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Home Is Where the Gym Is - Tips For Setting Up Your Home Gym

As a society, we just donít get as much exercise as we used to.
Fitness centers have done an excellent job of trying to help
address this concern, but some people are not comfortable with a
public workout. Others just like the convenience of working out
at home.

There are a variety of reasons people choose to set up a home
gym. With a little planning and self-assessment, the options are
plentiful, and the results can be very effective.

So if you'd rather be at home than at a gym health club, but
you're interested in getting fitter, then a home gym with your
own home gym equipment may be just the thing for you!



by C. J. Gustafson

Call them fitness centers, health clubs or whatever terminology
you choose, they have come a long way in the past decade. Some
are glamorous and high tech; some are comfortable and low-key.
There would seem to be an atmosphere for everyone. But in truth,
many people have valid reasons why they would rather not go to
the gym. For them, a home gym is a much more attractive way to
get in their daily or weekly exercise. Fortunately, setting up a
home gym can be a fun experience that doesnít have to cost a
fortune or require a degree in fitness education.

There are many rural communities that do not have a public gym.
Or there is only one and it is always soooo busy. Some people
canít afford the membership and others just arenít comfortable
working out in front of anyone else. For many people it is a
matter of motivation. It is much easier to hop on the treadmill
when it is only ten feet from the couch. But ask someone to go
out in the cold to start the car, drive to the gym and then back
again and it quickly becomes easy to just put it off all
together. For a host of reasons, many people are much more
likely to exercise regularly when they have the equipment they
need right in their own homes.

Claim Your Space

The first step in creating a home gym is to find an area to use.
You may clean out a section of the basement or garage. Perhaps
you are lucky enough to have an entire room you can devote to
your equipment. How much space you have will determine what type
and how much equipment you can include. If there is a particular
machine you have your eye on, you will need to make sure you
have room for it.

Will you be able to leave your equipment set up or do space
limitation dictate that the gym will need to be torn down after
each workout? With home fitness equipment that has heavy parts
such as weight stacks, or expensive electronics, such as some
elliptical machines, you may want an area that can be secured
from children.

Assess Your Goals

The next thing to consider is your exercise goals. Are you
focusing on aerobic exercise? Do you want to lose weight? Maybe
you are trying to bulk up. Different types of equipment work
best for different goals. If an overall workout is what you
want, you will need several types of equipment.

Consider Your Budget

Closely tied in with your exercise goals is your budget. You may
have Olympic goals but a studentís budget. In that case, you may
be better off to use the equipment at the school or Y club. Off
course, you donít have to buy new equipment. There are many
places to purchase quality used equipment at reasonable prices.
Several experts recommended going this route if you are new to
exercise and not certain you will stick with it.

You donít have to buy everything at one time. Many of the most
impressive home gyms have been developed over several years,
with pieces added as budgets allowed. Start with the basics,
whether that be a good set of weights and a quality bench for
those looking to add strength or bulk or one piece of equipment
that you know you enjoy and are likely to use often.

Select Your Equipment

Some people choose equipment that is the hardest to find
available at the fitness center. Elliptical trainers and
treadmills are very popular as are exercise bikes, rowing
machines, and stair steppers. Others like the versatility of
free weights, Smith machines, or other multi-purpose home
fitness equipment. Some people have workouts that target certain
areas of the body, so they incorporate ab machines or dumbbells.
Keep in mind that most experts recommend that any kind of
heavier weight lifting be done with another person to spot you
to be sure you are using correct form and to help with the
weights if you suddenly reach your limit.

Many fitness experts feel that one piece of equipment does not a
home gym make. If you are using your equipment to replace a
fitness program at a health club, you will need to incorporate
some of the same versatility. This usually requires some
equipment for aerobics and cardio, and others for strength
training and endurance. This could be as simple as an aerobics
video and a quality elliptical trainer. The point is that you
get a good workout.

Some people develop home gyms to supplement the time they spend
at the fitness center. Maybe there are days you know you canít
make it to the gym, or some exercises you would rather do in
private. Let the health club pay for the big buck equipment, and
select the less expensive pieces for your home gym.

Comfort Counts

Whether you choose to create a single-station or multi-station
home gym, the important thing is that you use it. One way to
make exercise more appealing is to make your space attractive.
Make sure there is adequate light and good ventilation. If you
will be doing exercises on the floor, invest in a comfortable
mat. Maybe you want to decorate the room with inspirational or
motivational posters or pictures of athletes or power lifters
you admire. The main point is that if the space is not
comfortable and welcoming, you will be less likely to use it.

As a society, we just donít get as much exercise as we used to.
Fitness centers have done an excellent job of trying to help
address this concern, but some people are not comfortable with a
public workout. Others just like the convenience of working out
at home. There are a variety of reasons people choose to set up
a home gym. With a little planning and self-assessment, the
options are plentiful, and the results can be very effective.

About the Author:

C.J. Gustafson is a successful writer for Best-home-gyms.com your
complete shopping guide for home
gyms
, exercise bikes, elliptical machines and more.

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