Going to a public gym is great if you want to be motivated, but it can also be a bit of a drag. Not only do you have to get yourself to the gym (which takes time), but it’s usually packed with people, the equipment you want to use is never free, and it feels like people are watching you 24/7.
While a home gym does cost a little bit of money, the pros certainly outweigh the cons. Working out at home is convenient and gives you the privacy to do whatever you want, whenever you want.
Here’s how to build a permanent home gym that won’t break the bank:
You don’t need a lot of space to create an at-home gym, but you do need a dedicated area. Whether you have an extra bedroom or a basement, it’s important to have enough room for equipment and to be able to move. Don’t just use a little corner of your bedroom; that won’t work! Find space you can solely dedicate to working out.
It can be tempting to want to buy every piece of workout equipment under the sun, but it’s a good idea to start small. Set up a rack of free weights, grab a yoga mat, foam roller, a workout ball, resistance bands… anything you know you’ll use.
When it comes to cardio equipment, start with just a treadmill or bike. You don’t want to impulsively buy equipment only to realize you never use it.
Workout equipment can be very expensive, so it’s smart to shop for used items. Plenty of people sell treadmills or workout bikes on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for excellent prices. Look in your area for any gyms going out of business, as they may be looking to get rid of their equipment.
Just because you’ve built a gym inside your home doesn’t mean you can’t utilize your outdoor space! Take advantage of nice weather and do part of your workout outside. Run up and down hills, do lunges across your yard, and work up a sweat in the sun. Building a home gym with easy access to an outdoor fitness area is a bonus.