When you are designing a home gym, there are different things to consider. This includes the size of the area, equipment used, as well as funds to purchase the equipment needed. Here we will cover these as well as other factors.
Space & Location
The amount of space that you have to put a home gym is very important for the following reasons.
- It will determine the type of equipment you are able to use.
- Is a factor on the type of training you can do.
- Should be comfortable and safely laid out.
- A good source of lighting is needed.
The equipment that you will need to complete your workouts is a key factor when designing your home gym for some of the following reasons.
- It will determine the type of gym you are able to use
- The main factor is the total space available.
- Equipment may be too large for the area, but other exercises can be used as substitutes.
The environment of a gym plays a important role when starting a gym and should be looked at for the following reasons.
- Make sure you have a source for music which is a motivational tool.
- Visual factors assist in motivation so a TV is important to have.
- Both video and music will assist you with your workouts as a source of motivation, and make them more enjoyable.
The flooring that is used or available is important for the following reasons.
- Proper flooring will decrease the damage seen to both the floor and equipment.
- A hard concrete based floor is advised.
- Padding is important in order to help absorb any shock from weights being dropped.
The budget or funds that you have is a key factor when starting a home gym for many different reasons. Some of these include:
- Will determine the type of equipment used
- Can determine the type of gym one is able to build
- Can determine the quality of equipment used
Although the above factors are true concerning the equipment used, quality, durability, as well as guarantee of any equipment should be considered. Purchasing lower quality used equipment may be an option if you don’t have the funds available, then you may be able to get the better equipment later on.
Out of the three types of gyms mentioned, a garage gym is the most basic of the three. If you are starting a garage gym, you will need only the very basic equipment. One factor when starting a garage gym is that there are certain pieces of equipment that you will not be able to use. This includes things such as a squat cage due to its size, as well as a set of dumbbells. This is why it is best to go for the option of using a squat rack, as well as a compact set of dumbbells for home use.
Concerning an apartment gym, you probably have a few more choices when compared to a garage gym. If you need equipment for an apartment gym, you will probably be able to use an extra piece of aerobic equipment such as an elliptical machine or treadmill. The main factor that I would be concerned about when starting an apartment gym is the use of free weights. Due to the weights probably being dropped, I recommend having a unit on the first floor.
If you are going to start a basement gym, this gives you the most choices of the three. Unlike a garage or apartment gym, a basement gym gives you much more space. This allows for additional pieces of equipment such as a lifting platform, squat cage, as well as a set of dumbbells if needed. If you are starting a gym and have the space, I recommend a basement gym due to the flexibility that you have.
Overall, of the three types of home gyms mentioned, each will give you the results that you are looking for concerning your goals. Also, regardless of the type of gym you are designing, it comes at a very affordable cost. There are numerous layouts that can be used depending on the area you have. I recommend setting the equipment up so that if you wanted to do any circuit training this could be done. Below is a video of a program that is available which will assist you when designing your home gym. This information provided will help you start the best home gym for your personal fitness goals.
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