Designing Your Own Home Gym

Designing Your Own Home Gym

One of the factors preventing people from getting exercise is scheduling and convenience.  This issue can be addressed by doing exercises in your own home.  Of course, people may complain that exercising at home does not offer the same quality workout as what one might get in a gym.  However, it is possible to design a workout area in your own home, so that you can burn calories whenever your schedule allows, without having to travel to the gym during business hours.

There are several types of equipment to choose from.  You can stick with simple things, like weights and an exercise ball, or you can have more complicated, high-tech machinery, like treadmills.  It can all get a little bewildering, for some people.  Here are some good tips for anyone who is torn over what types of exercise equipment to invest in for his or her own fitness center right at home.


In the broadest and most general sense, practically any type of exercise machine or tool falls into one of two major categories.  One of them is that of resistance training machines, and the other is of aerobic fitness machines.  You should ensure that your own home gym has some of both, and is not completely taken over by only one category.  Otherwise, you will do a lot of working out without losing as much weight as you should.

The purpose of tools for resistance training is to build up your muscles.  However, such machines, weights, etc. are not just for body builders.  They can also help people who are trying to lose body fat.  With more muscle mass, your metabolism is faster, even when you are not carrying out your exercises, which means that your body burns more calories in a given amount of time.

Aerobic equipment, on the other hand, helps to burn fat and increase cardiovascular endurance.  Such equipment includes exercise bikes and treadmills.

Look Before You Leap

Too many people give into impulse when they purchase fitness equipment.  The classic example is that of somebody who sees an interesting machine on an infomercial, then orders it right away.  Usually, the machine turns into a while elephant. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

  1. The machine was shoddily made and soon stopped working.
  2. The machine did not help the person lose weight.
  3. The machine did not allow for increasing fitness, and could not be adjusted to a person's changing body.
  4. The exercise motion was just plain boring.

Plan your purchases so you do not give in to the temptation to impulse buy.

Money, Money, Money

Of course, budgets are an issue for many readers.  Some might think that the more expensive your personal gym is, the better it must be.  This is not necessarily true.  Actually, there are good options available for any budget.

Let's start with what looks like the direst situation: having no money at all to spare for exercise equipment.  Instead, you can use star-jumps, skips, or aerobics TV shows/videos in order to do aerobics.  As for resistance training, the weight of your own body can stand in for a resistance machine.  Try doing push-ups, squats, and other similar routines.

If you have a little more money, say a few hundred dollars, you can buy some equipment that is cheap but still very effective.  Such tools include jump ropes, exercise balls, weights, resistance bands, boxing gloves and a punching bag, and a medicine ball.

If you have about a thousand dollars, you can try getting yourself a decent treadmill, exercise bike, or multi-exercise station.  This amount of money can also buy really great weight training equipment.  If you have about $2,500, you can buy two of the machines described above, or stick to one of them, but of a higher quality version.  If your budget is from $2,500-$5,000, you can buy two or three of these machines, and of a particularly good quality.  However, do not get too excited and buy too many machines.  It is better to have a few very good machines than many shoddy ones.  If you are fortunate enough to have more than $5,000 to spend, you can buy a treadmill, bike, weights training station.  Otherwise, you can invest in a good multi-workout station.

Still, no matter what your budget is, there are some tips you can keep in mind when deciding exactly how to use your money.  Firstly, consider buying machine that multi-tasks, i.e. a multi-exercise station.   The cost may be a bit daunting, but it can save you more many than buying several cheaper machines that do only one thing each.  Also, ask store staff questions.  If they are honest and reliable, they can give great suggestions about picking the right machine.  Thirdly, consider getting used equipment.  Of course, do try it out, and do research to find out what kind of problems to look for.  You don't want to buy something that will collapse when you take it home.  Finally, do not expect to have a complete home exercise center right away.  It can take years to assemble everything.

Location, Location, Location

Besides funds, you need to think about the space you will be using for your exercise center.  Keep in mind the size and shape of the space you will use, of course.  Also think about whether that space will also be used for other purposes, such as a home office or family rec room, or whether you will have to worry about distracting others or being distracted by them.  Logistical concerns like electrical outlets are a concern, too.  What about heating or cooling equipment for different types of weather?  If you can, try to get something to entertain you, like TV or music.  Exercises can be fun if you are also listening to your favorite songs.


There are other factors that do not quite fit into the categories of either space or budget.  Will other people be using the room and/or machines?  How are you going to take care of your purchases?  Will you be able to get somebody else to do it, if you can't do it yourself?  Also think about personal taste.  What kind of routines do you find enjoyable?  What are your goals?  Are you trying to just lose weight, for instance, or are you training for a sport, as well?

Design Pointers

Once you have considered the factors discussed above, here are some tips you might implement.

  1. Know your space very well.  Take exact measurements and bring them to the store.
  2. Clear it out.  As you use it, keep it clean.  A relatively dustless space is good for both you and your equipment.
  3. Do research on equipment.  This means brochures and specs.
  4. Try to control the temperature of your workout space so that extreme weather does not make you uncomfortable.  Try to get enough light in there, as well.  Make sure all machines that require electricity can be connected to an outlet in the space.
  5. Make sure you will not be knocking your equipment into walls, or making so much noise that you bother others.

In former days, exercise equipment was so bulky and expensive that it made sense to go to a gym to work out.  However, such equipment is becoming more budget-friendly, so more people can afford to work out at home.  If you want to become one of these people, try following these steps so you can design the home exercise center that is perfect for you.

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By: DennisParker 7 years ago
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By: nitin 10 years ago
A great addition to your home gym is fitness videos, and Beachody makes some great ones for all fitness levels and goals. You can do them with not a lot of equipment.
By: DrMary 11 years ago

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