Your guide to setting up a home gym
If working out with a pool of sweat-stained gym-buddies isn't your thing, or that gym commute is killing your precious time, or you just need a little break - getting a makeshift gym at your home could be a great idea. And, if the idea sounds legit, budgeting and arrangements are what you need to jump to. Here's your guide to setting up a home-gym.
Firstly, figure out whether it's your thing or not
A home gym isn't for everyone, just like the actual gym doesn't work for all. For those who feel motivated to work out in a group environment, and like to socialize while sweating it out, going to the gym is the real bet. But for those who don't mind lifting alone, and need to save some time too, a home-gym could be wonderful.
Time to look at the budget
It's a myth that only the rich can afford a home-gym. In fact, investing in a home-gym could actually save you years of mammoth annual membership fees. You do not need to spend a fortune on fancy, big-fat equipments. Your home-gym shall evolve over time. So, start with the basics. One might also consider buying second-hand utilities if they have a tight budget.
Arranging the equipment: Flooring and the rack
1) Flooring: Starting from the bottom, first thing you need is a decent flooring for your home-gym. It will help protect your property from the equipment, and also increase the longevity of the equipment. Sound reduction is another bonus benefit. 2) Rack: This one will be costly, but investing in a good rack is a must for those heavy leg, chest, and shoulder workouts.
Barbell and plates, and a bench
Barbell and plates: The most basic requirement for a home-gym are the weights, viz. the barbell and a plate set. It will help you work your legs (read- squats and lunges), back, shoulders, chest, and arms. Bench: To facilitate those barbell lifting sessions, you'll need a bench. But don't worry - a good-quality, second hand one would work just fine.
Kettlebells and (no) treadmill
Kettlebells: It is arguable that kettlebells are more versatile than dumbbells. Also, they can help save some space. Treadmill? Time to pin the bubble! A treadmill isn't necessary. For warm-up, stretching and weightlifting are just good enough. And if you still feel like running, you might as well just hit the road.
Although not necessary, if you have the space and money, you might consider getting a suspension trainer, give your kettlebells company of dumbbells, add a punching bag (great for stress-busting!), purchase a spin bike, and install mirrors (if they work for you).