Table of Contents
- 1 How To Arrange A Home Gym On A Budget
- 2 Where To Put Your Home Gym
- 3 What To Put In Your Home Gym
- 4 Maintaining Your Equipment
- 5 What You’re Saving
- 6 Even A Budget Home Gym Can Be Great
How To Arrange A Home Gym On A Budget
As a follow-up of one of my popular recent post – Best Workout Recovery Methods, I wanted to bring to your notice an easy and affordable way to start a home gym. I hope you like this article about How to Arrange a Home Gym On a Budget and find it useful to purchase the right equipment.
A home gym can be one of your greatest assets if you build it right. Working out from the comfort of your own home is a great way to commit to the habit. No monthly membership payments. You could work out at any time. No waiting for a certain machine to be open or having to clean someone else’s sweat off of it. It’s also a great place for kids to hang out and for you to teach them proper ways to use the equipment. It can be expensive, however, so here’s some ways to organise one without breaking the bank.
Where To Put Your Home Gym
First off, you need an empty room to build your home gym. It doesn’t need to be too large, but enough to fit a mirror, stereo, and some equipment. You’re going to want a door to block out any distractions that may occur.
If you don’t have a dedicated room, your living room could work if you have a space to move equipment once finished. But, it’s highly recommended to find a dedicated space. Otherwise, you may find yourself getting distracted often.
What To Put In Your Home Gym
Once you’ve found a room, you need to fill it with equipment! Finding some for cheap will require a little searching, but it’s very doable. Places like Craigslist will be your best friend. If that seems sketchy, check locally at places like Goodwill for your gear. You’re bound to find a deal, eventually.
Dumbbells are a basic, yet essential, part of any gym. Many workouts require them, and they can be found pretty cheap at any secondhand store. The higher the weight – the higher the price. Storage is cheap as well, but they will be perfectly fine if left on the floor.
An exercise mat is your little space for doing core exercises as well as upper body and leg ones. Even if you have carpet, you’ll find that doing workouts on it will not feel very good. Even if you have to splurge a little, be sure to include this in your initial purchasing.
Resistance Bands can be utilized almost anywhere. Having them allows you a wide variety of workouts such as chest, lower body, and arms. These are a cheap find and you won’t regret including them in your home gym.
If you’re into working out, chances are high you already own a pull-up bar. If not, these are another easy second-hand find. All you need is a door frame to hang it on. Pull-up bars can also be used as a support for pushups, making it easier on your wrists than a flat surface.
Cardio is an important part of any workout routine. However, getting a treadmill or a stair stepper for your home gym may overstretch your budget a bit. A ping pong table (as well as the best ping pong paddles and table tennis equipment) is much cheaper and will fulfill any cardio needs if you play it regularly. You don’t even need another person to play. You can just set up one side and leave the other vertical to act as a wall.
You will have to do a little digging to find one cheap. Most amazon listings are $300+, but a quick Craigslist search or TheTwinSpin blog leads me to some as low as $40.
While the aforementioned equipment is some of the most crucial parts of a home gym, here are a few more pieces to add if you have a bit more to spend.
Jumping rope is another cardio workout. It’s a cheap find – you probably already own one somewhere – and a decent warm up before a workout.
Stability balls are good for core exercises. It enhances ones you already do like crunches or squats, but it doesn’t really bring anything new to your workout. Definitely not necessary, but a nice addition if you have the budget. These can run pretty cheap but get more expensive the bigger the size.
A step is for more of an aerobic workout, but it’s a great cool down after your workout. As you can probably imagine, any workouts with a step can be done on a real staircase, but if you have the budget, you won’t have to leave your home gym to do so.
A treadmill seems like a standard option in any home gym, right? Well, it may be hard to find one on a budget. These machines aren’t cheap. You may get lucky and find a deal, but that isn’t always the case. If you have the extra dough, it’s definitely worth an investment.
Maintaining Your Equipment
Once you have your equipment set up, you’ll want to get started right away. It’s easy to finish a workout and just leave to shower, but if you want your gear to last it’s important to keep it in good condition.
Don’t let it get dusty. Consistently wipe your equipment with detergent to get rid of any dust or grime. If any cables start tearing up, be sure to replace them ASAP for your own safety. Just do an overall check-up on equipment often. Treat it like you would a car.
For Ping Pong, this goes for the paddles and ball as well as the table. Detergent can be used on paddles. So can a toothbrush, a sponge, the vapour from your mouth, and more. The table requires a cloth soaked in an even mix of water and vinegar. Simply rub it down and dry it with a second cloth.
As long as you regularly maintain your home gym equipment, it will last you a long time, saving you money and stress.
What You’re Saving
Most home gyms will cost around a thousand minimum when buying name brand. With a little searching, you can find these materials for under two-hundred. Around five hundred including the optional equipment. Not bad for an investment in yourself.
Even A Budget Home Gym Can Be Great
A home gym is a great way to stay committed to working out. You have full control over what goes in and when you want to use it. It saves you from a monthly gym membership, you don’t have to worry about breakage if you treat your equipment right, and you could even teach your kids from the comfort of home. With a little research, you can find all this equipment and start building your own.
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