I’m no fitness expert by any measure, nor am I the best person to go to for advice on the variety of fitness equipment available. There was so much I did not know when I decided to build my home gym, but because I was on a budget I decided to handle the job entirely on my own. As an avid DIYer, this was a fun project for me, and culminated in satisfactory results.
Research Is Important
A contractor probably knows a lot more than any DIY enthusiast will claim to know, simply due to their experience. They might have built a multitude of different gyms and thus know the ins and outs of the business. Before I made any rash decisions, or even purchased my workout equipment, I conducted thorough research that would make a college dissertation to shame. You could find me searching online for everything I could find on the ETHOS fitness equipment website that could help me make an informed decision. Not only that, but I consulted with trainers and other gym rats to get a more in-depth opinion.
Only Choose Equipment You Intend To Use
A commercial gym must include a wider variety of equipment because they are catering to the needs and preferences of many people. In a home setting, there is only one (or possibly three) people that will be using the gym. So, there may not be the need to splurge on every piece of gym equipment. Think of the equipment you frequently use at your gym, and get similar options at home. You can always add more later if you decide to change your routine.
Measure, Measure, Measure
Your home gym is likely to be substantially smaller than any commercial gym you’ve ever been to. This means that your limited space must be used wisely to get the most out of it. Keep in mind that if everything is cramped in a small space then you are less likely to actually workout in your home gym, no matter how close it is to reach. So, as you would do with any DIY project in your home, measure everything thrice to be sure it fits. A nice trick to allow for better measurements is to lay painter’s tape on the floor where you intend to place different equipment. This helps you visualize and check if anything is overlapping or doesn’t fit where you intended to put it.
Last but not least, the best advice I can give you when it comes to building a home gym is that you should only do what makes you feel comfortable. Don’t like treadmills? There’s no law that states only running on a treadmill will give you cardiovascular benefits. Want a sauna? This is the perfect time to get one.
Also, keep in mind that there are many hidden costs in major renovations like these, so you may want to try to give yourself plenty of leeway in your budget to accommodate unforeseen costs.