The Most Bang For Your Buck Home Gym Everything You Need To Know

They say that performing regular exercise is about as easy as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, this is pretty accurate. As aging occurs, knee and back pain gets worse and mental fatigue occurs more frequently and more often. What this does is it makes people super unmotivated to go to the gym. If that wasn’t hard enough, you run into the problems of paying expensive gym membership fees or having to fork out a couple of thousand dollars for some nice home-gym equipment. This all sounds like a formula for disaster, especially for the more unmotivated types who know they need to get a handle on their health. With that being said, here is the most bang for your buck home gym setup that will actually get you to be able to exercise consistently.

The Most Bang For Your Buck Home Gym Everything You Need To Know

By | May 6, 2018 | Guest Blog |
They say that performing regular exercise is about as easy as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, this is pretty accurate. As aging occurs, knee and back pain gets worse and mental fatigue occurs more frequently and more often. What this does is it makes people super unmotivated to go to the gym. If that wasn’t hard enough, you run into the problems of paying expensive gym membership fees or having to fork out a couple of thousand dollars for some nice home-gym equipment. This all sounds like a formula for disaster, especially for the more unmotivated types who know they need to get a handle on their health. With that being said, here is the most bang for your buck home gym setup that will actually get you to be able to exercise consistently.

The Initial Setup

Fan

If you don’t have good air conditioning in your house – you NEED to get a fan for some good convection cooling of your home gym setup. Overheating is a huge cause of why people quit workouts earlier than they should. Why? Besides just making you feel not up to it anymore, it can lead to your body overheating and possibly even passing out

Hard Flooring

You should have a place that has hard flooring. This is especially the case if you are going to set up a bike to do cycling workouts. Carpet will catch sweat and that humidity is terrible for carpets. For advice on flooring you should think about contacting your experienced local contractor such as Mega Builders Inc for the Los Angeles Area. But, If you happen to be from the Chicago area like myself, there are great interior designers worth contacting such as MOOD.

Mirror

Mirrors are often underutilized in home gyms. Mirrors are super important to have to make sure that your form is correct when doing body weight exercises or anything related such as medicine ball workouts or using free weights.

Cycling Bike

I would recommend getting a cycling bike over any other form of cardio. The reason is that it is the most universally safe way to get your cardio in. What I mean by this is that everyone can hop on a bike and get cycling. It’s low impact and way more inexpensive than a treadmill. Treadmills can be difficult for those who have injuries or have any form of knee / back pain.

Padding

You need some kind of padding in your gym. I would recommend you put some padding underneath of your cycling trainer. This will reduce the noise of your bike so your neighbors won’t get mad if you are living in an apartment or townhouse. I would also recommend you get some type of padding that you can manually place in your gym. This will be handy for things like weight bars and other more extreme free weight equipment so that you aren’t banging weights on your hardwood floor.

Tv / Music Setup

Exercise is hard enough as it is. You don’t need to make it harder; get a TV or some speakers setup to give yourself some form of entertainment / motivation during your workout.

Towel Time

Have a towel handy to catch sweat and to clean your hardwood floor. This is especially important to prevent your floor from becoming warped due to moisture.

Equipment You Need

Yoga Mat

Yoga is one of the most underrated exercises and it’s easy to do. Get a yoga mat, learn some breathing / meditation / yoga poses & techniques online then get to work.

Free Weights

Free weights are pretty self-explanatory and most people know at least some exercises to do. If you have free weights, there isn’t a huge need to go to the gym unless you are a bodybuilder type.

Bosu Balance Trainer

Bosu balance balls are amazing for knee and back strengthening workouts which are the most common problems that middle-aged Americans face. They are inexpensive and can also be used to get a good ab workout in.

Mini Bands/Resistance Cords

Mini-bands and resistance cords are huge for nursing weak muscles / injured muscles. In addition to this, they are probably the best way to initially start building muscle as they are low impact and easy to use.

Kettle balls

Kettle Balls are really good for trap and upper body exercises. They’re real easy to use and more ergonomically safe then free weights for upper body exercises like rows, trap shrugs, and tricep skull-crushers.

Conclusion

In conclusion, getting a good workout is extremely difficult. Knowing what to do can be really hard and getting to the gym consistently can be even harder. It doesn’t have to be that way though. Having a home gym puts that motivation right at your fingertips. Cycling, yoga, and other free exercises right in the home can be just as effective as getting a gym membership.
Tyler Dahl is a proud Chicago native and interior designer. He also loves writing about his design adventures as a freelance writer online. In his free time, he loves reading about psychology and watching Kris Dunn wreak havoc for the Bulls..

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