The benefits of creating a home gym and how to start


Angelique Taylor

A gym membership might be too expensive or just downright intimidating for some. If this is the case, why not seek out building your own gym?

Maximus Hemming, Staff Reporter

With the cost of gym memberships around today, it can be hard to keep up with the expense as you are constantly being overcharged with constant due payments and other excessive necessities such as travel costs since not all gyms are in close proximity to everyone’s homes. Being in a gym also requires more patience since you are sharing amongst everyone who is inside the gym and sometimes our time is wasted waiting for someone to finish their sets on a certain machine or equipment. 

If these are some factors that discourage yourself and others from signing up for a gym membership, you might want to consider the alternate route—starting your very own gym in your home! Depending on your knowledge of fitness and programming, especially if you are new to training, you might find it difficult to decide what type of equipment you need that will benefit you the most. However, this should be of no issue since there are always various websites that can help you get fitted to what you will need to start out.

The first and essential step in starting a home gym is to have a planned budget, which means you have to determine what you are willing to spend on equipment and materials for your setup. Setting up an affordable budget upfront will help you stay on track when deciding which pieces of equipment you are going to invest in. 

After you have your budget planned out it’s time to start looking for the right equipment for you that fits your own goals and ambitions since you might find a certain program that fits in your best interests. Think about the types of workouts you will typically do and consider which machines or items that would help you get the most effective workout for yourself. 

The next thing to consider is the amount of space you will be taking up for your home gym, since not everyone has the same amount of space to work around with. This is where you must consider the size of the equipment you will be using and also make sure you have enough room to make use of it optimally.

Alongside making room for your own gym, it’s time to start stocking up on some supplies to get your gym equipped with everything you need to use your equipment. Consider items such as resistance bands, mats, medicine balls, belts, straps and more.

The last and one of the most crucial steps in making a home gym truly complete is to find the motivation and discipline for you to keep on track. Creating a workout split, setting goals for yourself, and even finding yourself rewards for meeting them are all great headstarts on your personal routine. It is also important to remember that you are now responsible for your progress and growth, and you must take into full account that you are the only one who can make your goals come to fruition.