Create Your Perfect At-home Gym

Create Your Perfect At-home Gym

Get a great workout without the expense of a gym with these tips for creating your at-home workout space.


By: The Daily Clutch

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If you prefer to exercise at home, who says you need a dedicated workout room and expensive exercise equipment? By using items you have around the house and buying a few low-cost pieces of fitness equipment, you can exercise in the privacy, convenience and security of your own home without breaking the bank.

Choose Your Room
No room for a permanent home gym? No problem. Using a few portable items and a storage container, you can temporarily turn a home office, loft or spare bedroom into your own fitness center in minutes.

Whether you dedicate a room to your workouts or modify a space each time you exercise, keep the following in mind:

  • Floor surface: Be kind to your back and knees. Exercise on a firm – but padded – surface, especially if you’ll be doing high-impact workouts. If you’ll be using a workout room with a wood, tile or concrete floor, get a carpet remnant or a large mat that provides cushioning and stability.
  • Ceiling height: Pick an area with a ceiling height that lets you do jumping jacks, box jumps or jump rope.
  • Ventilation: Choose a room that won’t get too hot and isn’t in a space that could have fumes from a furnace or fireplace.
  • Lighting: If your workout area doesn’t have an overhead light, set up lamps to brighten the room.
  • Storage: If you’re using a dual-purpose room, keep your exercise items out of the way in a storage box when you’re not using the room for workouts.

Identify Your Workout Goals
Look at your life and assess where you want to be in terms of health, wellness and fitness. The types of workouts you want to use to reach your goals will help you decide where you want to spend your equipment budget. Common workouts include:

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  • Beginner fat-burning
  • Intermediate aerobic
  • Advance high-intensity interval training
  • Resistance
  • Body sculpting/toning
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Muscular endurance (for sports)
  • Circuit training
  • Calisthenics

Once you know your fitness goals and the workouts you want to use to achieve them, watch demonstration videos to make sure you learn the proper technique for each one. This will help you reach your health and fitness goals while avoiding injury. Be sure to discuss with your doctor before starting any new exercise programs.

Look Around the House
Use items you have around the house to create a home gym with many of the same conveniences of a fitness center.

  • Place a table in the room for your water, towels, cell phone, radio, fan and clock.
  • Got an old, bulky TV you’re not using anymore? Set it up in your home gym so you can work out with fitness videos. Ask your pals if anyone has an old computer monitor they want to get rid of so you can hook up your smartphone, tablet or laptop and watch online exercise videos, DVDs or CDs.
  • Jumping rope is for grown-ups, too. Create a jump rope from spare rope or a cord you have at home. Measure twice, cut once, to make sure you don’t end up with a rope that’s too short.
  • Add a calf-height, stable box you can use for a step aerobics workout or box jumping.
  • Fill two, 1-gallon milk jugs with water to create 8-pound dumbbells. Use smaller juice bottles for lighter weights.
  • Purchase a bike stand (being sure to follow the setup instructions) to turn your road bike into a stationary one.
  • Clear your stairs for intense, calorie-burning workouts.




Buy Cheap, Effective Equipment
There’s no need to invest hundreds of dollars in expensive equipment. All you need are a few low-cost items to supplement your calisthenics and bodyweight workout routines. You can find many of these items for resale online, discounted at second-hand sporting good stores or for free from friends and family looking to unload old equipment they’re not using. You can even find pretty nice freebies (including cardio machines) from people who just want someone to come over and cart away items that are taking up garage, basement or spare bedroom space. Look for the following items:

  • Dumbbells
  • Kettlebells

  • Resistance bands
  • Ab rollers
  • Pullup/chinup bar
  • Exercise ball

  • Hula hoop

  • Chair (for dips)
  • Speed/agility ladder

This article was written by Sam Ashe-Edmunds, contributor for The Daily Clutch.

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