Are you tired of the crowds at the gym? Then building a gym at home might be a good solution for you. But what should a home gym look like? And what kind of fitness gear do you need in order to create a complete gym? We are here to answer all your questions. In this article, you will read everything you need to know to get started.
Why make a home gym?
There are some great advantages to having your own home gym.. First of all, in the long run you will save a lot of money on gym memberships. Say you have a gym subscription of €30,- per month: Then you pay €360,- every year. This means that if you are a member of this gym for 10 years, then you will have spent a total of no less than €3600,-! You can build a beautiful home gym with this.
In the end, it could save you a lot of money or at least break even. With this, you do have the necessary equipment yourself. So if you end up quitting, you can always sell this stuff again and get money back for it. In addition, as the name suggests, the home gym does not require you to leave your house. You can train whenever you want. No matter how late or early it is. And a final, but huge advantage: you will never have to wait for equipment ever again!
What not to forget
In terms of space, a small room measuring 2.5 by 2.5 meters will do just fine for a home gym. Take a good look at the dimensions of the equipment you are going to bring into the house and always allow for a bit of leeway. So don’t put a 2.5m by 2.5m unit in the room, but opt for smaller, space saving equipment.
You should also consider the budget for your home gym. On this basis, you can decide what kind of equipment to buy. Will you buy the equipment in a shop? Then you can hire a van (Dutch: bestelbus huren) or a moving van (Dutch: verhuiswagen huren) to move the equipment in. Of course only if this fits the budget. Some stores will also offer the option to have it delivered to your home.
Furthermore, it is good to remember that if you are going to build a gym at home, you need to check extra carefully if the safety of the room is in check. If you train alone, there is no one to help you when things go wrong. So orient yourself well in the exercises and make sure you build up the weight slowly and that you understand and master the technique of the different exercises.
Now that you’re warmed up to the idea of building a gym at home, we can get started. Make sure the room you are going to make it in is empty and clean before you move in your equipment. Below you’ll find a list of the most important supplies for your ultimate home gym.
- Squat rack with pull-up bar
- Weight plates or bumper plates
- Exercise bench
- Exercise/yoga mat
- A mirror
- Music box
- Cardio machines
The bottom line? Clear out your attic or garage and make room for your own home gym. Good luck!