Do you want a garage gym setup in your home? If you’re on a budget, here are some ideas of where to start building your home gym.
Working out at home is now in vogue more than ever before, thanks to the pandemic and the general desire to avoid gyms. So, naturally, people are wondering how they can set one up in a spare room quickly that will allow them to do all their usual exercises.
Obviously, space limitations are the biggest issue. Most people don’t have warehouse-sized areas that are just ready to convert into somewhere for exercise. But setting up a home gym actually requires less room than you might think, especially if you’re smart about your choice of equipment. In this post, we run through some of the items that you’ll need for a push pull split.
Here’s a list of somethings you might want to consider for your Garage Gym Setup
Dumbbell stacks are basically large stands with a bunch of dumbbell weights hanging off either side. Most stacks run from one to ten kgs (about 22 pounds), although you can get larger stacks with heavier weights.
The great thing about these racks is that they don’t take up much space. You could probably put them in the corner of your living room in a pinch and nobody would notice.
Kettlebells are another incredibly versatile piece of equipment you can use for all sorts of exercises – everything from shoulder presses to strengthening your core. The great thing about these pieces of equipment is that vendors design them for you to throw around. So they’re ideal for plyometrics. Plus, just like the dumbbell stack, they hardly take up any space.
When it comes to cardiovascular equipment, you have a lot of options. The best, though, is probably the stationary bike. It hardly takes up any space, and you can use it either standing up or sitting down according to the difficulty setting. Some bikes come with built-in screens that keep you entertained while you exercise, which is a nice touch.
Have you ever noticed that commercial gyms always have full-length mirrors? There’s a good reason for this, besides gawking at yourself. It allows you to track your form.
You have a couple of options here: you can either use freestanding mirrors – great if you’re planning on repurposing the room at a later date. Or you can ask contractors to bold mirror panels to the wall. If you have good DIY skills, you can probably do this yourself.
Today there are a variety of rope training systems on the market. These are essential pieces of fixed scaffolding with cords and ropes attached. You can then use these to perform a wide variety of exercises according to your routine. If you pair a rope training system with dumbbells, you usually have all the options you need to train every muscle in your body.
To complete your home gym, you’ll need a bench (and preferably a squat rack if you have room). Benches are often necessary for pushing and pulling exercises.
Other additions to your home gym could include things like padded flooring, sound systems, and air conditioning.
7. Establish a Routine
No matter what you do, once you have these items, it’s important to set up a routine for your workout. If you don’t want to buy any equipment, you can start with walking and you can find more information here on Fitness Friday!
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