Building a Home Gym

Building a home gym for a family is one of the best decisions one should consider, especially with our hectic lifestyle. Home exercise routines are the best way to stay in shape and healthy at a fraction of gym membership costs.

Why own an exercise space?

Home gyms are convenient and private. Some of us are not comfortable to go exercise with a lot of fit people whilst we are still battling the flab.Having to go to the gym before and/or after work is no fun either. You are either too exhausted or in a hurry.

The other benefit is that of sharing the same equipment with your family members instead of having a club membership for each. Then there is no waiting queue for a few popular machines. That’s convenience at its best, even if you belong to a club.

Some people see developing an exercise room as costly and tiring, which doesn’t have to be the case. You don’t need to rob a bank to get your home gym up and running, nor do you need a huge space. You can buy equipment selectively. Get only the essential yet efficient equipment. Alternatively use what you already have, like stair climbing, DVDs or jump roping.

How to build your exercise room?

Prioritise. Most machinery you like are probably unnecessary. For optimal results, prioritise your purchasing. Focus on the exercises you like the most. If you like running indoors, get a treadmill.

Aerobics first. We all need to do aerobics and therefore this should be on top in you list. Aerobics are good for your heart. Get some information on which aerobic exercises you can enjoy. You may get this from the Internet or exercise books.

Test drive. Sales people are so good at making you buy their products. I have been persuaded to buy a lot of stuff I really don’t need on several occasions. Don’t fall for what you are told, test various machines and make an informed choice. If it doesn’t feel comfortable for you and the salesperson says it yields the best results, don’t buy it.

Frugal gym. For a start one can get a few items that will keep him/her going. We recommend a:

-jump rope,

-set of dumbbells,

-exercise ball,

-aerobics step,

-exercise mat,


When not to build your own home gym?

If you can’t afford your own exercise room, just stick with the walking, running and any freely available resource. There is nothing as bad as being in debt for something you can live without. But remember you can build a gym on a budget.

If you won’t stick to your plan, don’t even start. The time to commit is before you dig into your purse. It is very important to list your reasons for wanting your own home exercise space. If you have well-written and valid health reasons, its then that it is justifiable to spend for it. Doing it for the sake of having a room filled with state of the art equipment is a waste of your energy and money.

Those who want newer exercise equipment should join the club. There are new treadmills, stationary bikes, dumbbells manufactured daily. You will never have the latest equipment unless you join the club and benefit from using the best-selected machinery. Take note: newer design does not always mean efficiency.