Homemade Fitness: How to Build a Gym in Your Own Home

Man Working Out

It’s hard trying to keep up with your commitment to get to the gym 2-3 times a week, or more. It seems like work and busy schedules are always in the way of that much needed time with your body. The actual workout isn’t even the problem, it’s the effort that goes into getting to the gym that makes it hard to stay on task with your fitness goals. Gym memberships become a waste of money if you can’t even get to the building. Fortunately, your fitness guilt can be eliminated by setting up a small space in your home to sweat when the gym is too far out of your reach.

If you have a little extra space you can equip it with a few items that can give you an alternative gym experience. This will allow you the convenience of completing your workouts at home. Now you don’t have to go far to get you sweat on.

Home Gym
Home Gym

Weight Flooring

Don’t let your equipment mess up your nice floors. Invest in rubber weight flooring to prevent damage to your home and your new workout toys. The flooring absorbs the impact of the weights and will also prevent scratching, marking, or the tearing of carpet. Weight Flooring usually comes in individual squares or a full mat like an area rug. Either way, it’s easy to install.

Punching Bag
Punching Bag

Punching Bag

Not just a workout tool, but also a great stress reliever. Punching bags are great for completing a full-body cardio workout, and they don’t take up much space. They’re also perfect for practicing boxing or martial arts. If you don’t think that you’ll use a punching bag, you can also invest in a speed bag or a body opponent bag.

 

 

Dumbbells

Dumbbells
Dumbbells

Instead of having a big barbell taking up space, have a couple of dumbbells instead. Your home gym will most likely be in a small space so having equipment loke dumbbells that don’t take up a lot of room is essential. Since they’re free weights they allow natural movement, making them elbow and shoulder friendly. Dumbbells simply give you a wider variety of exercises that you can perform, opposed to a barbell which is limited to certain exercises.

Yoga Mat

Yoga Mat
Yoga Mat

Every workout doesn’t have to be high-intensity and to the max. It’s important to stretch and work on flexibility, in addition to losing fat and building muscle. Invest in in a yoga mat to cool down after your workouts and improve your flexibility. You can also use the mat to practice Pilates to help build a strong core.

Martel Sharpe

Martel is a writer in Atlanta, who's cooler than a polar bear's toenail. He loves reading, writing, and brunch. Reach out to Martel through email, martel.kontrolhomme@gmail.com or follow him on Instagram and Twitter @markopolowe.