Set Up a Home Gym

by fitness journalist

Setting up a home gym is a great option for people who don’t want to spend the money on a gym membership, feel intimidated working out around a lot of people, or simply need and/or like the convenience of being able to get a great sweat session in at home.

The great news is, we can do this easily and affordably. Obviously, if price wasn’t an issue I’d recommend getting expensive cardio equipment, full dumbbell racks, some barbells etc. But that’s costly and totally unnecessary.

The first thing you need to think about is your space. You don’t need much. Ideally, we would have a 7 foot by 7 foot open spot that allows you to lay, hop, or jump in any direction. So, if you don’t have a separate room for your home gym you can literally move the furniture around to create enough space for a yoga mat. In whatever space you choose, you might want to consider a TV on the wall should you want to stream workouts. I highly recommend this. While it is absolutely doable to train yourself, it’s a heck of a lot easier having trainers do it for you. And it’s a very affordable way to have top trainers in your home for super cheap. Also consider a full length mirror so you can see yourself and check your form.

Next, what equipment do you need? So, we can absolutely use only your body weight if that’s all we had available. However, I do recommend a few essentials that won’t break the bank:

And if you want more…

I realize this doesn’t seem like much, but it doesn’t have to be. You can do almost any workout utilizing only the above – from yoga, mat pilates, kickboxing, HIIT training, resistance training etc. The sky really is the limit. You could always add a few extra functional pieces like kettlebells or a TRX, but again it’s not necessary.

My last tip – if you are feeling lost like you don’t know what to do – honestly you aren’t supposed to. That’s why people become trainers. Consider streaming some workouts in your gym space. Whether it’s training with me or someone else, we trainers know how to work you out effectively without a ton of space or equipment.

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