You don’t need to raid your local Sports Challet and spend loads of money to create a small at home gym. You really only need a few key items that will get it up and running and you off that couch! Also doesn’t hurt to pick up a couple great workout dvds and make yourself a BOMB playlist with something that will push and motivate you!
Step 1: Find a space in your home that you can dedicate to your workouts.
First, you need to decide where you want to set up your home gym. The spare bedroom, office, or even a back porch or patio, are all great spaces for exercise. And if you don’t have a spare room, a small area in your home (like the living room) that can double as your workout space will do.
Clear the way and get rid of all your hoarded shit.—try to remove all gadgets, papers, or stuff that might distract you from your workout. Also; you may want to consider adding a mirror to your workout space . Mirrors are great for meditating on movement–the mirror lets you be your own instructor. Not only can mirrors be a helpful tool for feedback on your form during exercises, they can also help to open up a space, making it look bigger and helping you feel less crammed.
Step 2: Stock your home gym.
You don’t need a ton of equipment or bulky machines to make your home gym an effective place to exercise. In fact, some of the best equiptment is actually quite small and inexpensive.
I love foam rollers because they’re so versatile–you can use them for ‘kneading’ out muscles, core strengthening, or as a prop for yoga poses ($7.99, Amazon.com). And you can skip buying a bulky treadmill for cardio, easily stored jump ropes for bursts of cardio. And no need for a bunch of weights or cable machines for strength training, invest instead in one set of dumbbells that you can adjust in weight ($69.77, Amazon.com) and/or a set of resistance bands (5 band set for $27.50,Amazon.com). A comfortable mat, a stability ball, BOSU, or a balancing disc (easier to store),and my favorite….the gymboss for your interval training.
You don’t have to buy everything all at once. Start with a few key pieces and then gradually build up from there. Save even more money by putting some items on your wish list for upcoming holidays or your birthday, shop at used sports stores or garage sales, or swap out with friends to rotate your equipment for free.
Step 3: Organize your home gym.
Once you’ve got all your equipment, you’ll need to store it in between workouts, especially if you’re using a shared space (such as the living room). If possible, dedicate a few shelves or bins to organizing everything you need for your workouts. Get creative with ways you can store your fitness equipment to keep it neat, dust free, and out of sight when not in use.