How to build a home gym on a budget - HMS National, Inc.

How to build a home gym on a budget

July 24, 2014

With clunky machines and soaring costs for fitness equipment, putting together a functional home gym can seem daunting and impractical, but there are plenty of tips one can use to make a successful and inexpensive home gym project into a reality.

It's all about location
If you're thinking about constructing a home gym, you probably already have an idea of where it will go in your living space, but there's much more to analyze about the area, like:

  • Does it have good ventilation?
  • Is there enough free room for cardio exercises and workouts with a lot of movement?
  • Will equipment obstruct any high-traffic pathways?
  • Are ceilings high enough for lifting routines?
  • Are the floors gym-friendly?

Make sure to pick an area that's suitable for some high-intensity physical activity that you also won't regret having set up during leisure time. A perfect way to keep this balance is to buy more compact equipment that can be stored.

Buy according to your needs
Are you trying to get lean and fit for beach season, or are you bulking up?  Choosing equipment that caters to your specific goals is critical. There's no way to replicate the diverse options at a professional gym on a budget. Instead, decide what you'll spend the most time using and invest in just one or two key pieces - whether it's a treadmill, weight set or even just a yoga ball and a mat.  You could also purchase equipment that can be used for a variety of different exercises for the ultimate in space-saving, multi-tasking machines.

Home gym essentials
For cardio junkies, you may want to purchase an elliptical, bike or treadmill. Be wary of such purchases because motorized equipment is exceedingly expensive and difficult to move. Many workout videos are offering more cardio routines that require very little equipment - sometimes all you need is a mat - and they often push you harder than a machine that imitates repetitive running motions. 

For strength training, you'll need some equipment, but there are plenty of cheap and highly useful options. Kettle bells are highly functional and can be used to create entire routines. At the same time, high tension fitness resistance bands are easy to store, simple to use and can recreate many exercises including bicep curls, shoulder presses, squats and more.

There are a few cheaper items that are helpful no matter what your fitness goal may be. Get a foam roller to sooth muscles before a workout, and buy a medicine ball and aerobics ball for those great core exercises. 

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