Here's how to build your own low-cost gym at home
If working out with a pool of sweat-stained gym-buddies doesn't sound exciting, or that gym commute is killing your time, or you just need a little break- getting a makeshift gym at home could be a great idea. And, if it sounds legit, budgeting and equipment are all you need. Here is your guide to setting up a home-gym (in budget).
Just like the actual gym doesn't work for all, a home-gym isn't everyone's cup of tea. 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.
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. You might also consider buying second-hand utilities if you are on a tight budget.
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 just another bonus benefit. Rack: This one will be costly, but investing in a good rack is a must for those heavyweight leg, chest, and shoulder workouts.
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 will need a bench. But don't worry - a good-quality, second hand one should work just fine.
Kettlebells: It is arguable that kettlebells are more versatile than dumbbells. Also, they can help save some space. So, buy yourself a set, if you are contemplating building a home-gym. 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 you think they work for you).