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How to Build a Gym at Home

Even though public gyms may be reopening where you live, the fact is that many people aren’t ready to fully embrace the easing of lockdown just quite yet.  Working out at home, however, is still an option that will allow you to keep fit while ensuring you aren’t accidentally exposed to the Coronavirus.  If you’re wondering how to build a gym at home or just looking to round out your current setup, we’ve created an article to give you some ideas and pointers.

Understanding Your Goals

Understanding how you want your exercise regime to benefit you will play a massive role in how to build your gym at home.  If you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle, increase stamina, improve your flexibility or all of the above, there will be different requirements for different results.  And while it’s possible to have many of your goals overlap, understanding the motivation behind your exercise program will create a starting point to work from.

Budget

Building an effective home gym doesn’t need to break the bank.  Of course, the more discretionary money you have the fancier your equipment can be, but the fact is that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have an effective and fully sufficient home gym.  Acquiring a skipping rope, a yoga mat and some resistance bands can take care of all your cardio and strength training needs for only a few dollars.  Throw in some free, online instructional videos and you’re ready to go.  But if you’re looking to replicate the experience you get down at your local gym, investing in some equipment might be necessary.

Strength Training

A barbell, dumbbells and/or kettlebells are all mainstays of the neighbourhood gym.  If it makes sense for your workout, they can play a central role in the home gym as well.  Depending on your current strength levels and your short term goals, investing in a standard barbell might provide enough weight to get you started.  At 45 pounds, doing three sets of 12 to 15 reps of any barbell exercise can be a challenge for many.  As you gain strength, you can acquire weight plates as needed.  Same goes with adjustable dumbbells or kettlebell sets.  Start small and work your way up.

Cardio Training

Once again, equipment that works your cardiovascular system doesn’t need to be expensive.  A skipping rope or a jog around the block can easily do the trick.  But if you have the budget and you’re trying to recreate the public gym experience, investing in an exercise machine can pay dividends.  Stationary bikes, treadmills, stair climbers and rowing machines will all allow you to raise your heart rate without having to brave the elements.  You probably won’t have the space to house all of them so you’ll need to decide which machine provides the greatest benefit for your particular exercise preferences. 

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