Everyone dreams of having a home gym. With a home gym, you can save both time and money. You can work out without judgment and on your own schedule. However, creating the ultimate home gym design in your own home can be quite a big project, and there’s a lot to consider.
Sole Fitness UK is here with a simple guide on how to create your own home gym design. Read on, and learn how you can get started, and create a fantastic home gym!
Find The Right Space
This is usually the hardest part of setting up your own fitness gym, especially if you have a smaller home or an apartment. You want to choose an area that’s well-lit, out-of-the-way, and where noise won’t bother your neighbors – or your family.
Most commonly, fitness rooms are set up in:
- Garages – If you can clear out your garage, it’s an ideal place for a home gym, especially if you’re focusing on weightlifting. The noise won’t bother people inside, and you’ll have plenty of space to set up your equipment.
- Basements – A basement is a great choice, as it’s out of the way, and usually cooler than the rest of your home. However, a dark or uninviting basement may not be the best place to set up your home gym.
- Spare rooms – If you have a spare room in your home or apartment, you can consider using it to set up your home gym.
However, you can even create a fitness room in just a small corner of your living room, or your bedroom – as long as you have the right equipment!
Build A Budget
Next, you need to figure out how much money you’ll spend on your home gym. You can always start small, and then build up to a larger, more comprehensive fitness room later on!
We recommend taking a look at the cost of your current gym membership, which is estimated at around $40-$50/month. With the cost of initiation fees, this can mean you’re paying up to $800/year for your gym membership.
Next, think about how long you’ll use your home gym for. If you plan to use it regularly for 5 years, for example, that’s the equivalent of $4,000 – so if you have the money, that’s a great starting budget!
Even if you’re strapped for cash, don’t worry. You can start small, with just a few machines, and add to your home gym design as time goes on (and you keep saving money from canceling that gym membership!)
Choose The Right Equipment
Next, you’ll want to buy the right equipment for your home gym.
If you’re interested in weight training at home, you have several options.
- Dumbbells – Dumbbells are the lowest-cost option for weights. You can get a full set of dumbbells for about half the cost of a comparable barbell set. If you’re on a tight budget or low on space, you can even purchase adjustable dumbbells, which are inexpensive and take up almost no room in your home gym.
- Barbells/Racks – If you’re a serious weightlifter, you may want to invest in a set of barbells, and a rack/bench. This will allow you to perform heavier lifts safely in the comfort of your own home.
- Weight Machines – If you have quite a bit of space in your home gym, you may consider purchasing an “all-in-one” weight machine. These machines allow you to perform quite a few exercises such as rows, lat pulldowns, and much more. However, they are quite bulky and expensive.
Next, let’s discuss the cardio equipment you should buy for your gym.
Depending on your personal preferences, there are three primary categories of cardio equipment that we would recommend.
- Treadmills – Even if you love running outside, a treadmill like the Sole Fitness F80 is a great investment. With a high-tech running surface, powerful 3.5hp motor, and a reasonable price, this folding treadmill is a great choice for those who need a great cardio workout that fits in a small space!
- Ellipticals – While treadmills are great, they are quite high-impact on your joints. Ellipticals are a fantastic way to get a similar workout without the same level of impact. The Sole Fitness E25 is a modern, powerful elliptical that includes features such as a built-in fan and speakers, and it’s a wonderful addition to your home gym.
- Stationary Bicycles – Stationary bicycles provide a fantastic workout, and modern recumbent designs make your workout comfortable and convenient. A recumbent bike such as the Sole Fitness R92 is the perfect piece of cardio equipment for those who are not interested in ellipticals and treadmills.
Depending on your budget, you can invest in any (or all) of these machines, and create the home gym design of your dreams!
Create A Workout Plan – And Get Started with your home gym design!
Once you’ve built your ideal fitness room, the work has only just begun! It’s time to create a workout plan, and start using your new cardio equipment and weights. So take a look at this guide, choose the equipment from Sole Fitness UK that’s best for you, and get started on your journey to better health!