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How To Create An
Effective Home Gym (even on a small budget)
Many people think that creating
a home workout gym is either too intimidating or too costly. So, often they
instead invest their money in a health club membership not realizing that for
the same amount of money (or even less) they can create a very effective gym
right in their own home.
For an effective home gym, all
that is required is a little bit of planning. Don't fall into the trap of
purchasing random fitness equipment because of fancy advertising for the latest
infomercial fad or the great 'sale? at your local fitness store. That type
of purchasing leads to a house littered with equipment that's only use is as a
clothes hanger or dust collector. This often happens because the equipment is
either useless, poorly constructed or quickly loses its value because it
doesn't progress with your fitness level.
To avoid having a basement
filled with expensive dust-collecting equipment, keep these points in mind when
making a purchase:
What are your fitness goals?
How often do you realistically think you will use the equipment?
What fitness level do you expect to be at in 3, 6, 9 months?
Will the equipment meet your needs as you get more fit (at the 3, 6, and
Does the equipment offer enough variations in use that you can
change your workouts frequently to prevent your body from hitting a plateau?
Will you enjoy the exercises or will you quickly grow bored of them?
And, of course how much can you afford?
Once you have answered
all of the above questions then you are ready to make some purchasing decisions.
Of course, how much you can afford to spend may dictate what you can actually
purchase. Don't get discouraged. For as little as $100, you can have
a very effective total strength training home gym. Even for as little as $35,
you can create an effective workout that will tone your entire body.
Regardless of what your fitness
goals are, there are a plethora of equipment options to consider. For building
muscles and/or toning-up you can choose from free weights, selectorized
machines, resistance bands, benches and even no-equipment. For cardiovascular
improvements (e.g. running, walking, etc),
there are even more options. They range from treadmills, to elliptical
trainers, to bikes and beyond. So, answering the previously mentioned questions
is very important.
To help make your decision
easier, below are several recommendations based on costs and needs, along with
benefits of the exercise equipment.
If you want to create a gym
that will provide you with a total body workout (cardio, strength and
flexibility) and you have a budget of at least $1000, consider the following
The best option for cardiovascular equipment because it can be used for
running, walking, and even some leg strength training. Plus, workouts can
continually be varied based on speed, incline, even direction. And, it
easily progresses as fitness levels improve.
dumbbell set with weights ranging from 5 pounds to 50+ pounds. Great for
light toning, to intermediate strength training to building muscles. Less
expensive than selectorized machines and usually provides more flexibility
and variety in workouts.
Ball Provides exercise options for toning, strengthening and stretching.
Band Provides another option for strength training. Can alternate use
with free weights for a great challenge that will help prevent plateaus.
Bench Can be used for both cardio workouts and strength training
If you want a home gym
specifically for building muscles (or just can't afford cardio equipment), and
can afford at least $100, consider the following recommendations:
Rope Offers very challenging cardiovascular fitness workouts at a very
If you want a total body home
gym but can only afford less than $100, consider the following recommendations:
dumbbells sizes (e.g. 5, 10 and 15 pounds)
If you are limited to
purchasing just one very affordable piece of equipment, consider buying a
Fitness Ball. As mentioned above, it provides many different exercise options.
With the ball you can get an upper body workout, a lower body workout, very
challenging abdominal workout and a stretching/flexibility workout. And, you can
get all of this for around $35.
Also, don't underestimate
what you can do with things that are already in your house, like stairs, a
chair, milk jugs and others. There are a lot of exercises that require no
equipment at all. For example, push-ups, tricep dips, squats, calf raises, etc.
You can even create your own "weights" through milk jugs filled with water
As you can see, there are a lot
of options available for creating a home gym that will meet your individual
needs and will provide a lot of workout variety. Even on a shoestring budget,
you can still make a wise purchase that will be invaluable in helping you get
more fit and healthy. And, you?ll enjoy all the benefits of working out at
What are the benefits of
working out at home? Well, here are some highlights:
wasted time driving to and from a fitness club
waiting in line to use the equipment
on your schedule, rather than just when the health club is open
expensive monthly membership fees or long-term contracts
to workout as you pass by the equipment every day
Of course, you will need
previous knowledge of how to use your home equipment or you will have to be
willing to learn. But, it's not difficult. Most equipment will come with basic
instructions and a few sample exercises. You may want to enlist the help of a
fitness professional to provide additional exercise options and guidance that
will ensure that you get the most out of your fitness equipment through every
fitness level stage.
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About the author: Lynn Bode is a certified personal trainer specializing in
Internet-based fitness programs. She founded Workouts For You, which
provides affordable online exercise programs that are custom designed for
each individual. Visit: http://www.workoutsforyou.com for a free sample
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