Where to Start – When Adding a Home GymBodyKore
Due to recent events we have all learned how to cope with staying at home. Most of us only have access to essential businesses, and gyms did not make the cut. So like a lot of people, you may be thinking about building a home gym to continue your fitness regime. But building a home gym can be intimidating and you may not know where to start. You may not even know what some of the equipment you use at the gym is called, or even scarier – how to use it.
We will walk you through some things to consider before buying any equipment to outfit a fitness space in your home. First, a few benefits of moving forward with a new home gym…
1. Location – Comfort of your own home.
2. Hours of use – Available 24hrs a day to fit your schedule.
3. Frequency of use – You may start working out MORE frequently.
4. Cleanliness – You don’t have to worry about sharing equipment with strangers & the possibility of becoming ill.
5. Price – No monthly membership fees. The cost of a home gym in the long run, will cost less.
6. Personalization – You won’t buy equipment that you will never use.
7. Privacy & personal space – You don’t have to worry about rushing through your sets.
Now here are some key points to consider before purchasing equipment…
How much space do you have available to dedicate to a home gym?
If you have a garage or basement, these would be your best option – but not everyone has that space available in an apartment or rental home. So we will break it down by available space size, and give you some options for your buildout. Just remember in any space, you need to make sure that you have space to move freely and comfortably.
With larger spaces you can add heavier more intense equipment such as Dual Pulley Systems, Squat Racks, Benches, Olympic weight sets & full storage for Dumbbells and Kettlebell sets. These pieces of equipment are very functional and can provide numerous workout options – these are ideal for people who do strength training and weightlifting workouts.
If you don’t have a basement or a garage available and have to utilize a smaller space, you may want to consider equipment you can stow away. Like Kettlebells, Dumbbells & Power Bags. It really depends on the kind of workout you are looking to achieve and what your goals are. With these pieces you can do multiple exercises that target muscles groups from head to toe. A smaller space doesn’t mean you can’t achieve home workouts.
So with that…
What are your workout essentials?
Do you love hitting cardio in the morning or after a day of working from home? Or would you rather focus on weights & strength training? Or do you want to combine both? Once you define the space for your home gym, you have to consider what kind of workouts you enjoy the most, keep in mind that your fitness goals could change down the road – so functionality is key.
If you are an avid runner and don’t utilize weights on a regular basis, you may not need a full gym buildout. But remember that you can get cardio while weight training, so if your goal is to do both – a larger piece that has multi functions will be a great option for you. Understanding that budget is important, your next step is to decide how much you want to spend and if financing is available.
Remember, that being comfortable with the equipment you buy is very important. And be sure to take all safety precautions when using your equipment.
What is the best bang for your buck?
If you’ve figured out your space and what kind of workouts you want to do, you’ve now got to figure out your budget. You can consult a fitness designer and get consultation on what you need and what you want to spend. Can you buy everything as a package, or will you need to build your gym piece by piece? Both are options you can visit but a professional can lead you in the right direction. Some options would be:
Yes, flooring. Protecting your floors is key, but rubber flooring is also easier to clean & gives you better traction during your workouts. There are multiple options here such as interlocking tiles or roles of flooring that come in different thickness.
You can also add mirrors, a television, industrial fans or a sound system to compliment your fitness equipment & workouts.
Design, Consultation & Installation.
You want to have a space that is comfortable & aesthetically pleasing. A professional can assist you in not only making sure you have the right equipment for your needs but also make sure that your space is tailored to its surroundings. Don’t mind the pun here, but they also do the heavy lifting. They come armed with crews of product specialists, fitness professionals and a team to install your home gym, so you can be certain your equipment is assembled correctly & safely.
Functionality is key in making the most out of your home gym, remember the professionals also set up commercial gyms. Ensuring that the gym is easy to move through, the equipment is properly set up and you are able to move from station to station without obstacle. This is also important in a home setup. Being comfortable in your space, means you are more willing to use it and if you are investing in high quality pieces you want to be sure you enjoy your time with them.
In the long run, purchasing equipment for your home gym will cost you less than years of gym membership fees. While the cost can be a bit jarring, please keep in mind that you are purchasing high quality equipment & it will last you years to come.
The team at BodyKore can guide you through the buildout of your home gym – concept, design and installation. We can help you determine what BodyKore equipment will best fit your needs, goals, fitness methods & space. We also offer home gym packages to get you started on building out the perfect set up for your needs. Body Kore offers a 10 year warranty, financing on pieces $600 and up, and a Military Personnel & First Responder discount of 10%.