Recent events have proven the worth of installing gym equipment in the home. With gyms closed thanks to the worldwide pandemic, many homeowners decided to buy home gym equipment and convert a spare room, garage, or basement into a workout area. Others fitted gym equipment outdoors, a great idea if you are short of space.
What do you need for a home gym? And is it expensive to set one up? The simple truth is that some equipment can be expensive, but for the basics you don’t need to pay a fortune. Let’s have a look what the essentials are for a usable home gym.
The Essentials for a Home Gym
What are the essentials for a home gym? Here are five items you definitely need to start building your home gym:
- Gym mats
- Resistance bands
Those five items give you a complete home gym starter set, and it will not cost you the earth to invest. We recommend you research treadmills carefully and set a budget. Buy the best you can as this will likely become the central piece of equipment in your home gym. Now that you have the basics, what else should you be looking at.
Extra Equipment You Might Want to Buy
There are some items of gym equipment that are not among the basics but will add to the usefulness of your gym. A leg-press, for example, is a relatively inexpensive and compact machine that will be much used by all the family.
Many people also like to invest in a rowing machine. These are versatile items of gym equipment that are useful and effective, though be aware they do take up quite a lot of space, so make sure you have ample room for one. Pull-up bars are another item of equipment that will be useful and there are models that hang in a doorway so don’t take up too much space.
If you have the budget, you may wish to research complete home gym systems that come as an all-in-one package. While there are some excellent examples, we believe that by purchasing machines and equipment separately you will create a gym that is tailored to you rather than one that is generic.
Choosing the Room
The space in which you install your home gym equipment also deserves careful consideration. If you do have a spare room of a decent size that may be the place to start installing your equipment. If not, many homeowners convert the garage into a gym space, and this is a good move if it is not used for your cars.
An outdoor gyn area is a good choice if you do not have room in the home, and even a small yard can accommodate a decent amount of home gym equipment. Star your search now and make a list of the equipment that you believe is essential in your gym and create that home exercise space you have always promised yourself.