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Top tips for building your own home gym

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Here’s what to consider before creating your own perfect home gym.

With gyms closed, many of us are now working out at home. This has meant coming up with new and innovative ways to exercise in the space that we have.

If this has got you thinking about dedicating an area of your home to working out, check out our top tips below.

Consider the costs

The first thing you need to do is consider all the costs of building a home gym and come up with a realistic budget for equipment.

It’s no secret that gym equipment can be expensive. Brand-new gear will have a considerably higher price tag than second-hand – so if your budget is tight, opt for used equipment.

No, this doesn’t mean inheriting super old stuff, but searching for great deals on good-quality used equipment that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Choose essential equipment

It’s easy to get carried away when building a home gym. We might envision a fully kitted-out space with everything we could possibly need during a workout – but this isn’t realistic.

Firstly, there’s no way you’d have space for loads of equipment unless you own a mansion, and secondly, it would cost you a fortune.

For this reason, you should only buy essential equipment you know you’ll use regularly. Before you go on a spending spree, create a list of must-have items and stick to it.

Not only will this stop you going over budget, but will also mean you don’t end up with a room full of stuff that never sees the light of day.

Pick a place

Of course, you’ll need to pick a room or space in your house for your gym. To decide where’s best, you’ll need to know the size of any equipment you’re buying, as well as the space you need for the workouts you’ll be doing.

For instance, if you’ll mainly do yoga, bodyweight workouts or weight lifting on a bench, you may only need a small, slim space. Whereas if you’re getting large cardio equipment, like a treadmill or rowing machine, you’ll need a decent-sized room as well as a power source.

When choosing the location of your home gym, consider all factors, such as the time of day you’ll be using it and whether you want to play music. This will ensure you make a practical choice. For instance, if you’ll be working out in the evening after the kids go to bed, it’s probably best not to use the spare room next to theirs as the noise will keep them up.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to create a cost-effective, practical, and efficient home gym. Why not start planning yours today?

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