Converting A Room Into A Gym At Home

By on November 21, 2014

Exercising is something that all people must do to stay healthy.  What most people like to do to exercise is going to the gym. But sometimes, with our busy schedules and lives, it can become complicated. We lose a lot of time going to the gym, possibly finding it very crowded, wait for some time to use the treadmill or the weights and then come back. That is something that doesn’t really work for a lot of people.

An good alternative to this, is having a gym at home. If you don’t have one and you are planning to convert a room in you house into a gym, this are some important factors that you should consider:

•What type of gym do you need?: It all depends on what you are into. You will need different amenities depending on what you like, so determine it before starting anything else. Maybe its yoga, free weights or cardiovascular, but it doesn’t matter, the important thing is to know which one it is.

•Space: You must decide which space in your home you will use as gym before you buy any equipment. Remember that the equipment is heavy and can damage the floor, so choose a room with a solid foundation and durable floor.

•Determine a budget: You will need different budgets if you want just a simple open space with mats and music or a completely equipped gym with an audio system. If you are thinking of the latter, don’t buy equipment that you don’t know how to use because you’ll end up not using it.

•Noise: Most gyms always have loud music playing, and that’s okay. But you must consider choosing a location that is not adjacent or very close to any quiet areas like bedrooms. Remember that some equipment makes noise as well.

•Ventilation: If the room you chose doesn’t have proper ventilation, reconsider your choice. If there isn’t good air circulation you will become overheated very quickly and you are not going to be comfortable in that room. Nobody wants to exercise in a stuffy and and muggy room.

•Electrical requirements: Before you start buying any kind of equipment that needs electricity, check the room and see if it is adequate. Maybe it doesn’t have enough circuits for example. If that or anything similar is the case, make sure to ask an electrician for help.

Those are the most important things you should consider and remember if you are really planning to have your gym at home. A house gym is always very convenient because you are the only user and it is always available, you can use it anytime you want. It can be very early in the morning or maybe even at midnight.

Also don’t forget that it could be some trouble to convert a room, and you are going to have to invest some of your money and time into it. But it is going to be worth it. It doesn’t matter if you are a gym addict or not, you will see how much you’ll love it.

building a gym at homeEssential equipment for your gym at home

If you are still paying a gym membership, but don’t like going there, not to mention the drama encountered once there, have you considered setting up your own home gym? It isn’t that expensive nor does it need to take up a lot of room. As a matter-of-fact, a few months of money that you would have spent on gym membership should buy everything you need.

With these 7 pieces of equipment, you can literally create dozens of different routines that work the upper and lower body, along with the core:

Exercise Mat

While not really “required”, it does make exercising on the floor more comfortable when doing crunches, planks, sit-ups and yoga.

Pull-up Bar

Great for building up biceps and the back, look for one that attaches in a doorway. Make sure it is rated for at least your weight and can be lengthened or shortened to fit the width of your doorway.

Resistance Bands

Whether at home or traveling, resistance bands are a great addition to any home gym. If on the road, just through them in your suitcase and you can do a wide variety of exercises while away from home. Be sure to buy a few different sizes so you have something to “grow” into as you get stronger.

Dumbbells

An all-time favorite. You can do so much with a set of dumbbells. Get three to five pair in a range of weights that can take you from now to where you want to be in the future. If you are tight on room, buy the dumbbell bar that also has a set of removable weights with it, so you can add and remove weight as necessary.

Adjustable Weight Bench

When used with dumbbells or a barbell and free weights, you can take your weightlifting to a new level by adding in exercises like incline and decline bench presses and flyes.

Free Weights and Barbell

Buy a good bar, clamps and a set of weights that you can use now. You can always add more weights later on. Usually a good starter set of weight plates include a pair of 2.5#, 5#, 10# and 25#. Most bars allow you to stack weights, however once you have all the weight on the bar that you have, buy heavier weights so you can begin stacking them over again.

Jump Rope

This is another traveling favorite. Light and not taking up much room, you can do great cardio training within the confines of your hotel room. When coupled with resistance bands, you have the equipment with you for both cardio and strength training.

Step-Up Box

Not taking up much space, this piece of equipment is light but sturdy and you can get a great cardio workout when coupled to either music or a step-up training video.

If arranged efficiently, all of this equipment when set-up would fit into the corner of a bedroom. With these pieces of equipment, you can get in a good workout without leaving the comfort of your home, save money by not driving to and from the gym and avoid paying a gym membership – and not have to put up with the drama once there.



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