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Building A Home Gym: What You Need, What You Don’t And How To Do It All On A Budget

Anna BaluchFebruary 17, 2020

If you’d like to meet your health and wellness goals, building a home gym is a great idea. This is particularly true if you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have the time to travel to and from a commercial gym.

A home gym can also allow you to get your workout in without the hassle. In addition, it can save you money on monthly membership fees, eliminate distractions, and give you the freedom to use any equipment without waiting in line. So how do you build a home gym? Keep reading to find out.

How To Build A Home Gym

To build a home gym successfully, be sure to follow these steps.

Set Aside Space

Ideally, you’d have an entire room for your home gym. This room can be a basement, garage, den, guest room, or any other room you don’t use. But if you don’t have an entire room to dedicate to a gym, no worries. You can always turn part of a room into one. Just look at all the unused space in your home and get creative.

Measure Space

Once you know where you want your home gym to be, measure the space. Jot down its length, width and height. This way you’ll know what type of equipment you have room for and can avoid buying something that simply doesn’t fit.

Consider Workout Goals

The types of workouts you plan to do will help you figure out the ideal equipment and setup for your home gym. For instance, if you focus is cardio, be sure you have enough room for a treadmill and other cardio machines. If building muscle is your priority, you may use most of your space for free weights and kettlebells.

Figure Out Your Home Gym Setup

Draw a floor plan with the equipment you plan to purchase as well as any storage you’d like to include. Don’t forget to incorporate smaller equipment like resistance bands and BOSUs. Keep the location of electrical sockets in mind so that you can determine whether you need extension cords. Try to make your floor plan as close to scale as you can. 

Install Storage, Foam Flooring And A Television

Install shelves or cubbies so you have places for your jump ropes, kettlebells and other smaller items. This way you can make the most out of the space you have and reduce clutter, which can be quite distracting.

Also, put down foam flooring – it can protect your equipment and create optimal comfort. In addition, install a TV so you can catch up on your favorite shows or watch movies while you exercise.

Shop For And Order Equipment

Shop around for any equipment you don’t already have, including a treadmill, elliptical, free weights, resistance bands and kettlebells. You may also invest in a mat, stability ball and pull-up bar.

Read reviews and compare prices before you make any purchases. You can buy new equipment or look for used options to save some money. The route you take will depend on your budget and priorities.

Add The Finishing Touches

Once your equipment is ordered and installed, there are a number of finishing touches you may want to add. Think about hanging up posters with motivational quotes or any photos that will get you moving. A full-length mirror that can allow you to watch your form while you exercise is another good option.

Building A Home Gym On A Budget

There’s no denying that a home gym can get expensive very quickly. The good news is that there are a variety of ways you can save money. Here are a few great tips for building a home gym on a budget.

Buy Used Equipment

Visit sites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist to find good deals on used gym equipment. You can also check out local garage sales. Just make sure you test out used equipment before you buy it to ensure it works properly.

Choose One Retailer

If you’re going for new equipment, try to buy it all from one retailer. This way you can save big money on shipping costs. Some retailers may even offer you free shipping and installation.

Only Buy Equipment You’ll Use

This may seem obvious, but it’s quite common for people to invest in a ton of equipment yet only use two or three pieces. Avoid “trendy” equipment like foam rollers and stability balls that you may only use every once in a while, and save your money for big, effective equipment like a treadmill or stationary bike that you know you’ll use frequently.

A Home Gym May Give You the Motivation You Need

If you’ve found it difficult to stick to a regular workout routine, a home gym may be an invaluable investment. You may be far more motivated to burn some calories when you know you don’t have to travel to do so. A home gym can be the answer to losing weight and keeping it off for good.

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    Anna Baluch

    Anna Baluch is a freelance writer from Cleveland, OH who enjoys writing about all real estate and personal finance topics. Her work can be seen on LendingTree, Business Insider, Experian and other well-known publications.