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Building Your Own Home Gym?

Here are some great tips that you may want to consider.

A big mistake people make is thinking that you need to be at a gym in order to fully develop your body. The truth is that you can build a safe and effective home gym that will get you great results—and maybe even faster than joining a gym.

 Training at home has many benefits. Working out at a gym can be very distracting. People talk to you, machines are taken up and you tend to spend time watching or interacting with other people and not focus enough on what you are there to accomplish. When you train at home, you get no distractions. You have the benefit of setting up your gym however you like.  Just make sure you have answers to these questions before you start building.

NO. 1: SPACE  – HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO SET UP A HOME GYM?

Space is the definitely a major determining factor in your home gym. A garage, basement or spare bedroom can make for a perfect workout room. You want enough room to fit your basic equipment; at a minimum, you should be able to fit an barbell set.

Be aware of the flooring. If you live in an apartment, it may not be smart to be doing deadlifts (unless you live on the bottom level).

 

NO. 2: COST  – HOW MUCH WILL IT  BE TO SET UP A HOME GYM?

Equipment can get pricey. Remember: It’s an investment, but using it every day will quickly make it a real deal compared to any gym membership. Remember that you’re saving on the cost of transporting yourself to the gym as well.

You can have a great home gym for under a couple of hundred bucks.  Determine what equipment you may need and want. Here are some essentials:

  • Barebell set and weight plates
  • Squat stand with adjustable set up
  • Adjustable dumbbells
  • Adjustable bench that goes decline, incline and flat
  • Cardio equipment (elliptical, treadmill, bike or even something as simple as a jump rope)

Obviously the equipment you purchase will be based on how much available space you have and budget.

Thing about bargain shopping.  Utilize sites like Craigslist where you can find great equipment for pennies on the dollar.  People are using perfectly good equipment for clothes hangers.  Most of us know people in this category. Be patient when shopping for equipment and wait for a bargain.

Remember that you can build equipment over time and just getting started with a workable area and doing bodyweight type exercises can get you going and it is an excellent form of training.

NO. 3: ROUTINES  – WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING IN MY NEW GYM?

You do not need a ton of variety in your training program in order to get great results. If you purchased a basic squat stand with an adjustable bench and an barbell set, you can do pretty much any routine you need.  The basic lifts that you should be using are squats, deadlifts, benchpress, rows, overhead press, pull-ups and curls. Years ago, guys would train with some basic free weights and be able to get incredible results.  The key is to just be creative and use basic compound movements in every workout.

Check out our ‘Exercise’ category right here on MuscleFitnessZone.com, You can certainly find some great routines to get you going.