Has your stomach gotten a little bigger than you planned? Did too many holiday sweets make the bathroom scale your new worst enemy? If so, then it might be time to consider setting up a home gym. The project, when planned smart, can cost significantly less than you think.
No one said your home gym must be filled with 100% new equipment. You can save a bundle by buying used pieces that are still in great shape. Stationary bikes, free weights, and treadmills can always be found in used shops and in online classifieds.
Set Your Budget
Before going to a Hardigg dealer to find the finest protective skidmates, make sure you’ve set your budget. Remember, this amount of money is going to need to cover equipment, protective floor covering, fans, and more. It’s also helpful to create a prioritized list of everything you’d like to have in your home gym.
Get Only What You’ll Use
Before shelling out the cash for various pieces, join a gym for a few months first. While there, make sure you force yourself to try every piece of equipment. Take note of what equipment you enjoyed using, what equipment you hated using, and what equipment gave you the results you were looking for.
Use that information to assemble a home gym that you’ll actually use. After all, a treadmill doesn’t help you shed pounds by just sitting in a corner. Additionally, try to make sure that you have a variety of equipment in your home gym. Generally speaking, you should have at least two machines for cardio, set up an area for stretching, and make a plan for resistance training.
You’re much more likely to work out if you’ll be entertained while sweating. So if you’d rather listen to music, watch TV, or just sit in silence, find what helps you focus and have fun. Remember, if you do shell out the cash for a TV in the room, try to set it up so you can watch YouTube workout videos; it’s a cheap alternative to a personal trainer.
Setting up a home gym doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Once you’re done, you can exercise in privacy, comfort, and at your convenience. An added bonus, you’ll never have to waste money on monthly gym memberships ever again. Rather, you can save that money to upgrade a piece of equipment, install mirrors, or on your favorite workout clothing.
About the author: Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.