With the rising costs of gym memberships, people are searching for other ways to get a work out. Games, such as the Wii or XBox, are coming out with work outs that can be done in the comfort of your living room. Another option is setting up a home gym. This doesn’t have to be extravagant. Set aside a space and research the equipment you need or want, and you will be on your way to working out at home.
Space and Budget
Before setting out to buy equipment, think of the space you will be using. A full room or a basement will require different equipment than a corner in the living room that is dedicated to the home gym. Keeping space in mind, set a budget for yourself. Gym equipment can range in prices. Think of the reasons you will be working out, such as will you be doing primarily cardio or do you prefer pilates? This will give you a better idea of what you will purchase, how much space you will need and a range in your budgeting.
Most home gyms have one piece of cardio equipment. Treadmills, stationary bikes or elliptical trainers are common in home gyms, although they can be quite expensive. If you are on a budget, finding a gently used machine may help cut the costs. For most gyms, this will be the largest piece of equipment you will buy, so it will take up the most space. Plan the other equipment around it. Dumbbells are great for weights and muscle building. They are reasonably priced and come in different weights that suit different needs. They are also small, so they can be stowed away nicely in your home gym. Stability balls are an excellent alternative to benches. A stability ball is good for lower-body exercises. The dumbbells and ball can be used at the same time to maximize your workouts. Resistance bands are excellent for arm and leg workouts. Use your own body for the resistance, which helps build muscles.
Videos and Books
When creating your gym at home, to ensure you are using the equipment properly and to reduce injury, use a video or book to guide you. There are several types of exercise videos that use dumbbells, resistance bands and stability balls. Find one that suits your workout. Use it to improve and make the best out of your workout. Videos or books usually show you a variety of workouts. If you are bored, try a new video with new techniques. This will continue to motivate you to use your home gym.