying devices.
It will also cost you more to set up your gym in the short term. In the long run, you may save on membership fees, but setting up your space and buying equipment can be expensive. Still, you can avoid these pitfalls by finding accountability online or with other groups and sticking with a home gym budget.
How do you get started? Here are five steps to setting up a home gym.
Set Aside the Space
One thing you will need for sure is space. Whether that is a corner or half of your garage, a spare bedroom or den, or an outbuilding like mother-in-law quarters, you will need to clear some room to work out. You will want this to be a space that can be well ventilated for obvious reasons, and where you have room to do the kind of workouts you engage in.
This can be simple, from a couple of yoga mats, some weights, a television (for viewing workout videos), a sound system, and some other simplistic pieces of equipment. If you want, you can include things like treadmills, stationary bikes or a trainer for your current bike, and specialized weight equipment. Of course, the more elaborate your home gym, the higher the cost.
Flooring should also be a consideration. Think of the fact that you will be getting sweaty in that room, and carpet may not be the best option. If you must leave the carpet, covering it with tile style mats or other options might be best to both preserve it and prevent it from absorbing odors.
The space you choose will be one of the most important considerations when it comes to your home gym.
Find the Money
If you don’t have the money in savings to pay for the new equipment and possible remodeling you will need to set up your home gym, you will have to come up with the money somewhere. There are several options, and you should look at all of them to see what is right for you.
- Credit Cards: If you don’t need much equipment, you can charge the purchases on regular credit cards. You might even find cards that have introductory rates with no interest, or 12-month periods with low interest rates. These can be a good option if your limits are high enough.
- Loans: You could take out a variety of types of loans, from a personal loan to a secured or home equity loan depending on the amount of funding you need and your credit score. If you have good credit, you could end up with a low interest short term loan that will enable you to do fully set up your home gym.
- Borrowing from Friends or Family: While not the best option, if you need to you can borrow from friends or family to complete your home gym. Just be sure to treat this like any other loan. Set up a contract and terms and make payments on time. No amount you borrow will be worth damaging a relationship.
Of course, ideally you will have money saved for the project and can simply pull it out of savings and use it to purchase equipment and set up your space.
Choose Your Technology
The modern gym is filled with technology. They include screens where you can ride various routes on your stationary bike, heart rate monitoring on your wearable device and even syncing your workouts to them. You can watch TV, listen to all kinds of music, and even control the lights and temperature without leaving your machine at all.
With smart speakers and smart home technology, more is possible now with home gyms than ever has been. Your imagination and your budget are the only limits.
On the flip side, some people just want old school weights, a stationary bike, and simple gear. You can choose your level of technology, from high to low to somewhere in-between.
Shop for Equipment
Fortunately, you don’t have to buy everything new. There are plenty of sources for used equipment. Even if you do want something that is the latest tech, the internet means there are plenty of sites to compare prices on to find the right deal. Remember to include shipping and taxes when looking at the final cost.
Also, look at options that will cost you a little less, or devices and equipment that will serve more than one purpose. This will not only save you money but will save you space as well. Getting the best deal on equipment will help you stay in budget and even allow you to add extra touches when your project is nearly done.
Some Assembly Required
Once you have selected your space, gathered your money, chosen your tech, and searched for equipment, you will have to put it all together. It is not only a matter of assembling machines but arranging the room in a practical way.
Fortunately, you are not the first person to set up a home gym, and there are a ton of guides online about how to best use your space. Use these resources, but also simply use your common sense, and make sure you have enough room to get to everything, stretch as you need to, and make sure you don’t feel claustrophobic or hemmed in.
Setting up a home gym can be a rewarding experience on a number of levels. Follow these five steps to get started, and get to working out today without ever leaving home.