COVID-19 has presented us with many challenges this year, and one of them is figuring out the best way to workout safely. Even as gyms have reopened, millions of people are still reluctant to take the chance as social distancing protocols remain in place. To further complicate matters, getting out for a quick jog in the middle of winter isn't always the most comfortable way to burn calories.
It's no wonder the home fitness industry has exploded this year, as several innovative products have hit the market. While a lot of these products come with a big price tag, there are simple ways to set up a gym on any budget. As more and more people look for ways to workout from home, our REALTORS® thought it'd be helpful to pull together some tips for setting up your own home gym.
- Determine your fitness goals
Before you can decide what equipment you need, it's a good idea to identify your fitness goals. Think about what you're trying to accomplish: weight loss, muscle gain, strength, or endurance? Once you've identified your training style, you can figure out what weights and machines are best suited for your home gym.
- Find The Right Cardio Equipment
If your fitness goals are centered around weight loss, then you might want to start with cardio equipment. Think about what type of cardio you enjoy the most - running, biking, or even rowing. When it comes to pricing, there is a wide range of options on the market. From simple, cheap machines to smart home gyms, your machine should best fit your goals and budget.
- Invest in a barbell and weights
The barbell is the staple of any home gym - not only because it's versatile but it can be used by beginners and experienced bodybuilders alike. Weights come in two types: iron plates and bumper plates. Before you purchase new weights, be sure to check online marketplaces for a good deal on a used set. With a good barbell and set of weights, you'll be able to do squats, deadlifts, bench presses, and overhead presses - all of which are essential parts of a regular fitness routine.
- Find A Good Weight Bench & Squat Rack
To make the most of your new barbell and weights, it's a good idea to find a decent weight bench or squat rack to maximize your workouts. Weight benches are critical to your upper body workouts. They're not overly expensive, especially if you get a regular flat bench. Squat racks, on the other hand, come in a variety of sizes. For a simple home gym, all you really need is a standard hole size and a high weight capacity.
- Add The Miscellaneous Items
Depending on your fitness goals, you may want to supplement your own gym with some simple items. We always recommend investing in a thick gym mat, which is great for stretching or floor exercises. For those on a budget, consider adding jump rope or slam ball.
Working out from home can be fun, and the good news is you can set up a great home gym on any budget. A really nice home gym setup in the basement can even help make your home more appealing to potential buyers. In fact, a few owners of our favorite Mansfield homes for sale have their own built-in home gyms. If you're thinking about building your home gym, don't hesitate to contact us for more tips!