While everyone has his or her own preferences, I truly enjoy working out in my home! It saves time in the car, I don’t have to worry about what I’m wearing or what I might look like while getting my sweat session in, and I’m simply much more comfortable in my home. It also save quite a bit of cash by not having to pay gym fees every month.
I’m going to share with you some of my tips on how I built my home gym without spending tons of money! Exercise equipment and weights are investments that you will have for a very long time, but why not try to save as much as you can while making these investments?
1. Only buy what you know you are going to use.
The purpose here is to save you money by not spending it on equipment that will just end up stored someplace, gathering dust! As a rule of thumb, only purchase exercise equipment that your workout routine requires, or items you know that you will use.
2. Consider buying used.
Most of my weights have been purchased from garage sales! There are also used equipment stores, such as Play it Again Sports, where you can buy some great dumbbells and other pieces of equipment for cheaper than if you were purchasing it new. If you choose to purchase brand new dumbbells, expect them to cost about $1 per pound. For example, if they are 15-pound weights, they might be $15 per dumbbell or more. Whether you choose to purchase dumbbells new or used, I promise your muscles won’t be able to tell the difference!
3. Modify when you can.
In many ways, resistance bands can be used to replace weights. This is a cost-efficient and space-efficient way to build your home gym! You can also use resistance bands instead of a pull-up bar, or you can even use them to make pull-ups a little more manageable if you are still building up your strength. Another way that I modify with equipment, is by using a resistance ball instead of a weight-lifting bench.
4. Be creative in storing your equipment if you don’t have a lot of extra space.
We are currently living in a one-bedroom apartment with not a lot of space, but I refuse to let that be my excuse! I make it work by moving our coffee table to the side of the room during my workout and storing my weights underneath the couch. My friends are always impressed at my sneaky ways of hiding my weights and making our space a little more manageable when I want to get a workout done.
5. Schedule your workouts every day.
One of the main reasons I hear people have a hard time working out at home, is that it’s easier to get distracted. I recommend treating your workout time just as if you were at the gym or meeting with a trainer. For me, I will either follow a workout video where a trainer is telling me exactly what to do for a set period of time, or I set a timer for at least 30 minutes and put some music on while I exercise. This helps me make sure that I’m working out long enough, but it also helps keep me focused during my workout.
Do you prefer working out at home or in the gym? Comment below if you think you can start implementing these tips to begin building your home gym to reach your health goals in the comfort of your own home!
Featured photo by: Kelly McGrath