Tired of overcrowded gyms that regularly require a long wait for your favorite machine? Ready to rid your workout of the gym germs lurking on highly used cardio machines, exercise mats, free weights, weight machines, towels, and showers? Maybe it’s time to assemble your own home gym.
Are gyms full of germs?
Gyms may inspire challenging workouts and offer a variety of exercise options, but did you know just how dirty gyms can actually be? Free weights, weight machines, and exercise balls have a high number of microbes on them.
According to Fitness Magazine, “Because so many people handle it, this equipment is rife with bugs and viruses that can lead to colds and other infections. The gym shower stall is riddled with fungi and organisms that can cause infections, like athlete’s foot, ringworm, and warts. As you stretch, strike a yoga pose, or take a group exercise class, you could be lying in a slew of microbes that can cause skin infections, athlete’s foot, colds and flu…” Gym germs are just one of the reasons people opt to build their own home gym.
Reasons to create your ideal gym space for a home workout
1. Avoid waiting in line to use your favorite machine
2. Skip the commute time to the gym
3. Gain the ability to multitask by working out at home
4. Omit the constant contact with gym germs lurking in community gyms
5. Save on monthly fees by investing in the equipment you enjoy most—at home
How to decide if you are a good candidate for a home gym
Do you need external motivation and positive peer pressure from others? Then a home gym is probably not best for you.
Do you prefer to work out in a group setting and socialize between sets? Then stick with your neighborhood gym.
Do you want to increase your opportunity to spend time with your kids? A home workout space may be ideal for you.
Do you want to cut down on your commute time? Start a home gym — you’ll love its convenience.
Do you have internal motivation? Enjoy a home workout and reach your fitness goals.
Home gym essentials
1. Flooring –
A garage or basement concrete floor works best for a home gym. Cover it with ProSource protective flooring. This high-density EVA foam flooring gives you support and cushioning. It is water-resistant, noise-reducing, and easy to clean. It’s perfect for home gyms and works great in garages and basements.
2. Barbell set –
When choosing barbells, be sure to include a true Olympic bar that’s about 7 feet wide. Also, include standard size, rubber coated bumper plates because they are much easier on your floor if they are dropped. And since you won’t have a spotter at home, it’s a practical choice.
3. Bench –
To get the best workout from your barbells, invest in a quality bench. A commercial bench will take a beating, and is worth the investment. A bench with incline and decline capabilities provides diversity in your workouts.
4. Rack –
Invest in a commercial rack tough enough to make it through your most demanding workout. This may be the largest and most expensive piece of gym equipment, but without it, heavier leg, chest, and shoulder workouts are hard to accomplish.
5. Spin bike –
A good spin bike gives you endless opportunities for multitasking during your home workout. You can easily catch up with your family and friends while gaining some great cardio time on a spin bike. You can catch the news, listen to an inspirational podcast, or grab some time with your kids while spinning.
6. Kettlebells –
Kettlebells add versatility to your workouts and are well worth the investment. They don’t take up much space, and they bring momentum and useful training to your home workout program.
7. Treadmill –
A quality treadmill gives you assurance you can run or walk for fitness daily — no matter what the weather outside looks like!
8. Accessories –
Rogue speed rope – Get a quality jump rope that easily changes lengths. They are inexpensive, take up almost no space, and add great variety to workouts.
Serious steel resistance bands – These can help you execute pull-ups and dips.
Stability ball – These are great for your core, strength, and balance. They are inexpensive and don’t take up much space.
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