How To Set Up A Home Gym

You want to set up your own home gym but don’t know how to go about it? Don’t worry, we will tell you all about home gym – from helping choose the best gym equipment to how to set up a home gym.

By Monali Bordoloi

How To Set Up A Home Gym

Today, a growing number of people are turning to gymnasiums (gyms) to keep fit. However, gyms can be crowded and rather messy too, leaving you wondering if going to a public gym is a good idea.

Many of us avoid going to a gym because of having to share common equipment and hygiene being a concern. For, with lots of sweaty people around, gyms are also notorious for spreading 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 are one of those who do not like frequenting a gym but also want to keep fit, then setting up 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, setting up a home gym requires prior planning to choose the right gym equipment and accessories, and set them up in a limited space.

ParentCircle talks to Shogan, a personal fitness trainer from Chennai, for tips to setup a home gym.

Requirements of a home gym

A good gym is not just about keeping yourself fit, it is also an extension of your personality. Here is what your home gym should have:

  • Gym accessories
  • Floor mats
  • Mirrors
  • Lights
  • Music system
  • Air conditioning
  • Air fresheners

Gym equipment

Once you have made up your mind that you are going to set up a home gym, you should make a list of the gym equipment you should buy. Here is what we suggest but we leave it to you choose what suits you the best:

  • Weight loss equipment: These include treadmill, elliptical trainers, stair steppers and resistance bands.
  • Aerobics accessories: Air runner, stationary bike, cross trainer and rowing machine
  • Weight lifting equipment: Lifting belt, floor mats, weightlifting gloves, weights, barbell, pull-up bar, curl bar, set of dumbbells and kettlebells.

Cost of home gym

Now that you have made a list of what you need for your home gym, it is time to go shopping. And, while shopping for gym equipment, the price of accessories plays a big role in determining our choice.

Depending on your requirement, and the equipment quality and brand, you can set up a home gym for yourself for as little as Rs 70,000. However, there is no limit to what you can spend.

How to set up a home gym

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.

How To Set Up A Home Gym
An exercise ball is a must-have item in a home gym

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 activewear, 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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Written by Monali Bordoloi on 30 July 2018. Last updated on 5 May 2020.

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