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How to set up a functional home gym

Have you always dreamed of a perfect job right in your home? Many of us do, but often people are insecure about how they are going to do it, and wonder is it going to take too much space and all your money. However, it doesn’t need to be that way. A perfect gym can be well-built into your home, and be the perfect oasis of ‘me-time’ for you and your family members. Here are some tips on how to set up a functional home gym with ease – and no unnecessary costs.

Figure 1 Have you always wanted to set up a functional home gym? It’s actually pretty easy! alt.tag: a woman exercising and thinking about how to set up a functional home gym

Is the home gym a good investment?

Concerns about your budget and home space are normal when thinking about building a home gym. Before you start making any plans and buying equipment, think about the reasons you want a gym in your home. To help you out, here are some benefits of having a functional home gym to consider before making a decision. Having a gym in your house is great because:

  • it’s a private place to work out – if you feel that public gyms are too crowded for you, working out at home is the perfect solution. You can create a place just for yourself, and not worry about seeing someone you know, having small-talk conversations and other distractions.
  • It’s good for your budget – if you work out regularly, a couple of times a week or even every day, having a home gym is definitely cost-efficient. Paying the membership fee every month can pile up, and if you calculate properly, you probably spend a lot of money on a yearly basis. Having a home gym is an investment that actually pays off, as you don’t pay the monthly fee, and you can sell the equipment if you decide not to have the gym anymore.
  • you’ll have more free time – working out in your home gives you more freedom in your daily schedule and saves you a lot of time since you don’t need to travel to your favorite gym anymore.
  • every piece of equipment is free and used only by you – with your own gym, you don’t need to worry if a treadmill is taken, or if a piece of equipment is cleaned properly after each person used it.

Figure 2 Public gyms are great and spacious, but if you set up a functional home gym you can have all the space just for you. alt.tag: how to set up a functional home gym

How to set up a functional home gym – tips and tricks

Before you start buying equipment, be sure to make a plan for your gym project. This way, you will be sure that each wall and corner is used wisely, and therefore avoid space problems as well as unnecessary costs.

Set up a budget first

Knowing your budget will ensure you don’t spend more than it’s supposed to. Think about how much money you have and try to use it as wisely as possible. This means you don’t need to spend a fortune on a functional home gym, but you can buy the items you really need and will use on an everyday basis. Also, you don’t need to have everything at first, but you start with the most important equipment and grow your home gym as time goes.

Bonus tip: You don’t need to buy the most expensive equipment. There are sports items from less popular producers that are much cheaper. Also, take a look at eBay or Craigslist – you can find used items that are in great condition, for a lot cheaper price. However, if you can afford more expensive equipment and invest a lot of money – be sure to invest in additional home security as well.

Pick the essential items

As we mentioned, you can start making a functional home gym by adding the items that you will use often, and also that you can use for multiple functions. Here are some basic you can star with:

  • weight plate set – having a barbell set is very useful since you can use it for a variety of exercises – squats, deadlifts, lunges, press, etc. You can work out the whole body with this simple piece.
  • rack – a more expensive, yet very functional piece. It’s essential for more difficult and complex exercises, that are necessary for a more complex workout plan. Combine it with a pull-up bar as an addition.
  • kettlebell
  • jump rope – amazing for cardio, as well as a boxing bag
  • TRX bands
  • medicine ball
  • treadmill

Figure 3 Be sure to browse the right equipment for your home gym. alt.tag: gym equipment necessary to set up a functional home gym

If you already have some of the equipment but need to move home, don’t do it by yourself. Gym equipment is very heavy and bulky, so you risk hurting yourself, as well as damaging the items if you carry it on your own. It’s better if you are transporting fitness equipment with professional help, as experienced movers have the right tools and skills to move everything without problems.

Don’t forget the floors

After you pick a room to set up a functional home gym, you need to think about the right type of flooring. Many people use their basement space for the gym,  where floors are concrete and cold. You can use foam tiles to cover the floors – they are very easy to set up, and also very important to create the best surface for a safe workout.

The atmosphere is important, too

A gym is not only about the equipment. As you now have the space for yourself, you can create a work out the atmosphere of your choice. Invest in good lighting – it’s a good way to wake up in the morning and see clearly everything you do. Also, don’t forget to add some gym mirrors – they can be very useful when doing exercises. You see if you are doing an exercise properly, so you don’t end up hurting your back or leg.

Last, but not least – add some music to your gym. If you want to set up a functional home gym, you need to think about some music system. Music can be very motivational and can help you feel better in your own gym space and enjoy every minute of it.

John is a fitness instructor who loves sharing his advice on social media and writing about healthy diets and fitness motivation. He also writes blog posts on various topics such as sports, organization tips and home improvement.


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