Building a home gym sounds like a big task and it even sounds like there’s a lot of, well, building involved.
How Much Space Does A Home Gym Need?
The truth is though that it really doesn’t have to be.
Not only can it be easy to put a home gym together but it can be done by taking advantage of very little space. A home gym doesn’t need to be a house gym or a basement gym either.
It can easily be a living room gym or an apartment gym. It’s all about how you plan and what you decide you need.
Your Home Gym Needs To Be Practical
The point of having a gym in your home isn’t so that you can mimic the big gym you used to have a membership to. Those guys had all sorts of equipment. They had dozens of treadmills, a handful of elliptical machines, and then all sorts of other things you may not have even recognized.
Your gym isn’t going to need a dozen of everything, nor is it even going to need one of everything. Your gym is being built so as to meet your needs and not the needs of a thousand other members.
A home gym doesn’t even need to have any of that heavy equipment to begin with. The most important thing you’ll need is a little space that you can function in. You need room to lie down and stretch, you need room for sit ups, and small free weights and you need room for things like the exercise ball. Not having a treadmill won’t kill you. In fact, a lot of people still make do with running outside!
It should go without saying that you aren’t going to have to worry about installing perks like a sauna. Those are things you’ll probably be able to live without.
What Exercise Machines Do You Need In Your Home Gym
If you do feel that you need professional equipment to make your gym worth putting together, remember that you’ll only really need one or two machines. You need something that can help you work on the lower body, and something that can help you work on your upper body. A lot of machines that are built for home gyms though are designed to gives you all of those things in one. Some machines do even more than that.
The reason people shy away from those is they seem like over commercialized equipment. They are. Exercise equipment that you see in the infomercials on television is the type of thing that promises more than it can deliver. That said, it still delivers.
By wanting a home gym you are obviously not after the quick fix and therefore will use the all in one machines with realistic intentions. You won’t buy it to lose all your weight overnight, instead you’ll buy it because you want to be able to work out different parts of your body in a healthy way without taking up an entire room or more.
Even if you have tons of space, don’t jump right in to making yourself an over-sized gym. Start small and ease into it. You’ll probably find that you won’t even miss all those big extras anyway.