It has probably entered our minds during some of the work outs. The question has come up. Do I need a home gym? Many times, I have thought of setting up a home gym where I can workout on my own without anyone around.
My very own home gym equipped with all the needed equipment.
Let’s look at some of my thoughts and understand the significant points in getting a workout gym in our immediate vicinity.
What Is A Home Gym?
It would surely be nice if I could have all the exercise equipment at the gym center I go to, my very own without having to pay for using the machines and be in one part of my house, maybe just in a room in the house.
Imagine when I feel like having a workout, without even dressing properly in gym attire and exercising to my heart’s desire. Today, I might work out on a spin bike, and tomorrow, I might work out on a treadmill, all while working toward a goal I’ve set for myself.
Anyway, that is a big dream to have. Some of us can achieve that, but most of us do not have the space and budget to get the whole list of equipment.
If you live in a small apartment or house, the dream of having a home gym is almost impossible.
But there is hope. If you want to workout and keep yourself physically and mentally strong, you can start without any of the expensive equipment.
Maybe the first step is to identify a space where you can freely workout. If it is going to be in the hall area, then let it be. Most exercises can be done with simple tools and ideas.
I mostly started my exercises with some weights I could find in the house and improvised.
Just by having a TV with YouTube enabled, you are able to link to some useful and workable exercises. Let’s try this and determine if exercising is really what we want.
So a “home gym” does not mean you need to get all the super-duper equipment to exercise. But let’s say you have the space and budget, then the option is what exactly you want to work on. In which part of your body do you want to build up stamina, muscles, or strength?
A home gym is not necessarily a room full of gym equipment. It is the first step to understanding the concept of a home gym. OK, let’s say we have the space and money. What’s next?
Why Do We Need A Particular Equipment?
The exercises fall into three major categories: strength-related, cardio or endurance, and balance. You got to determine which type you want to work on first.
Let’s say I have a knee pain, then I will scout for an equipment which can provide the right resistance to strengthen that or if I want to work out on my cardio than I will get the treadmill or the elliptical.
So it is imperative that this be first decided. What one wants to work on is the most important decision to make to get the right equipment.
So, as time goes by and you feel you need to work on some other parts of your body, then go for it. This is how most of us build our home gyms.
You can have the best equipment, but if you are not going to use it, then it is just a waste of money, space and time.
What Equipment To Have In The Home Gym?
Some of the initial equipment you can go for are the dumbbells and the resistance bands. With these tools, you can workout almost all parts of the body. Make sure you understand what types of workouts you can derive from it.
Both of them will not take up much space in the home and will not cost much either.
Next, if you have the budget and space, go for the treadmill. Almost everyone in the family, from the oldest to the youngest, can use the machine to workout daily.
Even a spin bike or a multi-station piece of equipment with many functions in one will do wonders with less cost and take up little space.
One piece of advice is to go and look at the equipment physically and determine if this is the one I must get. Blindly ordering online will give you the wrong headaches.
The Good and Bad of Having Your Own Home Gym
In anything we do or have, there is always a good side and, at the same time, a negative side. Below are some of the pros and cons that you can look at.
- You can workout as and when you want to.
- You will save money and time by not going to the gym.
- Time and money saved is an investment gained.
- A very rare chance of finding an excuse not to exercise.
- You have complete privacy and can do whatever amusing exercises you want.
- The most important thing is cleanliness. There is no risk of disease transmission.
- By working out with family members, a tighter bond is made.
- The chance of meeting new friends is not there.
- Missing out on friends and chit chats.
- Learning new workouts from others and coaches in the gym.
- Motivation for working out together, and challenges with a friend, will be lacking.
Again, it comes back to us. What do we really want? Balance it out on all angles and see where we stand. Don’t lose sight of our initial goal, which is to exercise and keep ourselves and our family members healthy.
As we all know, working out on a regular basis is one of the best ways to keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy. And the best way is to work out from the comfort of your own home.
We very well know that creating a membership account with the gym center and going regularly is a task which most of us will not do and eventually die off. Initially, it is fun to get to know the gym and meet friends, but as soon as it becomes a routine, the motivation to continue going just goes away.
If there is a home gym, we tend to push ourselves to workout daily. Finding excuses not to do so will be difficult. You can have the best gym in the world at home or at a nearby gym, but if you don’t use it regularly, you’ll get nothing from it. Consistency is the key to your results, above all else.
In conclusion, getting a home gym is the best overall idea. Go for it.