Building A Home Gym On A Budget

Weights and other home gym equipment items

Hundreds of people will have flocked to the gym this January to fulfil their fitness related new year's resolutions: exercise more, go to the gym every week, get healthier. But motivation often waivers after the first couple of weeks, leading to expensive memberships for rare trips to the gym. With a downturn in weather as we head into mid-January, leaving the house to work out before work or in evenings can feel like an impossible task.

Home gyms can be an excellent alternative to daunting sports clubs or public gym atmospheres, as well as providing you with an accessible way to work out whenever you find the motivation to do so. It will be difficult to find excuses when all you need to do is walk downstairs to get your sweat on. 

Let’s face it: home gyms can be pricey. Once you have acquired all the equipment a gym offers, the price tags can soar through the roof. We’re here to provide some tips on creating the perfect beginner home gym without breaking the bank. Let’s get you started on that budget home gym!

Utilising Your Space

The first thing to think about is the space at your disposal. For larger homes, you may be able to dedicate an entire room to exercise, making your beginner home gym a lot more extensive. This will allow you the fullest gym experience: being able to walk into a wholly dedicated fitness environment. However, you can still create the ideal budget home gym in a smaller space. In fact, this will be the best way to keep your spend low, as the more bulky machinery will be more expensive. 

Even though it may not look like the gyms you’re used to, it’s a good idea to spread your gym throughout different rooms if space is stretched. In fact, walking between equipment areas will give your muscles a rest while keeping them warm for the next exercise. Furthermore, if space is a concern, you should focus on gym equipment that can be stored easily, or adjustable pieces of equipment to save even more room. You can also consider investing in equipment for body weight exercises to remove the need for plates or different sized weights.

Storing sports equipment can pose a real challenge. You can find our top tips on storing Winter sports equipment in our blog.

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Essentials

If the goal is to simply get into a routine with your exercise, you will not need to go out and purchase all the latest machinery. The very first step in designing your perfect home gym is to identify exactly what you’ll need to get started. If this is a beginner home gym, you definitely won’t require every piece of equipment you’ve seen in a gym. Your first priority should be with the basics to give yourself a starting point, which will be the items that don’t cost you an arm and a leg.

If you currently go to a gym or have ever had a regular membership, think about what pieces of equipment you regularly use. If you’re never been a gym-goer, do some research on your exercise goals, the muscle groups you want to work, and the types of exercises you want to do. Once you have thought through the options, you can then begin building your budget home gym.

If you’re looking for some guidance for your home gym equipment, see below some essentials for different workout areas.

Strength Exercises:

  • Dumbbells
  • Kettlebells
  • Resistance bands
  • Pull-up bar
  • Leg press
  • Chest press
  • Body bars

Endurance Exercises:

  • Treadmill
  • Stationary bike
  • Rowing machine

Saving on Gym Equipment

When considering purchasing equipment for your home gym, you should always check online marketplaces and second-hand shops. These sites normally have a wide range of equipment for a wide range of budgets. Websites like Facebook Marketplace are excellent as many people will be offering quality equipment for zero charge, on the condition you can collect the item yourself. However, marketplaces like eBay are also great places to find the perfect budget home gym equipment to get you started.

If you are finding space an issue in building your ideal home gym, why not make some space using self storage? Secure household storage with Easistore makes storing furniture long or short term affordable, get a quote with us today.

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