If you want to save on paying monthly membership fees to go to a gym, cut your commute time, and workout when you want without worrying about when your gym is open, building a home gym may be a good option for you.
It doesn’t have to break the bank. You can put together an affordable home gym for less than $1,000 and get all the cardio and strength training benefits available in a commercial gym. Here are some home gym ideas to get you started:
1. Make it Simple
If you focus on body weight training exercises, all you may really need is a little space, a pull-up bar, a jump rope, stability ball, and an exercise mat. These basic pieces of fitness equipment give you everything you need to perform things like push-ups, pull-ups, body weight squats, burpees. Do a set of 10 of each of these exercises in one-minute intervals along with jumping rope, and you’ll get a demanding full-body workout.
2. Go Bargain Hunting
If you want to include fitness equipment like a treadmill, stationary bike, or weight set in your home gym, go bargain shopping. Certain times of the year, store host big discount sales. And you can usually find some pretty sweet deals on Craiglist.com. Look under “Sporting” in the “For Sale” section, and check the free section. There’s a good chance someone is willing to give away good equipment, and all you have to do is pick it up.
3. Stick with Free Weights
Body builders and strongmen from a generation ago didn’t have all the high-tech exercise equipment available today. But they still managed to build muscle and cardiovascular endurance. Stick with a set of dumbbells or an Olympic weight set, and get a padded bench with an adjustable incline. This simple set-up won’t cost you a lot, and you can do a wide range of exercises that target every major muscle group in the body.
4. Go for a Universal Machine
It’s one of the things that made Soloflex and Nautilus household names in the world of fitness equipment. These companies, and now many others, offer compact, universal gyms that use a weighted pulley system to exercise your muscles. A well-designed universal gym can usually fit in the corner of a room and offers exercises that will give your arms, shoulders, chest, core, and legs a full-body workout. Now that more universal gym manufacturers are competing for your business, prices are lower than they used to be.
5. Pick a Treadmill or Cycle
If you have easy access to a stationary bike or treadmill, it will be easier to fit in your cardio workouts when it’s convenient. And a stationary bike or treadmill are your best options, aside from body weight training. Shop around, and you can find quality cycles or treadmills that won’t break the bank. Log 3o to 60 minutes a day on one, and mix in some body weight training exercises to build muscle, and you’ll have everything you need in your home gym to get bigger, stronger, and faster.