The Comprehensive Trident Fitness Guide to Creating a Home Gym
With the uncertainty that exists around the reopening of gyms up and down the country, more and more of us have turned to home gym workouts and equipment to keep our fitness goals on track during lockdown.
If you are ready to create a fully functioning home gym or you just need a few pieces of equipment to get you through lockdown, we’ve got you covered here at Trident Fitness.
We know how important a good workout is for keeping you physically and mentally healthy, so we’ve gathered all the information you need to allow you to keep progressing towards your fitness goals with the best home gym equipment on the market.
Benefits of a home gym
First, let’s establish the benefits of having a workout space in your home. One of the most attractive advantages of a home gym is in the name. A home gym removes the need to travel elsewhere to access gym equipment.
For many of us, getting up off the sofa and out the house is the hardest part of the workout, but having everything you need in the next room will radically improve your motivation to workout.
Having a home gym is extremely convenient, on top of removing a commute it’s also never busy! If you’ve experienced the frustration of waiting for a bench while someone sits on their phone for what seems like hours in between sets, then an empty gym will sound particularly appealing.
Another benefit of a home gym is that you can make it your own. By tailoring the space and equipment to your own personal fitness goals you’ll be able to maximise the effectiveness of your workouts.
Whether you want to work on a particular muscle group, your cardiovascular fitness, or sport specific exercises, you can acquire specialised equipment to help you progress rapidly.
Set your goals
If you are considering buying gym equipment for a home gym, you’ll first need to set out your goals. The equipment you buy and space you’ll need will depend on what you want to work on.
If your main goal is strength, then you’ll need weight and resistance. Increasing your strength relies on the principle of progressive overload which involves continually increasing the demands on your body to gain muscle. In order to achieve this, you need to challenge the working muscles, and this is most easily achieved through weight and resistance.
Resistance bands will be more suitable for beginners as they gradually increase the stress on the muscles, whereas free weights will be more challenging and allow more experienced gym-goers to achieve an overload more easily and increase strength.
With strength covered, let’s move on to cardio. Examples of cardio activities would be running, cycling, and any other activities that get your heart beating and lungs burning. If this is an area you want to improve you may require specialised equipment in the form of a treadmill or exercise bike for your home gym.
Finally, for the sportsmen and women among us, you might want to think about particular equipment that will help you improve your performance. For example, boxing enthusiasts may want to consider installing a heavy bag into their home gym set up. Consider the demands of your sport and select your equipment accordingly.
Establish a budget
Your budget is going to be very important, it’s possible to spend a small fortune when creating a fully functional home gym, but it’s also feasible to get everything you need for a much more reasonable price.
Think carefully about how much you are prepared to spend and keep in mind how much you spend in monthly fees for your current gym. While creating a home gym does involve a large sum upfront, you’ll save over time by not paying every month.
It’s also important to have a little money in your budget for extras. After a week using your home gym, you might think of some accessories that would be useful like a yoga mat or some clips for your barbell. Keep some money aside so you can spend a little extra on these accessories.
Map out your space
Now you’ve set your goals and established a budget you need to think about your space. Everyone’s flat or home is different and will be able to facilitate different equipment.
Plan out where you would ideally like to put specific pieces of equipment and measure out the dimensions of your room to check whether the equipment you want will fit. Make sure you reserve enough space around the equipment so you can still move around your space with ease.
Another thing you want to consider is your storage options, not everyone will be able to designate a permanent space in the house to fitness. If you need to, think about where you will put away smaller equipment after a workout so you can use the room for another purpose.
Finally, be mindful of ventilation. Make sure you’ve got plenty of fresh air flowing through your space to keep you cool during your workouts.
Find your products
You’re now ready to shop for your home gym equipment. Keep in mind that there are a lot of second-hand options that may allow you to make the most out of your budget. Websites like eBay and Gumtree often have great deals on used gym equipment so don’t forget to check there before you buy brand new.
For smaller equipment, websites like amazon offer a huge variety of products to choose from so you can guarantee you’ll find a product to your liking.
For the bigger products like squat racks or treadmills there are companies such as Fitness Superstore who stock this top of the range equipment.
Whatever you go for, take your time to make the bigger decisions and note some of this equipment may need to be assembled when it’s delivered.
So, there’s all the information you need to plan, budget, and create a gym in the comfort of your own home. Whether you need a DIY project for lockdown, or you want to assemble gym equipment to reach your fitness goals, you can start the process today with our comprehensive guide.