Do you love a good workout to keep fit but hate going to a gym? You are not alone. Many people would prefer a small workout area at home. Here are some tips to set up a home gym.
By Monali Bordoloi
Today, a growing number of people turn to gymnasiums (gyms) to keep fit. However, gyms can be crowded and rather messy too. And most people prefer having a clean and private area to exercise in. Are you among those who do not like frequenting a gym but also want to keep fit? Many people avoid gyms because you have to share common equipment and hygiene is not maintained in most places. With lots of sweaty people around, gyms are also notorious for spreading germs. Do you loathe going to a gym as you worry you might catch germs?
Moreover, some women are not comfortable exercising in front of others. While there are others who are particular about not sharing their exercise spot. If you fall into one of the above-mentioned categories, then a home gym is the best option for you.
A multi-gym or workout area inside your home will give you the independence and the flexibility to train according to your own time and liking. But remember, setting up a home gym requires prior planning. Also, before you look up equipment for it, keep in mind that there must be sufficient space to keep all the exercise and weightlifting equipment you might need. ParentCircle talks to Shogan, a personal fitness trainer from Chennai, on setting up a gym at home.
Here are certain factors you need to keep:
1. Look for a suitable place: First, decide where you want to fit in your multi-gym. For instance, you could set up an extra room or simply convert your basement or even, garage into a gym. Make sure you have enough space to fit in all your equipment. The place must also be well-ventilated and have sufficient lighting. Check that there are electrical points to plug in equipment.
2. Decide on a budget: After deciding on the place, fix a budget to set up your multi-gym at home. Exercise equipment come in different price ranges. Don’t hesitate to spend some extra bucks on reputed brands. Think of this as an investment into your health.
Shogan says, “The budget for setting up your home gym depends on you. You could start with Rs 5000 and it could go up to Rs 50,000 or more. Make sure that what you buy for your home gym comes with a warranty period. Also, ensure that all the gear is sturdy and durable too.”
3. Buy quality equipment: You don’t need to buy bulky or expensive equipment for a good workout.
Invest in one or two good quality equipment like a treadmill and weights, says Shogan. He adds, “To set up a workout space, you can also get dumbbells, a push-up stand, exercise ball, foam mat, foam roller, resistance band, skipping rope and stepper. If you are planning to lift weights, buy some weight-lifting gloves too.”
4. Look for scalability: While selecting your equipment, remember that it must fit into the space available. Also, there should be enough room in the gym in case you want to upgrade or add more equipment in future. And don't forget to consider floor-to-ceiling space as well. The equipment you purchase should meet your future fitness needs too. For instance, you wouldn't want to purchase a weight bench that can only support 50 kilos if you'll eventually end up lifting 80 kilos.
Shogan says you should be prepared before embarking on a fitness routine. “Buy stretchable exercise clothes and shoes. Also, keep exercise accessories like gloves, wristband and knee bands ready, along with a bottle of water and a towel.” Apart from accessories and active wear, it is important to do a medical check as well. "If you have any medical issue, you must first consult your doctor before starting on an exercise programme. Else, you will not achieve your fitness goals. Moreover, any medical condition could negatively impact your regimen. What's more, if you are serious about your fitness, consult a personal trainer beforehand. A trainer can help guide you and rectify your mistakes.”
Keep in mind that you can do a great workout with the simplest of equipment. To achieve that, the exercise corner in your house should be a neat and inviting place. Give it a personal touch with some potted plants. What's more, bringing greenery inside will keep the space fresh. Remember, do not make it congested with too much equipment and ensure that you prioritise safety above all else.
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