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We all know that we should go to the gym and exercise every day, yet rarely do we do that. The problem is time. The average American spends 9 hours at work a day and rarely has any time or extra money to invest in an expensive gym membership let alone drive there every day. Today on the Dematerialisation Blog we are going to talk about some simple ways to create your own at home gym.
We all know the equipment we need to include in our gym but one of the best things to keep in mind is space. Having the right amount of space is essential to creating a gym environment that you enjoy using. If you end up picking a small backroom you’re going to be limited and probably lack the adequate room to even exercise.
In a recent bodybuilding.com article we saw some great tips,
“Before we even touch equipment, visualize and choose your space. Ideally, you’ll have free reign to affect your gym’s look, feel, and sound. My training space is a two-car garage. The walls are painted, posters are up, the speakers are loud, and it’s basically built to keep me motivated.
Important note: I haven’t spent a lot of money building my sick training sphere. In this game, money isn’t king. I’ve made certain training tools myself. Others I’ve found on Craigslist, paying pennies on the dollar. I’ve borrowed from friends and family. I’m diligent about hunting for sales and used items at sports stores.
Only rarely do I pay full price for something if I can find it or build it cheaper. It’s important to have patience. A gym is something you can build over time, starting with the essentials. Once you establish your space and budget, you can begin to build.”
Basic gym equipment includes things like a stability ball or a dumbbells. These are the go-to home gym instruments that most people have lying around. The next level is getting an actual squat rack that can double up as a place to do deadlifts, bench presses and other common strength building exercises.
One of the most important thing to consider about building a home gym is why you are actually building it! If your goal is simply to stay healthy than perhaps a home gym isn’t the best choice for you – instead you could try something like just going for a quick walk around the park. There is no need to spend huge amounts of money on setting up all your equipment when you won’t be using it.
Lifehacker author Mark Anderson discussed this in his article Get Buff, Not Broke,
“OK, you’ve got your space, with or without mirrors, stereo, and floor mat. What about the actual exercise equipment? What you buy should depends on your objectives—weight loss, cardio fitness, strength training, or some combination thereof—but it’s not quite as simple as that. People looking to lose weight think it’s all about cardio, getting the heartbeat up and burning calories What they don’t realize, though, is that cardio exercises alone aren’t enough. After three weeks or so your body adjusts and you stop losing weight.
Instead, a combination of cardio and resistance training is best for weight loss and overall fitness—even though that message itself is sometimes resisted. My female clients often don’t want to do resistance training because they think it’ll add muscle bulk and increase body weight, but that’s not true. It’ll simply tone muscles and add definition.”
In a follow up interview with Denis Kang, a Houston personal trainer, he discussed the merits of home gyms vs just working out in your backyard, “A lot of people feel that they need to spend a lot of money to start their own gym, but really the most important thing is building up the motivation and willpower to workout in the first place. I always tell my clients to start in the park or in their backyard. Once they build that habit then think about building an indoor gym.”
We hope that this post brought some good ideas to light about starting your own gym or even starting to workout more outside.…