We all lead busy lives and it can be difficult to find time to fit in trips to your local gym. We all crave to have the perfect physiques, but finding the motivation to get back into the car and drive to the gym after a busy day at work is difficult.
A home gym in your garage or spare room can not only save time on going back and forth to the gym, you can also customise your equipment according to your preferences. But, much like most things that involve a big change and some kind of investment, there are a few factors that you need to think about before building a home gym. We investigate them below.
Many people believe that setting up a home gym is too expensive. But in fact, it could be a worthy investment that will save you lots of money in the long term. Over time, a gym membership could cost you thousands, where as a home gym just consists of one investment.
An advantage of a home gym is that you only have one fee, and then you’re set for life. It may seem expensive at first, but when you put into perspective the long term costs of yearly membership fees compared to the one-time payment of a home gym, you will see that a home gym is a better investment.
Another advantage is if for some reason you decide you don’t want a home gym anymore, you could sell your equipment on the likes of eBay, therefore you’ll be getting some of your money back.
Tip: Think about what you want your home gym to contain and create a budget so that you don’t go overboard.
If you live in a small home, you may be concerned that your house is not big enough for a home gym. This isn’t true. You can invest in a home gym no matter the size of your home. Luckily, with a home gym you can purchase equipment that suits your space. For example you could invest in some dumbbells; you only need enough room to move them around at arms length without break anything! You’d be surprised how many parts of your body you can focus on with just one set of these.
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Don’t have time for the gym? Many of us spend at least 1-2 hours at the gym but not all of that is spent training. Many of it is spent travelling there, getting changed, waiting for equipment, checking out the opposite sex and getting caught up in conversation with acquaintances.
A home gym saves time as it cuts out distractions, saves you the commute and the risk of getting stuck in traffic. The best thing about the home gym is you can work out whenever its convenient for you. If you feel like you don’t have enough time to even work out at home, why not try getting up an hour earlier in the morning?
One thing that’s great about going to a public gym is you can pick up tips and learn from others around you. With a home gym, you can’t do this. Thankfully, the internet is full of articles and videos of how to use the equipment and different ways you can use them.
A home gym is also private space so you won’t be embarrassed if you technique isn’t quite perfect. Some of us can be intimidated by the muscular, confident people at the gym that know what they’re doing and make lifting 60KG dumbbell bench presses look easy! We won’t have to worry about them in a private space.
Another factor you need to think about is what equipment you will need. This depends on your overall objective, whether that might be weight loss, cardio fitness, strength training or a combination. If it’s a combination, think about purchasing equipment that will give you a range of uses e.g. dumbbells, stability ball, resistance bands and a skipping rope.
Should you invest in a home gym? There are many benefits included in a home gym including privacy, freedom, convenience, and cost efficiency. However, working out on your own isn’t for everybody. Some are motivated in lively atmospheres and in group classes, therefore buying the equipment would be an unworthy investment as they wouldn’t get used. But for those who are self-motivated, a home gym is definitely a worth while investment that will improve your lifestyle.