by Tricia Goss
Whether you are trying to lose weight, build muscles or simply maintain your fitness level, having your own home gym can be quite beneficial. While there is the initial cost of purchasing home gym equipment, you will save in the long run over costly gym memberships. In addition, you will save the time it would take to drive to a fitness center and avoid going out in inclement weather to exercise. Set up your home gym properly to make the most of the home gym machines and other exercise equipment you've invested in.
Be aware of your budget. Before you can decide what home gym equipment you will need, it is imperative to know how much you wish to spend. This will help you determine what equipment you need right now versus pieces you might purchase at a later time.
Consider where you will set up your home gym equipment. If you have a finished basement or spare room that you can use to create a complete home gym, you can opt for a variety of equipment in various sizes and styles. However, if you need to set up some home gym equipment in your bedroom or family room, you will need to look for compact pieces or those that you can store, such as a folding treadmill, exercise bands or other portable equipment.
Decide what your fitness goals are and choose home gym equipment that will help you reach them. For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, you might want to incorporate both cardio and strength training, so you will require equipment that provides these types of exercises. If you are looking to bulk up your biceps and quads, you might opt for a combination of weights and resistance equipment.
Organize your home gym equipment in a way that makes the most sense to you and is easy to access. If you have a workout routine, set up the equipment in a methodical order. For example, if you warm up on a treadmill, stretch with some yoga and finish up with strength training, you might want to put the treadmill in the front of the room, a yoga mat nearby and set up weights in the back of your home gym.
Set up the largest pieces of home gym equipment first. These items will be the most time-consuming to assemble and the most cumbersome to move. Set up large, heavy equipment, such as a stair climber, elliptical machine or exercise bike, first and place it where you want it in order to avoid having to rearrange or work around smaller items, such as dumbbells, exercise mats or resistance bands.