Setting up A Home Gym – Tips and Ideas

Setting up A Home Gym

Unless you’re looking for major gains, or training for a marathon an at home gym could work for you. A few things you might consider before setting up a home gym would be your goals, and how much space can you afford to give for the gym. I have personally moved our home gym in and out of 3 different rooms and now have almost everything in our garage.

Setting up A Home Gym

I think knowing what you’d like to accomplish in your gym is the first and most important step to setting it up. If you are looking to build some muscle, do a little cardio and some yoga stretches then you won’t need massive equipment and weights. Basically, a treadmill or stationary bike, a few different sized weights, and some mats would be perfect.

If you’re looking to build muscles, lose fat and continue strength training you’d need more space and a full set of weights, weight bench and possibly a weight machine you could do various lifts with. Let’s talk about different set ups.

Setting up A Home Gym - My Gym

Setting up A Home Gym

Some of the basic essentials for setting up a home gym include.

  • mats
  • stability ball
  • exercise bands
  • kettlebells
  • dumbbells
  • basic adjustable weight bench
  • medicine ball
Setting up A Home Gym

If you’re looking to do some weight training and cardio then some of the following are suggested

  • treadmill
  • stationary bike
  • weight bench with adjustable racks
  • set of weights
  • weight training gloves
  • weight machine

Setting up A Home Gym - Treadmill - Weight Machine

Setting up your home gym doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

If you set a goal then put the plan into motion you’re going to realize it’s easier than you thought. I started off with simple stuff like stretch bands, 5  and 10 lb dumbbells. But soon realized that I wanted more than to just build some strength and tone. I wanted to build muscle and continue to build my strength.

I then added a weight machine that allows me to do various workouts. It’s not like the ones you use at the gym, but it works for my current goals. If I ever decide I want to train for a marathon or competition then I am sure that joining a gym would be more realistic. I am sure the Hubs will turn his nose up at the idea of me turning our bedroom into a real gym.

Setting up A Home Gym - weights - mirror

Setting up A Home Gym 

I currently have a good set up and believe I’ve got what I need for my goals. It’s nothing over the top nor did we spend tons of money on. I think the most expensive thing was our treadmill, I didn’t use it much before a month ago when I decided I wanted to push the fat loss more.

I would like to add an adjustable weight bench with adjustable weight stands.  There are a few exercises that aren’t easily done on a floor mat or standing that this equipment would be perfect for. But just like me my at home gym is a work in progress. I would love a leg press too! But that’s not affordable or something I can justify spending the money on. I did come across this DIY leg press on Pinterest today and thought. . . maybe … just maybe this is do able!

DIY Leg Press

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