Beginners Guide to Setting Up a Home Gym
There are a lot of reasons for people to want to workout at home, whether its time, intimidation in the gym, or just because you like to have your own personal escape, but whatever the reason is, it is important to create a functional environment that you not only feel comfortable in, but can achieve results too! (Because that is the whole point isn’t it?)
Step 1: The Room
I would suggest dedicating an entire room for your home gym, (not sharing it with your office or other space) this will ensure that when you are in your home gym you are in the right state of mind and not distracted by an ongoing list of other things that have to get done.
Step 2: Colors & Design
Choose a color for the room that will keep the energy flowing! Whether its a vibrant orange, or a cool blue, you want something that will help get you motivated. Check out these sites for ideas of colors and design:
Step 3: Design Accessories
Design Accessories: Mirrors, mirrors, and more mirrors, this will not only open up your space but also help you to check your form during exercises, which is very important. This way you can correct uneven posture, sometimes just because it feels like you are doing the exercise right, doesn’t necessarily mean that you are.
TV / Music: I find that my playlist plays a very important role in the success of my workouts, it either pushes me to keep going, or if its a playlist I’m bored of I sometimes give up early. Make sure that you have a speaker system and tons of your favorite energizing songs. If you plan on doing tons of cardio a TV is a good distraction from continuously watching the time.
Step 4: Equipment
Equipment! Now that you have a visually pleasing space you need to fill it with equipment that is functional for you and your goals. Once you discover your favorite form of exercise, embrace it, because it will keep you motivated to work out. The last thing you want to do it try to force yourself into something you don’t like doing, because as well all know, it will never get done.
Choose a form of resistance training that works for you. If you are a beginner or prefer a lighter workout then resistance bands are an excellent choice and come in different strengths so you can continue to challenge yourself as your strength increases. If you enjoy heavy weights I suggest setting your home gym up with dumbbells, barbells, and a squat rack. A cable pulley system would also be beneficial. And if you prefer a more crossfit circuit style of training then kettle bells, barbells, and a chin up station would be best for you. Remember that resistance training plays a very important role in fat loss too, so if weight loss is your goal don’t sell yourself short by only doing cardio! Muscle burns more calories than fat, so to burn the fat we need the muscles!
Choose a form of cardio that you enjoy. Some of us are runners and can spend countless hours on the treadmill, while some of us enjoy shorter spurts of cardio like skipping or jumping jacks. Once again this all depends on what YOU enjoy doing the most and what is functional for you as well.
Step 5: Workout!
Workout!! Make sure that you have a proper workout plan that will help you achieve your goals and hold you accountable so that you don’t let yourself miss days or cut your workout short when you start feeling tired. Having a set goal each day is very important in achieving results. Now it is time to enjoy your at home gym!