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How to Build a Home Gym: The Ultimate Guide

Trying to maintain your fitness lifestyle without leaving the house? Believe it or not, it is possible to make a home gym complete with just about everything you need for your workouts.

You might be thinking that you have to be a millionaire or professional athlete to build a home gym. However, it might be more attainable than you think.

Stuck in the house for a while? Don’t let not being able to go to the gym to get in the way of your workouts. Read ahead to learn how to setup a home gym.

Staying Home and Staying in Shape

We all love to move around, pick things ups, and put them down. There is something extraordinarily human about wanting to be active and reach new heights.

Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity to go mountain climbing or even hit the gym.

But don’t fret. You can work up a sweat just as well from the comfort of your own home.

Types of Workouts You Can Do At Home

You might think that you are limited to what you can do at home. However, there is a pretty much endless amount of workouts to try. 

You might surprise yourself by how simple yet challenging home workouts can be.

Creating a home gym will keep you busy and fit for as long as you can motivate yourself.

Strength Training

Strength training is a great way to increase your power and get ripped. Investing in a set of weights is the easiest and quickest way to make a home gym.

Buy an adjustable bench and you’ll be able to do almost any chest workout. If not, there are a few alternatives you can try.

Of course, there is nothing like good old fashioned pushups.

Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Improving your cardiorespiratory condition is crucial for athletes and fitness lovers. Not only will your physical performance improve, but there are also benefits for your medical health.

Flexibility and Balance

This is one area that athletes often work on without having to think about it, such as in soccer. However, people who solely lift weights or run on treadmills may be lacking in this area.

Yoga, tai-chi, and martial arts can be done easily at home and do wonders for your coordination and flexibility.

What You Need to Build a Home Gym

Lately, celebrities have been encouraging us to work out at home. They post videos on social media of their home workouts in solidarity.

That’s really easy to say when you have full gymnasiums, tennis courts, and rock walls in your private estate.

Fortunately, you don’t need any of that to work up a sweat. Here is what you need to get started at home.

Space

Work that body, make sure you don’t hurt no-body (or break any windows). Having a spare room or a closed patio space is ideal. 

However, if you don’t have an extra room, that is okay. You can designate an area to do your workouts, such as your living room or a bedroom.

Just make sure you clear enough of an area to work out comfortably and safely. You will feel quite silly if you get hurt or break something while practicing butterfly kicks.

Yoga Mat

You don’t have to be a yogi to own and use a yoga mat. Actually, you don’t even have to do yoga at all.

Yoga mats are useful for any home gym. It gives you a clean surface where you can lie down, go barefoot, and do whatever else you need to do while minimizing contact with the floor.

This is great if you want to abdominal exercises and pushups. Also, lying on your back and doing nothing is extremely relaxing. If anyone asks, it’s called a Savasana.

Weights

Free weights are a key component in many types of workouts. It can greatly accelerate the muscle-building process. 

Of course, it would be great to have a full set of every weight but that might not be feasible for everyone. However, you will want to have at least two or three different weights so you can do a variety of exercises. It’s a good idea to have a few heavier weights, too, so you have some room to grow.

Dumbbells and barbells are great for upper body and core exercises. Kettlebells have become extremely popular for sculpting legs and glutes.

Resistance Bands

This is a great way to get in a quick work out at home and just about anywhere else. Resistance bands take up next to zero storage space.

You have to get creative with these if you want a truly diverse workout.

The internet is filled with videos of amateurs slapping themselves in the face with fitness bands. So, please be careful, especially if you plan on live-posting your workouts.

Punching Bag

One of the advantages of practicing martial arts is that you don’t need special equipment to train. There are plenty of ways to sharpen your techniques at home.

Having a punching bag is a great way to train, especially for boxing and kickboxing. It is better than punching the air because it forces you to adopt a proper technique and better prepares you for the real thing.

The trick is figuring out where to put them. They generally weigh at least 50 pounds and sometimes they can weigh up to 150 pounds or more.

Cardio Machines

If you’ve got a little extra money laying around, you might want to invest in a cardio machine. There are treadmills, mountain climbers, and stationary bicycles.

You might have an old bicycle laying around you can dust off. Otherwise, you will have to make an investment.

Newer machines come with large screens to give a more enthralling experience. You can take part in a virtual cycling class or go at your pace through the French countryside.

Determination

At the end of the day, determination is the most important factor, regardless if you’re training for the NBA or just trying to make the most out of being at home.

One man spent six hours running back and forth in a 7-meter area until he covered 26.2 miles, equivalent to a marathon.

That’s a little extreme, but there is no reason you can’t squeeze in a guided home workout here and there.

Go Big and Stay Home

Deciding to work out is always going to be a great idea. You will feel better, look better, and be a little closer to your fitness goals.

Can’t make it to the gym? Build a home gym today and start working.

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