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A home gym is fast becoming not just a luxury, but a necessity for those determined to lead a healthier lifestyle. We’ve come to realize the enormous mental and physical benefits of a daily workout, but the cost of joining some of the large chain gyms has been spiralling as demand increases. Did you know you could even set a home gym up for under £50?
Add to that quarantine conditions recently forcing them to shut and reopen with much-reduced capacity and equipment, and the idea of being able to work out in your house becomes ever more appealing. Setting up a home gym doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require a little upfront investment. Offset that against a high monthly fee and sometimes a joining fee, and it soon stacks up to much better value. So how do you develop your space to support an at-home fitness regime?
Allocate Some Space
There is a very big difference between shoving some weights and a running machine in the corner of your living room and dedicating the time and space to a proper home gym set up. So begin by thinking about what space you have or could make available. The space you have will really determine what equipment and amenities you can add.
If you have outside space, you could consider adding a garden studio. Perhaps there is scope to convert a basement or garage into a workout space. If you live somewhere with a warm climate sometimes a shaded awning is all you need for an outdoor gym. Sometimes you have to think creatively and prioritize.
Do you have a guest bedroom that rarely gets used? Would it be better to have a sofa bed downstairs for guests and use the space for your workouts? You will need a decent floor, so contact some flooring companies to see if you can get cushioned surfaces.
Plan Your Equipment
Next, think through the workouts you do and what equipment you will use. Fans of yoga or at-home HIIT workouts will just need a cushioned mat and enough space to cover their jumping jacks and burpees. If you do a lot of weights, you may need a bench and space for a large rack.
Not having a huge space isn’t necessarily a problem – if you want to install a running machine or something like a Peloton, that’s great, but you can achieve an awful lot with basic equipment such as a jump rope, a small set of kettlebells, a resistance band, and other lightweight equipment that can be easily stored in a cupboard when not in use.
Similarly, if you love weight training but don’t have a lot of space, you might choose to invest in an adjustable weight for your workouts instead. And never underestimate the power of bodyweight moves in sculpting and toning.
Add Some Extras
Once that is all planned out, think about the little extras you could add to make your home gym experience more comfortable. A mini-fridge with cool water? A stand for your iPad so you can follow streamed workout sessions? A foam roller when you’re cooling down your muscles? These little things can make your home gym experience feel more fulfilling and help you to look forward to your sessions.
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