Every day, we learn more and more about the advantages of regular exercise. Gym membership has skyrocketed. However, the monthly or annual costs involved in such memberships, not to mention all of the other factors involved in going to the gym on a regular basis, has led many people to decide instead to set up their own home gym. An advantage which is gained from working out at home is that you can elect the workout interval without any restriction. Furthermore, the quickness of exercising can be improved a lot if you elect to vary the amount of sets or repetitions. For example, you can do giant sets, supersets, tri sets or any combination you choose because you’re home. You can also save time, as you are not distracted by casual discussion, people trying to pick you up, by waiting for the machines to become available, by having to swap the weights for every personal sequence of exercises, etc.
So, the obvious question is: What do I need to set up my own home gym? Well, I would say that the minimum of equipment needed for working out at your residential home includes the following: an adjustable bench, (weight bench), two dumbbells – with escalating weights, a barbell, with free weights and a fix bar for pull ups. You can get all of this in one machine as well. This machinery will make possible both doing fundamental exercises like squats, bench presses, pull-ups, sit-ups, etc. as well as the full diversity of exercises needed for avoiding a monotonous routine.
If you’re not ready to spend money on any equipment, then you can focus on exercises which are dependent on your body weight. All body weight exercises are really demanding because they activate muscles that ensure equilibrium and coordination. The body-weight exercise routines are often introduced in courses at the fitness center due to their demonstrated success. They are incorporated into teaching and testing people in special groups that require a lot of power and self-control in their physical activity. Body weight exercises include push-ups, reverse push-ups, between chairs push-ups, squats, sit-ups, crunches, hyperextensions, lunges, plyometrics, plunks, etc.
The major annoyance of not having a partner to exercise with is not having someone to spot for you. There are some exercises which you don’t want to risk without a spotter. However, there are several exercises which you can do without any risk, even if there is no partner to assist you. These include: pull-ups, dips, shoulder presses, barbell curls, dumbbell curls, etc. Of course, you can also invest in at least one basic machine which will allow you to engage in routine exercise without the need for anyone else. Such machines include the treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike, stepper, adjustable sit up bench, a smith machine, a universal gym with features like lateral pull down, leg curl, and leg extension.
In conclusion, training at home could prove as a worthy and satisfactory solution for most people. You can achieve results as effective as you can by working out in the gym, as long as some factors are considered. The basic, and at the same time the most important of these factors, is owning the necessary exercise equipment. If, besides this, you also have a partner who trains with you, the exercises can be as efficient as the ones performed in the gym. Of course, we are talking now about the best situation of affording a gymnasium in your own home. So, if you are a homebody like I am, then you can do all of your working out at home. If however, you are the extrovert, outgoing type who has to be in the mall, at the club, or some other outside venue, then your home might lack the stimulating surroundings, the sharing of experiences, or the exchanges of ideas that you can find in the gym.
If you do decide to set up your own home gym, then you need to decide on where to put it. If you have a spare room, then problem solved. However, if you are like most of us and don’t have a spare room, then there are options available to you: A guest bedroom which is not often utilized is one possibility. Making some space in the family room (like I did) works as well. If you have a screened-in porch or backyard, this may be an option. However, with the latter, you want to be careful. Depending on where you live, exposure to the elements like sun, rain, etc. will damage your equipment. Metal weights tend to rust outside over time. So, you may have to touch them up with a little paint every couple of years. Machines with electronics should not go outside unless the manufacturer recommends this. Putting these machines outside will void most warranties. Also, again the elements will impact them and cause them to stop working over time. If you live in an environment where basements are available, then the basement is an excellent place to set up a home gym.Wherever you decide, make sure that you include some of the basics that you will need in that area: a remote controlled television, access to a stereo system (unless your machines are IFit compatible),a water fountain if necessary, etc.