After a time, a lot of people get sick of commercial gyms.
Are you one of them? Are you fed up of spending a lot of time to commute to
gym? Are you not comfortable with exercising in a crowd of people? Do you have hygiene concerns?
If you can relate to the above questions then maybe it’s time to consider building your own gym in your garage. Commercial gyms might make you feel like you are going to go often, but nothing can be better for an effective and powerful training than a home gym.
This article will help you set up a garage gym. But before you start building a garage gym, remember to have a look at your space and your budget.
In building a home gym, money is not the most powerful factor, patience
is. It is important to keep in mind what motivates you, atmosphere is more
important than equipment.
Start with the basics :
Gym building is a gradual process. Start with the very basic equipment that you are fully sure about. More upgrades can be added when the time and price is right.
Have a look at the goals you want to achieve through workout.
Do you want to build strength or you simply want to lose weight and remain fit?
Knowing this will help to prioritize the equipment required for your gym.
Consider the frequency of their uses. Are you really going to use that
equipment? And most importantly, avoid overcrowding your gym with equipment.
Basic Equipment :
1. Barbells and Plates
It’s the most important piece of equipment and most easy to find. It can be built slowly or in a single purchase. Try to purchase Olympic bar, which is around 7ft long. You can start with couple pairs of lighter plates or with the whole set. These can be easily purchased on internet- including second
hand equipment at economical price.
To use barbell sets effectively, you will need a bench. Second hand commercial bench is preferable over new bench for home use. Avoid cheap benches because you might end up getting hurt. Watch for auctions, sales, classifieds, eBay. Remember to ensure that it is of correct height.
Dumbbells are very versatile. A lot of people also prefer kettlebells instead of dumbbells. You will have to do an analysis regarding costs and benefits on this one. And it is a matter of preference.
This is an important piece of your garage gym. A rack will make
heavier chest, shoulder and leg workouts easier. Also, they add the safety
element as you are training alone at your home. There are wide variety of racks with add-on options. Find what suits you and your budget.
Also called platform. It helps in protecting you floor and your equipment from damage. It usually consists of a couple of sheets of plywood with a top made of rubber. You can purchase one, or you can also make one.
Now your basic gym is ready. These equipment form the foundation of your own personal garage gym. Other equipment can be added as your finances allow. If you miss the treadmill, better go out and have a run. You can add Suspension Trainer, Punch bag, Spin Bike and maybe mirrors if you
want. Work out everyday and stay healthy.