March 26th, 2021 | Updated on June 9th, 2023
While Covid still has many gyms closed or reduced in capacity, now has never been a better time to set up your own home gym!
In fact, the chances are it is not only a sure way to keep up the fitness, but is a long-term money-saver as well.
Gym memberships cost money but you’re not actually paying off anything you will own long-term.
However, on the other hand, paying for a home gym is a one-off payment that means once you own it, you never have to pay for it again!
Plus, thanks to the pandemic, there is an overwhelming among of top-notch online workouts and trainers to follow along to online.
So the skinny is that there is real value in taking the time and effort to set up your home gym. And we are here to share the lowdown on just how to do it.
Here are the top tips on how to put together a home gym.
1. Designate A Space
The type of space you have available at home will determine how you can logistically set up your gym. So first do a little recon of the house and figure out the area you want to set it up in.
The key to deciding what space will be best is to have an area with enough open room to store some weights, jump around and have a good sturdy floor.
For homeowners, the best spot is usually the garage or spare bedroom. But for those living in tinier spots like an apartment, an outdoor patio, or corner of your living room are potential hot spots for your home gym.
2. Buy Your Equipment
First things first before locking in your equipment—determine your budget! You may need to start off simple with more affordable equipment like a jump rope, yoga mat, and a few dumbbells, and that’ totally okay.
Or, you can go all in and get the ultimate at-home gym set with all the racks, weights, and gadgets.
Plus, not only is the cardio and weight equipment important to consider, but equally the recovery equipment! This means looking at things like foam rollers, massage guns, and stretching bands too!
3. Figure Out Your Storage
Once you have determined what kind of at-home gym you want to create, figure out how you want to store all the equipment.
You may be happy just leaving it organized in the space, or getting containers to store some of the items in your closet or under your bed.
The goal is to find an area that both have enough room to hold your gym equipment while also reminding you that you have the items and encourage you to work out more often!
4. Make Sure You Have Good Air Circulation
Things are about to get sweaty! And it is important to make sure your designated space and set up allows for enough airflow.
Whether that be setting up the equipment to still allow for the garage door to open or giving you access to open a nearby window, you are going to really appreciate having the fresh air cooling you off when you are busting your butt in the home gym space!
These four tips are sure to help you create the ultimate home gym space. With a little bit of pre-planning, design, and budget planning, you will be on your way to having the ultimate home gym space.
And of course, the more you use the space, the more you can tweak it to make the area absolutely perfect to get your sweat on and stay fit!